Kenyan woman appointed as Africa’s continental bank vice president

AfDB Vice President –Agriculture, Human and Social Development – Wambui Gichuri. She took up the position on July 5/ COURTESY

A Kenyan has been named as the acting vice president­ – Agriculture, Human and Social Development – at the African Development Bank Group.

Wambui Gichuri took up the position on July 5.

Gichuri joined the African Development Bank Group in 2018 as Director, Water Development and Sanitation and currently oversees the bank’s water sector programme of over $4.5 billion covering 44 countries and multinational projects.

She supervises the Water Development, Coordination and Partnerships, and Water Security and Sanitation divisions, as well as the African Water Facility divisions, a project preparation facility.

In addition, she also leads the development and coordination of the technical programme, manages the department’s human resources and budget and the development of extensive partnership activities. Her leadership role includes water sector policy dialogue, strategy and business development, and spearheading innovations.

Before joining the AfDB, she worked for the World Bank where she served in various capacities for 20, including 17 years in water resources management, supply, sanitation, irrigation and drainage, with vast experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, (1988); a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Economics (1986) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from (1983) from the same university.

AfDB boss Akinwumi Adesina said he was pleased that Gichuri agreed to take up the role as acting vice president.

“The Vice Presidency Complex on Agriculture, Human and Social Development has some of our largest programs and flagship initiatives. 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 on critical programs and initiatives,” Adesina said.

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