35 years of advancing and integrating Eastern and Southern Africa
Mr. Tadesse is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tadesse served as a top executive for 10 years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he was responsible for international finance and investment, as well as corporate strategy. Much earlier in his career, he served in various management and technical capacities with specialized UN agencies.
Mr. Tadesse is the vice-chairman of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa. He serves on several international boards and trust funds. An Economist and Banker, Mr. Tadesse qualified at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Wits Business School and the University of Western Ontario.
He also trained in advanced management and banking at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
Mr. Awori has over 18 years of investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and corporate banking experience and has advised and executed over $15 billion of Capital Markets and M&A transactions. Prior to his appointment at TDB, he was the Regional Head of Debt Finance, East Africa at Barclays, responsible for originating, structuring and executing corporate and sovereign debt transactions.
Prior to Barclays, Mr. Awori advised on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions for Global Industrials clients at Citigroup in Chicago.
Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Awori spent 9 years with JPMorgan in Chicago in the Asset Based Lending and Corporate Banking divisions. Mr. Awori holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Goshen College.
Dr. Frannie Léautier is an African finance and development expert, with long-standing global experience leading and transforming organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit spheres. Prior to joining TDB, she served as Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank, Vice President at the World Bank Group, and Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation.
In addition to having founded two companies, Dr. Léautier is a Board Member, Trustee, Special Advisor, Founder and Member of a number of prestigious international organisations, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), OCP Group, African Risk Capacity (ARC), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Institute for Security Studies (IIS), King Baudouin Foundation USA (KBFUS), Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology (NM-AIST), and others. Likewise, she is a well-recognised author and academic, having published numerous books, articles and papers in international development and having taught Masters-level courses at Sciences Po, MIT, Harvard, Duke, and the University of Tokyo.
In addition to her Civil Engineering Degree from Dar es Salaam University and a Transportation Masters from MIT, Dr. Léautier holds a PhD in Infrastructure Systems from MIT, and honorary degrees from North Central College and Lancaster University.
Mr. Bamlango has over 13 years of extensive experience as a lawyer in the finance and commercial banking sectors. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bamlango was a Partner in the Finance Group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Chicago, in the United States.
His practice was focused on domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged finance, project finance, debt capital markets, structured finance, and derivative transactions. He represented financial institutions, private equity funds, real estate funds, and corporate borrowers, in addition to serving on a number of firm management committees. Previously Mr. Bamlango worked as an Associate in the Finance and Banking Group of Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.
He also previously worked as a buyside equity analyst for an investment management firm in Chicago. Mr. Bamlango holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Licence in law from the Université Lille 2, and a Graduat in law from the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs. He is a member of the State Bar of Illinois. He is fluent in English, French, Swahili, and Lingala.
Ms. Ntare joined the Bank in April 2014 with over 26 years of experience in accounting and finance. She was previously employed by the Central Bank of Rwanda for 20 years in several capacities including as Director General for Financial Stability and Director of Supervision of Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
She also worked at the Tanzania Electric Supply Company. Ms. Ntare holds Advanced Diploma in Accountancy and a MBA from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR)