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Mrs. Leila Farah Mokaddem

Non-ExecutiveBoard Member 

Leila Farah Mokaddem was appointed in January 2021 as Director General Southern Africa of the African Development Bank (AfDB), covering 13 countries in the region. Prior to that Leila was the Country manager & Resident representative of the AfDB in Morocco and in Egypt from 2014 to 2020. She occupied the positions of Regional Resident Representative in Dakar, Senegal from 2011 to 2013. She started at the AfDB in 2002 as head of financial institutions where she supported financing and capacitating financial institutions across Africa including regional commercial banks and capital market development. She designed innovative financial solutions for Africa including the African SME Guarantee Fund, AfDB trade finance Initiative and the women in business initiative. Leila led the origination of and managed multibillions investment portfolio in 35 African countries in particular in infrastructure and financial services sectors. Prior to AfDB, Leila was long-term fiscal advisor to the IMF. She started her carrier at the Ministry Economy of Tunisia and has MBA degree in Finance and International trade, respectively. Leila was Board member of the West Africa Development Bank and Microfinance Advans Holding. Leila is sitting at the Board of the Afreximbank.