Sam Mensah is a Financial Economist and Investment Banking Consultant, and is founder and Executive Chairman of SEM Group Limited, a management consulting and investment advisory firm. His career experience includes corporate finance positions at Aetna Canada and Senior Economist at the Department of Finance of the Government of Canada. During 2006-2009 Dr. Mensah served as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Finance. In Ghana, he has been at the forefront of financial sector development and has advised on key initiatives such as the Financial Sector Strategic Plan, In Africa, he has led several capital market development projects and served as Executive Secretary of the African Capital Markets Forum. He has several of years of academic experience with the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan where he was Assistant Professor of Finance. He has researched and published extensively in major publications such as the Journal of Futures Markets, Financial Review and Public Finance Quarterly on a variety of corporate finance and capital market issues and served as editor of African Emerging Markets: Contemporary Issues, Vol.1 (2002). Dr. Mensah holds the degrees of Ph.D, M.B.A. (Finance, University of Toronto,) M.A. (Economics , University of Ottawa), M.A. (Political Science, McMaster University) and B.A (Political Science, University of Ghana).