Wambui Gichuri, a Kenyan, has been appointed as an interim Vice President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB)
According to a statement shared by the Bank, the Kenyan woman was promoted to serve as the acting Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development, from July 5, 2020.
Gichuri joined AfDB in March 2018 as the director of Water Development and Sanitation, where she oversaw the Bank’s water sector program of over Sh479 billion that covered 44 countries and other multinational projects.
Congratulating her for the appointment, the AfDB President Akinumwi Adesina said that the position Gichuri was assuming had played a vital role in the institution’s success.
Mr. Adesina also thanked Gichuri for agreeing to step into the new docket, noting that the Vice Presidency Complex on Agriculture, Human, and Social Development has some of the Bank’s most significant programs and flagship initiatives.
The President further expressed his confidence in his incoming Vice, saying that with her extensive experience, leadership, people management skills, and strong execution capacity, she will help reinforce the team and accelerate execution on critical programs and initiatives.
Up until her appointment, Gichuri’s role included supervising two divisions, including the Water Security and Sanitation divisions, and Water Development, Coordination and Partnerships, as well as the African Water Facility division, a project preparation facility.
She also oversaw the development and coordination of the technical program, managed the department’s human resource and budget, and even the development of extensive partnership activities.
Gichuri’s leadership role included water sector policy dialogue, strategy and business development, and spearheading innovations.
Before her appointment in 2018, the acting AfDB Vice President had served at the World Bank for 20 years in various capacities.
Seventeen years of that period were spent in water resources management, sanitation, supply, irrigation, and drainage, which saw her visit Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean on different assignments.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from the same University.