Board of Directors
Arnold Ekpe (Chairman)
Arnold Ekpe served as Group CEO and Executive Director of Ecobank from 2005-2012 and 1996 to 2001 transforming Ecobank from a small five country operation into a truly pan-African bank, He joined United Bank for Africa as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 until 2004. He has over 30 years of African and international banking experience. He was Vice President and Head of Structured Trade and Corporate Finance for Sub-Sahara Africa for Citibank.
David read law at Edinburgh and is a qualified accountant. He worked in international banking, and with trading and manufacturing businesses overseas and is now a private investor with interests in Zimbabwe. He returned to London in 1991 with Rothmans International and in 1994 joined Barclays. He is presently an adviser in The Cheverell Partnership which provides financial and general guidance to businesses focussed on Southern Africa.
Dr Knox Chitiyo
Knox is a Zimbabwean-born UK resident with expertise in Zimbabwean/African and broader international security, diplomacy, development and diaspora issues. He is the Africa Associate Fellow with the Royal Institute for International Affairs contributing to the Chatham House Africa Programme. Knox has experience in the military, as a diplomat; as an international adviser to institutions and governments, and as a policy /academic analyst. He is the President of the Britain Zimbabwe Society.
Steve trained at sea and ashore with Cunard then joined a West African liner shipping and logistics business. His consultancy CMR provides due diligence, market research, business development consultancy, marketing and PR plus inter-cultural country briefings, training and career development mentoring for people and businesses in the African and Maritime sectors. Steve is a Trustee of the Africa Centre London, a member of the Royal African Society and an Ambassador for the Microloan Foundation.
A seasoned Corporate Executive, of over 30 years, with an impressive track record of turning around and rapidly growing banks in multiple African countries. Passionate about Financial Inclusion in Africa he has recently mobilised resources and set up Longitude Finance to pursue the objective of supporting small businesses to be financially included and hence achieve improved social-economics.
Executive Officer, Julian Metcalfe
Jonathan Howard was born in Kisumu, Kenya and served for 35 years in the British Army. In 2004 he was Defence Adviser to the British High Commissioner in Ghana also responsible for Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. He is an Associate at Philip Mostyn Associates. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Adviser to The Ghana UK Achievement Awards, Trustee of the Britain-Nigeria Educational Trust and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Clive is an international banker and company director with a proven track record in management at board level. He has nearly 40 years’ experience of business and finance, much of this has been gained in the highly challenging environments of African countries, particularly Kenya and Nigeria. Clive is a sought-after adviser on many Africa-focused subjects and holds a number of board appointments and consultancy posts.