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Wednesday 12 June 2024

Chioma Onukogu Appointed Director of Board Affairs and Proceedings at African Development Bank


The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the appointment of Chioma Angela Onukogu as the Director of Board Affairs and Proceedings in the Office of the Secretary-General and the General Secretariat, effective April 16, 2024.

A Nigerian national, Onukogu brings over 25 years of experience in corporate governance and international development cooperation to her new role. Her extensive experience includes maintaining the integrity of the Bank’s governance structures, resource mobilization, fostering partnerships, managing country operations portfolios, and organizing high-level events.

Before this appointment, Onukogu served as the Chief Board Programme and Quality Control Coordinator and Acting Director of Board Affairs and Proceedings, where she played a key role in supporting the Secretary-General to ensure a high-performing General Secretariat.

Previously, Onukogu was a Principal Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer, preparing key documents for the Mid-Term Review of ADF-13 and the ADF-14 replenishment, mobilizing trust fund resources, and managing partnerships. She also served as Country Programme Officer for Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe, coordinating the preparation of Country Strategy Papers and monitoring the Bank's portfolio in these countries.

She holds a master’s degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London, a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the University of Lagos, a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law, London, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Lagos.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Onukogu said: "I thank President Adesina for his leadership, and I am grateful to him for the trust and confidence reposed in me by this appointment. I look forward to working under the leadership of the Secretary General in facilitating the decision-making processes of the governance organs of the Bank and forging better working relationships with the shareholders in their joint effort to deliver high-quality operations in support of the vision of an Africa that is prosperous, inclusive, resilient and integrated."

 Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, said: "Ms. Onukogu is a well-tested hand at the Bank with good and blended work experience, having served in several key Departments across the Bank. Her strong experience in upholding the integrity of institutional and corporate governance structures of the Bank coupled with a strong institutional memory will be very useful in this role."

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