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Ken Ofori-Atta assumed office as Ghana’s Finance Minister on January 27, 2017. As a Co-Founder and former Executive Chairman of the Databank Group (a leading investment banking firm), Ofori-Atta brings to the Ministry over 30 years experience in the Ghanaian, African and international financial services sector. He was twice honoured by PriceWaterHouse Ghana as one of the Top 5 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana during his tenure in the private sector. Ken was the Executive Chairman of the Group from 1990 until his retirement on February 14, 2012. Prior to co-founding Databank in 1990, he was an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers in New York.
Ken is the immediate past chair of the World Bank/IMF Development Committee, and past chair of the African caucus and G24 group. He is chair of the Governing Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and current chair of the African Development Bank Board of Governors.
He 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. He 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 a Henry Crown Fellow of the Go Forth Class of the Aspen Institute. He is Co-Founder of the Aspen Africa Leadership Initiative, the first of the AGLN.
Ken is married to Professor Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta , a fellow and moderator in training of the AGLN . They are blessed with three (3) children and are committed Christians.