Our management team is made up of a crop of seasoned and industry-recognized professionals, with diverse (but complementary) skills in various backgrounds, as well as depth of experience (garnered from national and international institutions). Over the years, these executives have brought their knowledge, experience and leadership to bear on the development and delivery of solutions (through products and services) to meet the needs of our customers and, in the process, contributing to sustaining the performance of the group till date.
Mr. Ayokunle Olajubu Abraham is currently the Managing Director/ Chief Executive, at United Bank for Africa Liberia Limited. He is vast with banking experience, having worked and excelled in several capacities as a banker for over 33 years.
He started his professional Banking career in March 1992 at entry level as a Teller with the defunct Nigeria International Bank before moving to the then Citizens Bank in 1995. He joined UBA in 1995 and later moved over to Access Bank where he was deployed as an expatriate staff in Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Gambia where he became the Managing Director/CEO.
Due to his enthusiasm to continue his career at UBA, Ayokunle rejoined the bank in 2021 as the Group Head of Compliance, and due to his major achievements in banking, he was redeployed to Liberia as the Managing Director/CEO of the Subsidiary.
He is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and effective team builder with strong leadership and communication skills.
Ayokunle acquired his academic qualifications at the University of Ilorin, the University of Pennsylvania, the United States of America, and the University of Bangor in the United Kingdom. He is an associate member of the Nigeria Chartered Institute of Bankers and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of England.
Ayokunle’s career objective has been to enjoy a rewarding career in banking and general management where his varied skills can profitably be utilized to achieve corporate objectives.
Ebele Ogbue is the Group General Manager, Oil & Gas at United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc. His responsibilities are to acquire, deepen and manage relationships the Bank has with all operators in the Oil & Gas industry primarily in Nigeria, while providing support and expertise to the bank’s subsidiaries in Africa, the Europe and the US. This includes activities in the upstream, mid-stream, downstream, oil services and oil trading sectors.
Prior to this current role, he was Regional Director responsible for driving the wholesale banking business of the bank in Anglophone Africa, while also representing UBA Plc on the board of the Anglophone African subsidiaries.
He was the Chief Executive Office at UBA Capital (Europe) Limited, a financial services firm and subsidiary of UBA Plc focused on International Trade and Foreign Exchange Transactions into and out of Africa.
Prior to joining UBA Capital (Europe) Limited in April 2010, Ebele was the Chief Executive Officer, UBA Liberia Ltd for two years, which subsidiary he set up as a greenfield operation, while also overseeing the operations of UBA in Sierra Leone towards the end of his tenure in Liberia. He was also a senior member of the team that set up UBA (formerly Standard Trust Bank) in Ghana in 2004, where he was the Chief Credit Officer for three years from 2004 to 2007.
Ebele has worked for other international banks, such as Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in Nigeria and Ghana, and has a wealth of experience working in the financial services industry in West Africa. He practiced as an Auditor with Price Waterhouse before starting his banking career.
He holds a first degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and an MBA from the CASS Business School.
Axel M. Addy
A senior leader with expertise in international trade policy, government, and business climate reforms. Built trust-based relationships across international diverse stakeholder communities enabling Liberia’s record-time
accession to the WTO. Mobilized multiple resources in accordance with various donors’ institutional
management processes, procedures, systems and policies valued over $50 million in direct and indirect
support. Galvanized trade community’s support through consultations and negotiations, instituting emergency
trade measures resulting in no major trade disruptions of primary commodities imports during Ebola epidemic.
Designed and implemented innovations to drive inclusive finance for SMEs, facilitating opportunities of over
$80 million in public procurement contracts and investments. Led a multicultural team of over 250 local and
international professionals in implementing a robust reform agenda resulting in improvements in Liberia’s
global rankings among the top 5 reformers in Africa, for starting a business, in the World Bank’s Doing Business
Ranking and MCC Scorecard on Trade Policy to achieve over $250 million Compact. Served as the chief
diplomat for international trade for Liberia engaging local and international media, participating in international
and local forums as panelists, special guest, producer, host among others.
Wil Bako Freeman
Wil Bako Freeman, a strategic thinker and highly motivated professional with over twenty years of cross-functional experience in a multinational setting has operated in the United States, Ghana, Liberia, and internationally within a variety of sectors and leadership roles. He possesses an extensive working knowledge of Central Banking, Economics, Trading Options, Trade Economics, Regional Integration, Public-Private Dialogue (PPD), Private Sector Development, Credit Risk Management, Asset Liability Management (ALM), and Banking Laws and Regulations and Airport Administration, with proven capacity to work in post-conflict environments and committed to improving the investment and business climates, ultimately attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) during periods of capital flight.
He is a successful designer and implementer of major airport infrastructure projects, including a USD 50 million new passenger terminal, a USD 35 million runway rehabilitation, a USD 10 million cargo terminal, and a USD 3 million new office complex.
Strong organizational abilities to plan and execute large-scale stakeholder convenings such as the Liberia Better Business Forum (LBBF), which establishment drastically improved the investment and business climate in Liberia, resulting in an improvement of 20 points for the country on the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking.
Employs analytical, managerial, and problem-solving skills using clear, yet concise written and verbal communication skills.
Mr. Cyril Jones was born in Edina, Grond, Bossa county to counsellor and Mrs. Fohnbulleh Jones and is married with three children.
He obtained his high school education from the B’W Horris High School in 1974. He also studied Political Science at the Cuttington University in Liberia and holds a (LLB) degree from the University of Liberia ln 1977 and 1987 respectively.
Mr Jones was admitted into the Bar as an Attorney of Law of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court in 1992 where he started his Law career in the courts of Liberia and, he was admitted into the Supreme Court of Liberia. As a resource person, Mr. Jones has presented lectures and seminars under the civil law Court of Liberia. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law, at the University of Liberia.
A hardworking, result oriented EMBA holder with over sixteen (16) years’ experience and a detailed knowledge and understanding of banking issues, policies, as well as a dedication to achieving timely and cost- effective results, seeking to lead a team which will enhance the goodwill, increase shareholder value and increase job satisfaction thus position United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Ltd as number one in the industry and make a significant impact on Ghanaian society. Madam Bawuah has several personal and professional acolades to her name including
Most Profitable Subsidiary Bank, 2016 Best Subsidiary Bank, 2014 CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, 2016-CIMG Finance Personality of Year 2016 – Ghana Accountancy and Finance Awards Woman of Excellence in Finance (2016 CFO Awards) Woman Rising Award – Best 50 Corporate Women Leaders in Ghana, 2016 Woman Rising Award – Best 50 Corporate Women Leaders in Ghana, 2015 UBA Group CEO Awards – Most Enterprising Leader, 2016 SHEROES Award, 2016 Female Finance Personality of the Year 2014 Female Banking Personality of the Year 2014 among others. She is currently the CEO of West Africa One, responsible for overseeing the affairs of UBA Subsidiaries in Liberia, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone.
Mrs. Angelique Weeks has over nine (9) years of combined service as Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners of the national regulatory authorities for the telecommunications and electricity sectors in Liberia. Transactional attorney, seasoned administrator and C-level executive with exemplary management skills. Member of numerous civic and professional Boards, including the Board of Directors for a local bank in Liberia. Ivy League institution executive management education. 10 years tenure with multi-billion dollar energy company (S&P 500 listed utilities group), including 5 years as in-house legal counsel handling broad range of transactional matters (including contracts drafting, review, negotiations, management, administration and dispute resolution) for property acquisition, conveyance and protection, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Over 14 years in administrative and managerial roles involving strategy, business and product development, government contracting and stakeholder management. Over 15 years combined experience in state government agencies in the USA and Liberia, handling contractual transactions for procurement of goods, works and services, real estate acquisitions, conveyance, and related title issues, public utility ratemaking, regulation and compliance. Strong negotiations, oral advocacy, research, writing and presentation skills. Impeccable integrity.
At UBA, we realise that our people remain our most valuable assets. Our people are our competitive edge in a highly dynamic and competitive banking environment. We have invested in the best performance management systems to ensure our people always have the cutting-edge skills to excel in what they do.
We also have in place financial and non-financial incentive schemes, including a staff recognition scheme to reward our high-performance staff members for excelling in their duties.
Our staff is multicultural, multilingual, and highly diverse in outlook, reflecting the richness and diversity of the 22 countries we operate in. Our people strategy is hinged on always seeking to employ the best people, and creating a conducive environment for them to excel in their work and to delight customers, while providing competitive remuneration and reward systems to retain our best hands.
UBA employees are fondly referred to as the ‘UBA Lions and Lionesses’, reflecting the confidence with which they deliver financial solutions to the bank’s customers.