Jennifer BLANKE

Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank

Jennifer Blanke is responsible for overseeing the AfDB’s strategy and activities in agriculture, human and social development. She was previously chief economist at the World Economic Forum (WEC), where she oversaw economic research activities and projects from 2012-2017. At the WEC she was also lead economist and head of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking team, and senior programme manager responsible for developing the business, management, and technology sections of the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She has written and lectured extensively on issues related to national competitiveness and economic development. Prior to this, Dr Blanke worked for a number of years as a management consultant for Eurogroup (Mazars Group) in Paris, France, where she specialised in banking and financial market organization. Dr Blanke holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, New York, and an MA and PhD in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. She is presently member of the Canadian government’s Council of Economic Growth and holds a number of non-executive board responsibilities in the not-for-profit sector.