African Development Bank appoints Abdourahmane Diaw as Country Manager for Egypt

The African Development Bank has appointed Abdourahmane Diaw as Country Manager for its Egypt Country Officeeffective 1st November 2022.

Diaw, a Senegalese national, brings more than 28 years of experience in the implementation of development programs and projects. These range from identification to evaluation, supervision, and monitoring of programs, to projects, monitoring the performance of national and regional portfolios, and engagement in high-level dialogue to promote the regional integration agenda.

Immediately prior to his appointment, Diaw was the Officer in Charge of the Egypt Country Office and served as Regional Manager of, the Portfolio and Implementation Support Division for the Northern Africa region. Diaw is credited with the effective management of a multidisciplinary team that has contributed to the delivery of around $1 billion of projects per year in the region since 2018.

Diaw has provided strategic and technical leadership to the North African region. He provided cross-cutting support centered on the Bank’s Regional and Country Strategies, portfolio reviews, and fiduciary clinics, as well as regional dialogue, to bring regional member countries closer to the Bank. He was instrumental in the provision of timely support for the implementation of the Bank’s post-Covid-19 and Food Crisis facilities. He also coordinated respective task teams to work on diverse areas such as the engagement of civil society organizations, business opportunities seminars, and private sector engagement.

Before his appointment, Diaw worked as Principal Country Programme Officer and as Chief Regional Programme Officer, where he oversaw the implementation of strategies and development projects in Central and Northern Africa regions, based in Tunisia. Between April 2000 and October 2009, he served as a Senior Financial Analyst and later on as Principal Financial Analyst. In these capacities, he was responsible for the preparation and supervision of development projects in the Central and Eastern African regions.

Prior to joining the Bank, Diaw worked for AGETIP in Senegal as Financial Controller. He also worked for BIFIT as Treasury Officer (January – December 1993), and for Price Waterhouse as an Auditor from July 1988 to September 1989, in Senegal.

Diaw holds a Master of Arts degree in Finance from Webster University Missouri – USA (1992), and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Université de Montréal Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (H.E.C) Montréal, Canada (1988).

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Diaw said: “I feel honored and humbled to be appointed by President Adesina to serve as Country Manager in Egypt, one of the biggest shareholders of the Bank. As Country Manager, I will enhance the strategic partnership between the Bank and the Country, expand the Bank’s business in Egypt and ensure that the Bank has a healthy portfolio in the country.”

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, said: “I am pleased to appoint Mr. Abdourahmane Diaw as Country Manager for Egypt Country Office. Abdourahmane is a seasoned development expert with extensive experience and outstanding contributions to the African Development Bank Group. He will provide leadership for the Bank in Egypt and maintain strong relationships with business partners, country donors, and representatives, as well as with governmental and non-governmental organizations, with the view of maximizing the development impact and effectiveness of the African Development Bank’s interventions, thus contributing to the overall development of the country, including the private sector”.

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