Kofi Adjepong-Boateng

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Kofi Adjepong-Boateng


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Kofi Adjepong-Boateng is based at King’s College, University of Cambridge. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for Financial History at Cambridge. He is also a Trustee of the UK’s Royal Economic Society, a learned society founded in 1890 to promote the study of economics. Adjepong-Boateng also serves as a Trustee of the Council of Management of the UK’s National Institute of Economic and Social Research (“NIESR”).

Previously, Adjepong-Boateng held visiting positions at St. Antony's College (2008-2010), and Blavatnik School of Government (2016-2018), both of which are part of the University of Oxford. He is a past Trustee of the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London (2015-2020).

He is a merchant banker by background. and co-founded the First Africa Group in 1995 as a joint venture with S.G. Warburg & Co. Between 2006 and 2009, the Standard Chartered Bank Group built a shareholding in First Africa and eventually acquired the firm. Thereafter, Adjepong-Boateng joined Standard Chartered as a Vice Chairman. He stepped down from Standard Chartered in 2012.

In addition to his academic interests, Adjepong-Boateng serves on the boards of Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers, based in Stellenbosch; and Helios Fairfax Partners Corporation, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He is a past chair of the investment committee of Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), (2018-2023). SEDF is a global firm which invests in the United States, Europe, Africa, and other markets.

In October 2020, Adjepong-Boateng was recognized in the Queen’s birthday honours and awarded a CBE for his contribution to philanthropy.

Updated March, 2024