Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. AkinwumiAdesina is among the five candidates who have been shortlisted to contest the presidency of the African Development Bank, AfDB during elections slated for May 2015.
The bank, which disclosed this over the weekend, also named the Ethiopia’s Finance Minister, Sufian Ahmed; Cape Verdean Finance Minister, Cristina Kamara; Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank, BiramaSidibe and Chad’s Finance Minister, KordjéBedoumra as other shortlisted candidates.
The AfDB Board said the selection of the most eligible candidates to succeed President Donald Kaberuka was done by a Steering Committee of the Board of Governors at a meeting held in Abidjan on February 11.
Report says Kaberuka is currently serving his second five-year term as AfDB President.
He was first elected in 2005 as the seventh President of the Bank Group since its establishment in 1963.
It informed that he was re-elected in May 2010 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for a second five-year term.
Adesina is a distinguished agricultural development expert with 24 years of experience in developing and managing successful agricultural programmes across Africa.
He graduated with Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Ife, Nigeria (1981), where he was the first student to be awarded this distinction by the University. He obtained his PhD degree in Agricultural Economics in 1988 from Purdue University, USA, where he won the Outstanding PhD Thesis for his research work.
Until his appointment as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011, he was the Vice President, Policy and Partnerships Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Dr. Adesina has held senior leadership positions in some of the foremost agricultural institutions in the world.
He was Principal Economist and Social Science Coordinator for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan (1995-1998); Principal Economist and Coordinator of the West Africa Rice Economics Task Force at the West Africa Rice Development Association (1990-1995); and Assistant Principal Economist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.
Adesina was Associate Director, Food Security at the Rockefeller Foundation where he was in senior leadership positions from 1998- 2008; Regional Office Director and Representative for Southern Africa.
He has published extensively and served on Editorial Boards of several leading journals. He was the President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists from 2008-2010. He has received several international awards for his work and leadership in agriculture.

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