Peter Varndell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) on 17 September 2018. He has been with NBF since 2014. In his previous capacity as Programme Manager for the Africa Infrastructure Desk. His role involved providing leadership and technical expertise to help deliver the North South Corridor Rail Project This project is the cooperative efforts of seven rail operators in SADC, working together to increase intra-African trade. Peter is a chartered civil engineer with 17 years of experience in infrastructure development. His extensive experience includes interventions in the transport, energy and water sectors and has involved a strong focus on economic development and stakeholder engagement. Peter is passionate about the development of Africa and seeks to develop public-private sector collaborations that realise inclusive and sustainable economic growth.