Regional Programme Director, West and Central Africa of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
Adelaide Addo-Fening is the Regional Programme Director for West and Central Africa of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), an international development agency. She progressed from the position of program officer with VSO Ghana in May 1996 to her current position at VSO International.
Adelaide is responsible for the management of six country offices including Cameroon, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Her duties include the provision of leadership and strategic guidance to Country offices on the development and implementation of programs.
Adelaide is currently pursuing an MA in democracy, governance, and law and has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and Arabic. Adelaide was awarded membership to the Order of the British Empire in May 2004 by the Queen of England as an Honorary Officer of the British Empire.
She currently serves on the steering committees of the DFID ‘Rights and Voice Initiative’ Fund and the World Bank Small Grants Program. She is married with three children. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Managing Director of FC Group
Grace Amey-Obeng is managing director of FC Group, which comprises FC Skin and Beauty Klinik, FC Cosmetics Industry, FC Institute of Beauty Therapy, FC Perfumery and Cosmetics, and Beauty Scope Magazine. She is the first Ghanaian beauty specialist to come out with a full range of make-up.
She is also the franchise owner of the FC Cal (Bank) Franchise Plan and the initiator of the Free In-Salon Training, which is a move to upgrade the profession and know-how in the beauty industry nationwide. Grace studied beauty therapy initially in the United Kingdom and proceeded thereafter to the US, where she studied paramedical aesthetics at the Aesthetic Research Institute of California.
She has pursued several certificate courses. These include a certificate in beauty therapy Level 3 from the Profile Aesthetic Institute, England, and certificates in dermabrasion, electrolysis and lymphatic drainage micro pigmentation, all from Newlands Hospital, England.
She has also taken several refresher courses with Alan Roy Aesthetics and Skin Science College in South Africa. Grace serves as a member of the board of trustees to the Millennium Excellence Award Foundation. She also serves as an organizing committee member to Technoserve’s Believe Begin Become, National Business Plan Competition by Google Foundation. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
GRACE AMEY-OBENG FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
Offering employable skills training programmes for the vulnerable in society:
Grace’s project, Grace Amey-Obeng Foundation International, focuses on offering employable skills training programmes for the vulnerable in society. In particular, Grace hopes to address the high incidence of prostitution in Ghana, often resulting from school dropouts and from broken homes. Some of the girls who are in her programme will be going to secondary school. Participants must prepare a performance on the pros and cons of prostitution. She is still working on setting up libraries in schools.
ISSUE AREA:Econ Development: Workforce Training/ Employment
Director, Ghana Immigration Service
Elizabeth Adjei is the director of the Ghana Immigration Service and is the first female in Ghana, to be appointed head of Ghana’s Immigration Enforcement. She is responsible for determining strategic direction, policy and managing the development of the Ghana Immigration Service in accordance with legal and international requirements.
Elizabeth has been involved in managing large-scale international public sector restructuring projects over the past years. She has a Masters degree in international development (development policy) and was also the coordinator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme. She has a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from KNUST. She also has a Diplome d’Etudes Français from the Université de Benin, Lome, Togo.
Elizabeth’s hobbies include organizing charity activities for deprived people, health promotion for women, aerobics, and fund raising. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
ANGELS ON EARTH FOUNDATION
Creating of the Angels on Earth Foundation to help young people in a local church:
Elizabeth’s project is the creation of the Angels on Earth Foundation to help young people in her church. It is not enough being role model, one needs to support others in the multiple obstacles they face from unemployment, decision making in their personal and professional lives, and general support and guidance. Many members of her church have absent parents or no parents at all. Her role will be to organize resources and bring mentors together. By December, she will have pulled together a mentoring program and put together resources for them through the internet.
Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank Plc
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is the managing director and CEO of Access Bank Plc. Under his leadership, Access Bank Plc has emerged from the 65th position in 2002, when he joined the bank, to rank among the top 10 banks in the Nigerian banking industry.
During the course of his professional development, Aigboje attended several business schools and institutes including, the Citicorp Institute of Finance, Euromoney Capital Markets Bootcamp, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland and Harvard Business School.
He is a law graduate of the University of Benin and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FUND FOR AFRICA
Working on the eradication of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB through partnering with the Global Fund in Geneva:
Aig’s project will be to work on the eradication of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB through partnering with the Global Fund in Geneva. Aig serves as the chairperson of the organization, is responsible for leading the Board, is the principal fund raiser. It will be evaluated through feedback from the Global Fund and the stake holder community. It will also regularly monitor targets against impact. The project aims to improve the lives of others, it is governed in accordance with ALI values and objectives, it sets an example for others to follow.
Roland O. Akosah
Founder and CEO of ENO International
Roland O. Akosah
Roland O. Akosah is the founder and CEO of ENO International, a firm involved in farming, information technology, commercial real estate, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Prior to striking off as an entrepreneur, Roland had professional experience at IBM, United Technologies Corporation and Sallie Mae, an education finance company, all in the United States. He has traveled extensively around the world.
He holds an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania (1989) and BA in economics and statistics from the University of Ghana (1984). He and his wife, Pearl Akosah, a management consultant, live in Accra with their son, Nyamekye. He likes discourse on public policy; he enjoys reading, especially poetry. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
JAMASI READING CLUB
Creating a reading club and a community center in Jamasi:
Roland’s project aims to set up a reading club and a community center in his hometown, Jamasi. He already has many books for the project and hopes to have Sutherland and Sutherland help him construct the library. Roland plans to use the National Partnership for Children’s Trust (NPCT) model for the reading clinic. NPCT organizes reading clinics for teachers in disadvantaged schools.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Literacy
STATUS:Yet to Start
Partner, Arthur Energy Advisors
Harriet Amissah-Arthur is a partner of Arthur Energy Advisors, an advisory services firm that provides professional technical expertise and support to project owners, developers and investors in energy sectors across Africa. Previously, she established Kallidad Enterprise, a wholesale African textile distribution business, of which she remains the proprietress.
Before that, she was appointed the director of KITE, a Ghanaian energy and environment nonprofit organization, where she led KITE’s participation and contribution to the drafting of the ECOWAS White Paper on Access to Energy Services for rural and peri-urban areas. She worked with the Volta River Authority, a power generation and distribution utility, for over 17 years.
Harriet holds an MBA (finance) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, also in Ghana. She served for several years on the Council of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and had special responsibility for Women in Engineering (WINE). She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Mentoring the youth in Lagos over a three year time period:
Harriette will mentor the youth in Lagos over a three year time period. The initiative will become self-sustaining. By December she will have fully developed the concept, have hired an assistant, and raised some funds for it.
Kofi Atuah Ankama-Asamoah
CEO, Cleaning Solutions Ltd
Kofi Atuah Ankama-Asamoah
Kofi Atuah Ankama-Asamoah is CEO of Cleaning Solutions Ltd. Prior to that, he worked at Unilever Ghana Ltd for nine years, ending as head of DiverseyLever Division. He also worked in manufacturing, customer service, marketing, quality assurance, and product development.
Kofi is a director of Gem Crafts Ltd. Outside of business, he worships at the Accra Ridge Church. From 2002 to 2006, he served as a member of the church council, in charge of couples and neighborhood fellowships, and continues to be a member of the evangelism committee. He is also a member of Joyful Way Incorporated, a group committed to the gospel of Jesus through contemporary gospel music, especially to the youth. Kofi has been in the group for 31 years starting from his secondary school days in Mfantsipim School.
Kofi is also the national coordinator for Fruitful Ministries International, to improve marriages and family life. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). While in KNUST, Kofi was involved in the Students’ Representative Council and National Union of Ghana Students. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Reducing the number of marriage annulments and dissatisfied marriages, in an effort to strengthen the family unit, as a means to strengthening the fabric of society by running courses to prepare people, for and to enjoy, happy marriages:
Kofi’s project is to reduce the number of marriage annulments and dissatisfied marriages, in an effort to strengthen the family unit, as a means to strengthening the fabric of society. In recognizing that we spend years developing our careers, but do not prepare for the responsibilities and challenges of marriage — a twenty four hour a day job — he will run courses to prepare people, for and to enjoy, happy marriages.
By next December one hundred couples’ marriages will have improved. His responsibility will be to raise money to give the courses, purchase the materials, and deliver the courses.
ISSUE AREA:Health: Women and Families
CEO, African Capital Alliance
Okechukwu Enelamah is CEO of African Capital Alliance. He has a wealth of experience in private equity gained in New York and Johannesburg from Zephyr Capital and South Africa Capital Growth Fund. He also worked at Arthur Andersen and Goldman Sachs.
Okechukwu is a medical doctor and qualified chartered accountant. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a chartered financial analyst. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION
Creating an enabling environment for a network of mentoring clubs:
Okechukwu’s leadership project will focus on creating an enabling environment for a network of mentoring clubs. The primary emphasis of the project would be to help professionals, called to the sphere of business, to develop lasting values that will enable them to thrive and fulfill their destiny.
Aside from being chair for the Institute, his goal will be to pilot the first club and through a rigorous process find other mentors, who are committed to the same ideals, which can follow suit. The clubs will focus on key values which he considers to be important for a successful career in business and society in general. These values are summarized in the acronym FIIDES, which stands for: focus, integrity, initiative, discipline, diligence, excellence, and servant leadership. By December, we will have done a pilot of the values club that will assemble 7-12 people monthly and we will have started the Institute of National Transformation.
ISSUE AREA:Leadership & Values
Executive Director, Databank Financial Services and Chairman, Databank Brokerage Limited
Yofi Grant is executive director of Databank Financial Services and chairman of Databank Brokerage Limited. Prior to his joining Databank as associate director, he was at Cal Merchant Bank in a number of capacities, including head of capital markets. He served with the UNDP as a consultant in 2001-2002 on the Africa Asia Business Forum.
He is an adjunct lecturer at the GIMPA Executive MBA course, the National Banking College and the West African Institute of Finance and Economic Management (WAIFEM). He has also been featured on CNN and BBC discussing the Ghanaian and African economies. Yofi was honored by the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce and the State of New Jersey for promoting and facilitating business between Africa and African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora.
He is chairman of Ghana Telecom One Touch Limited and Databank Brokerage Limited and a board member of the Advisory Council for the Ministry for Private Sector Development of Ghana. He also served as chairman of the Listing Committee of the Ghana Stock Exchange. He is a board member of xdsData and a number of other private companies in Ghana. Yofi holds a BS in psychology and studied for an MPhil in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
TV LEADERSHIP SERIES
Working on a TV leadership series and also focus on his “”Inspire”” project which aims to support secondary school students through their tertiary education and career choice:
At the Totum Bonum reunion, Yofi stated that he will continue to work on his TV leadership series but will also focus on his “Inspire” project which aims to support secondary school students through their tertiary education and career choices.
Executive Director, Creation Television and CEO, Ignite Media
Funmi Iyanda is executive director of Creation Television and CEO of Ignite Media, a content-driven media organization operating out of Lagos, Nigeria, as well as an award-winning TV anchor, broadcaster, producer, and journalist. She is the executive producer and host of television show Talk with Funmi.
Funmi also produced and hosted Nigeria’s most popular television show, New Dawn with Funmi, which aired on the national network for over eight years. Her “Change-A-Life” project, comprising scholarship, healthcare, counseling, and microfinance intervention programs, supports 98 children and 320 families.
She recently completed production on My Country: Nigeria, a three part documentary on Nigeria celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. The production aired on the BBC World Service in 2010 and is nominated for best news documentary 2011 at Monte Carlo TV Festival. Funmi has recently been honored as a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
CHANGE A LIFE FOUNDATION
Intervening in the lives of vibrant, talented, gifted, determined and purposeful disadvantaged individuals, so that another human endowment is not lost or wasted:
Change-A-Life (CAL) is a social service non-profit organization with the mission to act as a bridge between people with human, community and leadership potential yet great need and the individuals, agencies and organizations with the capacity and willingness to meet these people’s needs.
The organization’s mandate is to identify the needs of people in our communities and channel our resources towards fulfilling those needs. CAL’s primary focus is capacity building. Our program delivery is channeled through educational scholarships, business grants, young adult mentoring, adult and community education, women empowerment, and civic engagement. The Change-A-Life scheme was operated as an intervention project from 2002 till 2009. By 2009, it was modified to function as an education and health support scheme for the gifted yet poor children who have lost a parent or both. The organisation also assists the parents and guardians of its educational beneficiaries by awarding grants for them to start or maintain their businesses.
To accommodate more beneficiaries and also function as a full service social enterprise, Change-A-Life was incorporated as a non-governmental and non-profit organisation in Nigeria in 2009. The organisation is accessible to all people regardless of class, gender, colour, ethnicity, religion, age, and creed. The organisation continues its work of intervening in the lives of vibrant, talented, gifted, determined and purposeful yet disadvantaged individuals, so that another human endowment is not lost or wasted.
For details of other interventions we have been part of, please visit www.changealifenigeria.org. We are available to answer any questions you may have.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Scholarships/ Awards/ School Resources
Minister of Communications and Technology , Nigeria
Omobola Johnson is minister of communications and technology for the Nigerian government. Formerly she was the non-executive chairman of Accenture Nigeria. She worked for Accenture for 24 years before taking early retirement. Trained as an electrical and electronic engineer, she joined Andersen Consulting in 1985 after a spell with the Nigerian subsidiary of Siemens AG.
Omobola was founding chair of Women in Management & Business, an NGO based in Nigeria that works in the promotion of female participation in business. She sits on the board of several for profit companies in the manufacturing, financial services and social entrepreneurship sectors. In addition, she is nearing completion of a doctorate at Cranfield University, focused on corporate leadership practices in emerging economies.
She is married to Seyi and they have three children. She is a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
BOOK DRIVE FOR LAGOS STATE
Supplying books to the various programs in the Lagos State that already encourage reading, like book clubs, essay writing competitions and adult reading programs:
Omobola’s project, a 90-day National Book Drive in the Lagos State, is driven by her passion for books and reading, and her recognition that knowledge is gained through books and reading. It will supply the various programs in the Lagos State that already encourage reading, like book clubs, essay writing competitions and adult reading programs. Her project would solicit book donations from personal/home libraries according to a list compiled by the library of acceptable books, so as to avoid repetitions and an overwhelming collection of fiction. By the end of the 90 day period, she hopes to acquire 5000 book donations, with an emphasis on science and technology. The success will be evaluated by the borrowing rate and frequency of visits to the library. She hopes that the framework for the book drive will be adopted so as to become a state and national initiative.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Literacy
Managing Practitioner, Kulendi Law
Yonny Kulendi is managing practitioner of his law firm Kulendi@Law, a commercial, litigation, and constitutional law practice. Kulendi@Law currently is made up of nine lawyers with diverse interests and specializations. Previously, he was an associate barrister and solicitor at Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. He underwent pupilage there, where he was assigned to the Legal Aid Board of Accra for his national service.
Yonnu is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon, with an LLB Honors. He completed his law degree at the Ghana School of Law, where he obtained a barrister of law degree and a solicitors certificate. He is a member of the Ghana Bar.
Yonny also holds an MA in international security and civil-military relations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
LEGAL AID PROJECT
Running a private legal aid program for Ghanaians because issues of access to justice are central to any democracy:
Yonny has set up and is running out of his office a private legal aid program for Ghanaians because issues of access to justice are central to any democracy. He is also providing legal education and training and promotion protection and advocacy of human rights. He plans on hiring two full time lawyers. The demand is huge.
ISSUE AREA:Civic Engagement: Justice/ Courts
Angela Lamensdorf Ofori Atta
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Ghana Medical School
Angela Lamensdorf Ofori Atta
Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ghana Medical School. She was previously part of an International Labor Organization (ILO) mission to Liberia to assess employment issues. She also worked on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s election campaign in 2005.
Angela entered government as a deputy minister for manpower development and employment, where she expanded a skills training and employment placement project from 2,000 participants to 30,000 as part of the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy. Before her government service, Angela set up and ran two volunteer organizations that spread HIV/AIDS knowledge and renovated the children’s ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
Between 1994 and 1998, she was part of a team that set up mental health services in the most deprived region of Ghana, the Upper West Region. In her teaching career, which has spanned 1992 to the present, she has introduced new ethics and professionalism courses to the curriculum of the psychiatry and psychology departments at the University of Ghana Medical Center.
Angela has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and zoology from the University of Ghana and a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar for six years. Angela is married to Ken and they have three children, Katakyie, Ohemaa, and Nana Yirenkyi.
She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Bringing more attention to mental health in Ghana by working with a team from Yale University and various health professionals in Ghana to raise more awareness on the issue:
Angela’s “Operation Free the Captives” is no longer running. She is now focusing her efforts on bringing more attention to mental health in Ghana. She is working with a team from Yale University and various health professionals in Ghana to raise more awareness on the issue. She is currently on track to secure a Mental Health Fund from the government.
ISSUE AREA:Health: Mental Health
Assistant Administrative Secretary and Welfare Projects Inspector of the Islamic Education Trust in Minna, Nigeria.
Nuruddeen Lemu is the assistant administrative secretary and welfare projects inspector of the Islamic Education Trust in Minna, Nigeria. He also serves as the assistant director and research supervisor at the Da’wah Institute of Nigeria. He was previously a technical advisor to the Nigerian Environmental Society and advisor to the Voice of the Voiceless Network.
Over the years, Nuru has worked at the Liberian Refugee Camp in Ogun State, Nigeria; the International Islamic Charitable Organization; and the Noor al-Houda Islamic College in Sydney, Australia. He holds a bachelors degree in agriculture from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and an MS in resource management from Edinburgh University, UK.
He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
MASS FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
Creating a program focused on educating young Nigerians of financial literacy in hopes that they might pursue more productive future:
Nuru’s project is to create a program focused on educating young Nigerians of financial literacy in hopes that they might pursue more productive future. Mass Financial Literacy Program (Mass FLIP) aims to reduce unemployment and protect people from dubious get-rich-schemes starting in the North of Nigeria.
It will build the capacity of young potential entrepreneurs, teach them financial literacy through business courses and include a radio and television component to teach financial literacy and business skills on a wider scale. It will begin in English and then expand to the Hausa, Nupe and Gwari languages and eventually all of the major languages of Nigeria in order to make available and promote continuous learning to an even broader audience.
By next December I will have met with at least five or more group of young potential entrepreneurs and have completed recording and started the broadcasting some of the first 13 episodes of the business and financial literacy campaign in English. It is worthy of ALI because it is innovative, contributes to real economic capacity building and it is the first of its kind in Northern Nigeria for the masses.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Career/ Financial/ Life Planning
Partner at Ernst & Young, Ghana
Djabanor Narh is a partner at Ernst & Young, Ghana. He has played a leading role in the establishment and management of local consulting firms. His areas of expertise and specialization include: institutional strengthening, program management, performance monitoring and evaluation.
He has many years of management consulting experience to his credit and has led many consulting assignments for major local and international clients in both the public and private sectors. Djabanor also acts in an advisory capacity for a number of corporate and non-governmental organizations.
He has worked for international professional services firms as a management consultant in Europe and Africa. Djabanor completed his education in Ghana and the UK at Brunel University (applied computer systems) & Henley Management College (MBA).
He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
GHANA MONITORING & EVALUATION (M&E) FORUM
Increase the use of enlightened policy making to help promote the development of a good Ghanaian Society:
Djabanor’s project is to increase the use of enlightened policy making to help promote the development of a good Ghanaian Society. Djabanor is to convene a Ghana Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Forum, for public spirited individuals whom through open dialogue, can discuss M&E issues with a view to influencing the development opportunities of our time with new insights, new perspectives and new tools.
The objective of the forum which is to be held on a quarterly basis is to share professional insights in the art and practice of M&E; to promote the effective use of M&E for evidence based policy decision making; and to provide support for continuing M&E education. It is worthy of ALI because it will be a small contribution toward establishing a “good society” in Ghana, especially because evidenced based policy decision making plays an increasingly critical role in shaping our society, the way it develops mainly the way we use our limited resources.
ISSUE AREA:Civic Engagement: Legislation
Executive Chairman, Combert Impressions, Ltd
Albert Ocran is executive chairman of Combert Impressions, Ltd, a cutting-edge printing company based in Accra, Ghana, where he was formerly CEO. Albert lectures part-time in entrepreneurship and strategic planning and serves as a motivational speaker and leadership consultant. He plays an advisory role to a number of business organizations.
Albert is married to Comfort, with whom he has three children. Together they have authored three books, 10 Commandments of Success, Go and Owe No More and Building Your Dream Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ghana, Legon and an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
SPRINGBOARD ROAD SHOW
Creating an annual nation-wide motivational Road Show that equips students and young executives with skills in planning, investment, entrepreneurship, career development, and relationships:
Springboard is an annual nation-wide motivational Road Show that equips students and young executives with skills in planning, investment, entrepreneurship, career development, and relationships. It was pioneered as a one-off seminar in Accra in January, 2007 with about 600 participants present. Following its success, it was replicated as a Road Show in 6 cities across Ghana in 2008.
In 2009, Spring Board moved to 10 cities under the theme “Igniting 10,000 Dreams Nationwide.” The Road Show set new standards in 2010 when Albert & Comfort toured Ghana for 40 days with 20 corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and motivational speakers and spoke to 15,000 participants in 15 cities across all ten regions. The theme was “Empowering Ghana, One Person at a Time.” The 5th edition of the tour in 2011 saw it being rebranded as the “Springboard Africa Road Show.”
Apart from visiting all regional capitals in Ghana, events were also held in The Gambia and Nigeria under the theme “The Turning Point.” Accomplished business and corporate leaders as well as other achievers from various fields shared with participants the major turning points and the defining moments that transformed their lives.
Notably, the list of speakers on the annual Road Show has always included fellows of the Africa Leadership Initiative, West Africa thus promoting cross-project collaboration between fellows.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Career/ Financial/ Life Planning
Global Business Leader and Human Resources Executive, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited
Amina Oyagbola is a global business leader and human resources executive of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. Amina has extensive experience in the banking and oil industry and is a member of several associations, including the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association, Oxford and Cambridge Club, and the Nigeria Institute of Management.
She has an LL.B (Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, an LL.M from Cambridge University and an MBA from Lancaster University Management School UK, after receiving a Chevening Scholarship from the British Council.
She is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD UK and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management USA. She is the Founder of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers) a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and mentoring initiative for professional career women. She is a Fellow and Country Director of The Africa Leadership Initiative â€” West Africa.
WISCAR (WOMEN-IN-SUCCESSFUL CAREERS)
WISCAR is a gender empowerment and mentoring initiative for professional career women:
Amina’s project, WISCAR, is a gender empowerment and mentoring initiative for professional career women. WISCAR (Women-in-Successful Careers) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 that focuses on providing strategic mentoring to young, entry-level professionals, while driving gender-sensitive policy formulation across key industry sectors in Nigeria.
WISCAR mentees are carefully selected and undergo a rigorous 12-month mentoring program. Program activities include: one-on-one mentoring sessions, career seminars at the WISCAR School of Excellence, book discussions, meet-a-WISCAR sessions, and one-on-one series with successful career women. The program addresses several work-related issues specific to women and gives strategic guidance.
Since 2008, WISCAR has made significant progress and impact in line with Amina’s vision by mentoring 43 young professional women who have gone through the intensive and unique 12 months structured WIN with WISCAR Mentoring program. Beyond this group of specially trained and nurtured WISCAR mentees, WISCAR has assisted and helped develop over 3,000 young and aspiring women through its high-quality training programs put together by the WISCAR School of Excellence and focuses on the unique challenges that women face.
Managing Director and Founder of Omatek Computers
Florence Seriki is the managing director and founder of Omatek Computers. In 1993, Florence introduced the Omatek brand of computers in Nigeria, and it became widely accepted and used as a result of its quality and ruggedness. She is currently the chairperson of the Electronic and Telecommunications group of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce and the vice president of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN).
She has received several awards for her innovation in the IT industry in Nigeria. Omatek has been recognized as the best Systems Builder Partner by Microsoft for West, East, and Central Africa. Omatek is the first and only factory in Africa to assemble computer cases, speakers, flat screens from completely knocked down components (CKD). They engage almost 300 locals, both staff and university students, in gainful employment and technology transfer.
Florence received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and an MBA from the Lagos Business School. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network
RESOURCE CENTER INITIATIVE
Helping Nigerian youths in competing globally and in defeating the abhorrent digital divide:
My project is to help Nigerian youths in competing globally and in defeating the abhorrent digital divide. She will help to increase employment in the ICT sector and create SMEs, and small factories to facilitate job placement.
Florence’s project would include the diversification of the computer technology industry to become Africa’s leading sector. However, its primary focus is on the education of youths through the creation of a Resource Center where there would be avenues for the development of skills and creative abilities. The SMEs will come up with the funding.
Florence can facilitate what is missing in the technology know how. By December she will help over 100 youths get placements in resource labs. The focus is on ICT alignment in global competitiveness.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Math
Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry
Hanna Tetteh is the Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry. Previously, she was the general manager and company secretary of Ghana Agro Food Company which is an integrated agricultural processing company situated in Tema, producing a variety of products for the local and international markets.
She chairs the sub-committee on constitutional and legal matters of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), She is also a national executive member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which is the largest opposition party in Ghana. She is a director of Accra Hearts of Oak Football Club, and is a director and shareholder of Awutu-Emasa Rural Bank. She is also currently pursuing an EMBA program at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Previously, she was a Member of Parliament on the ticket of the NDC representing the Awutu-Senya Constituency in the Central Region. In parliament she was the minority spokesperson on gender and children, and deputy spokesperson on the judiciary.
She was also a Member of the Committees of Finance, Subsidiary Legislation, and Defense & Interior. Hanna holds an LLB from the University of Ghana, Legon and also completed the professional law course at the Ghana School of Law. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
BUSINESS ADVISORY CENTER
Developing a business advisory center to address the problem of unemployment and poverty in the central region of Ghana to help people develop small businesses:
Hanna’s project was to develop a business advisory center to address the problem of unemployment and poverty in the central region of Ghana to help people develop small businesses.
Even though people have skills training they frequently are not able to translate them into viable employment opportunities on their own. The center helped them to develop a basic business plan, taught them about financial management, and helped them get into shape to access the funds that are available elsewhere, through micro-credit schemes or banks.
In her previous appointment as Minister of Trade & Industry (2009-2012), she negotiated with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank (ADB)-a program which is also co-funded by the government of Ghana called the Rural Enterprises Program. The total cost of the program was US$180 million and has started providing business development services, skills training, access to finance, and the development and servicing of simple Agro-processing facilities through Rural Technology Facilities.
The program covers 166 districts and was started in November 2011-launching Hanna’s original idea into a national program.
ISSUE AREA:Education: Career/ Financial/ Life Planning
Managing Counsel, London Legal Service Center for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas
Sally Udoma is managing counsel at the London Legal Service Center for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas. She was previously general counsel and general manager for Chevron
Nigeria Limited. She began her career in the oil industry 24 years ago at Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd and Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine, Paris. She received an LLB from Kings College, University of London, an LLB (post-graduate) in International Law from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and a BL from the Nigerian Law School. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
CHILD LIFELINE LAGOS DROP-IN CENTRE
Creating a center where children can “drop-in” to receive basic medical care, literacy and numeracy training, a free meal, and overnight shelter:
The Child Lifeline Lagos Drop-In Centre is based upon a model successfully established in Kenya and South Africa. It will be a place where children can “drop-in” to receive basic medical care, literacy and numeracy training, a free meal, and overnight shelter.
In addition, the process of registering and collecting data on the children who drop in will assist in identifying those children who may be referred to CLL’s existing residential home at Ikorodu, and welfare officers may be able to reunite others with family members. The data collected will also assist in better understanding the magnitude of the street children problem and the nature of the dangers and obstacles faced by them.
This information, when shared with planners in government and NGOs, may help us better address the situation. The idea of this new initiative is to be able to reach out to, and help a much larger population of children through the drop-in centre.
ISSUE AREA:Econ Development: Housing/Community Infrastructure
LOCATION:United Kingdom, Europe