Aba Amissah Quainoo, Board Chair
Microlending Consultant, Founder, MEL Consulting Ltd.
Ms. Quainoo is recognized in Ghana as a leading expert and advocate in Development Policy and Financial Sector Regulatory Reforms, Microfinance, Informal Sector Development, and Gender and Development issues, which focus on private sector growth for wealth creation.
She is the Founder of MEL Consulting Limited, a firm that since 1998 has specialized in providing professional services in Microfinance, Banking and Finance Technical Assistance; Business Development Technical Assistance, Gender and Socio Economic Development Issues, Private Sector Development, and Policy and Regulatory Reforms.
Ms. Quainoo has over 20 years of experience working and rendering professional services in Ghana and internationally for a variety of clients including the Government of Ghana, the World Bank, United States Development Agency (USAID), the European Union (EU), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Labour Organisation among others.
She earned a Master of Arts in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Gale Kalitsi, Vice Chair
Director of Legal Affairs and Advisory Services, Serengeti Capital
The Director of Legal Affairs and Advisory Services for Serengeti Capital, Ms. Kalitsi joined the Ghana Board of Directors of WomensTrust in May 2010, bringing with her over 15 years of corporate legal experience.
Having earned her undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Binghamton in Binghamton, New York, Ms. Kalitsi went on to receive her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Lincoln Community School Board of Directors and is a former member of the CCBC Children’s Center Board in Washington, D.C.
Alexander Kwesi Koomson, Treasurer
Deputy Manager, Central Bank of Ghana
In addition to serving as Deputy Manager of the Banking Supervision Department in the Central Bank of Ghana, Mr. Koomson is the relationship manager for the Agricultural Development Bank in Ghana and brings to the board many years of experience in the financial world. Previously, as an international management consultant for Price-Waterhouse, he developed a medium and long-term public sector wages and salary policy for the Public Services Commission in Ghana.
Mr. Koomson earned both his undergraduate degree with honors in Economics and Statistics and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Jacqueline A.A. Ohene-Bonsu
Manager, Joy Family Lodge
Manager of the Joy Family Lodge in Pokuase since 2003, Ms. Ohene-Bonsu joined the WomensTrust Ghana board in 2007. Having served as country coordinator for Educational Pathways International in 2007 and 2008, she helped to procure financial support for bright, needy students in Ghana.
Ms. Ohene-Bonsu has an avid interest in women’s advocacy. She earned her B.A. in Social Sciences (Law and Sociology) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, focusing on identifying the constraining factors for capacity building in local women’s activities. In 2006, she earned a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration.
Coordinator for Education and Community Programs, Water Health International
An education and governance expert, Mrs. Norgbey is a member of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and serves on the Planning Committee for the 6th World Water Forum, to take place in 2012. She is also the founder of Global Women Development Promoters (GLOWDEP), a gender advocacy non-profit organization that promotes women's participation in development through mentoring and skills training. For the past 10 years, Mrs. Norgbey has worked with World Vision International, helping to launch the Ga West ICT Resource Centre for school children.
Mrs. Norgbey holds a BSc. degree from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and a degree from Barneveld (IPTC) College in the Netherlands. She also holds a diploma in Education and an Executive Masters Degree in Governance and Leadership from the School of Governance and Leadership (GIMPA). Having taught in one of Ghana’s top senior high schools, Achimota School, for 15 years, Mrs. Norgbey was named best teacher of the school, best teacher of Accra Metropolis, and runner–up for the Greater Accra Region in 1995.
Director, External Affairs & Communications, Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd.
For the past 20 years, Ms. Avitevie has held top positions in the fields of Communications and Public Relations with many notable organizations across Ghana including SBSSB Limited and the newspaper Public Agenda. In her current position with Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, she directs internal and external communications, media relations, crisis communications, and issues management.
Ms. Avitevie holds a B.A. in English from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and a Graduate Diploma in Communications Studies from the University of Ghana. She is a recipient of the Ghana Journalists Association’s Best Health Reporter Award for Print Media.
Executive Director, KeyCredit Microfinance
Ms. Yankey is the founder and Executive Director of KeyCredit Microfinance, Ghana. Over the last four years, KeyCredit has provided financial services and training programs to economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Ms. Yankey has spoken on microfinance at the Harvard Business School-African Business Conference in 2009 and has participated in many conferences and programs focusing on microfinance. In 2010, she helped organize an African Microfinance Conference, held in Accra.
Prior to founding KeyCredit Microfinance, Ms. Yankey was at First Atlantic Merchant Bank (a Ghanaian financial institution), and worked at Deutsche Bank, NY (Securitized Products Group) where she assisted in setting up its first microfinance fund, UBS (Investment Banking Group), Merrill Lynch (Private Wealth Management) and Citigroup (Sales & Trading). She holds a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University, in Connecticut.