AfDB appoints acting vice president of regional development

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Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, née Ndongo-Seh, takes responsibility for regional development, integration and business delivery.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has appointed Mrs. Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, as acting vice president of its regional development, integration and business delivery complex.

Akin-Olugbade, a Cameroonian national, has been the director general of the business development and delivery office for the West Africa Region of the bank since 2018, where she works with the largest team of country managers in the institution.

Akin-Olugbade has spent years engaged in the bank’s lending and non-lending operations in middle and low-income countries, including transition states. She also has extensive experience in high-pressure environments across the Sahel region. She also led the team that originated and financed the landmark Accra-Pokuase Interchange, the first four-tier interchange in West Africa.

Commenting on her appointment, Akin-Olugbade said: “I am deeply humbled and honoured by the confidence that Dr. Adesina has shown in me to serve in this critical leadership role. I look forward to working with the amazing team of director generals, directors in charge of regional integration and transition states, country managers, the bank’s operational complexes, and the senior leadership team, to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and delivery of quality operations for all beneficiaries in our regional member countries. Simply put, we will focus on doing more, better, and faster.”

Commenting on the appointment, AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina said: “I am pleased to appoint Mrs. Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade as acting vice-president for the regional development, integration and business delivery complex, where she will provide strong leadership and support for the complex until a substantive vice president is appointed. Marie-Laure, a respected professional and business leader, will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its regional member countries and will oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the bank’s regional directorates.”