A lawyer by training, Valerie Dabady is an experienced international development professional with a focus on Africa. She is currently the Manager for the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) where she leads the non-statutory resource mobilization, partnerships and management of partner relations with new and emerging donors like China, India and South Korea and non-sovereign entities like the Rockefeller and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Leveraging the AfDB’s resources through trust funds and co-financing facilities is a large part of her work, and on the co-financing side, a recent success has been the signature of the PAGODA agreement with the European Union. She also oversees the operations of the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility which is an innovative risk sharing mechanism to incentivize private sector operations in low income countries.
Dabady sits on the Board of Microcred CI, one of the AfDB’s equity investments, and from 2009-2012, she was advisor to the Vice-President responsible for country and regional programs and policy which saw two notable achievements: adoption of the Bank’s decentralization policy and re-engagement with Zimbabwe. An experienced change manager, from 2013 to September 2014, she was advisor to the Vice-President responsible for the return of the Bank to Abidjan, which involved the move of 1,300 staff and their families from Tunis to Abidjan. Of note is the implementation of a comprehensive change management plan involving all stakeholders.
Dabady received her JD from Harvard Law School, her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and prior to joining the Bank, worked at the law firms of Baker & McKenzie and O’Melveny & Myers in New York. She is admitted to the Bar of New York and is also a registered PRINCE 2 Practitioner.