The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has appointed Dr Kapil Kapoor as Director General, Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office with effect from 1st September 2018.
Dr Kapoor, a citizen of India, has been the Director for Strategy and Operational Policies since February 2012, when he joined the African Development Bank. He had earlier worked as a manager and development economist with the World Bank.
Dr. Kapoor holds a PhD degree in Economics from the George Washington University, USA. Prior to joining the African Development Bank Group in 2012, he held a series of senior positions with the World Bank Group, including the World Bank’s Representative for Uganda and Zambia and the World Bank’s Sector Manager for its poverty reduction, economic management and governance program in Asia.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Kapoor said “I am excited and truly honoured to be appointed as the Director General for Southern Africa. I look forward to leveraging my diverse experience from within and outside the African Development Bank to build a healthy, high impact sustainable business in the Southern Africa region through an engaged skilled workforce across the region.”
The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said of the appointment “Dr. Kapoor brings wide experience and a deep knowledge of the operations of the Bank. He has provided rich strategic thought leadership for the Bank’s Strategy formulation and understands well the New Business Delivery Model of the Bank. Kapil’s depth of experience in high level policy dialogue, stakeholder engagement and his deep knowledge and experience in the Southern Africa region will further help in our drive for accelerated delivery and greater impacts for the Bank’s investments in the Southern Africa Region.”
President Adesina added: “I wish to thank Dr Josephine Ngure, who has been acting as the Director General for the past one year, for having stepped up and delivered outstanding work, providing leadership, direction and support for the Bank’s staff and operations in the region. I wish her continued success in her substantive role as Deputy Director General. I am confident that Kapil and Josephine will together help to drive the business of the Bank effectively.”