Our Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee consisting of 10 members, has responsibility for executing the strategy agreed by the Board. It currently comprises of business and function heads and one Executive Directors the Chief Executive Officer.


Chuks Ugha, Chief Executive Officer

Chuks joined the bank in 2002, prior to his appointment as CEO of Gambia, he was the CEO of Cameroon.

Chuks has over 29 years banking experience, 18 of which have been with the Bank. While with the Bank, he has held several key leadership positions across Africa which include, Deputy Managing Director / Executive Director, Corporate and Institutional Clients Cameroon; Regional Head of Sales - Retail Banking, Africa, covering Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe; Regional Head, Transactional Banking for Corporate and Institutional Clients.

He holds a BSc in Finance & Banking from the University of Lagos and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Science and Technology, Rivers State, Nigeria.

He is also an alumnus of Said Business School, Oxford University, UK; INSEAD Business School, Singapore and Duke University USA where he attended Leadership Development and Executive Management programmes.


Akweley Laryea, Head of Retail Banking

Akweley was appointed Head, Retail Banking in The Gambia in January 2018. Prior to her appointment she was Head, Client Experience, Process and Governance for Ghana, Gambia and Sierra Leone. Akweley has 17 years of banking experience. She commenced her banking career with Standard Chartered Bank in 2000 as a Management Trainee. She started in Technology and Operations and since 2004 has held various roles in Retail Banking in Ghana and West Africa in Learning and Development, Service Delivery, Governance and Risk Management. She was also at one time the Chairperson of the Diversity & Inclusion Council, Ghana. She has a wealth of experience in People Development, Retail Banking, Process Re-engineering, Risk and Service Delivery. Akweley holds an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Ghana.

Mustapha John

Mustapha John. Head, Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing

Mustapha has over ten years experience in the Banking and Insurance sectors and has worked both in The Gambia and The UK. In The Gambia he started his career at Trust Bank Ltd, The Gambia, as a Banking Officer. In the UK, he worked for First Assist Insurance Services, now Cigna, as Sales Advisor and The Cooperative Bank, one of the UK’s biggest banks as a Mortgage Account Manager managing a portfolio worth around £30m.

Upon his return to The Gambia, he joined Reliance Financial Services as Head of Agency Banking where he led operations to successfully implement their Agency Financial Service business, a first in The Gambia. After making great achievements with the Agency Service, he became Head, Business Growth and Development, managing all Alternative Business Channels; Agency Service, Internet Service and Mobile Financial Service. He then moved on to become Head of Retail Finance and Corporate Affairs whilst also overseeing Marketing and Branding.

Mustapha has a Masters degree in International Management (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) from The University of Exeter, United Kingdom and a BA (Hons) in Banking with Economics & Law from London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

Tafa as he likes to be called, enjoys playing basketball, football and travelling

Karalang Jaiteh

Karalang Jaiteh, Chief Information Officer

Karalang joined Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Ltd in 1992. He is currently the Chief Information Officer and Country Head of Technology and Operations, responsible for Technology support, Banking Operations and proactive management of relationships with our diverse range of stakeholders. Since 2002, he has held several senior management positions in the Technology and Operations department.

Ida Fye Touray

Ida Fye Touray, Head of Compliance

Mrs Ida Fye-Touray rejoined Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Ltd in January 2017 as Country Head of Compliance. She is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of Group Compliance Policies and Procedures in Country. Prior to this appointment, Ida worked for Central Bank of The Gambia as a bank regulator for seventeen years. She had also served as the focal person for Anti-money Laundering and Terrorism Finance at the Central Bank of The Gambia. Ida holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Economics from Saint Mary’s University Extension Programme in The Gambia in 1999 and in 2007; she attained Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Banking and Finance from University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.


Nenneh M. Ndiaye, Head of Audit

Nenneh joined Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Limited in May 2011 as Country Head of Audit. Prior to joining the bank, she was an Audit Manager at Deloitte and Touche where she worked for 6.5 years. Nenneh is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).

Omar F M’Bai

Omar F M’Bai, Head of Legal & Company Secretary

Mr. M’Bai joined Standard Chartered Gambia on 1st January 2010 as Country Head of Legal and Company Secretary. He was previously in the same role at EcoBank Gambia Limited and in Private Legal Practice. Mr. M’Bai is a member of the Gambia Bar Association, a Legal advisor/member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Bankers of The Gambia and in December 2013, certified by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as an adviser on the Legal aspects of E- Commerce. In November 2014, he was appointed by The Gambia Football Federation as its Legal Advisor and Consultant.

Baboucarr Badjan

Baboucarr Badjan, Head, Human Resources

Baboucarr was appointed Head, Human Resources, Gambia on 1st June 2018. Prior to this role, Baboucarr was the Human Resources Service Delivery Specialist, Standard Chartered Bank, Gambia.

Baboucarr joined the Bank in February 2016 as Performance Rewards and Benefits Specialist. Prior to joining the Bank, Baboucarr worked for the National Water and Electricity Company Limited, Gambia for over 6 years as Senior Human Resources Officer and the Specialist Group International, United Kingdom for over a period of 3 years. He has a proven track record of over 10 years in Human Resources.

Baboucarr is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK and holds a Post Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Baboucarr is currently Chair to the Gambia Bankers Association’s Human Resources Managers’ Sub-Committee.

Assanatou Barry Njie

Assanatou Barry-Njie, Country Head of Global Banking

Assanatou joined Standard Chartered Bank in January 1996, and worked in several units of Retail Banking before moving to Wholesale Banking in 2007 where she now manages our Financial Institutions Clients for Gambia and Senegal. Assanatou has worked in other Standard Chartered offices in Kenya and Cote D’voire on short term assignments and has gained vast experience in Relationship Management. She holds a Certificate in Banking and Finance, coupled with several certifications on Standard Chartered Bank learning road map. She is now the Head of Global Banking

Stephen Kwawukume

Stephen Kwawukume - Financial Controller

Stephen joined Standard Chartered Bank Ghana in August 2005. He had worked as Finance Operational Risk officer, Local Regulatory Reporting Manager, where he was instrumental in SCB Ghana’s migration from Manual submissions to Online submissions and managed most External Audits and Ghana Central Bank onsite examinations/Reviews.

He had also worked as a Performance Manager and until recently was supporting with Business Finance partnering for Ghana.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science, Administration (Accounting option) from the University of Ghana. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant -ACCA, UK; Institute of Chartered Accountants-ICAG, Ghana; Chartered Institute of Securities and Insurance, UK.

Outside of work, he is a Lay Pastor with the Assemblies of God Church and has been a member of the ACCA Ghana Network Panel.

He is Married, with one wife and two Children.


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