Arnold Ekpe has more than 30 years of financial services experience including as the CEO of Ecobank International from 2005 to 2012 and as the managing director of United Bank of Africa from 2002 to 2004. While at Ecobank, he was responsible for setting up Ecobank Paris’s subsidiary, EBI S.A., a wholesale subsidiary of the Ecobank group approved by the Banque de France. It focused on trade finance, correspondent banking, commodity financing, foreign exchange and cash management, with a representative office in London.
Arnold is chairman of SFRE, a Luxembourg registered, and approved investment company focused on small banks serving the real economy, and Chairman of Atlas Mara, a listed Africa focused banking group. He is the Honorary President of the Business Council for Africa, a UK registered institution that promotes business and investments in Africa. He also served as a board member of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Previously, Arnold served as Vice Chairman of ADC (the German financial services holding group acquired by Atlas Mara) and head of Corporate and Structured Finance at Citibank London, between 1991-1996. Arnold holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Engineering from Manchester University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.