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About the Panelist Ken Ofori-Atta Minister of Finance, Ghana

Ken Ofori-Atta is Ghana’s Finance Minister after having been sworn-in on January 27, 2017, by his Excellency the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Ken is also Co-Founder and former Executive Chairman of the Databank Group (an investment banking firm) in Ghana. He was the Executive Chairman from 1990 until his retirement on February 14, 2012. Databank is a financial services firm that has over the last 25 years been influential in the development of Ghana’s Stock Exchange and capital market, award winning retail mutual fund investment products. Prior to co-founding Databank in 1990, Ken was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers on Wall Street in New York.

Ken has been Chairman and Board member of the following corporates: Family Ventures and Offices in Ghana; Chairman of Trust Bank Ltd in The Gambia; International Bank of Liberia, Bank of Kigali in Rwanda, Enterprise Life in Ghana, and pan-African Databank AgriFund for SME Agribusiness with investments in Madagascar, Cameroun, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Ken has other business interests in Insurance, Retail Banking, Private Equity, Micro finance, Pharmaceuticals and Real Estate.

He went to Achimota School; received a BA in Economics from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Ken 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 also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is a Co-Founder of the Aspen African Leadership Initiative. Ken was also the first African to testify at the US Congress Ways and Means Committee to support the AGOA law. He was twice honoured by PriceWaterHouse Ghana as one of the Top 5 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana.

In the past 8 years, Ken has led the fundraising efforts of the New Patriotic Party’s Presidential Election and the highly successful Adopt-A-Polling Station Program.

Ken is married to Prof. Angela Ofori-Atta of the University of Ghana Medical School. They have four children.