Edith Jibunoh is the World Bank Group’s Manager of External Affairs for East and Southern Africa. In her role, Edith is responsible for providing strategic advice on positioning, communications, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and reputation risk management to the Vice President and leadership team of the Infrastructure Vice Presidency. Her role also includes the management of the ECR teams in the four departments of the Infrastructure Vice-Presidency - Digital Development, Transport, Energy and Extractives and Infrastructure Finance.
Prior to this role, Edith was the World Bank Group’s Manager for Global Stakeholder Engagement where she was in charge of the institutions engagement with global stakeholders (civil society, faith based organizations and parliamentarians) and focused on fostering strategic partnerships based on shared values and priorities.
Edith previously worked as the Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign in Washington D.C. with oversight of the organizations policy programs in Health, Agriculture, Transparency and Accountability, and Energy. She also served as its Director of Multilateral Institutions and as Senior Manager for African Outreach.
Prior to the ONE campaign, Edith held several positions in the Nigerian government including Economist in the President’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Office and Chief of Staff to Nigeria's Minister of Finance. Edith also worked in the World Bank early in her career - in the East Asia region and in the Bank's UN office in New York.
She is a founding member of her father's environmental organization, the Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), an Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Fellow, and a member of the African Leadership Network.