Amadou Kane is a Senegalese and an economist, banker and finance specialist. From 2012 to 2013 he was minister for the economy and finance in President Macky Sall’s first government. His career as a banker and finance specialist began in the Union des Banques Arabes et Françaises (UBAF) in Paris, where he worked from 1981 to 1990, first as an economist, then as a risk analyst and finally as Head of Sales, sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990 he joined the West African Development Bank (BOAD), where he headed up first the finance department and then the department dealing with private sector financing. In 1995 he left Lomé for the country of his birth to join the local subsidiary of BNP Paribas, BICIS, as chairman and chief executive officer. After 10 years at the head of BICIS, the BNP Paribas group appointed him in 2006 as the first African head of the department responsible for steering and overseeing the BNP Paribas network in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) appointed Amadou Kane as a special adviser to the chairman from 2014-to 2016 with a view to operationalising the Africa50 project it had incubated. He was responsible for raising funds and launching Africa50, a fund dedicated to financing African infrastructure. Mr Kane then became the first independent member of Africa50’s board of directors. Today he is chairman of the consultancy firm AK-Associates. Mr Kane has also held the roles of chairman of the board of directors of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM – the regional securities exchange), chairman of the African Bank Leaders Club, chairman of the Professional Association of Banks and Financial Institutions of Senegal (APBEF) and chairman of the Federation of Professional Associations of Banks and Financial Institutions of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (FABEF/UEMOA).