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Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi is a Banker, Wife, Mother and a leading figure in the Central Bank of Ghana, as she was appointed 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in February 2018 by President Akuffo Addo, with responsibility for financial regulation, financial stability, and financial inclusion, among other things. She is the second woman to be appointed Deputy Governor in the Bank’s 62-year history.

Before her appointment as Deputy Governor, she was Senior Counsel of the Financial and Fiscal Law Unit of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Legal Department, based in Washington, D.C. In that role, she helped to assess the stability of financial systems in a number of G-20 member countries, and provided technical assistance to help strengthen financial systems and manage financial crises in a variety of IMF member countries.

She also advised on legal and institutional aspects of public financial management, public debt management, and fiscal responsibility frameworks. Prior to joining the IMF in 2012, Ms. Addo Awadzi was a two-term Commissioner of Ghana’s Securities & Exchange Commission, worked on key financial sector legal reforms in Ghana and other countries in Africa, worked briefly as a senior treasury dealer in Barclays Bank Ghana Limited, and worked in private law practice, among others.

She holds an LL.M. degree (International Business and Economic Law) with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C, and a Qualifying Certificate in Law from the Ghana School of Law. She also holds an M.B.A. (Finance) from the University of Ghana, and an LL.B. Degree from the same university. 

The Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi, has in most recent past, been conferred with the Ghana Women of Excellence Award for her contribution to the economic development of Ghana and other IMF member countries, in the areas of Public Financial Management and Fiscal Responsibility.

In the three years since she has been Deputy-Governor, Ms. Addo Awadzi has contributed significantly to the design and implementation of key banking sector reforms – including on-going regulatory and supervisory reforms and capacity-building efforts, and the central bank’s COVID-19 policy and regulatory response measures aimed at providing more liquidity in the financial system and providing relief to customers of banks and other financial institutions. She has also been key in promoting the Bank’s financial inclusion and sustainable banking initiatives, and was chairperson of the Ghana Deposit Protection Scheme Implementation Committee.

She represents the Bank on a number of key public sector Boards in Ghana: including the Cocoa Marketing Company Board, the Ghana EXIM Bank Board, the GIRSAL Board, and the Securities & Exchange Commission. Internationally, she chairs the Gender-Inclusive Finance Committee of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), which provides thought-leadership on matters related to gender-inclusive finance within the AFI Network of central banks and other financial regulatory institutions from more than 90 developing countries – which are all committed to making financial services more accessible to the world’s unbanked.

She was recently appointed as a member of the Graça Machel Trust’s High-Level Expert Group of African Women Leaders in the Finance Sector, to drive systemic action that advances women’s active participation in Africa’s digital economy. Ms. Addo Awadzi combines experience from the public sector and private sector in Ghana, as well as experience working at international organisations in multi-cultural and complex geopolitical contexts. She has advised a variety of businesses, foreign and local investors, venture capital and private equity funds, and country authorities on transactions, policies, laws, and institutional reforms toward strengthening financial sector development, fiscal sustainability, and economic growth and development more generally.

In 2020, Ms. Addo Awadzi received the Glitz Africa Corporate Personality of the Year Award, and the Ghana Women of Excellence Award by Top Brass Ghana, held under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. She was also awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Ghana) and Institute of Directors (Ghana), in recognition of her contributions to Ghana’s banking sector and corporate Governance in Ghana respectively. Ms. Elsie Addo Awadzi is an ardent believer in enabling the development and empowerment of women through active coaching and mentoring. She is a family-oriented woman who attributes her grounding and drive to her faith, her family, and her network of close friends.

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