African Development Bank (AfDB): Atsuko TODA, Acting Vice-President, in charge of agriculture and human and social development

The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Atsuko TODA as Acting Vice President, responsible for Agriculture and Human and Social Development, effective March 16, 2021.

A Japanese national, Atsuko is a seasoned professional who has over 20 years of experience serving international institutions. She joined the Bank in December 2016 as Director of the Agricultural Finance and Rural Development Department. In her current role, she oversees the Bank’s investments in private sector agribusiness enterprises, the integration of disaster risk financing, and the development of special agribusiness transformation zones on the African continent.

Atsuko brings to his new position extensive experience in development finance and rural development, gained in Asia and Africa. She has held leadership positions in multicultural environments and has been able to build customer-focused, highly motivated and successful teams in stand-alone offices and at headquarters.

Before joining the Bank, Atsuko worked at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), on rural development projects in Asia and Africa. From 2004 to 2012, she held several positions in various emerging Asian countries, including Vietnam, Laos and Nepal. In 2012, Atsuko moved to Africa as IFAD’s Country Director for Nigeria Country Program. Having managed a portfolio of projects focused on rural development and value chains, Atsuko is personally committed to innovative projects and investments that benefit people.

Speaking of his appointment, Atsuko said, “The work of the AHVP Complex is particularly focused on the priorities Feeding Africa and Improving the Lives of the People of Africa, which concern all components of the Bank. I look forward to implementing the President’s “One Bank” vision, working with the regions, and accelerating the delivery of our services to our clients, the regional member countries. ”

Atsuko holds a Masters in Public Administration from International Christian University, Japan, a BA in Sociology from Doshisha University, Japan, and a Diploma in Development Studies from Cambridge University, UK. United.

Commenting on this appointment, Mr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, said: “I am very pleased to appoint Atsuko as Acting Vice President for Agriculture and Development. human and social. With his background and extensive experience in Africa and Asia, I am confident that Atsuko will provide the leadership needed to drive and accelerate the implementation of our operations. “

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