Afua Kyei is the Executive Director for the Finance Directorate, a Director of the Bank of England Asset Purchase Facility Fund and of the Bank of England Alternative Liquidity Facility.
Afua is one of the executive sponsors leading Bank of England’s approach to climate change and is focussed on diversity and inclusion.
Afua joined Bank of England in 2019 from Barclays Bank where she held Finance Director roles (2012-2019) across its three divisions: Group Operations and Technology, the Investment Bank, and latterly in the Retail Bank as Chief Financial Officer Mortgages.
She played a key role in Barclays’ strategic cost transformation program, TRANSFORM and was an ambassador for diversity and inclusion for Group Finance Director functions.
Previously, she held advisory roles at UBS in Mergers and Acquisitions, Group Strategic Advisory (2007-2009) and was an Investment Banker in the Financial Institutions Group covering UK, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe (2009-2011).
She was part of the team that helped advise RBS during the financial crisis in relation to its divestments mandated as part of EU State Aid remediation, its participation in HM Treasury’s £282bn Asset Protection Scheme and its capital issuance of £33.5bn to HM Treasury.
Afua qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) with Ernst & Young. She read Chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford University and graduated with a Master’s degree. She was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship by Princeton University in Organic Chemistry.