Francis Mensah Arthur

Francis Mensah Arthur

Consultant
Francis is a Financial Management and Investment professional with relevant working experience since 2011. Francis has skills and expertise in budgeting; accounting; business planning; technical training; entrepreneurial and SME development; financial modelling and data analysis; industry research among others.

Over the years, Francis has performed lead roles and support roles in financial statements
preparation and analysis; financial projection; budgeting and budgetary control; financial management policy/procedure design and implementation; working capital management; investment appraisal; internal audit; business plan development; technical training facilitation; conduct of financial due diligence; SME training and technical support among others.

Prior to joining the CDC Group, Francis worked with C&J Medicare Hospital as an Accountant,
Waterhealth International as Finance Manager, Kaysens Group as Internal Auditor and Devyk Textiles as Finance and Operations Manager.

Since joining CDC Consult limited, Francis has worked on several assignments in financial inclusion, agriculture, health and WASH sectors. Partners, beneficiaries and clients for which Francis has worked include International Finance Corporation (IFC), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa), Bank of Ghana (BoG), Market Oriented Agriculture Programme, (MOAP), Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP), Ghana Microfinance Network (GHANFIN), Ghana Association of Savings and Loans Companies (GHASALC), Ghana Association of Microfinance Companies (GAMC), Credit Unions Association (CUA), Ghana Association of Financial NGOs (GHASSFIN), Micro Credit Association of Ghana (MCAG), several Microfinance Institutions and other private companies.

Specifically, Francis has conducted Financial Due Diligence for the intended merger of 3 microfinance companies in Ghana. Under the assignment, Francis conducted on-site examinations and developed reports (individual and consolidated).

Francis has worked on strategy and business planning assignments such as development of strategic
business plans for Ghana Agricultural Insurance Pool, 8 large scale rice farming businesses (GCAP project beneficiaries), 4 commercial farmers (MOAP project beneficiaries), JOPECK Pensions, Builders Bazaar, Covenant Minerals. On these assignments, Francis was primarily responsible for the development of financial models for the plan period. He also developed the financial management strategies of the business plans.

Francis has worked on various training assignments such as Budgeting and Budgetary Control for
Microfinance Institutions; Customers at the Center (customer service for Microfinance Institutions); Business Coaching for Migrants; Risk Management Guidelines for Microfinance Institutions; Management Certification Programme for Microfinance Institutions; Sanitation Finance training for District Assemblies; Sanitation Finance training for Microfinance Institutions; Educata Business Coaching for SMEs; Financial and Social Performance Management for Financial NGOs; Bank and Specialized Deposit Taking Institutions Act 930 for Savings and Loans Companies etc.

On these training assignments, Francis developed training materials and tools. He also facilitated either as lead or co-trainer. Francis also developed training reports on various training assignments. Francis was part of the research team that worked on the Ghana Credit Market Diagnostics. The team comprised experts from Ghana and South Africa that conducted an extensive study of Ghana’s credit market for the BoG.

On the research assignment, Francis was primarily responsible for obtaining and analyzing data for all classes of financial service providers (Universal Banks, Finance Houses, Rural Banks, Savings and Loans Companies, Microfinance Companies, Credit Unions, Financial NGOs and Microcredit Companies)

Francis has good experience in entrepreneurship and small business development. Beyond working with start-ups and micro businesses under the business coaching assignments, Francis also works on the Ghana LED Programme. Under the on-going project, Francis has developed training materials for micro businesses and SMEs as well as tools for conducting in-depth support for micro businesses and SMEs. Francis has delivered in-depth support for MSMEs under the Ghana LED Project.

Francis also worked on the Microfinance Capacity Improvement Programme. Under the project, Francis developed training materials and tools for training and supporting microfinance companies in Ghana. Francis also delivered trainings under the project and provided in-depth support for microfinance companies.

Francis works on the Sanitation Marketing Finance as a consultant. On the assignment, Francis has developed tools and templates for implementing the programme. Francis has also developed various training materials and delivered various trainings to financial service providers, district assemblies and other key stakeholders. Francis has conducted various evaluations in selection of key stakeholders and as well conducted monitoring of the programme.

Francis has lectured in private tuition for the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana professional program. He lectured Cost and Management Accounting, Advanced Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting from 2014 to 2019.

Francis is an excellent individual worker and a very dynamic team player and upholds the principles of Integrity, Optimism and Excellence in all assignments engaged on. He has excellent analytical, communication and facilitation skills.

Francis is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, an M.Sc. International Business Student from the University of Ghana Business School and a Level 2 Candidate of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Programme. Francis is also pursuing Financial Modelling and Valuation Analysis (FMVA) from the Corporate Finance Institute (CFI).

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