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Dr Kaberuka’s leadership was characterised by a "big push” on infrastructure which accounted for 60% of Bank activities, with total commitments of over USD 25 billion, in transport, energy, water, urban development and IT. Under his leadership the Bank led from the front on private sector and business development, with a focus on improving the investment climate and extending tailored support to business through a wide range of instruments. In ten years the Bank support to the private sector grew from USD 500 million to USD 2.8 billion per annum. He championed an inclusive growth agenda; promoting a strong link between security, development and environment, establishing a ring-fenced facility for conflict-affected countries. The African Development Bank played a major countercyclical role during the global financial crisis where the Bank, for the first time, became the largest lender to Africa providing up to USD 12 billion in liquidity, balance of payments, budget and other forms of support to help African countries weather the crisis.
Dr. Kaberuka also put in place an Africa Natural Resource Center and the African Legal Support Facility to enable African countries to more effectively manage natural resource wealth.
Prior to joining the African Development Bank, Dr Kaberuka was Finance Minister of Rwanda for eight years (1997-2005) leading the economic team within the Government of Rwanda. In that capacity he served as Governor for Rwanda for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Dr. Kaberuka is an alumnus of the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was Hauser Leader in Residence at Harvard Kennedy School. He currently serves on the Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Centre for Global Development and is a Senior Adviser to the global Private Equity firm, TPG-Satya, promoting investment on the African Continent. He is also a member of several international panels on global finance and development issues.
Early this year Dr Kaberuka was appointed as a Special Envoy of the African Union on sustainable Financing for the Union and funding for Peace in Africa.
Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili is a leading chartered accountant who was co-founder of global anti-corruption group, Transparency International. She is also one of the co-conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign to find the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. She has held several keys positions within the Nigerian government including senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence, Minister of Minerals Resources and Minister for Education. During her time as Education Minister, she led an extensive and comprehensive reform program of and her blueprint for overhauling bathe sector is a reference document from which other countries in Africa have borrowed ideas. Ezekwesili's career is defined by a pursuit of transparency, accountability and policy reforms in Africa, encompassing, governance, economics, education and natural resources endowment for Africa. A former Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa Region, Ms Ezekwesili was recently, a Senior Advisor on Africa Economic Development Policy at the Open Society Foundations, New York assisting the Mano River governments with economic policy reforms. She now runs the fully incubated and independent policy advisory initiative as the Senior Economic Adviser to a number of presidents on the continent of Africa while also developing a graduate school of public policy in Abuja, Nigeria.
Holding a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, she began her career as a trainee accountant with Deloitte and Touché and upon qualifying as a chartered accountant, moved into middle and top managerial positions in the financial services sector, served as Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Program in Boston and Abuja. Ezekwesili serves on a number of global boards including two schools of public policy in Tel Aviv University and Central European University School of Public Policy, Budapest and a center for global leadership at Tufts University, in the US. Most recently, Ezekwesili served alongside a distinguished group of leaders from around the world, as a commissioner of the Global Ocean Commission. A s a recognition of her dedicated role in bringing about Economic and Social justice to people in African countries, Mrs Ezekwesili was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate Degree (Accounting & Finance) by the University of Essex Business School, Colchester campus, Essex, UK on July 12, 2016.
Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.
Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Digital Jewel Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited.
Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).
With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change liveswith the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies.
As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.
Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008. She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
Hakeem Belo-Osagie is a well respected Nigerian entrepreneur with a track record of leading and backing highly successful private investments in various sectors of the Nigerian economy. He is an investor in and chairs the board of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Ltd which trades in Nigeria under the Etisalat brand. He is also the main stakeholder in and chair of the Board of Duval Properties Ltd, a real estate company engaged in a mixed use development in Abuja, Nigeria. Mr. Belo-Osagie chairs the Board of Vitol Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of Vitol Group, and Chocolate City Group, a leading entertainment company in Nigeria. He is a member of both the global board of advisers for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institute. Mr. Belo-Osagie has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, a law degree from Cambridge University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.