Zenith Bank Sierra Leone Management Team
Zenith Bank Sierra Leone Management Team: Zenith Bank leverages the talents of world-renowned group of financial experts, legal and technology experts to deliver industry-leading solutions and services for its consumer and business customers.
MANAGING DIRECTOR / CEO
Mr. Chijioke Wamadi Ejilemele
Chijioke Wamadi Ejilemele is a graduate of University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria with M.Sc degree in Economics (Monetary Economics major) and Post Graduate Diploma in Development Economics. He equally trained at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria graduating in 1991 with Post Graduate Diploma and M.Sc in Food Science & Technology. Prior to that, he had obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and in 1998 he obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
COUNTRY HEAD OF OPERATIONS
Patrick Ebiega is the Country Head of Operations of the Bank. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), with over two (2) decades of Banking experience. He holds a Bsc Hons (second class upper division) from the University of Jos Nigeria, in 1996. An MBA(Banking & Finance) from University of Nigeria in 2001 and an Msc in Project Management from Enugu State University of Technology in 2017.
HEAD – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Jeffrey Elimihe graduated from Benson Idahosa University in 2007 with a second class upper Bachelor degree in Computer engineering. He joined Zenith Bank Plc as an IT Engineer in 2008 where he served different units in various capacity, last of which was with the Enterprise System Management unit, facilitating the business processes with strategic planning, before being seconded to head the IT department of Zenith Bank Sierra Leone.
HEAD – INTERNAL CONTROL AND AUDIT
Patrick Ameh is the Head, Internal Control and Audit. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (ACIB). He obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Management from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) in Accounting from Babcock University both in Nigeria. He also holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting from Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos Nigeria. Mr. Ameh is a seasoned Banker with over fifteen (15) years of banking experience spanning across the areas of operations, audit, investigation and e-Products audit. He joined Zenith Bank Plc in December 2007 and served in various capacities, including Regional Audit Supervisor, and Team Lead Investigation. He is also a faculty member of the Bank’s Human Capital Development (Zenith Learning Center). Prior to his secondment to Zenith Bank (SL) Ltd, he was the Team Lead, Reconciliation Unit where he focused on reconciliation of NOSTRO Transactions and FX Trading.
HEAD – FINANCIAL CONTROL AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
Saidu Dauda Kamara
Saidu Kamara holds a B.Sc(Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and MBA from Amity University. He is a qualified accountant of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountant (ACCA) from the UK.
Sierra Leone’s banking system is overseen by its central bank, the Bank of Sierra Leone and twelve commercial banks operate in the country.
All commercial banks are headquartered in Freetown. Accounts can be held in foreign and domestic currencies. While automatic teller machines are available in Freetown and other parts of the country, credit cards are not widely accepted. Transfers of over US$10,000 in value must be sent through the banking system with the objective of ensuring transparency.
Banks cannot lend in foreign currencies, which is a limitation on local business expansion. This can in turn impact the supply chains of large foreign-run businesses.
Currency can be freely converted in Sierra Leone, subject to availability. The Leone is not pegged to a foreign currency and has a floating exchange rate. The Leone has been subject to depreciation since mid-2014 due to declining inflows from the mining sector and, from mid-2015 onwards, a winding-down of Ebola-related donor inflows. Accordingly, the official US$/SLL exchange rate has moved from approximately Le 4,310 in August 2014 to approximately Le 8,600 in February 2019. Typically the US dollar trades in the unofficial, parallel currency market at a premium of 5-10% to the official exchange rate. The continued dollarization of the economy affects the exchange rate.
This is a list of commercial banks in Sierra Leone