Elsie Addo Awadzi
Elsie Addo Awadzi is a legal, governance, and international finance professional with 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.
She 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 Governor Addison, she supervises a number of key Departments of the Bank and generally supports the Governor in steering the affairs of the Bank. She 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 Boards of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority and the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Before her appointment as Deputy Governor, she 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 on financial sector reforms and public financial management reforms in other countries in the context of the IMF’s surveillance, lending, and technical assistance activities. She 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.
She 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).