Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh is a senior banking and finance executive with over two decades of experience covering both the private and public sectors. Dr. Conteh is at present a Short-Term Expert with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) focusing on Central Bank Governance and Financial Technology (FinTech). In Sierra Leone, Dr. Conteh is a Partner at Emile Kargbo & Associates, Chartered Accountants, and Business Accountants.
He is the most recent past Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, and before that served as Minister of State, at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Sierra Leone. In his capacity as Fiscal Affairs Minister of State, Dr. Conteh provided strategic leadership, oversight, and direction in anchoring fiscal policy in the wake of the 2015/16 economic downturn in Sierra Leone and was instrumental in the overall improvements evidenced in Public Financial Management in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Conteh was also until the end of 2018 the Alternative Executive Director (ED) at the African Development Bank (ADB) representing five African countries. His earlier career span over a decade of retail/commercial banking at middle and senior management covering operations, financial control, and risk management.
Dr. Conteh provides transformational leadership, strategic direction, and clear communication in building successful banking and financial systems at the local, regional, and global levels. Creates comprehensive expertise in international banking, economics, finance, and management. Leads with authenticity to establish a shared vision across the organization and achieve objectives by fostering a culture of collaboration, dedication, operational excellence, and accountability. Experienced and successful in overseeing financial systems and tools, policy development, planning, reporting, and financial control & management best practices. Solid understanding of international business protocols and cultural nuances.
Dr. Conteh has intricate knowledge of the wider financial systems and holds an excellent combination of academic and professional training/qualifications, skills and experience spanning the disciplines of economics, finance, and management. He is a Fellow of both the UK and the Sierra Leone Associations of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Nigeria Chartered Institute of Banking. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Sierra Leone, an MBA from the Oxford Brookes Institute of International Finance and a Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in Finance from Walden, USA.
Dr. Conteh has been married to Kadijatu Conteh for over seventeen (18) years and they have three children – Lans, Saijatu, and Deborah.