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FIRM team

The FIRM Department leads the Bank Group's resource mobilization, partnerships, and management of donor & partner relations. The Department achieves its mission by targeting sovereign and non-sovereign parties which have an interest in Africa.

Désiré J. M. VENCATACHELLUM
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Email
d.vencatachellum@afdb.org
Job Title
Director

Désiré has been with the African Development Bank since August 2005. He is Director of the Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department which oversees the African Development Fund, partnerships, trust funds, and co-financing. Désiré also served as Director of the Operational Policies Department, and Director of the Research Department of the African Development Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, Désiré was Professor of Economics at HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal, Canada. Désiré holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Queen’s University, Canada) and a Magistère Ingénieur-Économiste (Université d’Aix-Marseille II, France). He is a resource person for the African Economic Research Consortium. Desire is a citizen of Mauritius.

Alex MUBIRU
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Email
a.m.mubiru@afdb.org
Job Title
Division Manager, FIRM1

Alex is currently manager of the sovereign division in the African Development Bank’s Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department (FIRM). He joined the AfDB in 2009 and has previously worked in the Bank’s Research, Regional Operations, and Strategy & Policy Departments. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a university lecturer in Singapore for eight years. Earlier in his career, he also worked for the World Bank, as well as for the Thailand Development Research Institute, in Bangkok, Thailand. He has consulted for various international organizations and various governments in both South and Southeast Asia. Alex, who is Ugandan, received his tertiary education at Macalester College and Princeton University.

Gauthier BOURLARD
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Email
g.bourlard@afdb.org
Job Title
Chief Resource Mobilization Officer

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Veronica Giardina
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Email
v.giardina@afdb.org
Job Title
Principal Cooperation Officer

Ms. Veronica Giardina works in the Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department (FRMB) of the African Development Bank and is a member of the team that is in charge of monitoring and replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF), resource mobilization and management of technical cooperation trust funds and programmes, co-financing, as well as partnerships with sovereign actors. She has experience in fundraising, negotiations and building various forms of institutional partnerships and cooperation arrangements with external partners as well as strategic planning. Before joining the Bank, Ms. Giardina worked with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) where she managed the resource mobilisation, developed relationships with donors and international partners; coordinated the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Arab Region; planned and designed new projects; and managed regional/country specific programs on health including rights. She also worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the legal aspects of access to water and water rights for project formulation purposes. Before then, she worked with the Directorate General for the Italian International Cooperation of the Ministry of External Affairs (DGCS). In this capacity, she was responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects funded by the Italian Government. She also participated at coordination meetings with donors and partners coordination.

Leonce Yapo
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l.yapo@afdb.org
Job Title
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Fields of Expertise: Aid mobilization/allocation strategies and policies. Country economic and financial Analysis. Development economics. Debt management strategies. Econometric and quantitative analysis. Relevant Experience – Bank Group. Over the past ten (10) years I have had experience in the Bank, as economist, resource mobilization officer, I was actively involved in all key stages of the resource mobilization and allocation process through the ADF-9-ADF-13 cycles. My functions included particularly reviewing, coordinating, and formulating strategies, as well as capacity building as part of ADF’s operational activities and implementation of the debt initiatives. In this regard, I have actively contributed to formulating and implementing Bank Group resource mobilization and allocation’s policies and strategies. I have also actively contributed in elaborating procedure documents and operational frameworks on PBA and DSF. I have actively participated as a resource person in training workshops and in outreach events on the functioning of ADF resource allocation process and related strategic options. I acquired and developed relevant strong experience in coordinating the annual resource mobilization and allocation exercise to eligible countries and in the preparation of documents for the Boards and for ADF replenishments consultative processes. Since 2000, I played a lead role in designing the performance-based ADF resources allocation system, and refined its functioning, in order to efficiently address guidelines and strategic options agreed by the ADF Deputies. In addition, I have significantly contributed in resource mobilization for eligible countries’ debt relief under the HIPC/MDRI initiatives. I have also contributed significantly to elaborating supporting documentation for the Bank Group resource mobilization efforts for country’s HIPC decision and completion points, as wells as for post conflict countries arrears clearance under the Transition Support Facility (former Fragile State Facility -FSF). As part of harmonization and coordination of policies and procedures with other partners, I actively participated in joint field missions in formulating and implementing aid strategies, mainly for capacity building in debt management and countries’ debt sustainability analysis. This coordinated approach allowed us to assess country debt risk distress and estimate the Bank Group’s assistance to beneficiary countries’ debt relief, while participating in Paris Club’s sessions for country debt rescheduling.

Riadh Ben Messaoud
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r.benmessaoud@afdb.org
Job Title
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Riadh Ben Messaoud has been with the Group of the African Development Bank since August 2008. He is currently Senior Officer at the sovereign Division of the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department, which oversees the replenishment and resource allocation of the African Development Fund. He has previously worked as individual consultant in the Bank’s Research and Private Sector Operations Departments. Prior to joining the Bank, he was an Associate Professor for eight years in the area of Information Management at Université de Carthage, Tunisia. Riadh, who is a citizen of Tunisia, holds a Ph.D. in Business Intelligence and a Master degree in Knowledge Management from Université Lumière Lyon II, France. He is basically an engineer in Statistics and Data Analysis graduated from Université de la Manouba, Tunisia. His main areas of interest are statistics, economics, financial modeling, business intelligence, knowledge management and information systems.

Valerie Dabady
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Email
v.dabady@afdb.org
Job Title
Division Manager, FRMB2

Since September 2014, Ms. Dabady is manager within the Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department handling non-sovereign actors such as bilateral and international institutions and philanthropic foundations. (FRMB2) Ms. Dabady is an experienced transactional and policy lawyer who has worked on award winning deals in Africa in the power, equity and transportation sectors. Ms. Dabady’s experience includes investment in smaller, regional SME-focused to larger, pan-African based equity funds; as well as funding to regional African banking institutions. From 2009-2012, she was Advisor to the Vice-President responsible for country and regional programs and policy which saw two notable achievements of the Bank’s decentralization policy and re-engagement with Zimbabwe. From 2013 to September 2014, she was Advisor to the Vice-President responsible for the return of the Bank to Abidjan, which involved the move of more than 1000 staff and their families to Abidjan after 10 years in Tunis . In the context of this return, Ms. Dabady ‘s role was to ensure the continuity of the Bank’s business and operations, and to implement a comprehensive change and communication management plan involving all stakeholders. It should be noted that the return to Abidjan was the largest change management exercise of its kind. Ms. Dabady received her JD from Harvard Law School (’92), her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University (’89) and previously to joining the Bank, worked at the law firms of Baker & McKenzie and O’Melveny & Myers in New York. She is admitted to the Bar of New York and is also a registered Prince 2 Practitioner.

Caroline Manlan
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Email
c.manlan@afdb.org
Job Title
Principal Program Coordinator

Caroline is currently Principal Resource Mobilization Officer in the Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department (FRMB) at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and has been in charge of coordinating resource mobilization and partnership initiatives with a wide range of partners including China, Switzerland and UN Specialized Agencies. She joined the Bank in 2012 serving in the Office of the President. Prior to joining the AfDB, Caroline served as Regional Program Advisor for West Africa and subsequently the Americas region at the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. She also worked as a Relationship Banker at the ABN AMRO Investment Bank in Paris, France. Caroline holds an MBA in Finance from EPF, Ecole d’Ingénieurs in France and a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Strasbourg II, France.

Chioma Onukogu
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Email
c.onukogu@afdb.org
Job Title
Principal Resource Mobilisation Officer

Ms. Chioma Angela Onukogu is a Principal Resource Mobilization Officer with the resource mobilization team at the African Development Bank. She has worked with the Bank for over 17 years and has garnered invaluable experience and skills in: resource mobilization; negotiation of technical cooperation agreements with countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas; management of technical cooperation trust funds; and partnerships arrangements with other Multilateral Development Banks, UN Specialized Agencies and African continental/regional organisations. In addition, Ms. Onukogu has broadened her expertise by participating in the formulation of policies, strategies, guidelines, and country strategy papers for Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe; and the periodic review of the Bank’s Portfolio Performance Review in these countries. Since joining the Bank in 1997, Ms. Onukogu has worked in different capacities for the Bank’s Headquarters/offices in the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Before then, she worked as a Marketing Executive with various private entities in Nigeria. Ms. Onukogu holds a Master of Laws degree with specialization in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London (Queen Mary & University College London), United Kingdom; a Master in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD); and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Ms. Onukogu is an accredited member of the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (PBAS), United Kingdom.

Belinda Chesire
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Email
b.chesire@afdb.org
Job Title
Senior Cooperation Officer

A Kenyan national, Belinda J. Chesire joined the African Development Bank in 2010, as a Senior Cooperation Officer. She is currently focal point for AfDB’s relations with the European Commission, South Korea and India. She has also served as focal point for Canada, France and Spain as is part of the ADF13 technical team. Prior to joining the Bank, Belinda worked at the Department for International Development (DFID) in Nairobi as a Social Protection Specialist, task managing the Hunger and Safety Net programme in Kenya’s Arid lands and the Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme. Prior to joining DFID, she worked as a Regional Development Officer at the Canadian International Development Agency in Nairobi where she was responsible for the regional portfolio including the Nile Basin Initiative, Water and sanitation Trust Fund, East African Community. An expert on SWAP approaches, she led Canada’s leadership in the implementation of the Free Primary Education Programme and the Gender team amongst others. Belinda is a seasoned programme manager with extensive knowledge of development and partnership Issues, having started her career in 1993 at the European Commission Somalia Unit and the Delegation of the European Commission in Kenya. During her career at the EC, Belinda was seconded to the office of the National Authorising Officer at the Kenyan Treasury where she coordinated EC development aid to Kenya. Belinda Holds a B.ED Degree from the Kenyatta University, Nairobi; a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and MA in Diplomacy from the Lancaster University, UK.

Kader Moussa Comoe
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Email
m.ouattara@afdb.org
Job Title
Cooperation Officer

Currently Cooperation Officer in charge of the Portfolio of Nigeria (Nigeria Trust Fund and Nigeria Technical Cooperation Fund) in the Mobilization of the Resources and the External Finances Department, Kader Moussa is a staff of the African Development Bank since 2000. Before joining the Bank, Kader Moussa was among other Posts, Project Manager (1994-1999) under the Partnership UNHCR/CARITAS-CI to the profits of the Liberian and Sierra Leoneans refugees in Côte D’Ivoire. Holder of a POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA in Economy obtained at the National University of Ivory Coast, Kader Moussa is also accredited member PRINCE2 FOUNDATION and in the process of being accredited PBAS (Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme), United Kingdom.

Delphine CLERC-TOURE
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Email
D.CLERC-TOURE@AFDB.ORG
Job Title
Senior Resource Mobilization Officer

Delphine is currently Senior Resource Mobilization Officer in the Resource Mobilization and Partnership Department (FIRM) of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Prior to joining the Bank, Delphine worked at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a political counsellor for energy and climate change policies on the Africa region and then on innovative financing for development. She also held positions of senior climate finance expert for AXA Group and energy project manager for the Mediterranean region at the French Environment and Energy Conservation Agency (ADEME). Delphine has a background in International Relations completed by a Master’s degree in European affairs from London South Bank University and a Certificate in Renewable and Climate Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Nana Efua Spio Garbrah
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Email
n.spio-garbrah@afdb.org
Job Title
Principal Resource Mobilization Officer

Nana Spio-Garbah is the relationship manager for AfDB shareholders including Korea and manages partnerships between the Bank and philanthropic organizations, foundations and high-net worth individuals. She currently manages the USD 80 million KOAFEC Trust Fund with an active portfolio of over 80 activities. Prior to joining the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department, she was a Senior Financial Analyst within the Treasury Department’s Financial Technical Services Division responsible for following African bond markets and developing and marketing the Bank’s menu of sovereign and non-sovereign financial products. In that role, she also successfully structured a number of large scale private sector infrastructure deals. Prior to joining the AfDB, she worked for Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Consultant in the Public Sector practice where her principle clients were the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Justice Department. She began her career as a Financial Analyst at IBM Consulting. She is co-author of the December 2013 economic brief: “Diaspora Bonds: Some Lessons for African Countries”. Ms. Spio-Garbrah holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Development from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and a B.Sc. in International Economics from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.

Malek SEFI
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m.sefi@afdb.org
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SEFI Malek works as a senior data analyst for the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department. Over the past four years, SEFI Malek has applied his skills in the areas of resource mobilization for the African Development Fund (ADF) and Trust Funds. He is in charge of monitoring ADF and TFs resources and ensures compliance with the Bank's standards and rules. before that he worked on operational policies; and the AfDB’s public sector operations portfolio. He has a significant understanding of the Bank’s policies, strategies, and operational processes. He also has considerable experience in monitoring and evaluation as well as defining and assessing Key Performances Indicators at the organization and department levels. Malek is a Tunisian Citizen, he holds a Master Degree in Information Systems Management, and Network Security.

Mouhamed Fall Mbacke
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m.mbacke@afdb.org
Job Title
Consultant

Mouhamed Fall Mbacke is a consultant with the Resource Mobilization and External Finance department at the AfDB. Since 2014, Mouhamed works with the department on reporting requirements and business intelligence, mainly on the Korean Trust Fund and potential partnerships & cooperation. He has previously consulted for the AfDB’s unit in charge of ensuring the continuity of the Bank’s business and operations during its Return to Headquarters. Mouhamed previously worked as a Business Analyst for a French Venture Capitalist Firm, Business Angel Networks. Mouhamed holds a MBA in Global Finance from IAE business school of Nice, and a Master’s Degree in European and International Private Banking, from Nice-Sophia Antipolis University.

Laureline Pla
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l.pla@afdb.org
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Farma Diabate Drame
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f.diabate@afdb.org
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Mrs. Farma DIABATE-DRAME joined the Resources Mobilization and External Finance Department (FRMB) as a Senior Research Assistant in November 2014. She’s in charge of the department’s internal communication as well as co-financing activities. Within the Bank, she was awarded twice by Management for excellent performance: when she acted as CPO for Abidjan office when the Bank was in Tunis and also when she played a key role as the coordinator of the Bank Group’s housing Unit during the return of the Bank to its Headquarter in Abidjan. Prior to joining AfDB, she started her career as a teacher and also worked as a communication officer for ‘’Société ivoirienne de raffinage” (SIR), one of the biggest petroleum enterprises in West Africa. She has a “DESS” (Higher Specialized Diploma Course) in Communication & Marketing and “DEA Lettres Modernes” (Post-graduate course in Arts). She successfully completed a full time Intensive Course at Advanced Level in English Language Center (Bristol/ England) and other courses at HEC Paris.

Abir Bdioui
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a.bdioui@afdb.org
Job Title
Consultant

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Asma OUNI
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a.ouni@afdb.org
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Team and operations assistant

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Rhoda R. Bangurah
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r.bangurah@afdb.org
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Team and operations assistant

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Ilyes Bdioui
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i.bdioui@afdb.org
Job Title
Consultant

Ilyes Bdioui works in the Resource Mobilization and External Finance department (FIRM) of the African Development Bank as Senior Consultant since 2016. He is a member of the team in charge of mobilizing resource from sovereign and non-sovereign donors including private foundations and large corporations. Ilyes has experience in fundraising, negotiation and deal structuring in the public and the private sector including a career in investment banking in London. He has accumulated knowledge of capital markets and familiarities with political and governmental decision making mechanisms in Europe and Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, Ilyes had a career in the private sector in London within the financial sector since 2010 where he was in charge of the European market coverage. He was fundraising and negotiating large investment pools from institutional investors including pension funds, insurance groups, banks, family offices and other financial institutions across 15 European countries. In 2015, he worked in a London based Hedge Fund where he was in charge of fundraising and structuring deals for innovative investment strategies such as FX High Frequency Trading and Artificial Intelligence mechanisms using complex derivative instruments on capital markets. Ilyes fluently speaks French, English and Arabic which provides access to donors and institutional investors across international markets in the US Europe and the Middle East. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics, Law and Business Administration from Montpellier’s Business School, a Bachelor degree in Mathematics obtained in France, as well as a Master Certificate in Finance and Private Equity from London Business School.

Chongo Chitupila
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Email
C.CHITUPILA@AFDB.ORG
Job Title
Young Professional

Chongo is a lawyer and Young Professional in the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department, working with the Director and providing support to officers in FIRM.2. She is currently assisting with various aspects of the design and development of the Bank’s Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Strategy. Prior to joining the Bank, Chongo worked in the government and with the International Organization for Migration.

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