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James Cantamantu-Koomson

Managing Director, Client Coverage

James joined BACB in January 2018 as it presented an opportunity to work with a niche bank that focuses on Trade Finance solutions to its customers across various regions and with a defined growth strategy for Africa. He manages our Front Office Client Coverage team, including the Rep offices in Africa. James is responsible for setting and managing our client engagement and business development strategy across our various regional footprint. James is a true pan-African banker and has extensive experience with the African markets, having lived and worked in Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya. His local knowledge and understanding of each country’s cultural differences makes James a perfect candidate to head up our Client Coverage. James studied at the University of Ghana and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economics before travelling to the UK to study for his Chartered Accountancy qualification. He is a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

BACB is a place of true diversity in both its employees and its market coverage. BACB always works with a unified goal of providing the best Trade Finance services to its customers. The environment has a close knit family feel, with everyone supporting each other along the way. BACB provides a unique client coverage service to Africa all whilst working from the dynamic financial services sector of London.
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Liz Kyrianou

Head of KYC On boarding and Due Diligence

Liz decided to join BACB because of its reputation of providing a tailored experience for all of its customers. Having arrived in 2017, she was immediately given the responsibility of handling a large team. In the first two months of her employment at BACB, Liz helped embed a new structure of roles and responsibilities to those who report to her and helped create permanent roles for those who were previously contractors. Liz also oversees all aspects of client on boarding and the on-going review of clients to ensure customer due diligence is carried out line with our internal procedures and international regulatory requirements. Liz began her working career in the financial services industry at a young age, working for an investment management arm as a valuation clerk and Corporate Actions Administrator before entering the realm of KYC.

Over the years, I have worked for various sized organisations and I’ve always preferred to offer my experience to smaller, specialised banks. BACB is an organisation that truly understands its customers’ needs so this makes life at BACB more rewarding. Our diverse portfolio enables my team to expand and enhance their expertise in a holistic environment which benefits both the bank and their on-going development. I enjoy replicating BACB’s values and ensuring our customers always experience our stellar service
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Oma Nwajagu

Senior Finance Associate

A qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Oma joined BACB in 2014 to play an important role in the team that oversees the bank’s profit and loss.

Financial associates at larger banks often treat clients, transactions and initiatives as a line on a budget sheet but the boutique structure at BACB means that I know everyone who is involved in the areas of the business for which I am responsible. Even though we have firm and clear policies, we are small enough to look at every financial transaction on its own merits to make the right decision.
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Aymen Shalabi

Treasury Dealer

Aymen joined BACB in 2014 and works on the bank’s fast-paced treasury desk. Aymen studied International Business at Roehampton University and since then has built his expertise in Middle Eastern banking at some leading institutions across London. He has recently qualified in International Management at Birkbeck College, University of London.

I love working in a team that strives for success and would consider myself to be determined, hardworking and willing to develop. BACB gives me the opportunity to fulfil all of these goals in a friendly environment, where I can get my head down during the day and take part in the social life that the city and the bank offer.
Stefan Butler

Stefan Butler

Relationship Manager within the Commodity Finance Team

Before making the move to banking, Stefan studied Music Industry Management at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College which greatly enhanced his management skill set and provided him with insight into managing clients, individuals, teams and scenarios. He joined BACB in 2005 and had many roles across Operations and the Front Office before becoming a relationship manager in 2015. He is responsible for managing client’s needs on a daily basis whilst simultaneously protecting the Bank across a number of areas. Stefan also manages several members within the team to ensure deliverables are met across a variety of regions. He works closely with the management team to ensure individual and bank wide objectives are met with the best of integrity.

I was drawn to BACB by its ability, as a niche bank, to thrive in certain markets where other banks cannot quite perform to the same level. I’m proud of the development of BACB over the 13 years I’ve spent here; and I feel like an established member of the BACB family. Between us we’ve developed a capability to deliver support to our clients in a professional manner on a daily basis and the consequently positive results produced for all of our stakeholders.
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Ollie Jenkins

Legal Counsel at BACB

Ollie joined BACB in August 2017 having previously worked at an international law firm where he completed a secondment to another bank operating in similar markets to BACB. His previous experience of providing legal advice on transactions in African and Middle Eastern markets made BACB a perfect fit for him. Ollie provides legal advice to most areas of the Bank, and has recently been integral in implementing several strategic projects and transactions. He enjoys working with a wide range of business and functional areas at BACB, as every department presents a new legal challenge and an opportunity to learn something new. Ollie loves helping to make a difference through his legal counsel to enable these departments to operate and succeed in providing BACB’s clients with the best service possible. Ollie holds an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Nottingham. Once he graduated from university, Ollie spent 3 months in Sydney, Australia where he trained and worked to be a solicitor.

BACB affords me the opportunity to make a significant difference to the business and functional areas of the Bank. Each day brings a different challenge that I need to solve to enable the bank to do business. This makes my daily tasks more exciting, which can be difficult to find in an in-house legal role.
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