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

The African Development Bank has appointed Chioma Onukogu as the Director of Board Affairs and Proceedings within the Office of the Secretary General and the General Secretariat effective April 16, 2024.

Chioma Onukogu hails from Nigeria bringing over 25 years of experience in corporate governance and international development. Her extensive background encompasses upholding the bank’s governance integrity, resource mobilization, partnership management, overseeing country operations portfolios, and organizing high-profile events.

Prior to her new role, Ms. Onukogu served as the Chief Board Programme and Quality Control Coordinator and Acting Director of Board Affairs and Proceedings, where she effectively supported the Secretary General in maintaining a high-performing General Secretariat.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Onukogu was a Principal Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer, where she prepared key documents for the Mid-Term Review of ADF-13 and the ADF-14 replenishment, mobilized trust fund resources, and managed partnerships. Additionally, she served as Country Programme Officer for Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe, overseeing the preparation of Country Strategy Papers and monitoring the Bank’s portfolio in these nations.

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.”

Akinwumi 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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