Patience Akyianu

Managing Director, Barclays Bank Ghana Limited

Mrs Patience Akyianu is currently the Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana. Prior to joining Barclays as Finance Director in November 2008, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa.  She has over 2 decades of extensive experience in the finance and banking industry.

Over the last three years as Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana, Patience has built a high performing and more gender diverse senior leadership team.

She holds an MBA (Finance) and a BSc in Business Administration (Accounting Option, First class honours), both from the University of Ghana Business School.  She is also a certified professional accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.

Her additional roles and responsibilities include membership of the Advisory Committee of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) and the Advisory Board of the College of Education, University of Ghana. She is also on the Executive Council of Executive Women Network and is a member of the Governing Council of the National Banking College.

Her personal awards include:  Noble International Award (2013), Africa Female Economic Champion-Banking (Centre for Economic & Leadership Development (CELD)-2014), Induction into Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame (CELD- 2014) and Woman of Excellence in Finance (Ghana CFO Awards 2015 and Top 50 Rising Stars in Africa (The Africa Report, May 2014).

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