International Fund for Agricultural Development: Announcing the New Director, OPV

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president made an announcement today.

International Fund for Agricultural Development:  Announcing the New Director, OPV

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president made an announcement today.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Perin Saint Ange, the current Director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Division (ESA), has agreed to become the Director of the Office of the President and Vice-President and Chief of Staff. Perin will take up his new responsibilities effective 1 February 2015.

Perin has had a long and successful career, both within IFAD, FAO and in the external public and private sectors. Perin joined IFAD in 1998 as a Country Portfolio Manager in what was then the Africa I division, going on to become a Country Programme Manager and then a Loans Officer in the Office of the Controller. In 2007 he returned to Africa I (which later became WCA) as a Portfolio Advisor, before becoming the Director of ESA in 2012. Prior to joining IFAD, Perin’s extensive experience included serving as the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture in his home country of Seychelles, as well as an Agricultural Economist at the FAO Investment Centre, carrying out various assignments as an economist and natural resource management and agricultural specialist.

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I know I speak for all of my EMC colleagues and the staff of OPV when I say how fortunate we are to have a person with such an extensive, broad and relevant background join us for the final years of my term. The coming years will be both exciting and challenging, and Perin will be an important asset in helping all of us at IFAD make those years successful, for the ultimate benefit of the rural poor we all serve.
Perin also leaves an important legacy in ESA that we must preserve and we will immediately begin to seek a replacement for him. Although we would normally advertise director level positions externally, this time we will focus our vacancy advertisement first on internal candidates, given the very strong pool of potential applicants.

Please join me in welcoming Perin to his new position, and please offer him the support and collaboration he will need to help all of us become even more productive and effective.”

Perin Saint Ange is brother of the current Minister of Culture and Tourism Alain St Ange.

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