Mrs. Nnenna Lily Nwabufo is currently the Director-General, East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office, and doubles up as the Country Director (Resident Representative) for the Bank’s Country Office in Kenya.
As Director-General, Nnenna is responsible for leading and advancing the Bank Group’s strategic objective of achieving significant and transformational developmental impact in thirteen countries in East Africa by ensuring operational efficiency, effectiveness, and an overall healthy portfolio in the region. Specifically, she leads high-level dialogues at country and regional levels and across Bank sector complexes.
She oversees the full implementation and integration of all aspects of the Bank’s work in the region. She also spearheads regional business development and investment. She fosters resource mobilization efforts across the countries in East Africa to ensure focused growth of the Bank’s sovereign and non-sovereign operations. In addition, as the Bank representative in the region, she is tasked with building strong partnerships with countries, regional economic communities, and other development partners.
A Nigerian citizen, Nnenna is a versatile and seasoned executive with over 30 years of professional experience in treasury and financial management, budget programming, planning and performance management, human resource and corporate services management, and country/regional operations. She joined the Bank’s Treasury Department in 1991, where she worked at different professional levels for over a decade.
Subsequently, she took on progressive management level responsibilities including, Manager in the General Services and Procurement Department from March 2007, Director of Programming and Budget Department in January 2013, Acting Director, Human Resource Management Department, and Acting Vice President for Corporate Services from May 2015 to May 2016.
She was on a special assignment to lead the Bank’s Annual Meetings preparation team from June 2016 until she was appointed Deputy Director-General, East Africa Regional Development, and Business Delivery Office in January 2017.