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CECILIA AKINTOMIDE, OON is a seasoned professional with executive level management experience in corporate governance, institutional affairs, business reorganization and financing. She was until recently, the Secretary General of the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for managing the secretariat as well as shareholder relations involving 80 member states. She was also responsible for the work programs of the Boards, and the institution’s diplomatic relations. In addition, she was a member of the senior management coordination and operations committees and chaired the committee for the preparation of the Bank’s Annual Meetings.

Prior to her role as Secretary General, she served in several positions in the Bank, including Division Manager for Public and Private Sector Operations, in the General Counsel and Legal Services (GECL) Department, and Chief Legal Counsel, Administrative and Institutional Affairs. Cecilia currently serves on the Board of FBN Holdings, in Nigeria, where she brings in a wealth of management and legal experience spanning over 30 years post call to bar. She has practiced law in different jurisdictions, including as a Business Reorganisation Associate in the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges, in New York, and as a Junior Associate at O. Thomas & Co., Lagos.

She was a member of the United Nations election monitoring team for the 1994 presidential elections in South Africa, won by Nelson Mandela. She was awarded Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2014 for her meritorious contributions in the field of International Development. She is experienced in working and leading in a multicultural and bilingual environment. Cecilia is a frequent speaker at international events on Law, Development and Gender. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar and the New York Bar.

She holds gold and bronze medals in swimming, and is a Deacon as well as a member of the church choir.