Thomas Zondo Sakala is an experienced Development Banker. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He was appointed the CEO of the IDBZ in September 2015. He has worked in, and with, African Countries all through his professional career. He left the African Development Bank (AfDB) in October 2014 after a career spanning 31 years and acquired a broad network of contacts, which aspect is invaluable in the Bank`s resource mobilization initiatives. His last official position was Vice President, Country and Regional Programmes. As Vice-President for Programmes in the AfDB, he had broad oversight of the dialogue between the Bank and all African countries. His responsibilities included coordination of the preparation and approval of the country and regional strategies and programmes in Africa.
Previously he had held such positions as Manager, Social Sector & Microfinance Projects in East Africa; Manager, Education Projects for North, East and Southern Africa; Resident Representative in Nigeria; Director, Reforms Implementation; Director, Programming, Budget and Strategy; and, Acting Vice President, Corporate Services.