James R Kanagwa

Dr James R Kanagwa – Ecobank Country Head

We are pleased to have welcomed Dr James R Kanagwa Ecobank Country representative for Ethiopia, as a guest speaker at the 4th Africa Business Forum.

A Pan African Executive with an extensive background in Project Management, Finance and Strategy.  His professional experience includes Commercial Banking, Corporate Development (M & A), consulting, strategic studies and Risk management. Currently he is the Country Representative (Ethiopia) for ECOBANK Group; previously he was a Senior Executive, ECOBANK Uganda responsible for Domestic Business including Government Institutions. Prior to that he was a Corporate Development officer (Project Manager), East & Southern Africa sub region for ECOBANK Group, whose mandate was to assist with the setting up of the Bank in the sub region. He also worked as a Senior Manager with Barclays Bank, Nile Bank Uganda and a Senior Mortgage officer, Origination and Construction finance with Housing Finance Bank Uganda.

James holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University, USA, an MBA degree from ESAMI Business School, a BCOM degree from Panjab University INDIA and a Diploma in National Security from Galilee College ISRAEL.  He is an alumnus of HARVARD Kennedy School, USA, INSEAD, FRANCE, Wharton School USA, CSCI SINGAPORE, GE Crotonville USA, after having completed Executive education. He is an FAA licensed Pilot for medium aircrafts and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing –UK, Chartered Management Institute UK (Fellow), Project Management Institute – USA, International Leadership Association (ILA), USA, Center for Islamic Banking & Economics (CIBE) PAKISTAN, Strategic Management Society – USA, Milken Institute – USA, Rotary International (PHF), Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and a Fellow with the Royal society of arts (FRSA), UK.