Jude Addo is a corporate banker by training and a social entrepreneur at heart. He was raised in Accra, Ghana, and currently lives in London working in the investment banking industry.
Jude recently accepted a position as a Director within Standard Chartered Bank’s Global Corporates team, covering international corporates doing business in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior to this role, Jude spent four and a half years at J.P. Morgan performing various roles in Corporate Banking, Market Risk, and Equities Technology. At J.P. Morgan, he also served as the Co-Chair for Career & Talent Development for J.P. Morgan’s BOLD network, which is the ‘Black Organisation for Leadership Development’. In this capacity, Jude aided the recruitment of top black talent from the U.K.’s leading institutions to advance the bank’s diversity agenda.
Jude has a passion for entrepreneurship which in 2014, led to the formation of publishing start-up, Aquabooks. In April 2016, he was inducted into the prestigious Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, an ecosystem of young African entrepreneurs spearheading high-impact social and business ventures across the continent.
In addition, Jude currently serves as the head of the young adult ministry in his local church, ACi UK and is also a published author of two critically acclaimed novels. He is passionate about purpose driven relationships, a passion embodied in his second book, Good Things Happen in Glasgow which narrates the not-so-ordinary love story of his cross-cultural betrothal.
In 2015, Jude launched the Cornerstone Project, a lifelong initiative to unite young adults in matters of profundity, charity, and other virtues hinged on the ‘cornerstones’ of the Christian faith. In his spare time, he mentors the youth, educates himself on African history, and enjoys quiet moments with his lovely wife, Olamide.