UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Cameroonian Vera Songwe as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on 13 April to replace Guinea-Bissau Carlos Lopes, who has resigned Since 31 October 2016.
The 42-year-old Cameroonian economist was chosen from among 77 candidates, according to good sources. Vera Songwé left the World Bank group where she has beed employed since 1998. Prior to her appointment to the United Nations, she had held the position of resident representative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s specialized subsidiary In the financing of the private sector.
Prior to the IFC, Vera Songwe, who for at least two years was included in the ranking of the 100 African leaders of tomorrow published annually by the Choiseul Institute, served between 2011 and 2015 as Director of Operations for the World Bank For West African countries such as Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania.