AfDB New Executive Director Thanks Pres. Weah, Others -For Being Instrumental In His Preferment

Mr. Rufus Darkortey, the newly elected Executive Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has expressed profound thanks and appreciation to President George Manneh Weah and others for their respective efforts and whatever roles they played when he was elected to the position by the Board of Governors of the Continental Financial powerhouse on Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Accra, Ghana.

About a day after his landmark election, Darkortey, who is the first Liberian to occupy the position took to his social media page to express how grateful he was to those who helped in the process, saying “I am honored and humbled for this great opportunity. I owe a debt of gratitude and reverence to all for this remarkable opportunity”. 

The Liberian economist proffered his profound thanks and profound gratitude to President George Manneh Weah for what he called the President’s leadership in preferring him for the position as well as reposing his confidence in him to represent Liberia at the Bank.

He also commended Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr whom he described as his “boss” for “his leadership, guidance and mentorship for success that has led to this position. Going further the new AfDB Executive Director expressed thanks and appreciation to Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Falo McGill, other government officials and colleagues who graciously supported their “work collectively to deliver development in Liberia”.

Darkortey also commended the Governors of his constituency member countries including the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan for their confidence reposed in him.

He also looked inward to praise his wife, Mrs. Joan Curran Darkortey, his two sons and parents in law for the level of support, prayers and encouragement throughout the years.

 “The level of underdevelopment and low economic growth in Liberia, my Constituency Member Countries, Africa and the world as a whole has inspired and motivated my professional and private desires to strive for a more economically and infrastructurally developed Africa.

“As such, I want to pledge and assure my commitment to upholding the objectives and values of the Bank in spurring growth and development on the African Continent”, he concluded.

Mr. Darkortay who comes to the job with a wealth of experience, was already employed with the AfDB as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Constituency from 2018 to 2019. He also served as the Alternate Executive Director at the Bank from 2020 up to his election as Executive Director on May 26, 2022.

Mr. Rufus N. Darkortey’s new portfolio as the Executive Director for the Constituency means he will be representing The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan; and will serve as one of the 20 Board of Directors of the Bank representing 81 countries from across the world to steer the affairs of the Bank.

Prior to working with the Bank, Mr. Darkortey served as the Senior Economic and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Hon. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., with focus on fostering economic, fiscal, monetary, and other development related matters of the country, including public and private sector stakeholders engagements, both at the national and international levels to facilitate the coordination, formulation and implementation of the country’s development plan, the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

Rufus N. Darkortey is a seasoned economist and a financial and development professional with more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, including multilateral and commercial institutions.

The AfDB Executive Director also worked with the Forest City Real Estate Trust (a leading commercial and residential real estate development, management, and servicing company with $8 billion in assets); KeyBank NA (10th largest bank in the U.S. with $136 billion in assets); and the State of Ohio Human Services Department (serving over 11 million people in that State).

His professional experiences include economic development, infrastructure and real estate development; revenue performance management and domestic resources mobilization; fiscal and monetary policy framework formulation and management; budgetary and resource allocations; domestic and international trade management; small, medium, and large-sized enterprise development and investment.

From October 2010 to present, Darkortey serves the  Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI), a  Liberia/U.S-based Non-profit Organization, as CEO and President.

LEDI is a non-profit organization that is supporting the construction of modern infrastructural and economic development; small business development; youth scholarship; and foreign direct investments in Liberia. Current projects include modern state of the art public library construction in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia; annual youth academic scholarships; small business training and micro-business grants; and the provision of other philanthropic aid.

As Compliance Accountant/Analyst for the Pilothouse Advisors based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Darkortey, from January 2017 to March 2018, provided financial advisory and consultancy services to clients to drive their business solutions. Provided capital markets, risk management, and financial analysis solutions; analyzed, evaluated, and prepared materials for capital markets transactions; utilized market knowledge to prepare and manage various comparables for clients’ financial transactions; analyzed financial reports of clients to identify market trends for fund investments; and identified and mitigated various risk segments of clients’ line of business, including compliance, operational, market, and strategic risks.

Mr. Darkortey holds a Master and a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Economics from the Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, the United States of America; and an Associate Degree in Computer Science from the A.M.E. Zion Community College in Monrovia, Liberia (Cum Laude).

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB or ADB) or Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD) is a multilateral development finance institution headquartered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, since September 2014.The AfDB is a financial provider to African governments and private companies investing in the regional member countries (RMC).

The AfDB was founded in 1964 by the Organization of African Unity, which is the predecessor of the African Union. The AfDB comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund.

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