The African Development Bank (AfDB) has appointed Wambui Gichuri as its acting vice president in charge of Agriculture, Human and Social Development. Her appointment took effect on 5th July 2020.
Wambui joined the African Development Bank Group in 2018 as Director, Water Development and Sanitation. She currently oversees the Bank’s water sector program worth over $ 4.5 billion, covering 44 countries and multinational projects.
Wambui supervises the Water Development, Coordination, and Partnerships, and Water Security and Sanitation divisions, as well as the African Water Facility divisions, a project preparation facility. She also leads the development and coordination of the technical program, manages the department’s human resources and budget, and the development of extensive partnership activities.
Prior to joining AfDB, Wambui worked for the World Bank, where she served in various capacities, including 17 years in water resources management, supply, sanitation, irrigation, and drainage, with vast experience in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Wambui holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (1988), a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Economics (1986), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from (1983) from the same university.