Rokel Overview

Named after the longest river in Sierra Leone which empties into the Atlantic Ocean, Rokel symbolizes our national spread and a gateway to banking in the country.

Amongst thirteen commercial banks operating in Sierra Leone, Rokel Commercial Bank has consistently been listed as one of the top three banks in the industry in terms of market share, profitability and asset base. We are the Bank with the widest coverage, with a branch or agency in almost every district in Sierra Leone.

We are leaders in innovative technology in a small and developing country. We have the widest distribution of ATM’s nationwide, with ten machines installed at various locations. We have pioneered Point-of-Sale terminals for Visa cards. Our SMS and Online Banking service provide reliable and secure information for easy monitoring of customer accounts.

Management Overview

Walton E. Gilpin is a seasoned, internationally-recognised financial expert with over two decades experience managing complex policies and processes in banking and banking-related institutions in Africa, Europe, South Pacific, Caribbean, and the United States.

As a senior advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat in the United Kingdom, he managed significant fiscal reforms and debt restructuring initiatives that formed the basis of effective and sustainable reform strategies in more than 25 countries.

In this capacity he also helped strengthen the technical and management capacity of financial sector professionals by emphasising approaches and skill sets that bode well for institutional transformation and enduring change.

His goal-oriented professional philosophy has been a hallmark of his career. During his tenure at the Bank of Sierra Leone, he provided technical input into complex interactions with international partners, such as the International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank and World Bank and was instrumental in banking and financial research analysis having worked in the Research and International Financial Departments.

At the Commonwealth Secretariat, he supported the Secretariat’s advisory services in debt and public finance management initiatives in Commonwealth member countries and lead technical initiatives in banking and financial issues in country Missions and International Conferences.

His capacity building skills were significantly useful in designing and implementing training modules in financial analysis for public sector officials in government and Central Banking related institutions.

In private practice, Walton has served as a consultant in public finance, risk and liquidity management, bank-sovereign interdependence, to name a few. He has worked on projects for reputable organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, African Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program.

He has contributed to critical thinking and intellectual development in banking, finance and debt management through reports and publications, including:- An Insight into Public Debt Portfolio Benchmarks and Targets, Domestic Borrowing and Inflation and Exchange Rate Management in Sierra Leone.

His commitment to capacity building is to mentorship and professional development throughout his career. He holds graduate degrees and professional qualifications in economics, international relations, finance and debt management. He enjoys international affairs, reading and football.”