H.E. Dr. Akinwumi AdesinaPresident of the African Development Bank
Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina was elected President of the African Development Bank Group in 2015, and re-elected in 2020. He previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture.
Dr. Adesina is an alumnus of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria, and Purdue University, USA, from where he obtained a PhD in Agricultural Economics.
Dr. Adesina is a 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, and recipient of several international and national honors, as well as several honorary doctorates from universities in the US, Africa, and Canada.
As President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Adesina is spearheading an acceleration of Africa’s development. Under his leadership, the African Development Bank Group increased its share capital from $93 billion to $208 billion in 2019.