Women's World Banking Ghana is governed by a strong executive Board of Directors. Click on a member's name to see the bio of that board member.
Keli Gadzekpo is co-founder of Databank. His varied background in various aspects of operational management and accounting makes him an invaluable member of the Corporate Finance Unit. He has also built up a solid reputation of having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the domestic corporate environment.
He has the requisite expertise in valuations and financial engineering. He also has relevant experience in management consulting and has been a key figure in various corporate advisory and financial restructuring assignments. He is also on the boards of Enterprise Insurance Company (EIC), Home Finance Company of The Gambia and Joy FM.
He holds a B.Sc in Accounting from the Brigham Young University in the US and is a qualified CPA from the US where he worked with KPMG Peat Marwick in the Washington DC office and with Steuart Petroleum in a number of capacities.
Keli has also completed a Mason Fellowship Program at Harvard University's JFK School of Government.
Kojo Addae-Mensah is currently Group Chief Executive of Databank Group. He has over 15 years of banking experience. Prior to joining the Databank Group, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Ghana Commercial Bank Limited, Ghana's largest and most Profitable bank and before that, the Chief Operating officer of Barclays Bank Ghana limited, the largest foreign owned bank in Ghana. He has a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the financial services Industry in Ghana. He is motivated by his desire for excellence and results.
Kojo’s experience is not only in the commercial banking space as his career began at Databank in 1998 with the corporate finance team. After his short stint at Databank in the 90s, Kojo worked with the Standard Chartered group for several years where he played various roles in Ghana, India, Kenya and Botswana.
He is an avid soccer fan, writes a column in the Kotoko Express and is also a national TV pundit. He is also a director of the Changing Lives Endowment fund, aimed at supporting bright and needy children at the SHS level.
Kojo holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics all from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is married with a child.
Mr. Pa Macoumba M. Njie is the Managing Director of Trust Bank Ltd., the largest bank in The Gambia. Mr. Njie began his career with the erstwhile Gambia Commercial and Development Bank (GCDB) in the 1970s. In 1992, GCDB was restructured and sold to Meridien BIAO Bank, where Mr. Njie worked his way up from Operations Manager to Executive Director. In 1997, he was instrumental in transitioning Meridien Gambia Ltd. into Trust Bank Ltd. following the collapse of the Meridien BIAO Group. He took on the challenge of building the Trust Bank brand and has become widely recognized for his role in spearheading Trust Bank Ltd. into its leadership position in the Gambian banking industry.
Mr. Njie has served as a member of the Board of Meridien Bank Sierra Leone as well as of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and he is currently the Chairman of the Board of Home Finance Company (The Gambia) Ltd. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Gambia Bankers’ Association and is a Director on the Board of International Bank (Liberia) Limited.
Mr. Njie received the Gambia Chamber of Commerce & Industry Banker of the Year award in 2001. In 2006, he was appointed to the National Order of the Republic of The Gambia (RGM) by His Excellency The President of the Republic of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh. In 2012, Mr. Njie was amongst seven nominees for the African Banker of the Year award, and in 2013, he was awarded an Honorary PhD in Banking and Financial Management by the Irish University Business School.
Mr. Njie holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, DC and an M.A. in Business Economics from Essex University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Njie also has rich and diverse training in a variety of banking and related courses across the world.
Ing (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid is a structural Earthquake Engineering consultant with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of activities. She holds a BSc (Hons) in civil Engineering from the university of Surrey, UK(1983) and an MSc in Earthquake Engineering and structural Dynamics from the Imperial College of science Technology and medicine, London UK (1993).
She became the first Ghanaian female structural engineer upon graduation and subsequently joined the Architectural and Engineering Services Corporation (AESC), (1985-93.). At AESC, she was engaged in designing structures, supervising the work of contractors and managing engineering projects among other portfolios.
Carlien Bou-Chedid is a fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a member of the Ghana Earthquake Society and a member of the first class of Housner Fellows of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), as well as serving on several boards of institutions in the country.
Charlotte joined Women’s World Banking Ghana in 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer with an in-depth knowledge in SME markets and an understanding of different consumer behaviors.
She has acquired rich experience and knowledge in credit administration, portfolio management, human resource management, credit analysis and restructuring of loans. She has established herself as a professional and an astute credit expert with international exposure, having worked with UT Financial Services (now UT Bank) Ghana and UT Nigeria as credit manager.
Prior to joining WWBG, she was the deputy MD for First Trust Savings and loans, Deputy MD of Ideal Finance Ltd and a one-time General Manager of Express Savings & Loans Limited. Charlotte holds Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences and an MBA in Finance.
Selorm possesses over 14 years’ experience which spans Europe, USA, West Africa and Latin America with strong network of business professional key achievements. He has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Wharton School, USA. He has strong quantitative and analytical ability from engineering and consulting background with over seven years’ experience in operations; leading technology innovation to drive operational improvements. Selorm also has over five years Management Consulting experience in Business Strategy and Private Equity due diligence and Professional experience over Telecommunication and financial Services.
Els Boerhof joined Goodwell Investments as a partner in 2008. She manages Goodwell West Africa Microfinance Development Company and is responsible for Goodwell’s new pan-African financial inclusion fund. She is also responsible for expanding the investor base in the development finance sector. Els is a board member of Women’s World Banking Ghana and a member of the supervisory board of the BOP Innovation Center.
Before joining Goodwell, Els managed the Micro & Small Enterprise Fund ‘MASSIF’ of FMO. She expanded the fund from EUR 200 mln per end-2005 to over EUR 300 mln per end 2007. On behalf of FMO she was also a non-executive board member of Acción Investments in Microfinance (USA) and member of the Credit Committee of the AfricInvest Financial Sector Fund. Within FMO she previously held the positions of Manager Business Development and Investment Officer Asia. Before FMO, Els worked for MeesPierson in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Johannesburg in Trade & Commodity Finance (the Americas) and Correspondent Banking (Africa & Middle East).
She graduated from Tilburg University in 1995 with a thesis on “The monitoring and evaluation of credit for the rural poor”, for which she conducted the research whilst working for the Visayas Co-operative Development Organisation (VICTO) in The Philippines.
An experienced business and financial executive, with management and operational skills in several industries, segments, functional areas, and leadership roles. Expertise and experience in Corporate Risk Management, Analyzing Loan Portfolios, Balance Sheets, and Financial Reporting. Experience managing individuals at all levels within organizations, providing the leadership, coordination, and communication skills to achieve desired results. Served in the United States Army Reserves as NBC Specialist, as well as in Operations and for a Group Level Command Unit.