The IFC has appointed Vera Songwe to be the development finance institution’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. Prior to joinin the IFC last week, Ms. Songwe had been World Bank Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania.
Ms. Songwe joined the World Bank Group in 1998 as a Young Professional. She worked in the Middle East and North Africa region covering Morocco and Tunisia in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit. She later joined the East Asia and Pacific region, PREM unit where she played several roles including Regional PRSP Coordinator, and Country Sector Coordinator and Senior Economist for the Philippines. She has also worked Cambodia and on Mongolia as Country Economist managing different World Bank programs and the economic and growth policy dialogue.
Ms. Songwe is a Cameroonian national and will be based in Dakar, Senegal. She takes over the role of IFC Regional Director from Ms. Saran Kebet-Koulibaly, who joins IFC’s Management Team in Washington D.C. as Vice President for Corporate Sustainability and Risk.