Mr Lamin Barrow has been named director-general of the African Development Bank Group’s Nigeria office. In the year 2000, Mr Lamin Barrow, a Gambian national, joined the African Development Bank.
Before his appointment, Barrow was Acting Senior Director, Nigeria Country Office, in the Regional Development, Integration, and Business Development Vice Presidency, according to a statement issued by the bank on Tuesday.
Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, said “Mr Lamin Barrow is a seasoned professional with a solid track record in strategic management, national dialogue, portfolio management, negotiations, and partnership building.”
The Nigeria Country Office is strategic for the bank as it manages a large country portfolio and operations with State governments and the private sector.
Lamin’s extensive managerial experience, knowledge in operations and excellent diplomatic skills in government relations at the highest levels will help to deepen our operations and engagements with the government and partners in Nigeria.
Barrow, for one, expressed gratitude for the nomination. He said, “I am grateful to President Adesina for this appointment, which provides a great opportunity to further contribute to his bold vision to position the Bank as a partner of choice and deliver on the High-5 strategic priorities in this important Regional Member Country, which is key to realizing Africa’s development aspirations.”
According to the announcement, Barrow had worked as a Senior Financial Analyst, Infrastructure Department; Principal Country Programme Officer, Rwanda Country Office; and Resident Representative in Ethiopia, where he handled a $1.2 billion portfolio.
Lamin has a Master of Arts in Economic Policy from Boston University in the United States and a B.Sc. from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He has also completed executive programs in finance at The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, as well as investment and risk analysis at Queens University in Canada.