A Japanese citizen, Atsuko Toda is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience with international institutions. She joined the Bank in December 2016 as Director of the Agriculture Finance and Rural Infrastructure Development Department. In her current function, she is responsible for the Bank’s investments in private sector agribusiness companies, mainstreaming disaster risk finance, and developing Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs) across Africa. In March 2021, she was appointed Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human & Social Development, a capacity in which she served until June 2021. Before joining the Bank, Atsuko worked at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on rural development projects in Asia and Africa. Between 2004 and 2012. she held several positions in different emerging countries of Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, and Nepal. In 2012, Atsuko moved to Africa as the IFAD Country Director for the Nigeria country programme. Having managed a portfolio of rural development and value chain projects, Atsuko has a personal commitment to innovation in projects and investments that reach people. Atsuko holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, with specialization in rural finance, from the International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan; a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with specialization in multi-cultural societies, from the Doshisha University of Kyoto, Japan; and a diploma in Developmental Studies from Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.