Elected by the Board of Governors, on the recommendation of the Board of Directors, the President is the Chief Executive and conducts the business of the Bank. The President is also the legal representative of the Bank. Since its inception, the Bank has had seven presidents and one interim president, namely:
The AfDB President is also the President of the Fund as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He determines the organizational structure, functions and responsibilities as well as the regional and country representation offices. He proposes to the Board of Directors the appointment of the Vice-Presidents who assist him in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group.