Alumna Vera Songwe Appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission on Africa
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Cameroonian born economist and banking expert, Vera Songwe has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission on Africa (ECA).
Before her appointment, Vera Songwe was the former Regional Director Africa for West and Central Africa for the International Finance Corporation, IFC. She was appointed to this high position by the UN Secretary General. Vera was amongst 77 other people appointed to different positions of responsibility in the International Organization.
She was previously World Bank Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania (2012 - 2015), Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions (2008-2011) and Lead Country Sector Coordinator (2005-2008).
She is also Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute: Global Development and Africa Growth Initiative (since 2011).
Songwe Vera is a member of the World Bank Group team that recently raised a historic US$49.3 billion dollars in concessional financing for the low income countries of the World as part of the International Development Association (IDA) 16th replenishment.
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