Kagame who is the Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC).
Nardos Bekele-Thomas assumed duties on 1st May 2022.
Her appointment as the new CEO of AUDA-NEPAD was endorsed by the African Union Heads of State and Government during the Thirty-Fifth Ordinary Session of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February 2022.
She is the first woman to lead the African Union’s Development Agency. Nardos Bekele-Thomas previously served as the former Head and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa. She replaced Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki.