Eastern Star Awards Winners 2018

Hon. Ken Ofori Atta (E. N. Omaboe Award – Banking & Finance)

Honourable Ken Ofori-Atta, assumed office as Ghana’s Finance Minister on January 27, 2017. A Co-Founder and former Chairman of the Databank Group (a leading investment banking firm). Ofori-Atta brings to the Ministry over 30 years’ experience in the Ghanaian and international financial sector.

He was the Executive Chairman of the Group from 1990 until his retirement on February 14, 2012. He has other business interests in Insurance, Retail Banking, Private Equity, Micro finance, Pharmaceuticals and Real Estate. Prior to co-founding Databank in 1990, the Hon. Minister was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers on Wall Street in New York. Honourable Ofori-Atta 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 Co-Founder of the Aspen Africa Leadership Initiative.
Ofori-Atta was also the first African to testify at the US Congress Ways and Means Committee to support the
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). He was twice honoured by PriceWaterHouse Ghana as one of the Top 5 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana. Ken Ofori-Atta was elected Chair of the World Bank/IMF Development Committee at the 2018 Spring Meetings and also Chairs the Governing Board of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

In May, 2018, was adjudged Best Africa Finance Minister of the year by London-based magazine, The
Banker. Ken Ofori-Atta went to Achimota School in Accra, Ghana; received a BA in Economics from
Columbia University in New York, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Honourable Ken Ofori-

Atta is married to Professor Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta and they are blessed with four (4) children.

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