Name: Cherise Ige
Profession: Chief Finance Officer
Industry: Financial Services/Insurance Services
Years of Service: (4.5 years in current role) and 9.5 years within this particular industry/company. Over 15 years of Finance experience in a number of industries including FMCG, Construction, telecommunications, fashion, etc.
Education: Up to professional level
Country of Residence: Ghana
Cherise Ige FCCA is an experienced finance professional who is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Prudential Life Insurance Ghana.
A Fellow member of the ACCA professional body, she also holds a BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Law from London Guildhall University. Her wealth of experience spans across several industries with over 10 years combined experience within the financial services sector and FCMG industry in the UK, before being appointed CFO in 2015.
Having gained the majority of her financial services experience at Prudential Plc. (a FTSE 100 organisation in London), she quickly moved up the ranks from Group Reporting Accountant and Asia Financial Controller to securing the CFO title. Prior to Prudential, she worked at Tate and Lyle London as a Group Reporting Accountant and was later appointed the finance lead for a Group-wide global restructuring project.
An excellent negotiator and highly skilled investment manager, she utilises her strengths in problem solving, cash management, financial accounting, corporate reporting, budgeting and planning to facilitate being an effective leader and strategic thinker. She has utilized her skillset to assist the growth of the business whose revenues and market share has grown considerably in the past 5 years.
Whilst navigating her way through her corporate life, she also flexed her entrepreneurial spirit by establishing her own hair and cosmetic business in 2011, creating employment in her local community in London.
An avid Netball player she has represented England at the international stage as part of the England Indoor Netball team. As she moved from England to Accra, she brought her passion for the sport with her and quickly established a netball association, which currently has over 70 members and rapidly expanding. She currently coaches both the members of the netball association and university students.
Her efforts and drive to engage the youth through the sport, led to her being inducted as a cooperative member of the Ghana Netball Federation in 2017. She has been able to fundraise and donate netball equipment to the University of Ghana and led a Ghana based team to a tournament in Spain in 2018.
She was also selected to be the Ghana ambassador for the Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative, which she aims to use experiences gained from her professional, entrepreneurial and sports background to engage, build and empower the youth and women across the continent.