Head SME, Agency Banking and Partnership Absa Bank Ghana Ltd.
A champion for financial inclusion, Audrey Abakah has proactively led the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) unit at Absa Ghana, where she oversees the Agency banking proposition, women banking proposition, and MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works program, among others.
Audrey Abakah’s Achievements
Audrey’s performance outcomes include a 65 per cent year-on-year growth in income and 57 per cent year-on-year growth in customer deposits — achieved amidst the current economic challenges faced globally and within the Ghanaian market. Moreover, the bank’s SME portfolio grew by 21 per cent.
In 2020, at the heart of the Covid Pandemic, Audrey Abakah led the process to conceptualize and launch Absa’s women’s banking proposition. Through the Africa Works Program, more than 5,000 SMEs have been trained in business management.
The project which aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal on gender, decent work and innovation, has so far disbursed USD 18.44 million to more than 4,900 SMEs, creating more than 9,000 jobs.
These efforts have been celebrated in Ghana with Absa winning awards for SME banking and empowerment of women clients. As a facilitator and public speaker, Audrey has personally trained and engaged thousands of business owners on financial and banking-related matters.
Audrey Abakah also serves as board chair of Rehoboth Foundation Ghana, which is an international organization that provides strategic leadership development services for church and corporate establishments. She also supports various charities that extend health screening, water infrastructure and educational support to poor and marginalized communities across Ghana.