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Division Manager, NEPAD - Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility

Shem Simuyemba is an Economist with over 25 years’ experience in addressing development challenges facing Africa and the developing world working with African policy makers, private sector and industry leaders, financiers and donors, covering economic development and policy reforms; regional integration; trade development and facilitation; value chains and  competitiveness; infrastructure development and financing; project preparation and development with a focus on regional infrastructure projects in Africa.

He is currently Fund Manager for the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF), a multi-donor Special Fund administered by the African Development Bank (AfDB) which supports African countries and specialized regional infrastructure organizations to prepare bankable regional infrastructure projects in energy, transport, ICT and trans-boundary water for financing from public and private sector sources to move these projects to implementation to achieve sustainable socio-economic development outcomes.

In addition to working closely with the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Agency, Regional Economic Community (RECs) and African Governments in the implementation major continental infrastructure initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), he has worked with Power Pools and key stakeholders on regional energy markets as well as preparation and development of major energy projects across the continent.

He holds a B.A. (Economics) from the University of Zambia (UNZA) and an M.A. (Economics) from the University of Leeds, U.K. and has worked for the Government of Zambia (GRZ); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Specialized Development Programmes and Projects across Africa with a number of Donor Agencies; and since 2011, the African Development Bank (AfDB).