Tunisian Leïla Farah Mokaddem has been named African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s Director General for Southern Africa Region, the group said in a statement Wednesday.
The African Development Bank Group further announced the appointment of Directors General for the East and Central Africa regions and Deputy Directors General for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.
“Leila will drive high-level dialogue and Bank’s operations, ensuring the Bank operates efficiently, effectively and successfully in the relevant countries, within the region.
She will lead and monitor adaptation to specific requirements of individual countries/operations with greater efficiency, cost effectiveness and value addition in the use of resources, with downstream gains for Regional Member Countries, and the private sector in the Southern Africa Region,” the statement reads.
Leila joined the Bank in September 2002 and was appointed as Country Manager for Morocco in 2017.
Prior to this appointment, she was the Resident Representative of the Bank in Egypt from 2014 to 2017 and Regional Resident Representative from February 2010 to December 2013, based in Dakar, Senegal.
In these capacities, she successfully led the Bank’s strategic engagements and partnerships as well as high-level dialogue and operations.
Prior to her assignments in country offices, Leila held the position of Manager, Financial Institutions Division in the Bank’s Private Sector Department at Headquarters, where she designed innovative financial solutions for Africa, including the African SME Guarantee Fund, AfDB Trade Finance Initiative and the Women in Business Initiative.
Leila managed multibillion investment portfolios in over 35 African countries, particularly in the private, infrastructure and financial services sectors. Leila also served as Board member at the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and Advans Holding (Microfinance).
She is currently serving as alternate Board member of the Afreximbank.