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Amara Konneh

Liberia's finance minister looks to turn economic fortunes around

February 3, 2014

Liberia’s economy has come a long way since its devastating civil war ended 11 years ago, but it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Amara Konneh, who won The Banker’s African Finance Minister of the Year award for 2014, tells Paul Wallace how the Liberian government is trying to change that.

Sophie Javary

BNP Paribas turning balance sheet into fees

February 3, 2014

After almost two decades’ experience in a pure advisory bank, Sophie Javary is now looking to strengthen the corporate finance business of BNP Paribas, one of Europe’s largest lenders.

Antonio Pires de Lima

Portugal looking beyond tentative recovery

January 2, 2014

While Portugal has moved out of recession – just – its recovery seems tentative at best. Its economy minister, however, is optimistic about the country's future, and tells Silvia Pavoni that its strong exports to countries outside of the eurozone in particular point to better times ahead.

Alasdair Anderson

HSBC makes IT power play

January 2, 2014

Working with the maxim that there is big profit potential in big data, the global head of IT architecture at HSBC securities services and his team have spent the past 18 months experimenting with new technologies and now, he tells Dan Barnes, the bank is ready to launch a new suite of client-driven technology solutions.

Jacko Maree

The rise of African banking

January 2, 2014

Africa’s banking industry has gone through huge changes during Jacko Maree’s career. The former chief executive of Standard Bank believes the future for banks on the continent looks promising, but says they will have to adapt to regulatory changes and tap new types of clients. Interview by Paul Wallace.

James Cowles

Smith Barney veteran steering Citi’s new start in Europe

January 2, 2014

James Cowles is driving Citi's refreshed network of coverage bankers and better-integrated trade and treasury services offering in the largest revenue-generating region for the bank's reorganised institutional client group.

LME IT chief warms to HKEx task

LME IT chief warms to HKEx task

December 2, 2013

Chief technology officer Robin Paine is insourcing the London Metal Exchange’s IT function to fit its future as part of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. He tells The Banker how the complex transformation is taking place.

The next governor of Nigerias central bank

The next governor of Nigeria’s central bank?

December 2, 2013

Speculation about who will succeed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Nigeria’s central bank governor next year is mounting. Outgoing Access Bank CEO Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, one of the leading candidates, tells The Banker the role would be difficult to turn down. 

New team helps RBS to keep up the conversation with clients

New team helps RBS to keep up the conversation with clients

December 2, 2013

Sanjeev Kumar leads a corporate advisory team at RBS designed to maintain the ability to provide large corporates with strategic advice after the bank’s exit from mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He tells The Banker why talk is valuable.

Uruguays finance minister charts upwards growth path

Uruguay's finance minister charts upwards growth path

November 25, 2013

Uruguay's finance minister, Fernando Lorenzo, tells The Banker how his country has managed to remain resilient in the face of the global economic crisis, and why he still longs for a more open Latin America.

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