Dr Jennifer Blanke, the Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank, AfDB, on Wednesday, resigned her position. 

Blanke, who joined the bank in 2017, said she was leaving purely for family reasons. 

She said, “I am leaving purely for family reasons to rejoin my family in Switzerland, after a very fulfilling time at the bank. I will miss the bank and the excellent team we have built. I will continue to strongly support the bank from wherever I am. 

“I thank President Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance, and support which have undoubtedly motivated and helped my team and I to play a key role in the transformation of the bank. I feel privileged to have been allowed to contribute to the bank’s agenda for accelerating Africa’s social and economic transformation.” 

Recall that the U.S Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, had called for an independent probe into allegations by a group of whistleblowers against the AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina thereby rejecting plans by the bank’s board to stop the investigation on the issue. Adesina had long denied the allegation.  See Also United States of America AfDB: Why United States Wants Adesina Out — Akinterinwa, Ex- NIIA Director-General

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