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Co-Founder & Chairman, Databank Group
Keli Gadzekpo is co-Founder and Chairman of the Databank Group. He is the Chairman of the Databank Foundation, which is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the Databank Group with a focus on three main areas – leadership development, education and mental health, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Group Ltd. Keli has served as Executive Vice-Chairman and as Group CEO of Databank. During his tenure at Databank, Keli garnered a solid reputation of having in-depth knowledge and understanding of domestic and international capital markets.
He 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 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.
He is a Mason Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he obtained a Masters in Public Administration – Class of 2006. He 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.
Stephen Douglas Cashin
Stephen Douglas 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. PACG has a portfolio of investments primarily in West Africa, with a significant focus in financial services. PACG also advises US and international companies on investments in the infrastructure, natural resources and other areas across the continent.
Stephen was founder and has served as Managing Director and head of the Washington Office of Modern Africa Fund Managers, LLC from 1998 until 2004. He was responsible for identifying the majority of the investors in Modern Africa Growth and Investment Company LLC, a $105 million fund capitalized by private institutional investors and leveraged with the support of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He was integrally involved in identifying and structuring Modern Africa’s investments and management of the portfolio.
He serves on a number of boards including International Bank (Liberia) Limited, one of the strongest and oldest bank in Liberia; Feronia Inc, an agricultural business listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange engaged in acquiring and consolidating farm land and operations in Africa; DiscoveryTel, a communications company carrying traffic into and out of Africa from the US; the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; Africare, Better Way Foundation, and the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
Stephen served on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa as Vice Chair in 2007 and as a board member from 1999 to 2007; he served on the African Wildlife Foundation as Chair of the Finance Committee from 2005 to 2008. He is a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA), the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and speaks at numerous events focused on the development of Africa’s financial markets. He has participated in numerous initiatives focused on generating growth in the African Markets.
He graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has his MBA from Boston College.
Yoofi Grant is a non-Executive Director of Databank Brokerage Ltd., Databank Private Equity Ltd. and Databank Financial Services LTD. He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). He serves on the board of ALIWA, which engages in promoting the principles of good and responsible leadership in the region.
Yofi has over 23 years’ experience in banking and finance. Prior to his joining Databank in September 1996, he worked at CAL Bank Ltd 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 was team leader of a number of ground breaking transactions in the domestic capital markets while at Databank
Prior to his retirement on December 31, 2012, Yoofi was an Executive Director with responsibilities to Databank Financial Services Ltd and Databank Private Equity Ltd, and was a Chairman of Databank Brokerage from 2003 to 2009. He is a Partner at GrantDupuis Investment Management Ltd, a real estate management and investment firm in Ghana.
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 capabilities. 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 the Board of GT ONETouch, (now Vodafone – 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 holds a B.Sc in Psychology and an M.Phil from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Geta served as GENERAL COUNSEL of the Databank Group. She set up and headed the Legal and Regulatory Compliance unit of the Databank Group of companies comprising of Asset Management, Brokerage, Corporate Finance and Private Equity services. Her duties included legal advisory for all internal and external clientele; managing the Group’s legal risk exposure; maintaining a culture of zero tolerance for non-compliance and delivering legal and compliance training to the Group. Geta was responsible for ensuring that the Databank Group and related mutual fund companies adopted the best corporate governance practices. She provided and supervised company secretarial services for all Group and mutual fund companies, and was the chair of the Group’s Disciplinary Committee.
She has 30 years’ work experience encompassing an integrated legal practice involving corporate law and litigation; top management level positions in business administration, public policy and investment banking. She has excellent problem solving and writing skills, as well as strong professional and communication skills, that have been successfully harnessed to build productive relationships and further her organizational and personal goals.
Prior to her role at Databank, Geta worked at the Institute of Economic Affairs as a Promgrammes Coordinator, and Sydals Limited as a business administrator. She acquired Legal practice at Middle Temple in the UK, and Tetteh & Co. in Ghana.
Geta graduated from Henley Business School (UK) with an MBA and Warwick University, U.K. with joint honors in Law and Sociology.
Prof Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta
Angela Ofori-Atta is a Clinical Psychologist (and a senior lecturer) at the University of Ghana Medical School. Angela has taught and practiced as a clinical psychologist at the University of Ghana Medical Center where she was a commonwealth scholar for six years. Between 1994 and 1998, she was part of a team that set up mental health services in the most deprived region of Ghana; the Upper West Region. She also set up and ran two volunteer organizations: Youthwatch for AIDS which taught 10,000 pupils about HIV/AIDS from an empowerment and psychological perspective, while the volunteer project renovated the children’s ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and brought young volunteers from Holland and Ghana to stimulate the patients on the ward.
Angela served on boards of various non-governmental and civil society organizations working in the area of democracy and good governance. These included the Centre for Democracy and Development, the Busia Foundation, and the Ghana Integrity Initiative.
After seven years of teaching, Angela entered into the world of politics as a Deputy Minister for Manpower Development and Employment. During that time, the International Labor Organization (ILO) arranged two weeks of one-on-one tuition in employment issues at the ILO’s centre in Turin. In less than two years of government office, Angela expanded a government project of skills training and employment placement of 2,000 participants to 30,000, and is acknowledged for making employment a cross-cutting issue of the development strategy for Ghana in the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Out of government but continuing in active political life, Angela worked on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s 2005 election campaign both in Liberia and in West Africa. She has since been part of an ILO mission to Liberia to assess employment issues for a nation now emerging from conflict. Angela continues to pursue her civil society and political interests.
She has a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Ghana.