By Anthony Nwachukwu
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the appointment of Mr. Ifechukwude Emmanuel Ezinwa as Ag. Director, Human Resources Operations, Recruitment and Client Services Department.
A statement by the bank’s Corporate Communications and External Relations Friday indicated that the appointment is effective July 1, 2022.
Commenting on the appointment, President of the AfDB Group, Akinwumi Adesina, stated: “I am pleased to appoint Ezinwa as Ag. Director of the Human Resources Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services Department.
“He has solid knowledge and hands-on experience in people management and will provide the leadership that this critical function needs at the bank during this transition period.”
In his reaction, Ezinwa commended President Adesina for the appointment, stressing that “it will provide the opportunity to further continue to drive the ongoing transformation of people and talent management, in line with the bank’s strategic business direction.”
Before his new appointment, the Nigeria-born Ezinwa was the Manager, Human Resources, Client Relations and Staff Engagement Division in the Human Resources Operations, Recruitment and Client Services Department of the bank’s People and Talent Management Complex.
Ezinwa is a seasoned people management professional, with diverse international experience across the private sector and multilateral development institutions.
He joined the AfDB in 2017 as Lead HR Operations/Advisor, with responsibility for facilitating the HR services delivery across the department and ensuring the implementation, follow-up and monitoring of departmental objectives, work-plan and results delivery.
He was responsible for case management, compliance and the day-to-day relationship management with the internal resource mechanism of the bank, including the staff council.
Additionally, Ezinwa participated actively in the drafting and design of the people management aspects of the General Capital Increase (GCI).
He was the task team manager for the comprehensive review of the staff regulations and staff rules, leading the engagement with the diverse internal and external stakeholders, to ensure the successful outcomes of the review, dissemination and implementation of the associated transformational initiatives.
As Division Manager for Client Relations and Staff Engagement, a position he occupied since January 2021, Ezinwa has been leading the HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition, as well as the Onboarding and Employee Engagement teams in the implementation of a series of people management initiatives and reforms, as an integral part of People Strategy implementation plan.
This included the e-recruitment, e-onboarding, new managers onboarding, strategic staffing, the talent councils and job family committees, among other initiatives and reforms.
Prior to joining the bank, Ezinwa worked in the Human Resources’ Vice Presidency of the World Bank for 10 years successively – as Regional Human Resources Business Partner from 2008 to 2012, and as Senior Regional Human Resources Business Partner, Africa Region from 2012 to 2017.
“In this capacity, he delivered end to end people management services to client, staff and managers across the entire value chain – strategic staffing, talent acquisition, performance and compensation management, as well as coaching and mentoring.
Between 2003 and 2007, Ezinwa worked for Nestle Central and West Africa, where he held various positions, including as Assistant Human Resources Development Manager, Central and West Africa, and subsequently the company’s Business Excellence Lead for the HR work stream of the process re-engineering and capabilities development project.
From 2000 to 2003, he was Senior Human Resources Consultant at H. Pierson Consulting and then, Administrative and Human Resources Officer for Arco Petrochemical Engineering Company Limited in Nigeria from 1998 to 2000.
Ezinwa holds a Bachelors’ degree in French from the University of Benin, Nigeria, and Masters’ degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Lagos State University.
He has attended several development and certification programmes, including the Lagos Business School and Wharton Business School. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma(Yellow Belt) practitioner, as well as Predictive Index (PI Eu-rope) Testing and Assessment Tool certified.