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Ms. Grace Kaimila Kanjo

Director, Finance & Administration

Grace Kaimila-Kanjo returned to ACBF in February 2017 in the position of Director of Finance and Administration, after spending 21 months as Senior Capacity Building Advisor for Africa for the Rise Up program of the Public Health Institute, University of California. She is a seasoned development professional with over 29 years of technical work experience in international development and organizational development amassed through her work with international organisations and academia.   

In the period between April 2010 and May 2015, she was part of the senior management team at ACBF where she served in various capacities, first as Chief Operating Officer, then Director of Corporate Affairs and as Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary.  Before joining ACBF Ms Kaimila-Kanjo served for 10 years in various management capacities at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), a foundation within the global network of foundations founded by philanthropist George Soros, vis, Education Program Manager, Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. 

Prior to working for OSISA, Ms. Kaimila-Kanjo worked in various capacities for UNICEF and UNDP in Malawi, and as a consultant for various international organizations in Malawi and the African region, providing training and technical advisory services.  She has also served as a faculty member in the department of Communication Studies at the University of Malawi.

Ms. Kaimila-Kanjo holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Malawi, a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University in Canada, and an Executive Master’s degree in International Education Policy Studies. She also holds a number of professional certificates in management, training, communication and international development.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.


H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.


H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.


Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.


Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.


Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana
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