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The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Yacine Fal as the Country Manager for the North Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office with effect from 1 December 2016. The North Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office is part of the new business approach of the Bank to accelerate its business and development impacts across Africa. As Country Manager, a new senior executive position in the Bank, Ms. Fal will be responsible for management oversight over country resident representatives and portfolio operations in key countries and serve as the deputy to the Director General in the overall management of the regional office operations.
Ms. Fal, Senegalese, has been the Resident Representative for Morocco since 2014, where she coordinates and manages the Bank’s largest country portfolio consisting of 34 operations worth €2.4 billion. She is well grounded in the Banks processes, systems and operations. She earlier worked as Manager, Procurement Services Division from 2008 to 2013, where she supervised and coordinated a team of fifty staff distributed between the Banks headquarters and twenty-four field offices. She managed the deployment of a critical mass of specialized procurement staff and established mechanisms and business processes to ensure increased responsiveness, technical quality and adequate compliance with Bank procurement policies. She was appointed as Manager in the Office of the President in 2007-2008, where she was responsible for managing the reform implementation team. She earlier worked as Principal Legal Officer for Procurement Law and Policy, from 1998 to 2007.
Ms. Fal holds a Masters of Law degree (1984) from the University of Dakar where she specialised in corporate and tax law, and a post-graduate degree in international law (1987) from the University of Paris.
The President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said of the appointment: “Ms. Yacine Fal brings good experience from managing the Bank’s large country portfolio in Morocco. She combines deep institutional knowledge of the Bank with experience in legal, procurement systems, finance and operations, all of which are critical as we roll out the new business model of the Bank to accelerate its development impacts across Africa. I am very pleased that Yacine will bring her rich experience to support the Bank’s operations in North Africa, where the Bank will establish its new regional operations”.