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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Mme. GWENDOLINE ABUNAW
  • Mr. EZECHIEL PASSAM MUKWADE
  • Mr. JEAN ZOMBO
  • Mr.  OUEDRAOGO CYRILLE
  • Mr. EKOBENA VINCENT
  • Mr. DENAKPO MARTIAL PATRICK
  • Mr. BILONG FABRICE GREGOIRE
Mme. GWENDOLINE ABUNAW
President of the Board of Directors 

Permanent Representative of ECOBANK Cameroon.

Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Buea, Gwendoline ABUNAW started her career as a risk analyst at Standard Chartered Bank Cameroon in 1998. In 2001, she left Standard Chartered Bank to go back to school for an MBA in Finance at the London Metropolitan University.


Back from London in 2003, Gwendoline ABUNAW joined Ecobank Cameroon as an account manager for key accounts. In 2004, the passionate banker left Ecobank Cameroon for Citibank Cameroon where she spent several years.


In 2011, Gwendoline ABUNAW returns to Ecobank Cameroon as a key account manager. In 2014, Gwendoline’s performance was noticed and rewarded and she became a director on the board of the pan-African bank in Cameroon. While she is the deputy director of the bank, on April 27, 2017, she was appointed to the head of Ecobank Cameroon, replacing the Senegalese Moustapha Fall.

Mr. EZECHIEL PASSAM MUKWADE
Member of the Board of Directors 

Since May 2021

Ezéchiel holds a post-graduate degree in business law and was formerly a teacher of private law at the ESSEC of Douala. He has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the banking sector.

He joined the corporate world in 1986 as a collection manager for the Littoral sector at the International Bank for Trade and Industry of Cameroon, where he worked until June 1998, ultimately holding the position of credit analyst and commitment writer. Ezéchiel then joined CITIBANK CAMEROON in July 1998 as a member of the subsidiary’s credit committee, and was elevated to the rank of Regional Legal Director for Cameroon, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo until February 2017 concurrently with his position as Deputy General Manager.

Ezéchiel will continue his career at Société Générale Cameroon in March 2020 as Deputy General Manager, and will remain there until December 2020, with the main tasks of supervising the financial, marketing & communication, human resources, and compliance departments, as well as the General Secretariat.

Mr. JEAN ZOMBO
Member of the Board of Directors  

Dr. in Bank Management / Financial Institutions and a Master’s degree in Economics, Jean has more than twenty years (20) of experience.

He joined the corporate world in 1999 as head of credit at ACEP CAMEROUN until 2001, when he was brought to the head of this institution as General Manager until September 2017. He has thus strongly contributed to the influence of this institution.

Jean is also a specialist in restructuring MFIs, a member of the jury at the ITB (Institute of Banking Techniques) in Paris for the grand oral, a teacher at the CFPB Microfinance and HEC (Hautes Etudes de Commerce) in Cameroon.

Mr.  OUEDRAOGO CYRILLE
Member of the Board of Directors 

May 2021

Cyrille holds a post-graduate degree in Bank Management, a master’s degree in Economics from ESSEC in OUAGADOUGOU, and a diploma of tax inspector from the National School of Financial Administration of Burkina Faso. He has more than twenty (20) years of professional experience to date.

He started his professional career in 1994 as a tax controller. In 2005, he was appointed Director of the main branch of the Agricultural and Commercial Bank of Burkina (BACB). In 2010, he was appointed Area Manager OUAGA 1 within ECOBANK BURKINA, a position he held until 2014, before being elevated to the position of General Manager of Pan-African Savings & Loans BURKINA FASO (formerly SOFIPE SA).

Cyrille was also elevated to the rank of Knight of the Order of Merit and the Etalon respectively in 2013 and 2019 in Burkina Faso, and remains to this day Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Professional Association of Decentralized Financial Systems of Burkina Faso, Member of the Board of Directors of the Ouagadougou Initiatives Platform, and lecturer in Microfinance at the University of Ouaga I / IBAM.

Mr. EKOBENA VINCENT
Member of The Board of Directors 

Since May 2021

Vincent holds a Diploma in Information Systems Design and Analysis from the African Institute of Informatics (IAI), and a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from the University of Douala. He has more than sixteen (16) years of professional experience to date.

He started his professional career as an Assistant Auditor at PriceWhitehouseCoopers in 2000, and joined the ECOBANK CAMEROUN group in 2001 where he progressively held the positions of Assistant Internal Controller, Resident Controller, Deputy Internal Audit Director, Interim Internal Audit Director, Audit & Compliance Director, Regional Audit & Compliance Director CEEAC, Regional Audit & Compliance Director Congo DRC, Internal Audit Director ECOBANK CAMEROUN.

Since 2015, Vincent is the Internal Audit Director of ECOBANK CAMEROUN in addition to his duties as Internal Audit Cluster CEMAC.

Mr. DENAKPO MARTIAL PATRICK
Managing Director

Diploma: Holder of a Master in finance obtained at the Catholic University of Lille (France), and of a DTS (Diploma of Higher Technician) option bank management delivered by the National Institute of Economy (Benin), this illustrious person deepened his training via various other channels, thus leading to: obtaining a certificate of authorization for the management of savings and credit cooperatives from PAMEF on the one hand, and obtaining a manager’s approval CEMAC financial institution on the other hand.

In addition trainer of the CFPB (Training Center of the Banking Profession), the latter totals more than twenty (20) years of professional activity to his credit, including three (03) in the commercial banking sector and seventeen (17) in the microfinance sector and in UEMOA and CEMAC zones.

Former Deputy Managing Director of EXCILLIS FINANCES (GABON), he held the position of Marketing and Operations Director within ALIDé Microfinance (BENIN); worked for LOXIA emf / group BGFI Bank (GABON) (as Director of Operations and Head of Commercial Department Estuary Area among others); joined forces with Continental Bank Béni / UBA Group (as head of the guarantees and credit implementation division, and Credit Risk Officer); and will mobilize in short within the PADME Benin structure as internal auditor.

This atypical career path led him to climb to the helm of Pan-African Savings & Loans Cameroon Microfinance, a subsidiary of the “Pan-African Savings & Loans” Group, as Managing Director.

Character very open to dialogue and customer oriented.

Mr. BILONG FABRICE GREGOIRE
Deputy Managing Director

Diploma: A Certified Expert in Microfinance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Development (Germany), a Holder of a Post Graduate Diploma (DESS) and Master’s Degree in Business Law obtained from the University of Douala.

With more than 10 years’ experience in the microfinance sector, Fabrice brought to the table his mastery of Legal advice to the ‘Agence de Crédit pour l’Entreprise Privé’ (ACEP SA) before joining Pan African Savings and Loans SA in October 2011.

Here, he takes up the very challenging position of Deputy General Manager in charge of Legal and Administrative Affairs after successfully holding the posts of Legal Officer and subsequently , Head of Legal and Administrative Affairs until March 2016.

Endowed with an unequalled sense of work and responsibility, his dynamism and strong sense of purpose make him a very special character.

Microfinance institution, operating in the granting of credit, savings, sale of currencies, collection of taxes, payment of salaries and more.

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