Devoted to the empowerment of women and girls in her community, Gertrude Ankrah has served as Program Development Director for WomensTrust in Pokuase, Ghana since 2005. Her responsibilities include maintenance of relationships for program growth and sustainability, including coordination of integrated programs and special projects. Born and raised in Pokuase, she graduated from a local private high school, the Confidence School (COINS) with top academic, sports, and speaking awards.
Ms. Ankrah holds several post senior secondary educational certificates. In 1993, she graduated from the Mars Business Secondary School in Accra, Ghana, in business administration. From 1993 to 1995, she worked as a customer service representative and account clerk at the Ga Rural Bank in Amasaman, the regional capital of her district. She then enrolled at the Sydalk Computer College, and in 1999 took ownership of a general store in Pokuase.
She is an appointee to the MASLOC Committee (the Ghana government program for microfinance) and was selected for the prestigious ABANTU training program for emerging women leaders in Ghana.
In June 2006 and 2007, Ms. Ankrah attended the Microenterprise and Development Institute, now The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, where she was also a conference speaker in 2010. She delivered the keynote address at the 2009 annual meeting of UN African Mothers’ Association (UNAMA) in New York. In 2012, she returned to New York as a featured speaker at the United Nations' Conference on the Status of Women.
In June 2013, Ms. Ankrah received a diploma in Social Work from the School of Social Work, in Accra, Ghana