Samuel K. Ayim is a Ghanaian Lawyer, Banker, Leadership and Personal Development Coach, and Motivational Teacher. Until July 2016, Samuel was the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Ecobank Group, a position he held for a total of ten years. Samuel worked for the Ecobank Group in various capacities for almost 20 years. He has a total of nearly 25 years of professional experience in the corporate world in the areas of law, capital markets, banking and finance, management, corporate governance and company secretarial practice, across Africa with high international exposure. Samuel has experience in strategic thinking and planning has been a member of the Group Executive Committee of Ecobank for several years and helping to set up or acquire or manage banking operations in 40 countries where Ecobank is present.
Before joining Ecobank, he worked for the Ghana Stock Exchange as Company Secretary & Legal Adviser (1992 to 1996). He was also a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana (1991-92). He assisted the then Senior Examiner to set and mark examination questions in Company Law for the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) Ghana (1994 to 1996).
Samuel left Ecobank to put his dream to the test as an Entrepreneur, Leadership and Personal Development Coach, Speaker and Teacher; after having been certified by the renowned leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, as a leadership coach. He is the Founder and CEO of four businesses under the Focus Life Group: Centre for Transformational Leadership in Africa – CTL Africa (a leadership and personal development centre); Focus Life Designs (an African wear company); Focus Life Properties (a real estate company) and De Empire Shuttle (a transport company). Samuel is also an independent Legal Consultant and has been a director of several institutions.