Patrick Conteh

CEO & Board Secretary

Patrick Conteh, PhD, is a financial sector and development finance professional with experience spanning over twenty-five years across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. A trusted international speaker on fintech and the wider digital finance ecosystem of Africa.

Patrick is the CEO of the Africa Fintech Network (AFN) and doubles as expert advisor on economic and financial policy management, financial sector development, corporate and international finance, impact investing, and enterprise risk management.

 He was in the recent past, LEPDA/USAID Senior Economic Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning of Liberia and before that Resident Advisor at the Central Bank of Liberia.

Patrick was Regional Lead for Sub-Sahara Africa overseeing a unique collaboration between Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) UK,“ and Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA), to strengthen the creation, dissemination, and adoption of FinTech-related knowledge in the continent.

He was Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, where amongst other reform initiatives, he pioneered one of Africa’s first exploratory regulatory sandboxes as part of an overarching financial inclusion strategy. Before that, he served as Minister of State for fiscal affairs Sierra Leone.

Patrick also served as Alternate Executive Director at the African Development Bank contributing to the formulation and implementation of major developmental programs and projects across Africa.  

His earlier career was in commercial/retail banking holding various senior management roles in financial management & control; risk management; administration & operations; credits administration & control; human capital management; business development; strategy and policy, etc., and exiting at the level of Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer.

Patrick holds an excellent combination of academic and professional qualifications and competences in economics, finance, and management.