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Mr Albert Essien is the former CEO of the ECOBANK Group (2014-2015). Prior to that, he was the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Executive Director for Corporate and Investment Bank, including ECOBANK international Offices comprising France, London, Dubai and China. Mr Essien has held a number of key appointments, including Regional Head for the Rest of Anglophone West Africa (excluding Nigeria) and the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) regions. He spearheaded ECOBANK’s expansion into the East and Southern Africa region, culminating in the establishment of subsidiaries in 7 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and Malawi) and a Representative Office in South Africa.

Mr Essien started his banking career with the National Investment Bank in Accra, Ghana. He joined the Corporate Banking Department of ECOBANK Ghana in 1990. In 1997, he became Country Risk Manager. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2001 and became Managing Director in December 2002. Mr Albert ESSIEN has a degree in Economics from the University of Ghana (graduating in 1979) and is an alumnus of the Executive Development Program of INSEAD (France/Singapore). He is also an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Ghana.