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Kenyan bags top AFDB job

By Wainaina Wambu | July 5th 2020

A Kenyan has been appointed the acting Vice President of the African Development Bank Group (AFDB).

Wambui Gichuri (pictured), who joined the bank in 2018, will act as the Vice President for agriculture, human and social development.

She has been serving as the bank’s director for water development and sanitation. She is currently overseeing the bank’s water sector programme of over $4.5 billion (Sh479.7 billion) covering 44 countries and multinational projects.

Her leadership role includes water sector policy dialogue, strategy and business development and spearheading innovations, the bank said in a statement sent to newsrooms.

Before joining AFDB, the University of Nairobi, alumni worked at the World Bank for 20 years serving in various capacities including 17 years in water resources management.

AFDB President Akinwumi Adesina welcomed her appointed saying he was aware of the importance of the docket she was assuming.

“The vice presidency portfolio on agriculture human and social development has some of our largest programmes and flagship initiatives,” he said.

“With her extensive experience leadership, people management skills and strong execution capacity, I am confident that she will help strengthen the team and accelerate execution of critical programmes and initiatives.” 

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