Ken Ofori-Atta, our current Chair, is Ghana’s Finance Minister after having been sworn-in on January 27, 2017, by his Excellency President Nana 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 leaders in the development of Ghana’s Stock Exchange, the capital markets, the pensions, asset management, private equity and insurance industry across Africa. He has been chair and director of Banks and Funds in Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, Rwanda and Mauritius. Prior to co-founding Databank in 1990, Ken was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers on Wall Street in New York.
He went to Achimota Secondary School in Ghana; received a BA in Economics from Columbia University in New York in 1984, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Ken was the first African to be honored as a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University in 2010, as a John Jay Fellow at Columbia University in 2011 and also as 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 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) law in 1999. He was twice honored by PriceWaterHouse Ghana as one of the Top 5 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana. Ken’s hallmark book in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Values has been much acclaimed by young entrepreneurs.
Ken is married to Prof. Angela Ofori-Atta of the University of Ghana Medical School. They have four children and they live in Accra, Ghana.