Sirius Management Corporation (“Sirius”) was established in 2010 as a consulting firm specializing in structured commodities trade finance advisory services.
Throughout the years it has provided advisory services to financial institutions such as La Caisse d’Epargne in Cote d’Ivoire as well as operational audit to international trading houses such as Novel Commodities S.A.
Furthermore, since 2012 Sirius has successfully arranged more than USD 40million trade finance facilities with international financial institutions for its clients – commodities traders – operating in the West Africa sub-region..
However, as a part of its strategic development plan, Sirius has established two wholly-owned subsidiaries – Kannyen and HECOFA – which will focus on commodities trade.
We currently have offices in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia and are in the process of opening another one in Sierra Leone where The Company’s managers have successfully conducted commodities trading activities in the past..
Our services can be customized to meet our clients’ specific demand
Sirius’s leaders bring decades of experience across a diversity of industries to the company.
The team is headed by Mr. Amani Ballou (CEO): Born in Cote d’Ivoire, Amani earned a BSc. degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Cote d’Ivoire in 1994 prior to attending the University of Texas at Dallas (USA) where he graduated with an MS degree in Accounting and another MS in Management and Administrative Sciences, in 1999.
In addition, Amani holds a Certificate of Oil and Gas Financial Management from the Advanced International Program in Oil and Gas Financial Management of the University of Texas at Dallas (USA).
A former member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, Amani is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who started his professional career, in the year 2000, as a financial auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the USA. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the CFO of a coffee and cocoa trading company in Cote d’Ivoire, then as a banker specializing in structured commodity trade finance at the regional office of the then Natexis Banques Populaires (Natixis), a French bank, in Abidjan.
Pursuant to that experience, Amani joined Audit Control & Expertise (ACE) where he held successively the positions of Risk Manager at the Cote d’Ivoire office and Country Manager of the Liberia office. While at ACE, Amani started the Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone offices where he was able to supervise the trade of more than 350,000 Mt of rice. Based on the successful implementation of the CMA operations in the rice business, Amani convinced ACE’s top management to approve ACE Liberia’s petroleum CMA project he had designed for local oil importers such as Aminata, Conex, Srimex and Petro Trade who were struggling, at the time, to secure adequate funding for their activities.
That endeavor allowed them to import more than 75,000 Mt of petroleum products, over a period of six months, under his supervision. Upon leaving ACE, Amani served for three years as the Managing Director of Novel Liberia, the local subsidiary of Novel Commodities, a Switzerland-based trading house. Since 2010, Amani has been working as the CEO of Sirius Management.