Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi has over 25 years of professional experience working in various capacities in Ghana and internationally. Her key areas of specialization include financial sector development and regulation, financial crisis management, public financial management, corporate governance, and sustainable economic development.
Mrs. Awadzi was appointed by H.E. The President of the Republic as Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in February 2018. Under the leadership of the Governor, she supervises a number of key Departments of the Bank of Ghana and generally supports the Governor in steering the affairs of the Bank. Mrs. Awadzi is a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. She represents the Bank on a number of public Boards including the Cocoa Marketing Company, Ghana EXIM Bank, the Securities & Exchange Commission, and the National Pensions Regulatory Authority.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Governor, Mrs. Awadzi was Senior Counsel of the IMF’s Legal Department (Financial and Fiscal Law Unit). At the IMF, she was a key member of the IMF’s financial sector stability assessment teams for G20 countries and advised countries on financial sector reforms and public financial management reforms in the context of the IMF’s surveillance, lending, and technical assistance activities. Mrs. Awadzi spoke at international conferences and trained senior officials of Central Banks and Finance Ministries of countries from all regions of the world.
Before joining the IMF in 2012, Elsie was a Commissioner of Ghana’s Securities & Exchange Commission for six years, worked on key financial sector legal reforms in Ghana and abroad as a financial sector development and regulatory expert, and worked in private law practice and banking, among others.
Mrs. holds an LL.M. degree (International Business and Economic Law) with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center (2012), M.B.A. (Finance) and LL.B. Degrees from the University of Ghana (2000 and 1993 respectively), and a post-graduate qualifying certificate to practice law from the Ghana School of Law (1995).