|Ken Ofori-Atta '88|
Ken Ofori-Atta '88 Executive Chairman & Co-Founder
Databank Financial Services, Ltd. (Ghana)
Ken Ofori-Atta is the executive chairman and co-founder of Databank Financial Services Limited (Ghana), which he started in 1990 with $25,000 after leaving Wall Street. Databank is now the leading investment banking firm in Ghana. Databank now has offices in the Gambia and Liberia and manages the most successful pan-African equity mutual fund, the $60 million EPACK. Databank was a co-manager of Ghana’s very successful $750 million debut Sovereign Eurobond Issue and the winner of the Best Research Team and Investment Manager in Africa awards by Africa Investor. The company was adjudged the most respected company in Ghana in 2007 and the 4th most respected in 2009 with Ken being consecutively honored as the second most respected CEO for the years 2007 and 2009.
Ken is a director of two publicly listed companies: Enterprise Insurance Company Limited, and Trust Bank of the Gambia (as chairman). He is also chairman of International Bank of Liberia and Enterprise Life Assurance Company.
Ken has a keen interest in education; he is on the boards of New York University in Ghana, Central University College, Ashesi University in Accra, and University College of Agriculture and Environment in Bunso, Ghana; the Investment Committee of the University of Ghana; the Council of the School of Agriculture of the University of Ghana, of which he is chairman; and the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and co-founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative.
Prior to co-founding Databank, Ken had worked at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers in New York in their corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions groups. Ken went to Achimota School in Ghana; he has a BA in economics from Columbia College in New York and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.