Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade Appointed New AfDB Vice President

Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade has been appointed by the African Development Bank as the vice president in charge of the Regional Development, Integration, and Business Delivery Complex.

Akin-Olugbade is a senior executive with about 31 years of experience who provides technical, managerial, and strategic knowledge and leadership in the African Development Bank’s capital markets, treasury, asset management, and product development.

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said, “I am pleased to appoint Mrs Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade Vice-President for the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex of the bank. She would provide strong and effective leadership to the complex. Marie-Laure is a seasoned and respected professional and business leader.

“She has extensive hands-on experience in banking and development and would ensure that the bank operates successfully across its regional member countries and will oversee the full implementation of all aspects of our regional directorates in furtherance of the bank’s development mandate.”

Commenting on her appointment, Akin-Olugbade said, “I am very grateful to the African Development Bank President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, for the confidence and trust bestowed on me by this appointment. I look forward to working under Dr Adesina’s leadership.

“With the dedicated and talented team of directors general, directors, deputy directors, country managers, the bank’s operational complexes, the senior leadership team, and our board of directors, to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and delivery of quality operations for all beneficiaries in our regional member countries.”

Before her appointment, she was acting vice president for the complex, and director general of the bank’s Business Development and Delivery Office for the West Africa Region.

She led the development and implementation of transformative strategies, programmes, and transactions, positioning the African Development Bank as the “Solutions Bank.”

She oversaw the accelerated delivery of results on the $9bn West Africa portfolio, engaging with governments, the private sector, regional economic communities, and non-state actors, to achieve significant, life-transforming development impact.

The new vice president joined the African Development Bank in the trading room of its Treasury Department in 1991 as a finance assistant, where she worked until 1993 when she became an investment officer.

She served in that role from 1993 to 1997, managing the bank’s assets in international capital markets.

Subsequently, she became a principal financial analyst in the Financial Technical Services Division, where she was responsible for clients’ financial solutions across the continent.

The appointment was effective from April 1, 2023.