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The Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange has appointed Abena Amoah as the Deputy Managing Director of the Exchange.
She will be responsible for the operational activities of the Exchange, namely, Trading and Surveillance, Listings and New Products, the Ghana Fixed Income Market and the IT systems of the Exchange.
She will also assist the Managing Director in defining and implementing the Exchange’s corporate strategies and plans, among other responsibilities.
Ms Amoah is no stranger to Ghana’s capital markets – she is an accomplished investment banker and capital markets expert who has led
on many landmark transactions for more than 20 years.
Abena started her career as an investment analyst and stockbroker, growing to build and lead top investment banks in Ghana.
She has previously worked with the BlackIvy Group LLC, where she led the development of the 400-acre WestPark Industrial Park at Shama in the Western Region; Renaissance Group, where she was CEO of NewWorld Renaissance Securities Ltd and Head of Investment Banking & Finance in West Africa (ex-Nigeria) for Renaissance Capital; and Strategic African Securities Ltd, where she was the Executive Director of the company.
Commenting on her appointment, the out-going Chairman of the Exchange, Mr. Albert Essien said “I am excited Abena is joining the Exchange at this time.
Her rich and diverse experience covering all constituents of Ghana’s capital markets is just the energy we need to take the Exchange to the next level of relevance – providing the needed capital for our private and public institutions, and vibrant and rewarding investment experience for the public.”
The Managing Director of the Exchange, Ekow Afedzie, added “This is a critical time for the Exchange and I’m thrilled to welcome Abena and work with her closely as we modernise and transition from a frontier market to an emerging market, in alignment with Government’s plan to make Ghana the financial hub of the West African sub-region.
“Abena is the first female executive director of the Exchange, further proof of our commitment to championing outstanding women.”
Abena is an alumna of the University of Ghana Business School and has also undertaken academic and leadership studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, all in the USA.
She was a founding executive of the Ghana Securities Industry Association, an Authorised Dealing Officer of the Ghana Stock Exchange and an Assessor (Capital Markets Expert) of the Commercial Division of the High Court of Ghana.
She takes up her appointment on August 1, 2020.