Meet Afua Kyei, the chief financial officer of Bank of England

Afua Kyei joined Bank of England in 2019 from Barclays Bank, where she held finance director roles across its three divisions, joining in 2012

Afua Kyei, the chief financial officer of the Bank of England, has been named in the 2023 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans.

The list by Reputation Poll International (RPI), a leading global reputation firm (, named nine other Ghanaians working in the areas of governance, entertainment, human rights/advocacy, education and business.

The other Ghanaians include Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa, and Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, a professor of plant genetics at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) in Accra.

Others are Dag Heward-Mills, the founder and bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International; Edward Enninful, OBE, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue; Ken Kwaku, the honorary consul of Ghana to Tanzania; and Kofi Tutu Agyare, managing partner at Nubuke Investments.

The remaining three are Lucy Quist, the managing director of Morgan Stanley Ghana, Samuel Esson Jonah, the chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, and Theresa Ayaode, the executive director of the Multiple Concepts Group.

Gallery of 100 Most Reputable Africans 2023

About Afua Kyei

Afua Kyei is the executive director for the finance directorate at the Bank of England, as well as a director of the Bank of England Asset Purchase Facility Fund and its Alternative Liquidity Facility. Afua is one of the executive sponsors leading the Bank’s approach to climate change and is focused on diversity and inclusion.

Kyei joined Bank of England in 2019 from Barclays Bank, where she held finance director roles (2012-19) across its three divisions: group operations and technology, the investment bank, and latterly in the retail bank as chief financial officer (mortgages).

She played a key role in Barclays’s strategic cost transformation programme, TRANSFORM, and was an ambassador for diversity and inclusion for its group finance director functions.

Previously, she held advisory roles at UBS in mergers and acquisitions, group strategic advisory (2007-2009) and was an investment banker in its financial institutions group covering the UK, Benelux, central and eastern Europe (2009-2011).

She was part of the team that helped advise RBS during the financial crisis in relation to its divestments mandated as part of European Union State Aid remediation, its participation in HM Treasury’s £282 billion asset protection scheme and its capital issuance of £33.5 billion to HM Treasury.

Kyei read chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford University, and graduated with a Master’s degree. She was awarded a junior research fellowship by Princeton University in organic chemistry.

She qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAS) with Ernst & Young.

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