Nkechi Akunyili - Strategic Investment Consultant
Nkechi, a masters degree holder from Exeter University in Finance and Investments, has over 19 years banking experience.
She is currently based in Ghana as a management executive in a regional bank, as a Regional Treasurer. She has garnered experience as a specialist in treasury and portfolio management, business development, project/investment analysis, treasury risk management, securities/currency trading and treasury sales.
Nkechi has also been instrumental in structuring and refinancing transactions across the region with the required knack for risk mitigation on currency risk inherent in cross border investments.
Her wealth of experience, global and regional expertise in banking will be valuable in taking investment activities, identifying, originating structuring and executing sector focused investment decisions that optimum access will undertake. Nkechi's local expertise and extensive network, together with her risk management capabilities will be of immense value to the team, clients and investors doing business with Optimum Access. She brings to the company a prudent, yet innovative approach to taking investment decisions.
Amma Gyampo - Managing Principal Amma comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and social activists passionate about Africa's development. She has a background in Management & Law, with over 15 years' experience as a Business Management Consultant, Programme and Project Manager in Europe and West Africa. Her portfolio career as a Consultant includes projects with clients such as BlackBerry, Vodafone, SMEs, Local Government Authorities and Public Sector clients. She has delivered IT projects including Citizen Engagement and Service Transformation programmes with software implementations, self-service options among other solution roll-outs. In West Africa, Amma has worked as an advisor to local businesses, The World Bank and DANIDA building technical skills capacity, improving access to technology and related investment for established companies. She has managed complex Projects spanning EMEA borders and several disciplines including Marketing, IT, Business Strategy and Corporate Governance. With a management career, so diverse, Amma brings clients a truly global perspective and a pragmatic advisory style centered around best practice, skills/capacity building and planning. She brings to the team strategic drive, management consultancy expertise and an understanding of businesses at both strategic and operational levels. Amma is passionate about facilitating strategic partnerships to advance the interests of women in business, the youth employment agenda, entrepreneurship, Tech, skills development and business growth across the continent.
Ivy Hesse - Principal Consultant
Ivy is a financial service professional with rich experience in the Investment Banking Industry in Ghana as well as other regulated African capital markets.
She is a passionate advocate for improving the investment industry across Africa by challenging investors to question the status quo and demand the best; and helping investment firms rise up to the challenge by being globally competitive and locally relevant.
Ivy has worked with International Associates Ltd and Databank Group as a Research/Financial analyst and investment advisor and dealer, trading in over 13 regulated capital markets across Africa.
She is also the founder and principal consultant at Synercate Advisory Ltd, an investment performance and compliance consulting firm.
Ivy is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of South Africa; a graduate of Economics/Geography, a Registered Securities Dealer, and a Chartered Management Consultant (Ch.MC).
She also currently serves as an Independent Trustee on the Boards of United Bank of Africa (UBA) Tier 2 and 3 and CPC Tier 2 and 3 pension funds.
Adedeji Adeyelure - Financial Controller 'Deji' is a finance professional with over 14 years experience in sectors across the economy, His experience includes stints in Audit/Assurance, Telecoms and Financial Services. He is a chartered accountant and member of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). He has worked on several ground breaking advisory, merger & acquisition transactions, leading investment teams in international expansion in Africa (Telecommunications), actively managing the listing of several SMEs, and building financial teams across several business entities. His skills include financial control, business and financial analysis, strategic financial management, in addition to his training and development focus. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of a major regional bank. He has degrees from Oxford Brooks, UK and University of Lagos and has over 14 years’ experience in the field of Finance and Internal Auditing at several International Corporations. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Audit and holds University degrees in financial, bank and tax management.
Kwadwo Addai - Lead Credit Analysis Consultant
Kwadwo Addai holds a Masters Degree from Universtaet Stuttgart, Germany and also Heads up Credit Processing & Analysis at United Bank of Africa, (UBA) in Ghana.
Kwadwo is in charge of Credit Proposal Analysis and Structuring of Facilities, Ensuring Compliance of broad Risk Management practices in origination of Credit and Implementing Portfolio Management Strategy that ensures a diversified high quality Risk Asset Portfolio.
Prior to joining Optimum Access and UBA, he was a Credit Manager at Sahel-Sahara Bank where was instrumental in the Development of Credit and Risk Management of polices for effective delivery of the Bank’s services, and the growth in the Bank’s Credit Portfolio from its inception. He also worked as Credit analyst at Prudential Bank. He has 10 years banking experience with expertise in the Credit Delivery value chain, Enterprise Risk Management, and Originating and Structuring of Project Finance Deals. He also has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.