Ken Ofori-Atta

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Kenneth Ofori-Atta
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Ken Ofori-Atta speaking at the 2018 Capital Market Week.
18th Minister for Finance and Economic Planning
Assumed office
Jan 2017
Preceded by Seth Terkper
Personal details
Born Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Spouse(s) Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta

Kenneth Nana Yaw Kuntunkununku Ofori-Atta (born 1959), known as Ken Ofori-Attah is a Ghanaian economist and an investment banker and co-founder of Databank in Ghana. He currently serves as Minister of Finance[1] He was appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo on 10 January 2017.

Early life and education

Ken was born in 1959 at Kibi, a small town in the Eastern Region.[2][3][4][5] He is a member of the prominent Ofori-Atta family of Ghana that has been influential in politics, law, chieftaincy and business.

Ken had his education at Achimota School in Ghana, after attending the Accra Newtown Experimental School (ANT 1) where Tsatsu Tsikata also had his primary education. He proceeded to have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University (1984) and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management in 1988.[6]

Career in the private sector

Ken founded Databank with Daniel Ofori-Atta, Keli Gadzekpo and Togbe Afede XIV in 1990; he served as its executive chairman until February 2012.[7] He also worked at investments banks Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley on debt and equity management.[8]

Ken served as a director for numerous companies and member and some boards too. He was a Director for Enterprise Group Ltd and Trust Bank Ltd of The Gambia of which he is Chairman. He also was a Director at the International Bank and is also a Board Member of the Acumen Fund.[9][10][11]

Political career

Ofori-Atta was President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominee to assess the health of the economy during the transition period after the 2016 elections.[12]

In May, 2017, Akufo-Addo named Ken Ofori-Atta as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet.[13] The names of the 19 ministers were submitted the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye.[13] As a Cabinet minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision making activities in the country.[13]

Other activities

Awards and recognition

Ken is a fellow of the Aspen Institute. Ken was adjudged as the 2nd most respected C.E.O in Ghana. Ken is a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University and a recipient of the John Jay Award from Columbia University [17][18][19][20]

Personal life

Ken Ofori-Atta is married to Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta (a Clinical Psychologist) at the University of Ghana Medical School.

References

  1. ^ http://www.mofep.gov.gh/?q=content/ken-ofori-atta-assumes-office-ghana%E2%80%99s-minister-finance Archived 2017-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Ghanaian role models - GC Banner | GhanaConscious - A free-thinker's association". ghanaconscious.ghanathink.org. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  3. ^ "Ken Ofori-Atta: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Businessweek.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  4. ^ "Ken Ofori-Atta's Big Hairy Audacious Goals". Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  5. ^ "Officer Profile | Quotes | Reuters.co.in". in.reuters.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  6. ^ Kwasi Kpodo (January 8, 2017), Ghana's new president to name investment banker as finance minister Reuters.
  7. ^ Kwasi Kpodo (January 8, 2017), Ghana's new president to name investment banker as finance minister Reuters.
  8. ^ Kwasi Kpodo (January 8, 2017), Ghana's new president to name investment banker as finance minister Reuters.
  9. ^ "Pan African Capital Group LLC / Our Team". www.panafricancapital.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  10. ^ 4-traders. "Ken N. Ofori-Atta". www.4-traders.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  11. ^ "Enterprise Group". www.enterprisegroup.net.gh. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  12. ^ Kwasi Kpodo (January 8, 2017), Ghana's new president to name investment banker as finance minister Reuters.
  13. ^ a b c FM, Citi. "Arts Minister Catherine Afeku makes it to Cabinet". ghanaweb.com. ghanaweb. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  14. ^ AfDB Annual Report 2017 African Development Bank (AfDB).
  15. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  16. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
  17. ^ "Kenneth Ofori-Atta". Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  18. ^ Chronicle, Ghanaian. "Ghana's 2nd most respected CEO - Ken Ofori-Atta". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  19. ^ "KEN OFORI ATTA | African Leadership Academy". African Leadership Academy. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  20. ^ "Ken Ofori-Atta receives the prestigious John Jay Award". www.ghanadot.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
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