|Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:52|
Ken Ofori-Atta is Chairman of Databank and its Co-founder. He was the Executive Chairman from 1990 until his retirement on February 14, 2012. Databank has been awarded numerous professional, social and leadership awards during his incumbency including being awarded the 2007 Most Respected Company in Ghana.
Ken is a director of two publicly listed companies – Enterprise Group Ltd and Trust Bank Ltd of The Gambia of which he is Chairman. He is a Director at the International Bank of Liberia and is also a Board Member of the Acumen Fund, a global Private Equity Social Investment Fund and Chairman of AgriFund Manager Ltd a US30m private equity for SME agribusiness in Africa.Ken has keen interest in education. He is on the Boards of New York University in Ghana, Central University College, University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies. He is also Chairman of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Science of the University of Ghana; and a member of the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University. He is Co-founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Prior to co-founding Databank, Ken worked at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers on Wall Street in New York. Ken went to Achimota School in Accra, Ghana; he has a BA in Economics from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Ken was honoured as a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University and a John Jay fellow at Columbia University. He was twice honoured by PWC Ghana as one of the Most Respected CEOs in Ghana. Ken is a committed Christian.He is married to Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta (a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Ghana Medical School). They have three children and live in Accra.
Stephen Cashin is the founder and CEO of Pan African Capital Group, LLC (PACG). Established in 2004, PACG focuses on three key areas; investment banking and advisory services, asset management, and private equity throughout Africa. Investments include financial services, technology and agribusiness.
Yofi Grant is a non-Executive Director of Databank Brokerage Ltd, Databank Private Equity Ltd and Databank Financial Services Ltd. Prior to his retirement on December 31, 2012, Yofi was an Executive Director with responsibilities to Databank Financial Service Ltd and Databank Private Equity Ltd and was Chairman of Databank Brokerage from 2003 to 2009.
Yofi has over 23 years experience in banking and finance. Prior to his joining Databank in September 1996, he was at Cal (Merchant) Bank for seven years in a number of capacities including head of capital markets. His experience includes treasury, credit and marketing, financial restructuring and management, divestiture and privatization as well as equity, debt and project finance and significant capital markets practice and private equity. He has been team leader of a number of ground breaking transactions in the domestic capital markets whilst at Databank. Yofi has developed excellent relationships with major participants in the domestic financial markets and international fund managers in Europe and the USA, thereby acquiring extensive distribution and networking capability. He also has developed very significant relationships and networks within the domestic business environment. He has spoken on various issues relating to finance in Africa and African Capital markets in the conferences and seminars in the US, UK and in Africa. Yofi consulted for the UNDP's Africa Asia Business Forum (AABF) from 2000 to 2001, building strong relationships with African and Asian business people. He was on the board of GT Vodafone (GT), where he became Chairman of of the Board of GT ONETouch (a mobile telephony operator) from 2005 to 2008. He served as advisory Board member of the Oversight Committee of the Ghana Medium Term Private Sector Development Strategy from 2002 to 2008. He was a member of the Special Presidential Team for Ghana Asia Business from 2002 to 2008. He was also the Chairman of the Listing Committee of the Ghana Stock Exchange, a member of the Governing Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange. He is currently Chairman of the Finance Sector Committee of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), where he is a National Council member. He serves on a number of private sector company boards. Additionally he has been an adjunct lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the West African Institute of Finance and Economic Management (WAIFEM) as well as the National Banking College in Ghana.
Yofi, as a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). He serves on the board of ALIWA which is engaged in promoting the principles of good and responsible leadership in the region.
Yofi holds a B.Sc in Psychology and studied for an M.Phil at the University of Ghana Legon.
Keli Gadzekpo is co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the Databank Group. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Group, he was responsible for the overall financial and administrative management of the firm; and garnered a solid reputation of having in-depth knowledge and understanding of domestic and international capital markets.
Keli holds a BSc in Accounting from Brigham Young University in the US and is a qualified CPA from the US where he worked with KPMG Peat Marwick in the Washington DC office and with Steuart Petroleum in a number of capacities.
He is a Mason Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he obtained a Masters in Public Administration – Class of 2006; and is a member of the Index Advisory Council of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; an African initiative that has been established to stimulate debates on good governance across sub-Saharan Africa and the world, to provide objective criteria by which citizens can hold their Governments to account and to acknowledge and support exemplary African Leadership.
Keli is the Chairman of the Databank Foundation, which is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the Databank Group and has for the past ten years concentrated on three main areas - leadership development, education and mental health.
He is on the boards of Enterprise Group Limited (EGL) – a financial services company; sits on the Academic Board of The Roman Ridge School, an Accra-based school which caters for elementary to upper secondary education; and serves on the board of Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC). NCRC is an NGO which is involved in the development of rural ecotourism and community protected areas as a means of economic development and resource conservation. Keli is married with two children.
Ernest D. Akore is an Executive Director - Databank Brokerage and Retail Services. He worked with Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank in California for fifteen years. With a track record of demonstrated excellence in the banking industry, he relocated to West Africa in 2001 where he took up the position of Chief Operating Officer of Trust Bank Limited in the Gambia. After helping with the reorganization of Trust Bank Gambia, he moved back home to Ghana as Executive Director of Databank’s newly constituted Client Services unit.
Ernest holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College, California and a MBA from United States International University’s School of Management, San Diego, California