Simon Mizrahi and Jacques Edjangue have been named as new vice-presidents of the African Development Bank, AfDB.
The newly appointed Vice-Presidents will begin their operations with effect from June 20, 2022.
Jacques Edjangue has been named acting vice president of the people and talent management complex, and Simon Mizrahi has been named acting vice president of the technology and corporate services complex.
British citizen Mizrahi is currently the African Development Bank Group’s Director for Delivery, Performance Management and Results as well as the Interim Director for the Operations Committee Secretariat and Quality Assurance.
In these roles, he supervises the Bank’s annual investments totaling many billions of dollars across the African continent, and he works with donors and the Board of Directors to address the Bank’s many challenging development concerns.
“I am humbled and deeply honoured that Dr. Adesina has appointed me to this new and very exciting position. Innovation and technology have the potential to revolutionise the way the Bank operates and does business in Africa,” Mizrahi commented on his appointment.
“The Bank has an amazing and highly skilled staff and I look forward to working with them to harness the transformative energy of technology to better support the Bank’s corporate services and realise its development goals.”
Commenting on the appointment of the vice-presidents, president of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: “I am pleased to appoint Simon Mizrahi into this new role of Acting Vice President for Technology and Corporate Services to lead the drive for full digitalisation of the Bank, deployment of big data analytics, robotics, machine learning and other IT tools and systems to revamp how we do business, including cybersecurity to protect ourselves.”
The acting director of the Human Resources Management Department and the director of the Language Services Department is Mr. Jacques Edjangue, a citizen of Cameroon. Jacques is a thought leader with extensive experience working with the African Development Bank.
He implemented a number of changes and improvements while serving as the director of the Language Services Department, which altered and improved the quality of its services.
The use of cutting-edge technology in translation services, the development of a workflow for interpretation services, and the modernization of language services utilizing artificial intelligence and neural networks are a few examples of these.
Since June 2020, Edjangue has served as the Human Resources Management Department’s acting director, a position he has held since then. In this capacity, he has been responsible for the design and implementation of numerous initiatives and significant landmark reforms, including a thorough review of the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and a review of the Performance Management Framework.
“I would like to thank President Adesina for this appointment which allows me to further provide leadership and direction to the re-engineering, management and implementation of the Bank’s human resources institutional development strategies and priorities,” said Edjangue.