Michael Awori 2022 speaker

Chief Executive Officer

Trade and Development Bank (TDB)


Mr. Michael Awori is an international banker with over 22 years’ experience in development finance, investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of TDB on 1 April 2022, he served as a senior executive with TDB since 2017 (including as Deputy CEO). His track-record in international banking includes the execution of over USD 25 billion in financing, capital markets and M&A transactions in Africa and globally.

As CEO, he is responsible for the development and execution of the Bank’s business strategies and fulfilment of the Bank’s mandate and objectives. This involves setting priorities and translating them into comprehensive business strategies; providing ongoing monitoring of results to ensure objectives are being met, undertaking corrective actions as required; serving as a key member of the Group leadership team; and co-chairing various management committees and driving decision making processes.

Prior to TDB, Mr. Michael Awori was the Regional Head of Debt Finance, East Africa at Barclays. He began his banking career in bulge-bracket investment banking in Chicago, first with JPMorgan and then Citigroup. He spent over a decade with these institutions, advising clients on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, completing several notable transactions including cross-border M&A and capital market financings, before returning to Africa.

A member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and Kenya Institute of Directors, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Cable & Wireless, Seychelles’ leading ‘quad-play’ telecom company and the Investment Committee of ESATAL. Mr. Michael Awori holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and is a graduate of Goshen College. He has also trained in advanced management at the London Business School, among others.


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