Adelaide Ahwireng is a quantity surveyor by training and a leading woman entrepreneur in Ghana with over 21 years proven expertise in the distribution of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), business development, sales and marketing.
She holds and Bachelor of Science degree in Building Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Business School in the USA. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a quantity surveyor for the State Construction Company (SCC) for 14 years, rising to the position of Region Quantity Surveyor for Greater Accra before leaving to pursue her passion in entrepreneurship.
She is the Founder and Managing Director of Fio Enterprises Limited, a leading business in the FMCG segment, distributing products mainly for Unilever Ghana Limited and Nestle Ghana Limited. Under her leadership, Fio Enterprises Limited has been adjudged the Best Distributing Company for Unilever Ghana Limited, Nestle Ghana Limited and Ghana Breweries Limited for several consecutive years.
Her strong leadership, analytical, innovative and managerial skills and insights have attracted invitations to serve on the boards of key corporate institutions in Ghana and given her the opportunity to influence the direction, growth and sustainability of the investment sector in Ghana. She currently serves as a board member of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Wesley Girls’ High School Endowment Fund, Corporate Initiative Ghana and the KNUST Centre for Business. She is also a board member of E-Pack Investment Limited, subsidiary of Databank Investment Group, and has been part of the team that has over the years contributed to the direction, growth and sustainability of Databank in Ghana.
Her superior entrepreneurial abilities have been recognized and applauded consistently over the last two decades. In 2015, Business Magazine named her the Most Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was named one of the 100 most outstanding women entrepreneurs in Ghana, the KNUST Alumni Personality of the Year in 2006, the recipient of the West Africa International Nobles Award in 2004 and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) Marketing Woman of the Year in 2003. In 2014, she was inducted into the Ghana Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.
She previously served as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council under the government of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, and as a non-Executive Director for several organizations including the HFC Boafo Micro-Finance, the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research – Animal Research, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Private Sector Development Board of Ghana. She is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) and the first female Chairperson of the Parents-Teacher Association her alma mater, Wesley Girls’ High School.