Thomas Sakala

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Thomas Zondo Sakala
Personal details
Born (1955-03-03) 3 March 1955 (age 68)
Marange, Zimbabwe
Alma materUniversity of Ibadan (Nigerai)
University of Sussex in the United Kingdom
ProfessionInternational civil servant

Thomas Zondo Sakala is an economist and development banker. He is most known for his role as Vice-President of the African Development Bank in charge of Country and Regional Programmes.[1] He was the SADC nominee for the Presidency of the African Development Bank (AfDB)[2][3]


Thomas Zondo Sakala holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He also undertook research work on the anticipated challenges of land and agricultural transformation in post-independent Zimbabwe at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. His early years were spent in rural Zimbabwe where he attended primary and secondary school.

Prior to joining the AfDB, Sakala worked three years as Senior Research and Principal Planning Officer in the newly created Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development in Zimbabwe, which carried out Zimbabwe's first post-independence National Manpower Survey. He was part of the Survey's central coordinating team and was one of the architects of its major policy recommendations, many of which were implemented by the Government.

At African Development Bank

Zondo Sakala has worked in, and with, African countries all through his professional career. He left the African Development Bank in October 2014. His last official position was Vice-President, Country and Regional Programmes.

During his career at the Bank, spanning 31 years, he worked in most of the operational and institutional areas of the institution.

In his last position As Vice-President, 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 programming in Africa. It also involved developing appropriate operational policies, inter alia, on integrity in procurement and fiduciary arrangements; the Bank’s strategy for its work in fragile states; and overseeing the proper implementation of policies, strategies and guidelines on gender, environment, climate change, safeguards and transition to green economies. He had shared responsibility for resource mobilization for the Bank’s soft-window (the African Development Fund) and partnerships with donor countries.

SADC Candidate as AfDB President

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) selected T.Z. Sakala as its candidate for African Development Bank Presidency in the elections on May 28, 2015. He lost the presidential race.


  1. "Organisational Structure". African Development Bank. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  2. "Zimbabwe : Zondo Thomas Sakala, candidat à la présidence de la BAD". Financial Afrik (in français). 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  3. "ZBC News Online". Retrieved 2017-11-16.

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