African Export-Import Bank
Jean-Louis EKRA assumed his role as President and Chairman of the Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Cairo, Egypt, in January 2005 after successively holding the positions of Executive Vice-President and Senior Executive Vice-President of the Bank. Under his leadership, the Bank achieved investment grade credit rating by three major international rating agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P’s) and won many awards and prizes for excellence from several reputable organizations. He was re-appointed by shareholders as President and Chairman of the Board for a second term in July 2010.
Prior to joining Afreximbank in 1996, he held senior positions in various institutions including: Vice-President in charge of International Financial Institutions at Citibank NA; Managing Director, Société Ivoirienne de la Poste et de l’Epargne (SIPE), the post and savings institution of Côte d’Ivoire; Country Manager for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) region at Meridien BIAO sa., Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; and Partner at DKS Investment, a financial advisory firm in Jersey. He was, until recently, Honorary President of the Global Network of Exim Banks and Development Finance Institutions (G-NEXID). He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU), and a Maîtrise en Sciences Economiques from the University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
In 2011, Mr. EKRA was listed among the 100 most influential people in Africa by New African, a leading pan-African publication. In 2013, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from African Banker.