The management team of the group is made up of a crop of seasoned and industry-recognized professionals, with diverse (but complementary) skills in various backgrounds, as well as depth of experience (garnered from national and international institutions). Over the years, these executives have brought their knowledge, experience and leadership to bear on the development and delivery of solutions (through products and services) to meet the needs of our customers and, in the process, contributing to sustaining the performance of the group till date.
Kweku Andoh Awotwi
Kweku Andoh Awotwi has over 30 years of work experience from different organizations and institutions holding various portfolios.
He started his career as a Design Engineer at ITT- Advanced Technology Center and the GE/RCA David Sarnoff Laboratory both in the United States between 1984-1988. After obtaining his MBA he worked at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in California, USA between 1990-1998, and left as Manager of Business Planning & Analysis for the Primary Business Unit. He then went to work for Ashanti Goldfields Limited between 1998-2004 as Director of Strategic Planning and New Business Development.
Kweku has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures, notable among which include the development and completion in 2019 of the Kpone Independent Power Project. He also became the CEO for Midway Resources International between 2005-2009. In 2009, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Volta River Authority, a position he held for just under five (5) years, leaving at the end of 2013.
Most recently, Kweku was appointed Managing Director of Tullow Ghana Limited in March 2018 and later promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Tullow Plc, UK in April 2019 and retired in June, 2020.
At the Board level, Kweku has these notable board experiences:
- Chairman, Volta River Authority (Ghana), 2017 – date.
- Chairman, Multimedia Group Limited (Ghana), 2008 – date.
- Member, Center for Democratic Development, 2018 – date
- Chairman, Stanbic Bank (Ghana) Ltd, 2012 -2018
- Member, West African Gas Pipeline Company, 2009 – 2013.
- Member, West African Power Pool, 2009- 2013.
Mr. Awotwi holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Electrical Engineering, Economics & Political Science from Yale University, USA, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management and International Business, from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, USA.
Chris is currently the Country CEO, UBA Ghana. Prior to his appointment, Chris was the UBA Group’s Directorate Head, Apapa 1 (Corporate), responsible for articulating & deploying Business Development Strategies and Critical Resources towards delivering optimal values for the Bank. He is a Senior Executive of the Bank with over 30 years’ Banking experience of which over 28 years has been in Business Development.
Before joining UBA Group, Chris had worked in one of the Top Commercial Banks in Nigeria where he served in various capacities including Directorate Head in charge of the South Businesses and Directorate Head in charge of Lagos and West Businesses. Chris was also the pioneer Managing Director of Diamond Pension Fund Custodian Limited.
Chris holds a B.Sc. (First Class) Degree in Industrial Mathematics from the University of Benin, Benin-City and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He also attended the following prestigious Business Schools: The Wharton Business School, Philadelphia where he did Advanced Management programme; IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona and Lagos Business School, Pan-African University. He equally attended Leadership and Corporate Governance Training in the Henley Business School, University of Reading, U.K. and Advanced Company Direction Programme, Institute of Directors, London.
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With an extensive banking career spanning over twenty-four (24) years, Uzoechina Molokwu boasts a wealth of expertise across diverse sectors including Energy Banking, Corporate Banking, Private Client Services, Commercial Banking, Small and Medium Enterprises Banking, Consumer Banking, and Savings Team. His leadership roles have encompassed positions as Directorate Head, Regional Manager, and Branch Manager, culminating in his distinguished tenure as Executive Director at UBA Cote D’Ivoire.
Educated in Philosophy at Nigerian Universities, Uzoechina further honed his skills with an MBA. He augmented his academic achievements with an MSc in Corporate Governance and LLM in Business Law from reputable UK Universities.
Uzoechina’s professional journey is marked by a commendable track record in relationship management, business development, credit assessments, restructurings, risk asset portfolio oversight, and adept people management.
Mrs. Marufatu Abiola Bawuah has enormous experience in retail banking and marketing. She holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, an LLB with honors from the University of London, a diploma in Marketing from GIMPA and an EMBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana and also has numerous leadership qualifications from Harvard Business School, Columbia, University of New York, INSEAD and Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland.
At the 2016 Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana Awards, she was adjudged the “CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year” and subsequently went on to win the “Finance Personality of the Year Award” at the Ghana Accountancy and Finance Awards barely two months after. Mrs. Bawuah is part of the Woman Rising inspiring list of the Top 50 Women Corporate Leaders in Ghana.
Again, she was adjudged by the Chief Finance Officers (CFO) in 2016 as “Woman of Excellence in Finance”. In 2017, she was crowned as “Female Expatriate CEO of the Year by the Millennium Excellence Foundation for her hard work, achievements, and contribution to Ghana.
Mrs. Abiola Bawuah is the Regional CEO of UBA’s West African Region.
Mr. Samuel Ayim is Lawyer by profession with over 26 years’ professional experience in Legal Advisory, Company Secretarial Practice, Board and Corporate Governance, Banking, Finance, Investment, Capital Markets and Management across Sub-Saharan Africa with high international Exposure. He is also an entrepreneur and motivational Speaker.
Between January,1997 and July, 2016 he worked with the Ecobank Group, where he held various positions, including; General Counsel and Company Secretary, Executive Director-Business Development in Ecobank Tanzania (Dar es salam- Tanzania), Group Legal Adviser and Deputy Company Secretary – Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Lome, Togo.
Between 1992 to 1996, he was the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of the Ghana Stock Exchange. He is currently the CEO of Focus Life Group which he founded in October, 2016 with four businesses under the Group; a leadership and personal development centre, an African Wear Company, a real estate Company and a transport Company.
Samuel holds an LLB from the University of Ghana, MBA (International Financial Management) from Exeter University –UK and Post Graduate Diploma in International Comparative Arbitration Law from the Queen Mary University of London.
Ebele holds a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an MBA (IT & Management) from CASS Business School London.
His professional career started at Price Waterhouse in 1991 before his foray into banking, where he has spent the last two decades working at international banks such as Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank, before joining UBA in 2004. His banking experience spans various areas of banking from Asset Based Finance to core Corporate Banking and Trade Finance. Prior to his current role, he was MD/CEO, UBA Capital Europe Limited, and the pioneer MD/CEO, UBA Liberia.
Mr. Ivan Avereyireh is a Chartered Insurer and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance institute of London, a holder of West African Insurance Institute Diploma and Bsc Administration (Marketing) from the University of Ghana.
He has over thirty years working experience in the insurance industry with a few achievements to his credit. The notable one being the head of a team, that turned around the fortunes of Ghana Life Insurance Company Ltd from a collapsing Company to a revived and strong one till date. He worked with the State Insurance Company from 1981 to 2008 where he rose through the ranks to the grade of a Senior Manager. From 2009 to 2018, he was the Managing Director of Ghana Life Insurance Company Ltd.
Mr. Foster Buabeng
Foster Buabeng joined Teachers Fund in January, 2002 as an Accountant. He rose through the ranks and is currently the General Manager of the Fund having earlier acted as Fund Administrator of the Fund from November 2012 to December 2013 Prior to joining the Fund. He worked with various organizations including Cashpro Company Limited, Golden Neo-Life Diamite International, Deloitte & amp; Touche (Currently Deloitte), Volta River Authority and Ghacem Ghana Limited.
Foster has acquired unparalleled accounting, financial reporting and investment skills and abilities having worked across a broad array of sectors in Ghana. Foster is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Ghana.
Francis Solace Oduro Koranteng
Francis Koranteng has over thirty working years’ experience with professional accountancy firms and in industry. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in the United Kingdom, he returned to Ghana to work with Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has served in various management positions in industry, namely Finance & Administration Manager for NCR Ghana Ltd, Management Accountant for Guinness Ghana Ltd, Group Internal Audit Manager for UAC of Ghana Limited/Unilever Ghana Ltd, General Manager for the Swanzy Real Estate Division of Unilever Ghana Ltd, Finance Director of Kumasi Brewery Ltd, and Finance Director of Ghana Breweries Ltd. He was seconded to Heineken International, the parent company of Ghana Breweries Ltd as the Internal Control Improvement Project Manager for operating companies in Sub-Saharan Africa between Nov. 2001 and Feb. 2005. He was the Managing Director of Crocodile Matchets (Ghana) Limited from March 2005 to early 2009.
He served on the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana from 2012 to 2018.
Franicis graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon from in 1976 with Bsc. Business Administration (Accounts Major). Professionally, Mr. Koranteng is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England, Wales and Ghana.
Mr. Jerry Djangmah
Mr. Jerry Djangmah has over twenty-one (21) working years of experience with National and Multinational organizations. He is a part-qualified Actuary and an Infrastructure Investment Banker with extensive experience in Corporate, Project, and Structured finance in various sectors including Power, Oil & Gas, Transport, and Telecoms Sectors.
He has structured and arranged over US$3 billion of financing for infrastructure projects in Nigeria, Ghana, and other sub-Saharan African countries.
He was formerly a Vice President at the Africa Finance Corporation (“AFC”), and a Vice President at Citigroup. He is now the Managing Partner at MergeOne Global Partners Limited, a boutique project, and infrastructure finance advisory firm.
Jerry attended Mfantsipim Secondary School where he completed his O’Level in 1987 and the Presby Boys Secondary School for his A’Level in 1989. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Science & Technology Kumasi, Ghana. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science, at City University, London, UK, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, USA.
At UBA, we realise that our people remain our most valuable assets. Our people are our competitive edge in a highly dynamic and competitive banking environment. We have invested in the best performance management systems to ensure our people always have the cutting-edge skills to excel in what they do.
We also have in place financial and non-financial incentive schemes, including a staff recognition scheme to reward our high-performance staff members for excelling in their duties.
Our staff is multicultural, multilingual, and highly diverse in outlook, reflecting the richness and diversity of the 22 countries we operate in. Our people strategy is hinged on always seeking to employ the best people, and creating a conducive environment for them to excel in their work and to delight customers, while providing competitive remuneration and reward systems to retain our best hands.
UBA employees are fondly referred to as the ‘UBA Lions and Lionesses’, reflecting the confidence with which they deliver financial solutions to the bank’s customers.