AfDB Vice-President, Jennifer Blanke, resigns

African Development Bank (AfDB) Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Dr Jennifer Blankes, on Wednesday, announced her resignation from the bank from next month.

A statement from the Pan-African development finance institution explained that Blanke cited personal family reasons for leaving after joining the Bank in early 2017 and has since overseen a number of the Bank’s key programs.

“I thank President Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance and support which have undoubtedly motivated and helped my team and [ to play a key role in the transformation of the Bank. I feel privileged 10 have been given an opportunity to contribute to the Bank’s agenda for accelerating Africa’ s social and economic transformation,” Blanke said.

The outgoing Vice-President added, “l am leaving purely for family reasons to re-join my family in Switzerland, after a very 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.”

Bank President Akinwunmi Adesina said: “l 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 needle on so many fronts especially in the area 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.

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