Nana Araba Apt, Board Chair

Dr. Apt (MSW, Ph.D.) is an internationally renowned leader in education and a passionate advocate for girls’ education as the key to alleviating poverty.

She is a co-founder of the College of Ama, a non-profit educational organization launched in 2006 in Accra that helps promote and prepare intellectually gifted but disadvantaged girls in Ghana for higher education. She is also Emeritus Dean of Academic Affairs at Ashesi University College, of which she was founding member and served as Professor of Sociology. This world-class liberal arts college in Ghana, launched in 1999, aims to educate Africa’s next generation of leaders. In 2006 it celebrated its first graduating class. Dr. Apt retired from Ashesi in early 2013.

Dr. Apt previously chaired the Departments of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Ghana, Legon, and served as Director of its Centre for Social Policy Studies.

She is a founding member and past president of the African Gerontological Society and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of HelpAge International. In 2002, Dr. Apt was a member of the United Nations technical team for the Second World Assembly on Ageing.

Born and raised in Shama, a small fishing village in Ghana’s Western Region, Dr. Apt received a scholarship to attend Queen’s University of Canada, where she received a B.A. in the humanities. She went on to earn a Master in Social Work from the University of Toronto; and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Dr. Apt has been a guest lecturer at leading universities in Africa and North America, including the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School of Social Work; Case Western Reserve University; University of Vitwaterstrand, Johannesburg; University of Cape Town; and Lakehead University, Canada.

The author of five books, as well as over 70 articles and book chapters on aging in Africa, Dr. Apt has received numerous awards for her work from the UN Secretary General, the British Geriatrics Society and the International Federation on Ageing.

 

Anthony Essel- Anderson, Vice Chair

Anthony Essel-Anderson is a Lecturer at Ashesi University College. Anthony has over ten years’ experience in teaching and research in accounting and finance. He has served as adjunct lecturer in accounting and finance at Advanced Business College, Data-Link University College, and University of Ghana. He has been teaching and coaching students to write the Financial Management, Advanced Financial Management and Management Accounting examination papers of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.

Anthony is a seasoned resource person for business and finance workshops. He was the facilitator for five Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshops on financial modelling and risk management organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana for its members and interested business executives. He delivered the Build Your Business curriculum of Microsoft and International Youth Foundation to undergraduate students of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship at Ashesi University College, Ghana.

Anthony has special interest in budgeting and control, financial modelling, risk management, taxation, venture capital and private equity, personal finance and accounting, and business case studies. He has carried out research in budgeting and control and supported research in tax compliance. He co-authored a case study on UT Bank, Ghana.

Anthony provides consultancy services to entrepreneurs and private entities in the areas of business planning, financial control and risk management. He served as promoter in the establishment and registration of the Association for the Empowerment of Persons with Disability (AEDP) based in Ghana and DreamRivers Multimedia Ltd based in Ghana, and occupies a board seat in both organisations.

Anthony contributes to decision-making and governance in some private and public-interest organisations. At Ashesi University College, he is the Chair of the Academic Programme Committee, member of the Quality Assurance Committee, and member of the Academic Council. He is a member of the ICT Committee of the 2014-2016 Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.

Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. He holds B.Sc. in Administration and M.Phil. in Accounting from the University of Ghana, Legon.

 

Akosua Konadu Asamoah

Akosua Asamoah is a seasoned human resources professional with expertise in recruitment, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits administration, and health and safety administration.

She currently serves as Human Resources Manager for GCNet, a software consulting firm that serves government agencies. She also spent over six years as a human resources manager for eProcess International S.A. (a member of the ECOBANK Group).

Previously, she also held management-level positions with WaterAid, Ghana; the LINKAGES Project (funded by USAID); and Canadian Mineral Exploration Ltd.

Mrs. Asamoah holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana-Legon; and an Executive MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Ghana Business School.

 

Mansah Prah

Mansah Prah is a retired professor of Sociology and a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Cape Coast. She taught Sociology and Gender Studies for 29 years at the University of Cape Coast and spearheaded the introduction of gender studies into the university’s curriculum. She has served on the boards of NGO’s such the Cape Coast Centre for Women, the Third World Network and the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa. She has publications on gender and education, gender violence and gender and sexuality. Currently she is a research affiliate at the Centre for Gender Research and Advocacy at the University of Ghana.

 

Ayesha Bedwei

Ayesha Bedwei is a Partner in PwC based in Ghana. Ayesha specializes in Tax advisory services focused on the Energy sector, and helps Energy clients solve their tax problems and manage their tax affairs efficiently.

In addition to this, Ayesha holds leadership positions within PwC in the areas of; Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, responsible for PwC’s West Market Area (Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia); Energy, leading PwC’s Africa Region; and Learning and Education, where she leads for Ghana.

With over 17 years’ experience in the finance and accounting field (8 being in the tax energy arena), Ayesha has been involved in a wide array of projects and has built up a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career. Ayesha has gained a wealth of experience due to her involvement in Ghana’s energy sector from its inception to date. She has had the opportunity to organize and speak at a number of tax and regulatory -focused forums in this area covering several African territories. To date, these forums have been held in Ghana, the USA and Mozambique. The audience has typically been made up of representatives of key players in the energy industry as well as PwC colleagues from a number of countries. Ayesha’s expertise also led to her board appointment at the Ghana Oil Club, a non-profit friendly organization for the Energy industry in Ghana. In addition to this, Ayesha is on the advisory board of the Art and Design Institute, an organization focused on skills training in engineering and design in the art industry.

Ayesha’s passion for leadership and career development is palpable and this was recognized by the multinational textile company Vlisco, when she was nominated as a finalist for the 2014 “Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana” Award. The nomination gave Ayesha an opportunity to positively impact society with her personal and professional stories, the activities she was able to engage in, and the nationwide publicity these were given. As a result of this experience, Ayesha also received recognition from UN Aids and an appointment as an ambassador for their “protect the goal campaign” aimed at HIV awareness and reduction. Ayesha was also named as a Finalist for Ghana for the “Africa’s most Influential Women in Business and

Government 2014” award organized by CEO Communications of South Africa. The magazine has long recognized the important role women play in the development of society, and since the founding of the company in 2000, has promoted initiatives to recognize women. These initiatives have evolved into the Most Influential Women in Business and Government program, which has been recognized over the course of several years as the pre-eminent recognition platform for women. Ayesha often speaks on the topics of leadership and career development and was a speaker at the recently held Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development Program in Ghana (July 2015) . Her speaking engagements also include the Ghana Oil and Gas Careers Fair (February 2013) and Career Day workshops at the Legon Interdenominational Church (March 2012 and May 2014).

In 2014, Ayesha became a member of the prestigious African Leadership Network (ALN). In the same year, she sat on the judging panel for ALN’s Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.

Ayesha regularly contributes to articles in Ghana’s business print media and appears on Television programs discussing various issues including Tax, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion.

More recently, Ayesha was named one of Ghana’s 20 Influential business leaders under 40 by Ghana’s business world magazine in March 2015.

Ayesha takes a proactive approach to health and wellness through lifestyle modification. In November 2015, she became qualified to teach Pilates when she obtained her Pilates instructor certification from the Trifocus Fitness Academy of South Africa.