Vera Songwe, the IFC’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, has been appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa. She is the first woman to hold the position.
During her career, the Cameroonian economist and banker has held significant positions in development finance policy as well as implementation. Prior to her role at the IFC, she served as Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania at the World Bank for 3 years and was an Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe and the Central Asia and South Asia Regions from 2008 to 2011.
In addition to her roles, Songwe is also a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institute’s Global Development and Africa Growth Initiative.