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Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta


Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Chair, Boards of Governors, African Development Bank

Ken Ofori-Atta assumed his second term as Ghana’s Finance Minister on March 30, 2021, following his reappointment by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and after having served his first term from January 27, 2017 to January 6, 2021. Prior to his appointment, he was the Co-Founder and former Executive Chairman of the Databank Group (a leading investment banking firm), Ken brings to the Ministry over 30 years’ experience in the Ghanaian, African and international financial sectors. He was twice honoured by PriceWaterHouse Ghana as one of the Top 5 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana during his tenure in the private sector. Ken was the Executive Chairman of the Databank Group from 1990 until his retirement on February 14, 2012. Prior to co-founding Databank in 1990, he was an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers in New York. Ken is the current chair of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Governing Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the Ministerial Committee of the ECOWAS Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and the ECOWAS Africa Trade Insurance Agency. Ken is also the immediate past chair of the World Bank/IMF Development Committee and the G-24 Group. He went to Achimota School in Accra, Ghana; received a BA in Economics from Columbia University in New York, and has an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He was the first African to be honoured as a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University in 2010, a John Jay Fellow at Columbia University in 2011, and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Go Forth Class of the Aspen Institute. He is Co-Founder of the Aspen Africa Leadership Initiative, the first of the AGLN. Ken is married to Professor Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta, a fellow of the AGLN and a Moderator at the RAAF this year. They are blessed with four (4) children and are committed Christians.

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