Mr. Samuel Essien Ekanem joined the services of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) as Head, Internal Audit in May 2015. Prior to this, he worked in various positions in Keystone Bank Limited (formerly Bank PHB) as Chief Internal Auditor, Chief Compliance Officer, Head, Compliance and Operational Risk Management and Head, Operational Risk Management Department. Before joining Keystone Bank Ltd (previously Bank PHB Plc) in 2008, He worked at UBA Plc in various positions, which
include Regional Head, Internal Control; Branch Manager (Benin and later Uyo); and Head Risk Identification/ Control in the Risk Management Division. Mr. Ekanem obtained his BSc. in Banking and Finance from the University of Calabar and an MBA from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), an Associate of the Chartered Taxation Institute of Nigeria (ACTI) and a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA). He is also a member of the Institute of Operational Risk, UK and Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN).
Mr. Ekanem has attended various courses in Governance, Risk Management and Compliance in Nigeria and abroad such as Euromoney courses on Basel II held in France and in South Africa, the “Three Lines of Defense” organized by CCCOBIN /4 PILLARS network in London and in Lagos. He has also participated at international seminars/conferences on anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism organized by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Downton Hill. Mr. Samuel Ekanem is happily married with three (3) children. His hobbies include aerobics, football, debate, and drama.