AfDB appoints Nigerian to head East Africa office 

The African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of Nnenna Lily Nwabufo as director general, East Africa Region.

As director general (East Africa), Nwabufo will be responsible for leading and advancing AfDB’s strategic objective of achieving significant and transformational developmental impact in 13 countries in East Africa. 

Specifically, she will lead high-level dialogues at country and regional levels and across “bank sector complexes” as well as oversee the full implementation and integration of all aspects of AfDB’s work in the region. 

Nwabufo joined AfDB’s Treasury Department in 1991 where she worked at different professional levels for over a decade. Subsequently, she took on progressive management level responsibilities including, manager in the General Services and Procurement Department from March 2007, director of Programming and Budget Department in January 2013, acting director, Human Resource Management Department, and acting vice president for Corporate Services from May 2015 to May 2016. 

Before joining the bank in August 1991, she worked as a treasury management expert in two merchant banks in Nigeria rising to become the treasury manager of one of them.

Speaking on her appointment, Nwabufo said, “I am very pleased to be appointed by President Adesina as the director general for the bank’s East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office and to support his vision for the continent. I have no doubt that working together with all internal and external stakeholders, we can make a difference and bring much-needed development to East African citizens.”

Nnenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, Henley on Thames, United Kingdom.

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