Kapil Kapoor

Senior Fellow


Kapil Kapoor is the immediate past Director General, Southern Africa, at the African Development Bank Group. In this capacity, he provided leadership to a team of about 150 staff and an active portfolio of about 200 projects and programs across 13 countries in Southern Africa, valued in excess of US$12 billion.

Immediately prior to this position, he was the Director for Strategy and Operational Policies at the Bank. In this capacity, he led the preparation of the Bank’s Long Term Strategy; its Private Sector Development Strategy and, more recently, the “High5” strategies for agricultural transformation and “Jobs for Youth”. He has played a central role in developing and implementing several key policy initiatives that the Bank has implemented in recent years such as the establishment of the multi-billion dollar Africa50 Fund to scale up infrastructure finance in Africa and the diversification of the Bank’s Credit Policy to provide eligible African Development Fund (ADF) countries access to resources from the ADB window.

Dr. Kapoor has an established track record of effectively engaging Governments in high level policy dialogue, catalyzing policy change in a variety of difficult economic and political settings and supporting development initiatives through innovative project finance. As a manager and development economist with the World Bank for over twenty years, he managed an annual portfolio of projects in excess of $1 billion. He has led numerous development initiatives in diverse country settings, ranging from fragile states like Afghanistan and Somalia, to small island economies like Mauritius and Sri Lanka, to large and fast growing economies like Bangladesh and India. Prior to joining the African Development Bank Group in 2012, he held a series of senior positions with the World Bank Group, the most recent of which included the World Bank’s Representative for Uganda and Zambia and the World Bank’s Sector Manager for its poverty reduction, economic management and governance program in Asia.Dr. Kapoor is a member of the Executive Board of the Kukuza Project Development Company as well as the Brazil-Africa Institute. He holds a PhD degree in Economics and an MBA degree in Finance.