Photo Credit Dirco: L-R Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Country Manager of the African Development Bank (AfDB) with Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mr. Alvin Botes
2 September 2022
Deputy Minister received credential letters from Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Country Manager of the African Development Bank (AfDB), resident in South Africa.
Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani is a seasoned development economist, originally from Malawi with over 20 years of experience in development finance, project management, policy advisory services, and knowledge generation, he was appointed as the regional deputy director for the Bank’s Southern Africa operations in 2021.
Commenting on his appointment in 2021, he said: “I am pleased to work with President Adesina to support execution of his vision for the Bank and the continent and accelerate delivery on the High 5s”.
Kennedy Mbekeani joined the AfDB in 2009 as Chief Trade & Regional Integration Officer, where he provided leadership in formulating the Bank’s trade assistance strategy to regional economic communities & policy research on international trade, economic integration & development.
He was Lead Regional Economist (2012-2014) at the South African Resource Centre. Prior to joining the AfDB, Mr Kennedy Mbekeani worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Trade, Debt and Globalisation Advisor for East and Southern Africa. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, and as Senior Economist at the National Institute for Economic Policy in South Africa.
Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi, MPhil (Monetary Economics) from the University of Glasgow, MA and a PhD in International Economics from the University of California. He has published on trade, regional integration, and infrastructure development in Africa.