Adelaide Addo-Fening is the Regional Programme Director for West and Central Africa of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), an international development agency. She progressed from the position of program officer with VSO Ghana in May 1996 to her current position at VSO International. Adelaide is responsible for the management of six country offices including Cameroon, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Her duties include the provision of leadership and strategic guidance to Country offices on the development and implementation of programs. Adelaide is currently pursuing an MA in democracy, governance, and law and has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and Arabic. Adelaide was awarded membership to the Order of the British Empire in May 2004 by the Queen of England as an Honorary Officer of the British Empire. She currently serves on the steering committees of the DFID ‘Rights and Voice Initiative’ Fund and the World Bank Small Grants Program. She is married with three children. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Elizabeth Adjei is the director of the Ghana Immigration Service and is the first female in Ghana, to be appointed head of Ghana's Immigration Enforcement. She is responsible for determining strategic direction, policy and managing the development of the Ghana Immigration Service in accordance with legal and international requirements. Elizabeth has been involved in managing large-scale international public sector restructuring projects over the past years. She has a Masters degree in international development (development policy) and was also the coordinator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme. She has a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from KNUST. She also has a Diplome d'Etudes Français from the Université de Benin, Lome, Togo. Elizabeth's hobbies include organizing charity activities for deprived people, health promotion for women, aerobics, and fund raising. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is the managing director and CEO of Access Bank Plc. Under his leadership, Access Bank Plc has emerged from the 65th position in 2002, when he joined the bank, to rank among the top 10 banks in the Nigerian banking industry. During the course of his professional development, Aigboje attended several business schools and institutes including, the Citicorp Institute of Finance, Euromoney Capital Markets Bootcamp, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland and Harvard Business School. He is a law graduate of the University of Benin and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Roland O. Akosah is the founder and CEO of ENO International, a firm involved in farming, information technology, commercial real estate, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Prior to striking off as an entrepreneur, Roland had professional experience at IBM, United Technologies Corporation and Sallie Mae, an education finance company, all in the United States. He has traveled extensively around the world. He holds an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania (1989) and BA in economics and statistics from the University of Ghana (1984). He and his wife, Pearl Akosah, a management consultant, live in Accra with their son, Nyamekye. He likes discourse on public policy; he enjoys reading, especially poetry. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Grace Amey-Obeng is managing director of FC Group, which comprises FC Skin and Beauty Klinik, FC Cosmetics Industry, FC Institute of Beauty Therapy, FC Perfumery and Cosmetics, and Beauty Scope Magazine. She is the first Ghanaian beauty specialist to come out with a full range of make-up. She is also the franchise owner of the FC Cal (Bank) Franchise Plan and the initiator of the Free In-Salon Training, which is a move to upgrade the profession and know-how in the beauty industry nationwide. Grace studied beauty therapy initially in the United Kingdom and proceeded thereafter to the US, where she studied paramedical aesthetics at the Aesthetic Research Institute of California. She has pursued several certificate courses. These include a certificate in beauty therapy Level 3 from the Profile Aesthetic Institute, England, and certificates in dermabrasion, electrolysis and lymphatic drainage micro pigmentation, all from Newlands Hospital, England. She has also taken several refresher courses with Alan Roy Aesthetics and Skin Science College in South Africa. Grace serves as a member of the board of trustees to the Millennium Excellence Award Foundation. She also serves as an organizing committee member to Technoserve’s Believe Begin Become, National Business Plan Competition by Google Foundation. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Harriet Amissah-Arthur is a partner of Arthur Energy Advisors, an advisory services firm that provides professional technical expertise and support to project owners, developers and investors in energy sectors across Africa. Previously, she established Kallidad Enterprise, a wholesale African textile distribution business, of which she remains the proprietress. Before that, she was appointed the director of KITE, a Ghanaian energy and environment nonprofit organization, where she led KITE’s participation and contribution to the drafting of the ECOWAS White Paper on Access to Energy Services for rural and peri-urban areas. She worked with the Volta River Authority, a power generation and distribution utility, for over 17 years. Harriet holds an MBA (finance) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon and a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, also in Ghana. She served for several years on the Council of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and had special responsibility for Women in Engineering (WINE). She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Kofi Atuah Ankama-Asamoah
Kofi Atuah Ankama-Asamoah is CEO of Cleaning Solutions Ltd. Prior to that, he worked at Unilever Ghana Ltd for nine years, ending as head of DiverseyLever Division. He also worked in manufacturing, customer service, marketing, quality assurance, and product development. Kofi is a director of Gem Crafts Ltd. Outside of business, he worships at the Accra Ridge Church. From 2002 to 2006, he served as a member of the church council, in charge of couples and neighborhood fellowships, and continues to be a member of the evangelism committee. He is also a member of Joyful Way Incorporated, a group committed to the gospel of Jesus through contemporary gospel music, especially to the youth. Kofi has been in the group for 31 years starting from his secondary school days in Mfantsipim School. Kofi is also the national coordinator for Fruitful Ministries International, to improve marriages and family life. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). While in KNUST, Kofi was involved in the Students’ Representative Council and National Union of Ghana Students. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Okechukwu Enelamah is CEO of African Capital Alliance. He has a wealth of experience in private equity gained in New York and Johannesburg from Zephyr Capital and South Africa Capital Growth Fund. He also worked at Arthur Andersen and Goldman Sachs. Okechukwu is a medical doctor and qualified chartered accountant. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a chartered financial analyst. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Yofi Grant is executive director of Databank Financial Services and chairman of Databank Brokerage Limited. Prior to his joining Databank as associate director, he was at Cal Merchant Bank in a number of capacities, including head of capital markets. He served with the UNDP as a consultant in 2001-2002 on the Africa Asia Business Forum. He is an adjunct lecturer at the GIMPA Executive MBA course, the National Banking College and the West African Institute of Finance and Economic Management (WAIFEM). He has also been featured on CNN and BBC discussing the Ghanaian and African economies. Yofi was honored by the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce and the State of New Jersey for promoting and facilitating business between Africa and African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora. He is chairman of Ghana Telecom One Touch Limited and Databank Brokerage Limited and a board member of the Advisory Council for the Ministry for Private Sector Development of Ghana. He also served as chairman of the Listing Committee of the Ghana Stock Exchange. He is a board member of xdsData and a number of other private companies in Ghana. Yofi holds a BS in psychology and studied for an MPhil in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Funmi Iyanda is executive director of Creation Television and CEO of Ignite Media, a content-driven media organization operating out of Lagos, Nigeria, as well as an award-winning TV anchor, broadcaster, producer, and journalist. She is the executive producer and host of television show Talk with Funmi. Funmi also produced and hosted Nigeria's most popular television show, New Dawn with Funmi, which aired on the national network for over eight years. Her "Change-A-Life" project, comprising scholarship, healthcare, counseling, and microfinance intervention programs, supports 98 children and 320 families. She recently completed production on My Country: Nigeria, a three part documentary on Nigeria celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country's independence. The production aired on the BBC World Service in 2010 and is nominated for best news documentary 2011 at Monte Carlo TV Festival. Funmi has recently been honored as a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Omobola Johnson is minister of communications and technology for the Nigerian government. Formerly she was the non-executive chairman of Accenture Nigeria. She worked for Accenture for 24 years before taking early retirement. Trained as an electrical and electronic engineer, she joined Andersen Consulting in 1985 after a spell with the Nigerian subsidiary of Siemens AG. Omobola was founding chair of Women in Management & Business, an NGO based in Nigeria that works in the promotion of female participation in business. She sits on the board of several for profit companies in the manufacturing, financial services and social entrepreneurship sectors. In addition, she is nearing completion of a doctorate at Cranfield University, focused on corporate leadership practices in emerging economies. She is married to Seyi and they have three children. She is a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Yonny Kulendi is managing practitioner of his law firm Kulendi@Law, a commercial, litigation, and constitutional law practice. Kulendi@Law currently is made up of nine lawyers with diverse interests and specializations. Previously, he was an associate barrister and solicitor at Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. He underwent pupilage there, where he was assigned to the Legal Aid Board of Accra for his national service. Yonnu is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon, with an LLB Honors. He completed his law degree at the Ghana School of Law, where he obtained a barrister of law degree and a solicitors certificate. He is a member of the Ghana Bar. Yonny also holds an MA in international security and civil-military relations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta
Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ghana Medical School. She was previously part of an International Labor Organization (ILO) mission to Liberia to assess employment issues. She also worked on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s election campaign in 2005. Angela entered government as a deputy minister for manpower development and employment, where she expanded a skills training and employment placement project from 2,000 participants to 30,000 as part of the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy. Before her government service, Angela set up and ran two volunteer organizations that spread HIV/AIDS knowledge and renovated the children’s ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. Between 1994 and 1998, she was part of a team that set up mental health services in the most deprived region of Ghana, the Upper West Region. In her teaching career, which has spanned 1992 to the present, she has introduced new ethics and professionalism courses to the curriculum of the psychiatry and psychology departments at the University of Ghana Medical Center. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and zoology from the University of Ghana and a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar for six years. Angela is married to Ken and they have three children, Katakyie, Ohemaa, and Nana Yirenkyi. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Nuruddeen Lemu is the assistant administrative secretary and welfare projects inspector of the Islamic Education Trust in Minna, Nigeria. He also serves as the assistant director and research supervisor at the Da’wah Institute of Nigeria. He was previously a technical advisor to the Nigerian Environmental Society and advisor to the Voice of the Voiceless Network. Over the years, Nuru has worked at the Liberian Refugee Camp in Ogun State, Nigeria; the International Islamic Charitable Organization; and the Noor al-Houda Islamic College in Sydney, Australia. He holds a bachelors degree in agriculture from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and an MS in resource management from Edinburgh University, UK. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Djabanor Narh is a partner at Ernst & Young, Ghana. He has played a leading role in the establishment and management of local consulting firms. His areas of expertise and specialization include: institutional strengthening, program management, performance monitoring and evaluation. He has many years of management consulting experience to his credit and has led many consulting assignments for major local and international clients in both the public and private sectors. Djabanor also acts in an advisory capacity for a number of corporate and non-governmental organizations. He has worked for international professional services firms as a management consultant in Europe and Africa. Djabanor completed his education in Ghana and the UK at Brunel University (applied computer systems) & Henley Management College (MBA). He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Albert Ocran is CEO of Combert Impressions, Ltd, a cutting-edge printing company based in Accra, Ghana. Albert lectures part-time in entrepreneurship and strategic planning and serves as a motivational speaker and leadership consultant. He plays an advisory role to a number of business organizations. Albert is married to Comfort, with whom he has three children. Together they have authored three books, 10 Commandments of Success, Go and Owe No More and Building Your Dream Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ghana, Legon and an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Amina Oyagbola is the corporate services executive for MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd., and is a member of MTN's executive management team in Nigeria. She also serves as the executive director of the MTN Foundation. Amina, who has extensive experience in the banking and oil industry, is a member of several associations including, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association, Oxford and Cambridge Club and the Nigeria Institute of Management. Amina received an LLB from Ahmadu Bello University, a BL from the Nigerian Law, and an LLM from Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK. She also graduated with an MBA from Lancaster University Management School, UK. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Michael Quarshie is a co-founder of Persol Systems Limited -- a leading software, systems integration and IT Consulting company in Ghana. He has a breadth of diverse experience ranging from living and operating a gold mine in the tropical rain forests of Ghana at age 25, cocoa and fruit farming in the northern part of Ghana, and a stint as a life sciences equity research associate at WestLB Panmure in London, UK. Michael is a co-founder of a not-for-profit organization (Foundation for Liberal Democracy-FOLD) in Ghana, which promotes classical liberal democratic thinking as an alternative to traditional economic and social paradigms that have yielded minimum success in Africa. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Michael has an MBA from INSEAD, France and a BS (Hons.) in biochemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Florence Seriki is the managing director and founder of Omatek Computers. In 1993, Florence introduced the Omatek brand of computers in Nigeria, and it became widely accepted and used as a result of its quality and ruggedness. She is currently the chairperson of the Electronic and Telecommunications group of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce and the vice president of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN). She has received several awards for her innovation in the IT industry in Nigeria. Omatek has been recognized as the best Systems Builder Partner by Microsoft for West, East, and Central Africa. Omatek is the first and only factory in Africa to assemble computer cases, speakers, flat screens from completely knocked down components (CKD). They engage almost 300 locals, both staff and university students, in gainful employment and technology transfer. Florence received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and an MBA from the Lagos Business School. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Hanna Tetteh is the Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry. Previously, she was the general manager and company secretary of Ghana Agro Food Company which is an integrated agricultural processing company situated in Tema, producing a variety of products for the local and international markets. She chairs the sub-committee on constitutional and legal matters of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), She is also a national executive member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which is the largest opposition party in Ghana. She is a director of Accra Hearts of Oak Football Club, and is a director and shareholder of Awutu-Emasa Rural Bank. She is also currently pursuing an EMBA program at the University of Ghana, Legon. Previously, she was a Member of Parliament on the ticket of the NDC representing the Awutu-Senya Constituency in the Central Region. In parliament she was the minority spokesperson on gender and children, and deputy spokesperson on the judiciary. She was also a Member of the Committees of Finance, Subsidiary Legislation, and Defense & Interior. Hanna holds an LLB from the University of Ghana, Legon and also completed the professional law course at the Ghana School of Law. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Sally Udoma is managing counsel at the London Legal Service Center for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas. She was previously general counsel and general manager for Chevron Nigeria Limited. She began her career in the oil industry 24 years ago at Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd and Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine, Paris. She received an LLB from Kings College, University of London, an LLB (post-graduate) in International Law from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and a BL from the Nigerian Law School. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.