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Jean-Louis Ekra

Member of Advisory Board


Other appointments include:

  • Founder, Ayipling Morrison Capital

  • Independent Director, Bank of China

  • Board Member, Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC)​

  • Board Member, The Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA)

  • Former Non-Executive Director, GlobelEQ

  • Former Chairman and President of African Export-Import Bank



  • University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Stern School of Business – New York University (NYU)

Founder of Ayipling Morrison Capital, a venture capital and financial advisory firm, Mr Jean-Louis Ekra is a member of the ASEACC Advisory Board. Mr Ekra is currently serving as the Independent Non-Executive Director of Bank of China. He was previously a non-executive director of GlobelEQ, one of Africa's top power generation companies, as well as the former Chairman and President of the African Export-Import Bank, which he joined in 1996 as Senior Executive Vice President.

Mr Ekra started his banking career with Citibank, subsequently served as Partner of DKS Investment in Jersey, Country Manager for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) at Meridien BIAO and Managing Director of the Ivorian Post Office. He was, in 2010, awarded the Officier de l’Ordre National of Ivory Coast, and in 2016, was awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre National of Côte-d’Ivoire.

Mr Ekra holds a Master of Business Administration from Stern School of Business – New York University (NYU) and a Maîtrise en Sciences Economiques from University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


In 2011, Mr. Ekra was listed among the 100 most influential people of Africa by New African, a leading Pan-African publication. In 2013, He received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from “African Bankers”.

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