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Board of Directors

Board team

Afriyie Oware (Executive Director)

Afriyie is co-founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Axis Pensions. He has over 14 years’ experience in the Investment Management and Pensions industry. Afriyie has a thorough understanding of Investment Management and Administration business; skills acquired from direct field experience. He pioneered the establishment of Axis Pensions and the creation of systems, structures and operational strategies that have seen Axis become a leading pension provider in Ghana.

Prior to co-founding Axis, Afriyie worked at Databank. During his six years at Databank, he established employee benefit schemes for many blue chip organizations. Afriyie led the institutional funds management business at Databank and guided the firm to develop a positioning strategy for the pensions industry. He also steered several IT projects at Databank as technical analyst and guided software engineers to automate manual business processes.

Afriyie is a graduate of the University of Ghana Business School with a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration (Banking and Finance option). He is married with three children.

Ernest Kusi-Ababio (Non-Executive Director & Board Chairman)

Ernest Kusi-Ababio is Chair of the Board of Directors of Axis Pension Trust Ltd.  Ernest is a Pharmacist by profession with over 24 years experience in Pharmaceutical Management, Product Development and Marketing.

He is also the Executive Chairman of Palb Pharmaceuticals Ltd –the exclusive distributor for Lifescan Johnson and Johnson a US company, Pharmalab Inc in Canada and a distributor for Sandoz DD.

He has developed major brands like Vitafol (Pre-Natal Multivitamins), Amoksiklav (Anti-infective) and Nifecard XL (Antihypertensive) in the Pharmaceutical industry, with market leadership. 

Ernest Kusi-Ababio holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration with emphasis on Entrepreneurship.

He is also a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy.

Ernest is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. He is married to Elizabeth. They are blessed with two children.

Matthew Mani (Executive Director)

Matthew is the Group Financial Controller of Axis. He has over 13 years’ experience in treasury, taxation, financial reporting and management controls. He also has financial and management experience in health, real estate and private media broadcasting sectors.

Before joining Axis, Matthew had been Finance Manager for Joy FM and Chief Finance Officer for the Ghana Slum Upgrading Fund; a UN Habitat project in Ghana. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ACCA (UK) and CA (Gh).

Matthew Mani is a product of the University of Ghana Business School with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting Option) and currently studying for an MBA. He is married with two children.

Robert Marshall Bannin (Non-Executive Director)

Robert M. Bennin is a member of the Board of Directors of Axis. He is also a Senior Advisor at TEMPLE Advisory, a specialist research-based training and advisory practice focused on accelerating the transformation of enterprises operating on the African continent.

Robert brings to the Board of Axis many years of technical and managerial experience acquired over the past decade working with top managers across Africa.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Robert trains directors of industry, CEOs, senior level executives and first line managers in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa. His global perspective and intimate understanding of changes and trends taking place across several industries in emerging markets have made him an invaluable resource to leaders and organizations in their quest to resolve the challenges of building enduring and highly competitive enterprises.  

Robert has been deeply involved in the development of financial services industry as an advisor and trainer of several leading companies including banks, finance houses, investment advisory firms, microfinance companies, etc.

He has a passion for enterprise transformation across the African continent, and has for the past ten years been sharing his ideas on marketing, leadership, strategy, and enterprise transformation through his writings, as a facilitator, trainer and a business coach.

Robert has been a trainer and/or facilitator at several institutions, including, Institute of Directors, Boardroom Institute, National Banking College, Association of African Business Schools, Endeavor South Africa's BootCamp for CEOs and Owner Managers, Graduate School of Governance & Leadership and Ghana Stock Exchange Professional Education Programme. 

Robert Bennin has MSc in Economics and Finance from the Warwick Business School (UK) and B.A in Economics from University of Ghana. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a CFA Charterholder and an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

He is also a Professional Member of the Association for Talent Development in the U.S.A. Robert is married to Ewurama Bennin. The couple is blessed with a son.

Simon Komla Agbenyegah Ayivi (Executive Director)

Simon is co-founder and Group Chief Operating Officer of Axis. His background is in finance and economics with over 12 years’ experience in Investment Management and Administration. Simon is responsible for translating strategic management vision of Axis Pensions Group into deliverable activities for the group and its subsidiaries.

He worked with Databank Asset Management Services Ltd., for 2 years, as Funds Manager and developed and implemented the Databank Private Wealth Management Pooled Funds. His experience prior to Databank was in derivatives trading and settlements with Morgan Stanley Inc. in Baltimore, MD, USA and Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Simon holds a masters’ degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA. He is also a product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he received a bachelors’ degree in Land Economy. Simon is married with two children.

About Axis

Axis Pension Trust Ltd (APTL), a leading company in the retirement savings industry in Ghana, was incorporated in September 2010 and obtained a license as a Corporate Trustee from the National Pensions Regulatory Authority in March 2012.

Contact Address

  • Address

    #4 Ibadan Avenue, East Legon, Accra

  • Tel No

    +233-302 543 287, +233 302 738 555

  • Email ID

    info@axispension.com