Meet our Founder

Adjoa Adjei-Twum

Founder & CEO

Adjoa Adjei-Twum is Founder & CEO of Emerging Business Intelligence and Innovation (EBII) Group and an astute intellect in African Economic Development. She is a Financial Crime Compliance Expert with over a decade of international experience helping organisations meet their compliance requirements in the financial sector, With cross-cutting knowledge in both emerging and developed markets, especially in Anti-money laundering(AML) and Economic Sanctions.

Adjoa has worked in the AML, Sanctions and departments for a range of banks from Barclays and HSBC to UBS and Citi. Throughout her career, she has held various senior positions including Associate Director in Financial Crime Compliance at Exiger Ltd, Compliance Manager at HSBC Bank and as Head of Global Training and Communications for Chief Controls Office (CCO) at Barclays Bank Plc, to name a few. She has been promoted and re-hired by several banks due to her outstanding knowledge and expertise in AML, counter-terrorist financing, financial crime, sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption and has won awards for her valuable contribution.

Some of her work included conducting investigations into sanction breaches and circumventions, using her thorough knowledge of internal policy and regulations to make risk-based decisions on whether a sanction has been breached or not. In terms of AML, Adjoa has investigated suspicious activities for intermediary banks, liaising with both remitting banks and beneficiary banks to understand the nature of the transactions being made. Adjoa has also conducted in-depth due diligence with discreet and confidential inquiries and has led reviews projects on high-risk clients, including some high profile cases. Most notably, Adjoa was part of the Global Investigations Team where she headed the Panama Papers Project – a high profile and intricate investigation linked to investigating the exposure of the offshore finance industry across various lines of business at Barclays and provided solutions to ensure the bank had sufficient controls in place to mitigate any such risk in the future. She subsequently reviewed the AML and KYC controls within Barclays and provided solutions in order to mitigate the risks of tax evasion, money laundering and sanction breaches, which were implemented via policy changes.

In 2011 as Assistant Manager at KPMG UK, she instituted and led an innovative project that tracked current financial crime regulations, shared the knowledge and escalated the changes and its impact to the wider firm and clients. Her leadership grew the Forensic Team and she went on to lead the Forensic Team within the UK and India on the initiative. In that same year, on her secondment to Barclays, Adjoa fostered a deeper client relationship between KPMG and Barclays through weekly regulatory updates and implications for the sanctions department. This resulted in higher work output for KPMG from Barclays.

In addition, Adjoa has developed and delivered training courses in financial crime compliance, GDPR and regulatory compliance to external parties. Adjoa has actively engaged with businesses, globally upskilling them with a range of compliance training courses to enable them to engage more effectively with financial institutions. One of her areas of expertise is the Sub-Saharan-African and MENA region where Adjoa provides advice and training on best practices for engaging with Western institutions. Indeed, she partnered with Oxford University Innovation in 2019 to deliver a Due Diligence Masterclass at the 2019 Oxford Africa Conference targeted at businesses in Sub Saharan Africa.
Adjoa studied her Postgraduate in Financial Strategy at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford where she researched and wrote her dissertation on the HSBC scandal in 2012, noting the bank’s shortcomings in their sanctions and AML compliance departments and advising how they could improve their compliance in the future.
Adjoa has since launched the EBII Group which is supported by Oxford University Innovation. She was inspired to found EBII Group by her passion about helping the investing community navigate their due diligence process when investing in emerging markets like Africa. Her aim in creating this specialist compliance advisory firm is to educate investors so they are equipped with the knowledge they need to be successful in Africa.

EBII Team

Board Member

Jeremy Tabiri

Non Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development
Jeremy has decades of experience in the African Financial Markets. Currently holding the position of Head of Frontier Markets at Societe Generale CIB based in London, where he works[…]
Board Member

Dr. Emilie Syed

Board Observer. Investment Associate at Oxford University Innovation
Engaged in the creation as well as the development of many early stage companies, evaluating businesses for growth and potential investment at Oxford University Innovation. Directly manages a portfolio[…]
Director

Wahida Khan

Director, Financial Crime Compliance (Anti-Bribery, Corruption, Regulatory)
Wahida is a qualified chartered accountant who specialises in financial crime compliance with over 17 years of experience, 13 of those years working as a manager at KPMG London[…]
Specialist

David Ocansey

Director, Business Ethics
David Ocansey is leadership expert with over 25 years experience equipping large organisations across Africa and in the USA in the area of Business Ethics, Strategy, Management, Leadership etc.[…]
Specialist

Catherine Spence

Innovation Support, Oxford University
Cath studied Physics at Durham University before taking a graduate role at STC, a large telecoms business, working on the design and development of early commercial fibre optic based[…]
Board Member

Bernice D. Ashun

Company Secretary
Bernice is an Associate of the Chartered Governance Professionals (UK) initially Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, with years of experience serving/acting as a Secretary to Corporate and Private[…]
Specialist

Kwadwo Kusi-Frimpong

Business Development Consultant
Mr Kwadwo Kusi-Frimpong  is a Financial Crime and Compliance consultant, who has extensive experience working for Banks in United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland , The Netherlands and Africa. A[…]
Director

Samuel Irungu

Director, Financial Crime Compliance
A seasoned risk and compliance professional, Samuel brings a wealth of experience and insights from over 15 years of supporting organisations to identify and manage risk. He has held[…]
Director

Wambui Waithaka

Director, Risk Management (Banking & Insurance Sector)
Wambui is a Risk Management and Financial Controls expert with over 14 years of experience in the Banking and Insurance industry in East and Southern Africa. She is a[…]

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