Management

Nana Dwemoh Benneh
Chief Executive Officer

Nana Dwemoh Benneh has considerable local and international expertise in banking.

He worked briefly with Merchant Bank Ltd after his graduate studies in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Ghana in June 1996. Whilst in Legon he was a resident member of Commonwealth Hall.

In September 1998 Nana Dwemoh moved to join Barclays Bank on Barclays Plc’s International Business Leadership Program designed to develop Business Leaders with global and significant Pan African experience.

Whilst with Barclays he had the opportunity to work in various management roles across a number of countries in Africa and the UK. His 15 year career with Barclays Bank spanned leadership roles across Africa. He was appointed as Head of Retail in Uganda and was part of the Management team for Barclays in that country. There he led the Retail team to expand their footprint and portfolio of customers. From there he moved to Kenya as East Africa Regional Sales Manager with oversight over Consumer sales machinery in the Banks East African businesses. Subsequently in 2003 Nana Dwemoh was appointed as Director of the SME Local Business Segment for Barclays Africa based in Johannesburg, South Africa with responsibility for the Banks SME strategy for Africa. In 2005 Nana Dwemoh moved to London to work in Corporate Banking in Barclays Plc as Sales Director for International Trade and Cash Solutions Barclays PLC, London. In 2007, Nana returned to Barclays Bank Ghana as the Consumer Banking Director and is credited with consolidating the gains in the Bank’s consumer banking business post the Bank’s rapid expansion of the franchise that was undertaken between 2006 and 2007. Nana Dwemoh joined Stanbic Ghana Ltd as Executive Director for Personal and Business Banking in October 2013. There he led the team in significantly growing market share and profitability for the Bank’s Personal and Business Banking franchise over the last seven years. Nana holds an Executive MBA from London Business School. He is also a member of the International Academy of Retail Banking. He is a proud Akora of Achimota School and member of the 1989 year group. Nana is married and blessed with four children.

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Mr. Felix Awuku
Executive Director, Operations

Mr. Felix Awuku is currently the Executive Director for Operations.  He was previously the Director of Banking Operations after acting as the Chief Operating Officer of UMB, from February, 2019. He had joined UMB as the Head of Banking Operations in December 2015 and played this role until his recent appointment.

He has over a decade of banking experience in senior management capacity from Barclays Bank Ghana Limited where he was the Head of Commercial Operations and acquired extensive knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of Operations Processes & Controls, as well as driving operational excellence in supporting the business. He played other roles in Barclays Bank (Ghana) Limited including being the I.T. Change Analyst with responsibility of managing I.T.-related changes, Risk & Governance Manager for Operations,
Head of Management Information & Analytics (Retail Credit Risk) in charge of Portfolio Quality Analysis & Impairment Modelling, Head of Reconciliation, and in Barclays Bank (Zambia) Limited as the Head of Scheme Loan Collections, as part of an international assignment.
Felix is also currently an adjunct lecturer at the National Banking College in the area of Operational Risk Management.

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Nii Amankra Kwashie Tetteh
Executive Director, Business

Nii Amankra Tetteh was appointed the Executive Director- Business of the Bank on June 09, 2021. In this role Nii is responsible for the Bank’s revenue streams from the core business units. He is charged with revenue growth to meet the Banks stated medium term strategy through superior value delivery and dominance in key segments.
Nii Amankra’s banking career started in Standard Chartered Bank in August of 2001 where he grew in the Wholesale Bank from a Trade Operations assistant to a star Corporate Services Manager. In February of 2006, following his passion for SME Banking, Nii joined Barclays Bank as a Business Development Manager for the newly formed Local Business Team. In this role Nii pioneered many SME innovations including the Business Club concept as a B2B marketing tool.

He progressed within the Barclays Bank Ghana leadership; with appointments in the Retail Banking Business in 2009 as a Cluster Manager, through to Head of Retail Distribution in 2010 and appointment as the Head of Retail Business in 2013. Stellar performance led to Regional responsibility in 2014, as Head for Branch Optimization covering Barclays Africa’s 12 Markets outside of South Africa. Nii Amankra returned to Barclays Bank of Ghana Limited, Accra in September of 2016 as Director, Retail & Business Banking a role he held until November, 2017. This period was marked by historic performance outcomes for the Retail Business in the year of its Centenary, 2017.
Nii Amankra was then appointed Managing Director/CEO of Bayport Savings and Loans PLC, on the 1st of December 2017, superintending the strategic consolidation, turnaround and delivery of its best results in its 18- year history in Ghana. Nii Amankra is an Alumnus of China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, University of Leicester, UK, the University of Ghana, Legon and an old student of Mfantsipim School.

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Belinda Boamah
Executive Director, Strategy & Growth

Belinda Boamah is the Executive Director for Strategy & Growth. Prior to her current role, she was the Director for Virtual & Transaction Banking at UMB. Belinda is a Banker and an Economist with over 25 years of experience in Banking. She had held various senior management positions in Banking Operations, Risk Management Control, Transactional, Electronic and Digital Banking in Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), The Royal Bank and Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited (CBG).

Belinda has successfully built-up institutional structures to drive corporate goals and secured the continued existence of the institutions in a rapidly changing digital environment. She has been instrumental in building a formidable team desirous of bringing about change. She was part of a dedicated team that put in place new structures and roles in a merged institution. Her experience in Digital Channel Operations is vast.
Belinda holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MIS) from the University of Ghana and Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium. She is a graduate from the University of Ghana with a degree in Economics.

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Samuel Hymore Boahene
Chief Internal Auditor (Ag.)

Samuel has over fifteen (15) years banking experience in Internal Auditing, Internal Control and Monitoring, Credit Risk Management, Banking Operations and Fraud Investigations.

Prior to his appointment as the Acting Chief Internal Auditor, Samuel was the manager in charge of Internal Control and Monitoring department of UMB. He played pivotal role in setting up Internal Control and Monitoring department in October 2014.

Previously, he worked with erstwhile Metropolitan & Allied Bank/BPI, International Commercial Bank (FBN), and also Access Bank Ghana.

He is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Banker and an alumni of the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, respectively.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana and Chartered Institute of Bankers, Ghana and also a registered member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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Mrs. Nelly Abotchie
General Manager, Public Sector & Syndications

Mrs. Abotchie began her banking career with UMB in 1995. She re-joined the Bank in 2015 after working for several years at United Bank for Africa Ghana Limited. Nelly is a consummate banking professional with over 20 years of experience in Corporate banking, Retail banking and Consumer banking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Ghana, Legon.

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Victor Kwaku Dikro
General Manager, Finance

Victor Kwaku Dikro is the General Manager for Finance. Prior to his current role, he was the Financial Controller of the Bank. He joined UMB (then Merchant Bank Limited) in October 2007, as an Analyst responsible for startup companies and restructuring of viable but financially-distressed companies.

Later in 2009, he joined the Finance Department as a General Ledger Monitoring Officer. Victor has assumed several roles such as Head, Management Accounts, Head Regulatory Reporting and Deputy Head, Strategy, all in the Finance Department of the Bank.

Prior to joining UMB, he worked with the Amalgamated Bank Limited (Bank of Africa) as the Internal Control Officer responsible for Special Audits and Investigations and with Sammy Tsahey and Associates (Chartered Accountants and Tax Consultants) as Audit Manager.

Victor holds MPhil (Accounting) and B.Sc. Admin (Accounting), both from the University of Ghana, Legon and the Ghana Securities Industries Certificate from the Ghana Stock Exchange.

He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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Samuel Sakyi-Hyde
General Manager, Consumer Banking

Samuel Sakyi-Hyde is the General Manager for Consumer Banking. He joined UMB in 2019 from uniCredit Ghana Limited where he served as the Chief Executive Officer.

He has over twenty-three (23) years’ banking experience in Financial Services Management, Rural Banking, Credit Risk Management, Domestic Operations, Business Development, Retail and SME Banking, Internal Audit, Treasury Management, Trade Finance, Corporate Banking and Project Management.

Samuel has previously worked with Ga Rural Bank Limited, Amalgamated Bank Ghana Limited (now Bank of Africa) and uniBank (Ghana) Limited (now CBG Limited), where he occupied various managerial positions and introduced several initiatives which stimulated the growth and value of the banks’ retail and SME customer base and credit portfolio.

He holds an International MBA in Banking and Finance and Risk Management from the Business School Netherlands.

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Mr. Ernest Pascal Gemadzie
General Manager, Recoveries

Ernest joined UMB on 19th October 2015 having worked with GN Bank Limited and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank Ghana Limited). He has over 15 years of experience as a Lawyer and over 7 years in Credit, Legal and Recovery issues. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana and a Barrister-At-Law Certificate (BL) from the Ghana School of Law. He also possesses a Postgraduate Diploma from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS)-The Netherlands and International Law Development Organizations,(IDLO), Italy.

Ernest joined UMB on 19th October 2015 having worked with GN Bank Limited and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank Ghana Limited). He has over 15 years of experience as a Lawyer and over 7 years in Credit, Legal and Recovery issues. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana and a Barrister-At-Law Certificate (BL) from the Ghana School of Law. He also possesses a Postgraduate Diploma from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS)-The Netherlands and International Law Development Organizations,(IDLO), Italy.

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Ms. Akwelley Adoley Bulley
General Manager, Human Resource

Akwelley joined UMB from Agricultural Development Bank Ltd where she worked as Human Capital Management Executive and Executive Head, Human Resources. She has experience from Millicom Ghana Limited (Tigo) as Head of Human Resources, Holiday Inn as the Human Resources Manager and Cadbury Ghana Limited as the Human Resources Manager and the Employee Relations Manager.

She holds an MA in Employment Studies and Human Resource Management and a BA (Hons) in Psychology with Linguistics. A certified coach, she is also a member of the CIPD (UK) and a certified test administrator.

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Kojo Asare Darpaah
Treasurer

Kojo joined UMB as the Treasurer with eleven years progressive experience of using financial analysis and investment techniques to harness required capital from both domestic and international sources. He comes onboard with an in-depth understanding and knowledge in the areas of fixed income and alternative investments, foreign exchange products, structuring and pricing, discounted cash flow modelling and analysis, and financial statement analysis.

Kojo’s competencies run in various roles as the Head of Trading at First National Bank Ghana, Assistant Vice President, Fixed Income at Barclays Bank Ghana and Associate, Corporate Finance, Cal Bank Ghana Limited. He successfully set up the FX, Fixed Income, and Money Market trading desks in the Global Markets and Treasury departments during FirstRand Group’s entry into Ghana and was also recognized with the best trader award for Africa Markets during his time with Barclays. A Certified Dealer, he holds an MS in Financial Engineering from the Claremont Graduate University, USA and a BSc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Ghana.

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Philemon Okyere Danquah
General Manager – Corporate Banking

Mr. Philemon Okyere Danquah joined UMB with thirteen progressive years of experience in being an exceptional leader of difference with consistent relevance through learning, unlearning and relearning in today’s “VUCA” world as Head, Commercial Banking Suite – Stanbic Bank, Accra East, Relationship Manager, Medium Enterprises -Standard Chartered Bank and Customer Advisory/Business Development /Branch Manager – ABSA.

Philemon is a Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance from Frankfurt Business School, holds a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from London School of Business & Finance coupled with Master of Science in Development Finance (University of Ghana) and Bachelors in Accounting and Economics (University of Cape Coast). He comes onboard with business acumen and an in-depth understanding and knowledge in the area of Commercial/Corporate Banking.

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