7 Ghanaian Women Listed As Part Of Africa’s Most Influential Corporate Women

IL-R: Gifty Osei-Boakye Bingley, Abena Osei-Poku, Patricia Obo-Nai

Seven prominent Ghanaian women have been featured in Leading Ladies Africa’s list of “50 Leading African Corporate Women.”

Leading Ladies Africa is a women-focused non-profit organisation that is committed to driving leadership for African women, promoting women’s rights in Africa, developing, and equipping African women with the skills required to take on leadership roles across Business, Governance and Corporate sectors.

The list includes African women and women of African descent who are making their mark in the corporate and business sector, spanning different industries in global conglomerates all over the world.

The list features seven prominent Ghanaian women including Abena Osei-Poku, Angela Mensah-Poku, Anita Erskine, Ethel Cofie, Gifty Osei-Boakye Bingley, Kadijah Amoah, Patricia Obo-Nai.

Here are their profiles:

Abena Osei-Poku

Abena Osei-Poku

Abena Osei-Poku is the Managing Director at Absa Bank Ghana Limited. She is responsible for driving a positive transformation having successfully led the Barclays transition from a “100-year-old brand and the household name” in Ghana into a new brand – Absa. Prior to this, she worked at Absa in South Africa as Managing Principal responsible for the Corporate & Investment Banking business in East and West Africa.

She has over 26 years of in-depth Pan-African experience from Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Bank. She has broad board experience having previously sat on boards in Telecommunications (Airtel Mobile Money Limited), Banking (Barclays Bank), Commerce (United Kingdom and Ghana Chamber of Commerce), and hospitality (Country Kitchen Ltd).

She is currently the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana. She sits on the executive councils of the Ghana Association of Bankers and the National Banking College. She is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana.

Angela Mensah-Poku

Angela Mensah-Poku

Angela Mensah-Poku is the Director of Digital and Commercial Operations at Vodafone in Ghana where she leads the organization with more than 500 employees across 6 teams to advance the company’s digital transformation agenda, mobilize and deliver commercial and customer experience and deliver significant commercial results.

Prior to this role, She was the Director of Vodafone Business and Managing Director of Vodafone Wholesale. She was once the Head of Corporate Sales and Vodafone Global Enterprise West Africa and also served in the role as the Head of Fixed Services at Vodafone in Ghana.

Prior to joining Vodafone Angela worked for British Telecom, UK, for over 8 years in various commercial, strategic and operational roles and units including BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Design, and BT Operate. Angela Holds a BSc in Politics and Law from Brunel University and MSc in Economics and Information Systems.

Anita Erskine

Anita Erskine

Anita Erskine is the Managing Director at Anita Erskine Media. She is a bilingual (English and French) Strategic Communications Specialist and Broadcast Journalist, a Specialized Compère and TV Producer.

She is an advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Girls’ Education, and Women in Leadership. Since 1998, when she began her Broadcast Journalism career as a lifestyle On-Air Personality, she has now added Strategic Communications in the Telecommunications, Food Processing, Non–Governmental Organizations, Governments, and Diplomatic Mission fields to her portfolio, consequently solidifying her reputation as one of the most versatile communications professionals from West Africa.

In 2020, she joined the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative – Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic entrepreneur program for African Entrepreneurs, as Host and Advisor. She has lent her voice and personality to numerous social impact projects, due to her unwavering belief in the SDGs mantra of not leaving anyone behind.

Ethel Cofie

Ethel Cofie

Ethel Cofie is the CEO and Director of Edel Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting and Digital Products Company in West Africa and Europe. She is also the Founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora and growing. She is the creator of Women In Tech week, a global event that started in 2016 to bring together women in technology.

She is a Mandela Fellow for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a High calibre IT Professional with a wealth of technical and commercial skills acquired across a wide range of demanding roles and with over 12 years of experience working in the UK, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone on projects for organizations like Bill and Melinda Gates on the Mobile Technology for Health project; The Ford Foundation’s Election Monitoring project for Nigeria; and also as Head of Commercial Solutions for Vodafone conceptualizing, executing and working with teams to align Corporate strategy to IT strategy and to develop and manage creative technology solutions.

Gifty Osei-Boakye Bingley

Gifty Osei-Boakye Bingley,

Gifty Osei-Boakye Bingley is the Senior Communications Officer at African Union, a position that sees her oversee the daily communications; both internal and external of the Pan-African body. For more than 10 years, she has worked with some of Africa’s leading telecommunications and government organizations, focusing on modernizing and evolving communications, PR, CSR, and government relations capabilities.

She previously served as the Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Tigo Ghana. Before Tigo, she managed the internal and external communications team and a PR agency at a rival telecommunications company, Vodafone Ghana. Before joining the telecommunications industry, she worked at the British High Commission in Accra. She also spent a decade at Ghana’s leading television network, TV3, where she rose through the ranks from Broadcast Journalist to Head of News and Deputy Editor-Assignments, developing and managing content for the various news bulletins.

She is a trained journalist from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and also holds a double Master’s Degree in Political Communication from the University of Leeds; and Development Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She is an alumna and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, CIPR, UK.

Kadijah Amoah

Kadijah Amoah

Kadijah Amoah is the CEO of Aker Energy Ghana Limited. Prior to this role, she was the Country Director of the organization. She is on the Executive Management Team of Aker Energy AS and holds directorships in affiliated AGM Petroleum Ghana and Aker Ghana Investment Company.

Prior to joining Aker Energy, Mrs. Amoah was a Lawyer and a member of the Banking and Capital Markets Team at Clifford Chance’s German office. She previously worked as Head of Investments and Business Development at the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. She was the Government of Ghana lead of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Government of Ghana lead of the U.K Ghana Business Council.

Kadijah holds a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and Sociology, LLB (Hons), and an M.Sc. in International Business from the University of Ghana. She also holds a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development in Rwanda, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at the Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford and she is a member of Oriel College.

Patricia Obo-Nai

Patricia Obo-Nai

Patricia Obo-Nai is the CEO of Vodafone Ghana. With over 2 decades of experience in IT and Telecommunications, she worked with Millicom for 14 years before joining Vodafone. She joined Vodafone in 2011 and worked as a Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. Then she was promoted as the Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations before she was appointed as CEO in 2019.

She is an engineer and a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GHIE) and Vodafone’s executive committee. She had her Electrical Engineering degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and holds an Executive MBA and Executive Education degree from the University of Ghana and Kellogg School of Management in the USA respectively. She also acquired an Executive Education degree from INSEAD in France.

source: Leading Ladies Africa

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