Skye Bank Opens in The Gambia

Skye Bank (Gambia) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Skye Bank Plc.

The Subsidiary was incorporated in The Gambia in June 4, 2008. The bank is a result of one of the efforts of extending efficient and courteous banking service, for which Skye Bank Plc is known, in all parts of Africa.

Skye Bank (Gambia) Limited is also an offshoot of the expansion plan of Skye Bank Plc towards being one of the preferred banks in Africa.

The staff in Gambia are equipped to deliver everyday traditional banking services with as much professionalism and courtesy to all customers. Customers will also enjoy offerings of retail banking products and services, corporate banking services as well as interbank and international trading transactions.

Board of Directors Profile

Mr. Akinsola Akinfemiwa (Director):

Mr Akinsola Akinfemiwa is the Managing Director/CEO of Skye Bank (Nigeria) Plc. He is a seasoned professional banker with over twenty-six years of banking experience. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Ife, Nigeria. He was the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) in charge of Corporate Banking and Risk Management Group and the Chief Credit Officer [CCO] at Chartered Bank (Nigeria) Plc. before joining Prudent Bank (Nigeria) Plc as the MD/CEO in the year 2000.

Mr. Akinsola Akinfemiwa worked in African Petroleum Nigeria [formerly British Petroleum Nigeria], Peat Marwick, Casselton Elliot and Co. Nigeria and International Merchant Bank Nigeria. He has attended several training programs including: the International Banking Course at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, U.K. He also had an attachment program at the First Chicago Leasing Corporation [a 100% owned subsidiary of The First National Bank of Chicago]. Mr Akinfemiwa attended Senior Executive Internship program at the American Express Bank N.Y. He has also attended the Strategic Management in Banking Program and the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration [INSEAD], France. Special areas of his expertise include Corporate Banking, Project

Financing and Advisory Services.

Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti (Director):
Mr Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti is the Deputy Managing Director/CEO of Skye Bank (Nigeria) Plc. He was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EIB Bank International, member of the Skye Bank Group. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

He commenced his banking career in 1987 with Nigeria-American Merchant Bank Limited (affiliate of Bank of Boston), where he was, at various times the head of Accounts and Information Technology Division as well as the head of the bank’s Management Internal Control section. He left in 1990 to join Midas Merchant Bank Nigeria where he worked in several capacities including Head of Treasury, Assistant General Manager in charge of the Money Market Division, Executive Director and eventually the Chief Executive Officer. He subsequently joined the Lagos Building Investment Company Limited as Managing Director in 2001, a position he held until 2002, after which he assumed position as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EIB. Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti currently has the responsibility of supervising business development bankwide.

Abdoulie Mam Njie (Chairman):
A Gambian, Mr. A.M. Njie has a total of twenty-four years of working experience. He started his Career as an Industrial Economist in 1983 with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Industrial Development, Banjul, The Gambia. His responsibilities here included appraisal of applications for development certificates from sponsors of industrial projects, and investment proposals in the Tourism sector. He was a representative of the Ministry of Economic Planning on the Tourism Liaison Board.

In 1988, Mr. Njie became a Principal Economist in the Economic Affairs division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia – His responsibilities covered the revision of Public Investment Programme and the formulation of the Annual Plans. He also coordinated and monitored the preparation and implementation of the annual development budget. Mr. Njie participated in the implementation of the Economic Management Capacity Building Programme for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia, this he did as a member of the Macro-economic and Strategic Planning Working Group.

Mr. Njie served in different capacities at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs between 1992 and 1998. These included serving as the coordinator for the formulation of the Poverty Alleviation Programme, Head of Strategy for Poverty Alleviation Coordinating Office, Chief Economist and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Economic Affairs Division.

He worked with the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare and Women Affairs between 1998 and 2000 as a Permanent Secretary and Project Manager. He had a brief stint with the private sector when he served as the Adviser to the proprietor of Gacem Cement Plant, Gamwater Mineral Water Factory and Gamsen Construction Company – Mr. Amadou Samba.

He returned to the public sector between 2001 and 2005, serving as Permanent Secretary in the Department of State for the Interior and Religious Affairs, Department of State for Tourism and Culture and Department of State for Health and Social Welfare. He also worked as the Marketing manager for Shyben A. Madi and Sons Limited – a general merchandising company that serves as sole distributor for all multinationals present in The Gambia.

Mr. Njie holds a B.A. (Economics) 1983 – Elmira College (NY) and M.Sc. (National Development and Project Planning) 1987 – University of Bradford (UK). He currently runs his own business advisory and consultancy outfit in The Gambia.

Mambury Njie (Director):
Mambury Njie has a work experience that spans over eighteen (18) years. He started his career as a Cadet Economist at the Special Studies Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Trade in The Gambia from 1988 – 1989. He became a Policy Analyst at the policy analysis Unit of the Office of the President later in 1989 and served as an Economist in the Department of State for Finance and Economic Affairs between 1990 – 1992, he later rose to become a Principal Economist in that department before been appointed as Economic Counsellor to the Gambian Embassy in Taiwan and the Philippines in 1996. At the Embassy, he served as Acting Head of Mission (1997) and the Ambassador of The Gambian to Taiwan and Philippines (1997 – 2001).

He served as a Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President of The Gambia from July 2001 to October 2004 when he was moved to be the Managing Director of the Social Security and Housing Finance of his country.

Mambury Njie holds a B.A. (Economics and Political Sc.) 1986 – East Stroudsburg University (Penn.); Certificate in Macroeconomic Analysis for Structural Adjustment (1991) – World Bank Economic Development Institute (Zimbabwe); M.Sc. (International Affairs – Economic Policy Management) 1993 – School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (N.Y.); Diploma in Investment Appraisal and Management (1993) – Harvard University (Massachusetts), Diploma in Managing a Global Competitive Economy (1993) – Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute (Mass.).

Between 2005 – 2006, he was Chairman Board of Directors, Gambia National Petroleum Company; 2004/2005 – Member of Bureau and Council of International Social Security Association; Board member, CFAO Gambia; Board Member, Gambia Agricultural Marketing company (GAMCO); Board Member, Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort; Chairman Board of Directors – Home Finance Company; 2001 to 2004 – Board member, National Water and Electricity Company Limited; 2002 to 2006 – Board member, Jammeh Foundation for Peace and Chairman of its Finance Sub-committee; Board Member – Trust Bank, Gambia and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

He was also Secretary General and Head of Civil Service of The Gambia from July 2005 to October 2006. He is currently working as a private consultant.

The Board of Directors and management team have also been carefully selected to ensure a well balanced and ethical approach to our banking services based on integrity and professional banking practices.

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