Fatou B. Bensouda of Gambia has been appointed as the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague in the Netherlands. She has been serving as deputy prosecutor since 2004 and previously worked as a legal adviser and trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania. The current chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, from Argentina, will step down in June, after nine years on the job.
The World Bank has announced the appointment of Makhtar Diop of Senegal as its new vice-president for Africa. He will take up his new position in May, succeeding Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili. A former finance minister in Senegal and chair of the West African Economic and Monetary Union’s Board of Finance Ministers, Mr. Diop joined the World Bank in 2001. At the Bank he has served in various senior positions, including as country director for Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia and, most recently, Brazil.
The world’s largest international police organization has appointed Elizabeth Kuteesa of Uganda as director of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau and Regional Police Services (NRPS) unit, making her the first African woman to become an INTERPOL director. Since 2007 Ms. Kuteesa has served as assistant director for INTERPOL’s Africa region, and previously held a range of positions with the Ugandan police.