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AfDB picks three for senior roles
A trifecta of fresh senior hires will join the African Development Bank (AfDB) in September 2016. Replacing Kalidou Gadio as general counsel of the AfDB, Helene N’Garnim-Ganga, a Chad national who currently represents the bank in Mali, will begin her new role on 19 September. Professor Vincent Nmehielle will start as secretary general on 1 September, jointly welcomed alongside Ismaila Dieng as AfDB´s director of communications. N’Garnim-Ganga joined the bank in 2009 as vice-president of corporate services, which put her in charge of talks with government officials regarding economy, finance and infrastructure. She later became head of the AfDB´s legal and policy division in the general counsel’s office. Nmehielle, from South Africa, enters the senior management team of the AfDB, bringing 26 years of experience with him to the position. He was legal counsel and director for legal affairs of the African Union Commission until his appointment, having served as the chief legal advisor at the union to various heads of state. Joining Nmehielle on the management team is Senegalese national Dieng from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In previous positions that include stints as a journalist at a broad range of news agencies, Dieng helped hoist several global campaigns, such as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and Eastern Chad, the Food and Fuel Crisis, the adoption of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms. The bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, has spoken highly of all three hires, noting N’Garnim-Ganga´s talent for “building strong engagement with the government and development partners”, while commenting on Nmehielle´s “ability to manage highly diverse stakeholders, and strengthen institutional governance”, and Dieng´s experience in “engaging networks of African and global media”. Founded in 1964, the AfDB promotes investment of public and private capital into projects that aim to improve the living standards of Africans.
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By Jack Aldane
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