Board Member Profile

  • Amie Bensouda
    Chairperson

    Founder and Head of Law Firm Amie Bensouda & Co. Firm of 4 Lawyers specialising in Corporate, Property, Banking and Finance, among other things, and human rights. She is the President of The Gambia Bar Association and also the Chairperson of the Institute for Human Rights Studies in Africa as well as Takaful Insurance Company Limited. Amie was Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, Attorney Generalís Chambers and Ministry of Justice from 1990 -1995 and also acted as Attorney General and Minister of Justice July/August, in 1994. She is Founder member of the Gambia Women Finance Association GAWFA (an N.G.O set up to improve women's access to credit). The clientele portfolio includes the multilateral agencies, multi-national corporations, public enterprises, private companies etc.

    Amie graduated from the University of Lagos with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Honours) and was admitted to the Nigeria Law School where she obtained her Barrister-at-law degree. She also attended Kenya School of Law to pursue a post graduate diploma in legislative drafting. Amie also trained at Royal Institute of Public Administration U.K; the International Development Law Institute, Rome, International Law Institute in Washington D.C. on, among other subjects, advance training on legislative drafting, privatisation of public enterprises, public enterprise reform, petroleum law, human rights.

  • Ebenezer Olufowose

    Ebenezer Olufowose is a Group Executive Director at Access Bank Plc, responsible for the Bank’s investment banking business. He oversees the Bank’s treasury management, sales and trading, project and structured finance, capital market and asset management businesses. Prior to joining Access Bank in June 2007, he was a Director with Citigroup responsible for the bank’s corporate finance business in Nigeria.

    Ebenezer started his banking career at NAL Merchant Bank Plc in May 1985 and has had a distinguished career in commercial, corporate and investment banking. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2002, he was pioneer Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank (The Gambia) Limited, the first subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) outside Nigeria. As pioneer Managing Director, on secondment from GTBank, where he was General Manager and Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, he was responsible for establishing the business proposition for GTBank in The Gambia, obtaining the license to operate, setting up and staffing the business.

    Ebenezer is a first class honours Economics graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also holds a masters degree in International Economics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, where he studied as a Sir Adam Thompson Scholar. He has attended several management and leadership training programmes at distinguished institutions such as the International Law Institute (Washington DC), the Lagos Business School, the Euromoney Institute (London), the Institute of Management Development (Lausanne, Switzerland) and INSEAD (Singapore).

  • Alhagie Cherno Jallow

    Cherno Jallow is the Founding Managing Director of A.M.C. Trading Company Limited, one of the leading commodities businesses in The Gambia. Mr. Jallow has over 30 years of experience in the import / export trade in The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Conakry. Mr. Jallow is widely respected in the business community and through his leadership was able to secure the Exclusive Dealership of Nestle products in The Gambia. Mr. Jallow has strong interpersonal skills and very eager to work in culturally diverse environments backed by his multi lingual skills.

  • Baboucarr Khan
    Managing Director

    Before joining Reliance, Baboucarr was the Head of Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in The Gambia and a member of the bankís management team. Baboucarr managed a revenue budget of $7 million (about 60% of SCBís budget) and a team of 70 people with overall responsibility for strategy, budget, product innovation, staff motivation and training, risk management and service delivery.

    In 2004, Baboucarr and his team won the bankís coveted Cowbell award for achieving the highest year on year revenue growth in the entire SCB group, 53%, a feat that was repeated in 2005 with another group award with the highest year on year growth in deposits. Additionally, in line with the consumer banking divisionís asset led growth strategy, Baboucarr re-launched the personal installment loan product with the introduction of direct sales representatives, which resulted in the portfolio increasing from $1.6 million to $3.8 million in six months representing an increase in market share from 10% to 50%. Baboucarr was also instrumental in developing and launching the first ever-residential mortgage product in the Gambia.

    Before working at Standard Chartered, Baboucarr was Head of Audit at KPMG. The clientele portfolio included Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications, Groundnut processing, Development Organizations, Multi-lateral Organizations, Port and Harbour and Pensions.

    Baboucarr is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK. Baboucarr has attended various leadership and strategic development programs at INSEAD, Wharton Business School and the Frankfurt School of Management and Finance. He currently serves on the Boards of Gambia Association of Accountants, Gambia Microfinance Network and NICE Gambia Limited.

  • Mariam Jaye Sowe
    Acting Board Secretary

    Mariam graduated with an MBA in International Human Resource Development from the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. She has worked in the Financial Services Industry for nine years. She started her career with Reliance Financial Services before joining Standard Chartered Bank where she worked for a period of 4 years which gave her significant work experience in the area of banking. She rejoined Reliance in 2015 and is currently heading the Human Resources Department, overseeing areas related to recruitment, training & development, talent management and reward & compensation.