The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of Gauthier Boulard as Director and Special Advisor in the Office of the President, effective 1 January 2021.
In his new role, Boulard will support AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina, to strengthen partnerships and engagements with multilateral development banks, international institutions, and global initiatives to coordinate international financing for development.
He will also support Adesina in “outreach efforts” to strengthen relations and engagements with non-regional member countries of the bank and to promote the development priorities targeted by its strategies.
Boulard, a Belgian, is a “seasoned professional in international negotiations and relations with various stakeholders,” according to a statement by the bank.
“He has over 20 years of experience on multilateral development banks and international institutions, gained from his employment in the national civil service and in international bodies. Gauthier joined the bank for the second time in November 2015 as chief resource mobilisation officer in the sovereign division of the Resource Mobilisation and External Finance Department,” said the statement.
In early 2019, he was appointed as manager for the same division, where he worked on coordinating African Development Fund replenishments and monitoring, culminating in the successful fifteenth replenishment at the end of 2019.
He actively participated in the internal committee and external working groups on financing innovations for the future of ADF.
He also led the bank’s partnerships with several sovereign counterparts and managed both the co-financing facility and trust funds to boost the bank group’s financial capacity to deliver on its development mandate.
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