A member of the Africa Initiative for Governance Panel of Advisors, Ken Ofori-Atta, was sworn-in as Finance Minister of Ghana by President Nana Akufo-Addo on January 27, 2017. Mr. Ofori-Atta is an Economist and Investment Banker, and co-founder of Databank in Ghana. Prior to co-founding Databank, he worked at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers in New York.

Speaking about his vision for Ghana, Mr. Ofori-Atta said, “We will create wealth and improve people’s lives by ensuring economic freedom as the mainstay of the economy. I am committed to cleaning up our public finances, managing the enormous debt that we have inherited in order to create the needed fiscal space, invest in critical infrastructure, and empower the private sector to create jobs.”

Mr. Ofori-Atta was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is co-founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

He holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He was honored as a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University and is the first African-born recipient of the John Jay Award from Columbia University, which is presented to alumni of Columbia College in recognition of a commitment to a new generation of African leaders.

AIG wishes Mr. Ofori-Atta an impactful tenure.