Vera Songwe

Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Dr. Vera Songwe is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa. She has a long-standing track record of providing policy advice on development and a wealth of experience in delivering development results for Africa, as well as a demonstrated strong and clear strategic vision for the continent. She has served as Regional Director of the International Finance Corporation, was Country Director for the World Bank and Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe and Central and South Asia. She is widely published and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative.