March 2017

WACREN 2017's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Vice President, AfDB

Jennifer Blanke (ADB)
Jennifer Blanke is Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB). The American-Swiss citizen, who joined the Bank earlier this year, is a renowned and globally respected development economist.

With more than twenty years of experience, she is the primary responsible for carrying out two of AfDB's five strategic priorities (the High 5s): Feed Africa and Improve the Quality of Life of People in Africa through the departments she oversees (Agriculture and Agro-industry; Agricultural Finance and Rural Development; Water and Sanitation; Gender and Civil Society; Human Capital, Youth and Social Development). With her teams, Jennifer aims to make Africa a net food exporter by 2025, create 25 million jobs, and train 32 million young people over the next ten years.