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ellis asu
CEO , Bank
Douala, Benin
18 years experience covering banking oil and gas and the agro industry. Worked with Chevron and Standard Chartered where I covered business leadership , Business development, deal origination andFinance, strategy, Treasury, Corpor audit, Performance Management, Special projects and in more than 10 African countries. Graduate of the Oxford Said Business School Financial Strategy PGD program.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
Summary of Experience
I am a 43 year old Cameroonian, with Canadian permanent residency status.
I am a country CEO with UBA Bank with more than 18 years experience covering country leadership, Business development,deal structuring, Financial control, business partnering and decision support, Treasury Management, FX dealing, handling expansion projects, business start ups, corporate audits, strategy and risk management working for world class companies like Standard Chartered Bank, Chevron and Pan African businesses like United Bank for Africa.
My greatest strengths are adaptability, strategic, analytical, strong execution skills, people management and leadership. Below are some of my achievements relating to projects handled, deals closed and initiatives completed.
Country CFO (Finance and Strategy- UBA Bank – 2007 to date
o Coordinated the implementation of the bank’s accounting system in Cameroon.
o Assisted in the implementation of the bank’s performance management system in Francophone Africa.
o Business turnaround for our the UBA Group’s subsidiary in Burkina Faso
o Successfully handled under the leadership of the Regional CEO for Central, East and Southern Africa country expansion projects in 6 African countries. This was achieved in addition to my duties as CFO. This earned me special recognition from the Group Executive Director for UBA Africa.
o Key person in successful launch of the green field start up of UBA Cameroon
o Assisted the CEO in coordinating a very successful entry strategy into the Cameroon banking Market. This resulted in a profit in the second year of operations.
o Delivered a ROE of 25% after its 3rd year of operations which is above the country’s industry average.
o Facilitated 4 Strategy sessions.
o Won ‘The Banker’s’ Best Bank in Cameroon Award in 2011 and 2012.
o Key person in the recruitment of middle level staff and Country CFOs in some smaller subsidiaries as the most senior Country CFO in all the 17 subsidiaries outside Nigeria.
o Launched continuous improvement and operational excellence initiatives in Finance department and was mentor to a number of identified top performers in the bank.
o Other experience gained was leadership development, business start up, project management, strategy and execution, employee recruitment and coaching, negotiating, performance management, change management and multitasking.
Corporate Auditor- Chevron Corporation – 2006/2007
• Handled joint venture audit with Total exploration in Congo
• Completed Audit plans for both upstream and downstream locations in Africa
• Carried out SOX reviews, Control Self Assessments and Fraud Risk Assessments in some African locations.
• Other experience gained was lea
I have a BSc Degree in Accountancy
a Post Graduate Diploma from Oxford Said Business School in Financial Strategy and also a professional stage student of ICAN (Institute of Chartered Accountants Nigeria).
I have also attended an executive course in Strategy at the MIT Sloan Business School in USA, besides several training courses on leading and managing People, Business Performance, balance sheet Management, Internal Audit and Risk Management, Corporate Reporting and Treasury.
I am currently Country MD/CEO for United Bank for Africa Benin
Affiliations and Achievements:
Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors
Alumni of Oxford St Hugh's College

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
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