Malawian Kennedy Mbekeani named AfDB Deputy Director

Kennedy Mbekeani

The African Development Bank Group has announce the appointment of Directors General for the East, Central and Southern Africa regions and Deputy Directors General for the East, Central, Northern, Southern and West Africa regions.

The list includes Malawian Kennedy Mbekeani who will be Deputy Director for Southern Africa.

He will assist the director in ensuring the Bank operates efficiently, effectively and successfully in the relevant countries, within the region.

Commenting on the appointment, the bank's president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: “Kennedy is a rounded professional, with broad experience in international development. His capacity to deliver in various areas will help to build strong partnerships in the region and to promote both private and public sectors operations.”

Reacting to his appointment, Mbekeani said: “I am pleased to work with President Adesina to support execution of his vision for the Bank and the continent and accelerate delivery on the High 5s”.

Mbekeani, is a seasoned development economist with over 20 years of senior level country and regional experience in development finance, project management, policy advisory services, and knowledge generation.

He joined the AfDB in 2009 as Chief Trade and Regional Integration Officer.

In September 2017, the AfDB President, appointed him as Country Manager, Uganda Country Office where he grew the portfolio to over US$ 2 billion.

Before joining the Bank, Kennedy worked for the UNDP as a Trade, Debt and Globalisation Advisor for East and Southern Africa. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, and as Senior Economist at the National Institute for Economic Policy in South Africa.

He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi, MPhil (Monetary Economics) from the University of Glasgow, MA and a PhD in International Economics from the University of California. He has published on trade, regional integration, and infrastructure development in Africa.