|Valerie Dabady Liverani
Valerie Dabady Liverani is an experienced international development professional. A transactional and policy lawyer by training, currently, she serves as the Manager in the Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) where she focuses on partnerships with traditional donor countries such as Japan and the US, and non-sovereign actors such as philanthropic and corporate foundations. From 1998-2009, she was principal legal counsel at the African Development Bank where she worked on award winning deals in Africa in the power, equity and transportation sectors.
Ms. Dabady Liverani’s experience is both in public and private sector financing, including project finance, investment in equity funds, and funding to regional African banking institutions. She has worked extensively across the African continent and has been responsible for AfDB’s lending to countries as diverse as Ethiopia, Tanzania, Egypt, Rwanda and Burkina Faso. From 2009-2012, as an Advisor to the Vice-President of AfDB, she led multi-country programs resulting in AfDB’s re-engagement with Zimbabwe and the adoption of the organization’s decentralization roadmap.
From 2013 to September 2014, Ms. Dabady Liverani was manager for the return of AfDB to its Headquarters in Abidjan, a major change management exercise and the first of its kind, involving the move of 1300 staff and their families from Tunis to Abidjan. In the context of this exercise, she worked to ensure the continuity of the Bank’s business and operations, to oversee the phased return of staff to Abidjan and to implement a comprehensive change and communication management plan involving all stakeholders. She received her JD from Harvard Law School (’92), her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University (’89) and worked at the law firms of Baker & McKenzie and O’Melveny & Myers in New York.