Are leaders made or born?

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The Lancaster EMBA Masterclass was held on 17th July, 2015 on the theme “Are leaders made or born?”. Guest speaker for this event was Gabriel Edgal, Managing Director of First Atlantic Bank Limited. 

He is an astute and seasoned banker with over 23 years’ experience, and a comprehensive understanding of how to do business and succeed in Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Business Administration.   

He has been well exposed during the course of his career to Policy formulation and Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisition, Credit, Relationship Management at both Corporate and Retail levels, Branch Management, Performance Management systems, Balance Sheet Management, Proprietary Trading and Treasury Sales, Human Resource Management, Cash Management, Structured Trade, Multilateral Financing, Private Banking, Correspondent Banking and Asset Management.   

With excellent performance track records, he has in the last 7 years held various key Management and Executive roles including MD/CEO of Africa for a large Pan-African bank, United Bank for Africa Plc – providing strategic direction for 18 African countries, and acquiring vast experience in dealing with policy makers, key industry leaders, and regulatory agencies locally, regionally and internationally. He also was the MD/CEO UBA Ghana Ltd, where he steered the bank to unprecedented profitability. He held diverse senior management positions at Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Capital Bank International Ltd.