Dr. Akande is a tenured Professor of Economics and Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology of Webster University. He also serves as Webster University’s Chief of the Office of Corporate Partnerships, which is charged with forging partnerships with organizations and businesses worldwide on behalf of the University.
Steve Marsh, Chairman of the Bank’s Board, commented, “We are thrilled that Dr. Akande is joining our Board. He’s highly respected not only for his effective leadership of Webster University’s business school but also his extensive involvement with leading business and community organizations. We look forward to the visionary, broad-based perspective that Benjamin will bring to the Bank.”
Dr. Akande holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and has completed post-doctoral studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Sad School of Business at Oxford University. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Argent Capital and serves as a Trustee of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Rx Outreach, Saint Louis Club and Forest Park Forever.
Dr. Akande is regularly sought out as an economic and policy commentator, with appearances on Anderson Cooper 360, CBS’s Evening News and the St. Louis affiliates of FOX, ABC and NBC. His commentaries have also appeared in USA TODAY and on public radio’s “Marketplace.”
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