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AfDB Vice President, Blanke resigns, commend, Akinwumi’s Leadership


CEM Report, Lagos
Vice President at the African Development Bank, Dr. Jennifer Blanke tendered her resignation on Wednesday as announced by the Bank.

Dr Jennifer Blanke, who joined the bank in 2017, was the Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. In her statement, she said her resignation was purely for family reasons.

Blanke thanked the President Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance and support.

“I thank President Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance and support which have undoubtedly motivated and helped my team and I to play a key role in the transformation of the Bank. I feel privileged to have been given an opportunity to contribute to the Bank’s agenda for accelerating Africa’s social and economic transformation,

“I am leaving purely for family reasons to rejoin my family in Switzerland, after a very fulfilling time at the Bank. I will miss the Bank and the excellent team we have built. I will continue to strongly support the Bank from wherever I am. ” Ms Blanke said

African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina in his response expressed delight to have worked with Dr Blanke having demonstrated genuine leadership skills.

He said: “I have been delighted to work with Dr. Jennifer Blanke over the past three and a half years. She has demonstrated genuine leadership skills and moved the needles on so many fronts, especially in the areas of food security, women’s financial empowerment, and job creation. I wish her all the best and look forward to continued partnerships and engagement with Jennifer.”

Dr Blanke within her time in AfDB has overseen a number of the bank’s key programmes

Dr. Jennifer Blanke, American-Swiss, is a renowned and globally respected development economist, with over 20 years of experience. She has held top global economic positions such as Chief Economist and member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, where she provided global leadership on economic and development issues.

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