African Development Bank Vice President Resigns

African Development Bank Vice President Resigns

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin, Lagos

Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at  African Development Bank has  resigned

The bank however confirmed her resignation on Wednesday in a statement, saying Blanke’s resignation would take effect July 4, 2020.

According to the letter, Dr. Jennifer resigns purely for family reasons and to rejoin with her family in Switzerland after a very fulfilling time at the bank. 

In the letter, she said, “I will miss the bank and the excellent team we have built. I will continue to strongly support the bank from wherever I am”.

She thanked President Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance and support which have undoubtedly motivated and helped her team.

She said "I  played a key role in the transformation of the bank. It is a privilege  to have been given an opportunity to contribute to the bank’s agenda for accelerating Africa’s social and economic transformation.”

The AfDB President, Dr Akinwumi expressed satisfaction to have worked with Blanke over the past three years.

“She has demonstrated genuine leadership skills and moved the needles on so many fronts, especially in the area of food security, women’s financial empowerment, and job creations. I wish her all the best and look forward to continued partnerships and engagement with Jennifer,” Adesina said.

Blanke joined the bank in early 2017 and has overseen a number of its programmes, according to the statement.

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