Mr. Gabriel Negatu
Mr. Negatu was appointed Director General, Eastern Africa Regional Hub in 2016. The Regional
Hub is part of the Bank’s new strategy to accelerate business and development impacts across
His more than 25 years of senior level program, project and portfolio management experience
includes 18 years of services at the African Development Bank. His illustrious record of
managing sector and country operations comes from serving as Senior and Principal Program
Officer, Chief Program Officer and Sector Director, where he established/led the Bank’s
Economic and Financial Governance department. He has been credited with successfully leading
the Bank’s response to the global financial crisis and spearheading the innovative use of budget
support instruments; including in fragile states.
Appointed as Country & Regional Director for Eastern Africa in 2010, he successfully piloted
the Bank’s decentralization strategy.
Presently he Directs the Bank’s largest Regional Center, responsible for 13 member countries
and a portfolio valued in excess of US$9 billion.
Mr. Negatu completed his university studies in the United States; receiving a Bachelor’s Degree
from California State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh; with
concentration in Economics and Social Development. He has also completed several
advanced studies, including at Harvard University Business School and the University of