Dr. Jennifer Blanke, the Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank, today announced her resignation from the position. This is amid the corruption allegations against her principal, Akinwumi Adesina by the US.
Blanke, who has a Master’s in International Affairs, Columbia University; Master’s and PhD in International Economics and is a graduate of Institute of International Studies, Geneva made this known in a statement today.
According to the AFDB, her resignation would take effect from July 4, 2020. The bank disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement. She thanked President of the AFDB, Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance, and support which have undoubtedly motivated her.
She said, “I am leaving purely for family reasons to rejoin my family in Switzerland, after a very fulfilling time at the bank. I will miss the bank and the excellent team we have built. I will continue to strongly support the bank from wherever I am.”
“I thank President Akinwumi Adesina for his strong leadership, guidance, and support which have undoubtedly motivated and helped my team and I to play a key role in the transformation of the bank. I feel privileged to have been given an opportunity to contribute to the bank’s agenda for accelerating Africa’s social and economic transformation.”