Harare – African Development Bank president (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina on Wednesday appointed Zimbabwean Sipho Moyo as his chief of staff.
In making the announcement, Adesina said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Sipho Moyo, a citizen of Zimbabwe, as director of cabinet and chief of staff in the office of the president.”
Adesina added: “I am delighted that Dr. Moyo will be joining us. She brings extensive experience in development and solid understanding of multilateral financial institutions. Her extensive managerial experience, deep understanding of critical development issues in Africa, passion for people-oriented development, advocacy and ability to achieve results, will add great value to the African Development Bank and its community.”
Moyo graduated with a masters degree in Development Economics in 1989 and PhD in Financial Economics in 1994, both from Howard University in Washington DC, the US capital.
The regional bank said Moyo has had an illustrious career in international development, spanning over 22 years.
Until her appointment, the multilateral lender said Moyo worked as the executive director of the ONE Campaign, an international civil society organisation, where she distinguished herself by significantly growing the organisation and mobilising strong advocacy and support behind major development issues in Africa.
Prior to joining the ONE Campaign, Moyo worked at AfDB for 12 years from 1998 to 2010, where she served as resident representative and country manager for Nigeria and Tanzania respectively.
She also served as principal country economist and senior economist.
AfDB said from 1992 to 1994 she worked as an economist and financial analyst for the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, Italy, and at the World Bank.
She will assume office on November 1, 2015.