Ms. Helene Baako is a Risk Manager at Standard Chartered Bank Cote d’Ivoire, and in the last 6 months has been working on interim as the Cash Product Manager for transaction banking. In addition to her actual role to monitor, respond and manage any risks that may arise from operational, legal, regulatory, compliance, she is also working as a transaction banking product expert by initiating, developing, and managing the coordination of products throughout their lifecycle from strategic definition to end-of-life planning.

During her fellowship year, she plans to gain academic knowledge as well as professional experience in the domain of Finance and Technology especially at the intersection of science, innovation and policy making. She aims to enhance her leadership and management skills with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, public-private partnerships, and negotiation. Helene intends to have the Professional Affiliation with American Banks and US-Based Organizations in Digital Services Sector, U.S. regulatory institutions to develop a secured innovative and Technology Driven Banking Solution, design to remove barriers to financial accessibility, and drive financial inclusion which is one of the West Africa Central Bank pillars.

She has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Manipal University in India.