Uganda’s Prominent Economist Alex Mubiru Appointed Acting Director General Of African Development Bank

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: Ugandan economist Dr. Alex Mubiru has been appointed Acting Director-General of the African Development Bank Group (ADB) effective December 17, 2021.

”The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alex Mubiru as Acting Director-General, Cabinet Office of the President, effective from December 17, 2021. Dr. Mubiru, a citizen of Uganda, will hold this position until further notice, given the appointment of the Director-General of the Office of the President, Yacine Fal, as Acting Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery. In addition to his role as Acting Director-General, he will retain his position as Director (Strategy and Delivery) in the Office of the President” . ADC announced.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Mubiru thanked ADB President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for the confidence and trust in him to serve in the new role further expressing his willingness to drive ADB’s growth strategy.

“I am grateful to President Adesina for the confidence and trust in me to serve in this role as Acting Director-General, Cabinet Office of the President. We have a great and effective team in the Office of the President and we have been very fortunate to have Ms. Yacine Fal as our Director-General. I will do my best to uphold the leadership and the high standard she has set and ensure smooth and effective coordination of the work and activities of the Cabinet Office of the President during her call to duty to serve the Bank in another capacity as Acting Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery.” Mubiru said.

About Alex Mubiru

Alex Mubiru is a son to Joseph Mubiru, the former governor of Bank of Uganda who allegedly disappeared in 1972 during the then-president Idi Amin’s regime.

Dr. Mubiru worked as a Research Associate, International Economics Program, at the Thailand Development Research Institute (1994-1995) and later on as  Project Economist for the World Bank, Thailand Office (1999-2001). He was Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore (2001-2008) and Assistant Professor of Social Science, Singapore Management University (2008-2009).

He joined the African Development Bank as a Principal Research Economist (2009-2010); then served as Principal Country Economist, Tanzania Country Office (2010-2012); Lead Strategy Advisor, Strategy and Operations Policy Department (2012-2014) as part of the core group that coordinated the development of the Bank’s 2013-2022 Ten-Year Strategy; and as Task Manager for the development of the Bank’s 2013-2017 Private Sector Strategy.

He was appointed Manager, Resource Mobilization Department (2014-2018). In June 2018, African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina appointed him as Country Manager, Tanzania Country Office, where he managed a portfolio of more than $2.3 billion. He was appointed as Director (Strategy and Delivery) in the Office of the President in November 2020.

Dr. Mubiru holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from Macalester College, USA (1992); a Master’s in Public Affairs (1996) and a PhD in Public Affairs (2000) both from Princeton University, USA.

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