People

ESTELLE AKOFIO-SOWAH
Is the Country Manager of Google Ghana. She has over 12 years of experience in the internet and business development industry in Ghana, including being the Managing Director of BusyInternet, Africa’s hugely successful internet startup. Highlights of her eight years of leadership there include launching an award winning ISP, delivering the Ghana chapter of the World Bank Incubator program and successfully raising the finances required to open two additional centres. Estelle majored in Economics and Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her contributions to the internet sector and commitment to excellence earned her selection as a 2008 Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative.

VICKY WIRE KO-ANDOH

Journalist and PR professional, Vicky has worked with the Daily Graphic, Institute of Chartered Accountants, UAC Ghana Ltd. and Unilever Ghana Ltd. in different communication roles. Former Head of Corporate Relations at Unilever Ghana where she was responsible for Unilever Ghana and its associated companies in Ghana. Currently serves on the Boards of the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel chain, Millennium Excellence Foundation, Zawadi Africa Educational Fund, Multimedia Educare Fund, New Horizon Special School for Autism/Children with learning disabilities, and CSR Foundation. She is a Council Member of the African University College of Communications Pensions Academy.   She’s the media advisor for Coca-Cola Company in Ghana. She is a columnist for the Daily Graphic and contributed over 400 published articles. She is the Editor of CSR Watch, A quarterly magazine of the CSR Foundation and Ridge Alive, the Newsletter of the Accra Ridge Church. Winner of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Best Columnist Award for 2009, and 2010. She is the immediate past President of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana.

 

KELI GADZEKPO

Is the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Group Ltd..He is the Co-founder and was Executive Vice-Chairman of Databank Financial Services and has over 15 years experience in investment banking. Since co-founding Databank, he has contributed to the development of the capital market and the Ghana Stock Exchange through his oversight of Databank Brokerage Limited. Mr. Gadzekpo is the Chairman of the Databank Foundation and also a Director of Ventures & Acquisitions Limited, Databank Epack Investment Fund and the North Ridge School. Mr. Gadzekpo went to Achimota School; he holds a BSc in Accounting from the Brigham Young University and is a CPA from the USA. He is also a Mason Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University where he earned a Masters degree in Public Administration.

 

Ms. AMA BAWUAH

Is Head of Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) for the Coca-Cola Company’s Equatorial Africa Region. With responsibility for 9 countries comprising Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, Principe & Sao Tome, she is responsible for Stakeholder engagement and Government relations, establishing relationships and working effectively with external stakeholders in order to create opportunities for the facilitation of the Company’s operations and manages a complexity of PAC functions, communications, corporate and government relations and community relations across Equatorial Africa. A Strategic Management executive with several years’ experience and a comprehensive knowledge of innovative solutions and best practices in the PAC arena and high level stakeholder engagement, her core competencies include management strategy and business development, applied analytics of client relationship metrics, and hands-on deal origination, structuring and execution.

Ms. Bawuah was a UNDP Advisor on Aid and Funding Coordination to the Government of Ghana and founder and CEO of Mark 7 Consult, a boutique management-consulting firm in Accra, prior to joining Coca-Cola. She has worked in the past as Vice President for Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank’s Global Transaction Services in New York and was the West Africa Director for the Whitaker Group, a Washington DC based management consulting firm. She has also worked with Sun Trust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia as Project Manager in their Product Development department. In her work on behalf of US Fortune 500 companies in the Beverage, Agri-business, Consumer Goods and Engineering/Technology industries, Ms. Bawuah has engaged in the resolution of Government/Corporate Affairs issues in West Africa and consistently delivered and executed cutting edge solutions to reduce barriers to business and facilitate business operations in the region. A product of Wesley Girls High School, she is a graduate of the University of Ghana and holds an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

PHILIPPE AYIVOR

Is a retired executive of The Coca-Cola Company where he spent close to 30 years leading various functions across the company. For a decade, he was the general manager charged with delivering Coca-Cola’s business growth objectives for thirteen countries in West and Central Africa. Prior to his retirement, he became the public face of Coca-Cola in nine countries in West Africa and a representative of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation in North and West Africa with responsibility for enhancing the company’s social license to operate. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Mr. Ayivor was a management consultant for Accenture in Houston, Texas. He currently serves on the boards of UT Holdings, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana, The Zawadi Africa Education Fund-Ghana, United Way Ghana and Junior Achievement Ghana. Mr. Ayivor earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Duke University and a master’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech.

 

Ms. DZIFA AMEGASHIE

Is the Head of Investor Relations at CAL Bank, a leading Ghanaian corporate bank listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange. Ms. Amegashie is a Project Finance expert with over 20years of professional experience in Developing, Appraising and securing Funding for Private Sector projects in Anglophone and Francophone Africa. Her skills include Project Identification, Appraisal and Development of private Sector projects, Structuring and raising Medium term Debt and Equity for Local and Multinational entities. Prior to joining CAL Bank in 2006, she worked at Ernst & Young as a partner in their Advisory Unit.. She also worked as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation from 1995-2001. In 2002, she was selected as one of the 100 Young Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland for her work in SME development in Africa. She has served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of some leading private and public companies in Ghana Grid Company Limited,. Camelot Ghana Limited, Citi Savings and Loans and also as a member of Council of Ho Polytechnic. She holds an MBA from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, U.K. and a B.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics, University of London, U.K.

 

AKUA SARPONG GYEKYE

Joined the family business 4 years ago. She manages special projects. She is the Managing Trustee and a Strategic Planning Consultant of the Adebi Sarpong Foundation, a family run organisation that advocates social reform. Prior to that Akua spent many years working in the corporate sector and has held positions at JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Canada and ANZ Bank. She brings talents and insights garnered from these organisations. She currently also serves on the board of the Nsutaman Rural Bank, a bank that supports the needs and promotes the development of the rural folk in the Nsuta, Ashanti and surrounding areas.

 

MR. MARTYN MENSAH

Holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath, an MBA and a diploma from Imperial College Business School, London and is the first African to be elected Global Marketer by the worldwide marketing association. He is a management professional with a passion for strategy, leadership, operational optimization and marketing. Over his 20 year career, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in the theory and practice of management. He is ranked 3rd on the current PriceWaterHouse Coopers list of Ghana’s Most Respected CEO’s.He was Chief Executive of Kasapreko Company Limited until February 2013 which is ranked the 2nd most respected company in Ghana.He is currently the Chief Executive of UT Holdings and sits on the board of UT Bank and UT Group. He is chairman of the Board of Petra Trust. Martyn is a founder and currently the Resident Director of Strat-Afrique Development Limited. Martyn was a pioneer in the establishment of private electronic media in Ghana as a key player in the introduction of Ghana first pay-television service(MNET/MultiChoice) in July 1993.

 

NANA AMA APPAU MENSAH

Is the Program Administrator of Zawadi Africa Education Fund in Ghana. She holds a bachelors degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Biological Sciences. She is also certified as a Pharmacy Technician by the National Healthcareer Association in the U.S.A. Nana Ama has over 5 years of work experience in retail and consumer goods, pharmaceutical and energy industries. She loves history and enjoys research,technical projects and being outdoors.