Some Top Ghanaian Bankers on Global Stage

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Sebastian Ashong-Katai
Sebastian Ashong-Katai Group Head, Financial Institutions & International Organisations, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Togo
Sebastian Ashong-Katai
Group Head, Financial Institutions & International Organisations, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Togo

Sebastian has been the Group Head for the Financial Institutions and International Organizations (FIIO) client segment at the Ecobank Group since 2010. In this role, Sebastian has managed the Ecobank Group’s global correspondent network to support a diverse and reciprocal business that covers Corporate & Investment Banking, Consumer Banking and even microfinance across 36 countries in Africa.

The second part of his current role involves managing the Group’s relationship with key multi-lateral firms and private actors globally and regionally in Africa.

Prior to joining Ecobank, he worked with the Standard Bank of South Africa, and he also at Citigroup. He holds a MSc. in Shipping, Trade & Finance from the Sir Costas Grammenos International Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance at the Cass Business School, City University, London and a BA in Economics & Accounting from the University of Ghana, Legon.

 

 

 


Michael Larbie
Michael Larbie CEO, Nigeria & Regional Head: West Africa, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)
Michael Larbie
CEO, Nigeria & Regional Head: West Africa, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Michael Larbie is the CEO of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), Nigeria and West Africa. He is also a member of the FirstRand Group International Executive Committee and a member of the RMB Africa Management Board and the RMB Investment Banking Board.

Prior to that, Michael was the Head of Investment Banking & Coverage for the rest of Africa outside South Africa at RMB South Africa. Michael joined RMB in 2010 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Sub Saharan Africa (Excluding South Africa) and Head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking for Africa in London.

Prior to Merrill Lynch, he worked with American International Group (AIG) in New York.  He also chairs the board of First National Bank (FNB) Ghana Limited.

He holds a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton Business School and a degree in Accounting and Sociology from the University of Ghana Business School.


Dr Charles Boamah
Dr Charles Boamah Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Dr Charles Boamah
Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Dr Charles O. Boamah was appointed Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in April 2017.

He previously served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the AfDB for the past six years and as Acting First Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

Over the past six years, Boamah has successfully led major resource mobilization drives for the Bank, including the most recent replenishment of the African Development Fund, the establishment in 2015 of the Africa Growing Together Fund, a US$2 billion co-financing facility, successful negotiation of a US$3 billion co-financing facility under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance Facility for Africa.

He joined the AfDB in 1996 from Wells Fargo Bank. Dr Boamah started his career with Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers – PwC) in Accra (1978 to 1980) and in Los Angeles (1982-1985). Charles Boamah holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon, MBA in Finance from the UCLA, USA. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Dr Victoria Kwakwa
Dr Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice-President, East Asia & Pacific Region
Dr Victoria Kwakwa
World Bank Vice-President, East Asia & Pacific Region

Dr. Victoria Kwakwa was appointed the new Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific in April 2016.

She leads the Bank’s advisory and lending operations in the region and oversees strategic engagement with the region’s 23 member countries. Dr. Kwakwa was previously the World Bank’s Country Director of Vietnam, overseeing a multibillion-dollar lending portfolio and an innovative knowledge program.

Before moving to Hanoi, Kwakwa was the Country Manager for Rwanda. From 2000 to 2006, she was a senior economist and lead economist in Abuja, Nigeria, where she set up a program of state-level analytical work and provided policy advice on how to efficiently and transparently manage oil revenues. She joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 1989.

She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon and a master’s and doctorate from Queen’s University in Canada.


Samuel Ashitey Adjei
Samuel Ashitey Adjei, Ecobank MD, Central, Eastern, and Southern African (CESA) Countries
Samuel Ashitey Adjei
Ecobank MD, Central, Eastern, and Southern African (CESA) Countries

Samuel Ashitey Adjei, was appointed Managing Director for the Ecobank Group’s newly created region, Central, Eastern, and Southern African (CESA) Countries, consisting of 18 subsidiaries effective April, 2016.

Until his appointment, Adjei was the MD of Ecobank Ghana Limited, the most profitable subsidiary in all of the bank’s operations in Africa. Sam Adjei was credited with Ecobank Ghana’s outstanding performance in the last several years.

After assuming the position of Managing Director for Ecobank Ghana in 2006, he and his team built the bank from eight to 78 branches.

He spent the significant part of his career with Ecobank which he joined in 1990 and held several business leadership positions until his appointment as Managing Director. Prior to the MD role, he was Deputy Managing Director for a year, and following that, was an executive director, and head of Corporate Banking & Treasury.


Kweku Bedu-Addo
Kweku Bedu-Addo - Standard Chartered Bank’s CEO for the Southern Africa Region comprising Mauritius, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and South Africa.
Kweku Bedu-Addo
Standard Chartered Bank’s CEO for the Southern Africa Region comprising Mauritius, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and South Africa.

Bedu-Addo has worked for Standard Chartered Group for over sixteen years, six of which was as CEO for Ghana. He was the first Ghanaian to be appointed to the CEO position in Standard Chartered Ghana’s 120 year history. In October 2015, he was appointed CEO for the West Africa 2 cluster comprising Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

Prior to becoming CEO, Bedu-Addo was a Managing Director in the Wholesale Bank Division of the Standard Chartered Bank Group during which he worked in several countries including Zambia, Singapore and across West Africa with responsibilities in origination, coverage and project management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lisa Opoku
Lisa Opoku - Chief Operating Officer & Global Strategist, Goldman Sachs
Lisa Opoku
Chief Operating Officer & Global Strategist, Goldman Sachs

Lisa Opoku, who was also recently appointed to chief operating officer role for engineering (Tech division and Strategy groups). Opoku moved over from securities division to the technology division in June 2017.

Lisa, the 46 year old mother of two is arguably one of the world’s leading investment banking executives, making significant impact at the highest levels of business. US-based Black Enterprise magazine named the Wall Street executive one of its 2012 “40 Rising Stars Under 40” and one of “75 Most Powerful Women in Business” for 2010. She is the Chief Operating Officer for Goldman Sachs’ securities division for the Asia Pacific region.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1996.

 

 

 

 


Amisshaddai Owusu-Amoah
Amisshaddai Owusu-Amoah, CEO, Bank of Africa, Tanzania
Amisshaddai Owusu-Amoah
CEO, Bank of Africa, Tanzania

Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah has held the position of Managing Director of Bank of Africa, Tanzania since July 2011.

He is the former managing director of uniBank Ghana (from 2008-2011) and he contributed significantly to the achievement of uniBank since its inception and was deputy managing director before succeeding Joe Tetteh as managing director in 2009. His career started at Standard Chartered Bank where he was the head of operations & technology, Ghana and before joining uniBank, he was the group head of operations, at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI).
He has a MBA degree from the Henley Management College, UK and a degree from KNUST, Ghana.

 

 

 


Benjamin Dabrah
Benjamin Dabrah, MD, Finance Bank of Zambia
Benjamin Dabrah
MD, Finance Bank of Zambia

Atlas Mara Limited, completed the acquisition of Finance Bank Zambia (FZB) last year and appointed Benjamin Dabrah as its Managing Director.

The sub-Sahara African financial services group also owns BancABC Zambia which will eventually be merged with FZB to form one entity.

Benjamin T. Dabra has been Managing Director at Finance Bank Zambia Limited since July, 2016. He previously served as the Chief Risk Officer of Standard Chartered Africa Limited since May 2013 and prior to that was the Managing Director of Barclays Bank PLC since November, 2008 and before then he served as the Director of Credit of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC. He served as the Regional Credit Director in West Africa for Standard Bank of South Africa.

He is a graduate of Hull University in the United Kingdom (UK), and the KNUST in Ghana.


Andrew Okai
Andrew Okai, COO, Stanchart, Singapore
Andrew Okai
COO, Stanchart, Singapore

Okai was appointed in February this year as the Global Chief Operating Officer for Retail Banking at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore.

Previously, he was CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Zambia.

In the past, he served as Head of Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana. Andrew has also worked in Ghana, South Africa and Hong Kong. Prior to running consumer banking in Ghana, Andrew was Regional Head of Banks for Transaction Banking, Africa, based in Johannesburg, where he oversaw the successful integration of Standard Chartered’s acquisition of American Express Bank.

Andrew holds Masters degrees in Business Administration and Food Processing Technology and is also a Full Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

 


Joana Bannerman
Joana Bannerman, CEO, Access Bank, Zambia
Joana Bannerman
CEO, Access Bank, Zambia

Joana Bannerman was appointed as Managing Director of Access Bank Zambia in November 2016. Prior to her appointment, she was Group Head, Commercial Banking for Access Bank Ghana Ltd.

Joana began her career in 1991 at the Women’s World Bank as Project Officer and thereafter worked with the US Peace Corps. In 1993, she joined the Agricultural Development Bank as an Officer in the Foreign Operations Department, where she was part of a pioneering team that established the Western Union Money Transfer Service in Ghana. She was later recruited by the Guaranty Trust Bank Ghana in 2006 as Head of Foreign Operations Unit and later became the Group Head for Commercial Banking & Trade Finance.

Joana Bannerman holds a BSc. (Hons) in Agriculture (Economics Major) from the KNUST, Ghana and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana, Legon.

 

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