African Development Bank Appoints Yacine Fal as Director-General, President’s Cabinet Office

Newly appointed Director General, President's Cabinet Office, AfDB, Yacine Fal

For effective administrative and operational work and activities at the President’s Cabinet Office, African Development Bank Group has announced the appointment of Yacine Fal as the office’s Director General effective November 1.

Fal, a Senegalese, has been described as a seasoned and results-oriented business development and service delivery professional with over 20 years of experience in banking, legal and procurement fields.

As Director-General, Fal would primarily provide oversight of all units and departments directly reporting to the President.

She would also ensure enhanced delivery efficiency and effectiveness for all presidential initiatives and bank operations, as per agreements with respective Vice Presidency Complexes.

The new director-general would oversee the work of senior staff to improve overall coordination and engagement of the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors with the Board.

Speaking on the appointment of the new director-general, President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, described Fal as “a highly capable manager.”

According to him, “Fal brings vast knowledge and experience of the bank’s legal, procurement, human resources, processes, systems, and operations to her new position.

“I am delighted to have Fal lead a restructured Cabinet Office of the President that will comprehensively support the delivery of my vision and mandate to strengthen the bank and accelerate Africa’s development.”

Also commenting on her appointment, Fal said: “I am greatly honoured by the confidence reposed in me by President Adesina to support him in ensuring the successful implementation of his bold vision for the bank and the continent.

“I look forward to leading teams in the President’s Cabinet Office to provide managerial, administrative and operational bandwidth and to assure the success of the President’s vision and mandate following his historic re-election with 100 per cent vote of the bank’s shareholders.”

Fal joined the African Development Bank as a Principal Legal Counsel in the procurement unit (1998-2007) and subsequently served as Manager in charge of the reform implementation team in the office of the President (2007-2008).

She was appointed Officer in Charge of the Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department (2010-2011); and Manager of the Procurement Services Division (2008-2013). She later served as the Resident Representative of the bank’s Morocco Office (2014-2017).

In 2016, Adesina appointed Fal as the Deputy Director General of the North Africa Business Development and Service Delivery Office.

Fal holds a Masters of Law degree (1984) from University of Dakar, where she specialised in corporate and tax law, and a postgraduate degree in International Law (1987) from University of Paris X.

Idowu Sowunmi