Abdul B. Kamara has eighteen years of policy research and development banking experience working in Africa and Asia. He holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. (magna cum laude), both in agricultural economics from the German Universities of Hohenheim and Goettingenrespectively. Kamara also has professional education in Regulation of Financial Markets from the London School of Economics and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive Education program in Public Financial Management in a Changing World. He currently serves as the African Development Bank (ADB)’s Resident Representative for Sudan, where he oversees the Bank’s entire investment portfolio, initiates new programs and leads the Bank’s policy dialogue with other donors and the Government of Sudan. Between 2007 and 2010, he served as Manager of the Bank’s Research Division, where he supervised senior development researchers conducting research that seeks to address Africa’s economic and development challenges.
Kamara also served as Senior Agricultural Economist in the ADB’s Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department between 2004 and 2007, where he was awarded the Vice Presidency Merit Award 2006 for best professionals. He also has six years of research experience with CGAIR research centres, including the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Kenya), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, Washington, DC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI, South African and Ghana). His research work with the CGIAR won him Germany’s Josef G. Knoll Science Award 2002, making him the 1st Sierra Leonean and 4th African laureate of that distinctive honour. Kamara has authored and co-authored books, and is well published in reputed journals including the Oxford Journal on African Economies, the Development Policy Review (UK), Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, African Development Review (UK), Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (USA), Development Southern Africa (South Africa), and so on.