Matilda Asante-Asiedu is a Senior Manager and Head of the Exclusive Banking Group at Access Bank Ghana Plc. Her portfolio spans Private Banking, Women Banking as well as Embassies and NGO’s.
Prior to her appointment as Head of Exclusive Banking, Matilda worked as the Head of Corporate Communications and Brand Management at the Bank where she managed the Banks reputation through integrated marketing and communication strategies. Under her
leadership, the Bank built enormous brand value and grew to become one of the most respected banks in the industry winning many awards including Best for Corporate Social Responsibility twice and the coveted Bank of the Year award in 2013.
She has over a decade’s experience in Media, working as Managing Editor and News Anchor at JOY FM, Ghana’s most influential private radio station. Matilda has served in many capacities where her contributions and insights have facilitated the development of the media landscape in Ghana.
Lucy Quist is an international business leader and the CEO of Airtel – one of Ghana’s largest telecommunications companies and an industry leader in data and digital innovation. She believes in harnessing the potential of people to deliver outstanding results in business to improve society.
Lucy has a reputation for transforming businesses for growth even in the most challenging situations. Since taking over the helm of affairs at Airtel Ghana, as the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multinational telecom company, Lucy has successfully repositioned the company into one that plays a significant role in connecting people to improve their lives.
The company has won more than 20 awards in two years.
Lucy has been recognised by reputable organizations for her transformational and inspirational leadership, her exceptional strategic marketing insights, selfless dedication to growing people and for championing causes that are shaping the lives of young people. Notable among these are – CIMG Marketing Woman of the year (2014), Telecom CEO of the Year (Ghana ICT and Telecoms Award 2016) and CSR CEO of the year (Ghana CSR Excellence Awards 2016).
She advocates for greater participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She believes that
great leadership will create and demonstrate the right visions while STEM will accelerate development. She also believes that together these should create room for every African to realise their potential and live more fulfilling lives.
She is an accomplished speaker on many subjects including leadership and technology and has been on platforms such as TEDxEUSTON, Wharton Africa Business Forum, the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics Conference at Columbia Business School and the African Development Investment Convention. She was recently featured on BBC’s Power Women series as one of the top business women driving transformational change in Africa. She was until recently the Vice Chairperson of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications.
Lucy holds a first class degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of East London and an MBA
from INSEAD in France.
Ivy Apea Owusu is the Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus Oil Services Limited. She has over 15 years’ experience in the Energy Sector, Leadership, Business Strategy, People and Talent Management, Change Management, Deal Structuring and Underwriting, Portfolio and Risk Management.
Ivy joined Cirrus Oil in 2009 as the company’s Risk Manager and subsequently became General Manager, Commerce. She was appointed CEO in November 2010. In this role, she has spearheaded a wide range of health and education related community activities.
Prior to joining Cirrus, Ivy worked with GE Capital in the USA and UK from 2002 until August 2009 in Energy Financing and Structured Finance. During this period she garnered hands on experience in both Debt and Equity financing in the Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Renewable and Ancillary Energy Services Sectors. In August 2007, Ivy was appointed Risk Director and transferred to London, UK to set up and head a European Structured Finance desk for GE’s French Bank (GECFB). Prior to that, she was with the Consumer Banking Department at Ecobank Ghana from 1998 until 2001.
Ivy is a non-executive board member at Woodfields Energy Resources Ltd and Surfline Communications Ltd. She is also a board director at the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD).
Ivy has held numerous speaking engagements; some of which include giving the key note address for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast, panel presenter at the 2013 TICAD V conference in Japan, speaker at the 2013 African Refiners Association Annual conference in South Africa, speaker at a CWC Energy Conference in Ghana, Speaker at ClariT events, etc.
Ivy holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University in TN, USA and a BA (Admin) from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds leadership certificates from both Harvard and Stanford Business Schools in the USA.
Reginald N. France, is a Founder/Managing Director of Boulders Advisors Limited (BAL), a specialized consulting firm headquartered in
Ghana, providing a full range of investment banking advisory services to business entities, government and public sector institutions in Africa. BAL is a Licensed Investment Advisor offering the following services: Mergers and Acquisitions; Business Appraisal & Issuance of Fairness Opinion; Corporate Finance & Debt Restructuring; Operations Management; Investment and Pension Consulting Services; Project Financing; Monitoring and Evaluation; and Strategic and Business Plan Development. He is also the founder of Secure Pensions
Trust Limited, a licensed Corporate Pension Trustee in Ghana.
Mr. France is a Securities and Exchange Commission Licensed Investment Representative. He has significant experience in the financial, infrastructure, capital markets, telecommunications, health and hospitality sectors. He has assisted in the development of two power plants in Ghana with name capacity of 600MW (Amandi Energy Power Plant 200MW CCGT and Early Power Limited 400MW). He has
served on the Investment Committee of the Ghana Investment Infrastructure Fund.
Currently, Mr. France is the President of the Ghana Securities Industry Association and serves on the following Boards, Ghana Stock Exchange, Ghana Alternative Market, UT Life Insurance Company, Early Power Limited and Secure Pensions Trust Limited and Amandi Energy Power Plant.
Before 1997, Mr. France was a founder/partner of HRK Associates, Inc., a specialized financial consulting firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. As a principal of HRK, he arranged corporate finance and acquisition transactions in excess of US$2.3 billion. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. France was the Vice President and Director of Tax for AMF Industries, where he structured and participated in the acquisition of several multinational manufacturing and services businesses in twelve countries. From 1986 to 1987, he was a Senior Analyst at American International Group. Mr. France is a graduate of the Executive Program of Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. He received his B.B.A. (Accounting) from Bernard Baruch College, New York.
Ruka Sanusi leads a pioneering clean tech business incubator in Ghana, housed at Ashesi University College and funded through a grant from the World Bank Group’s InfoDev Climate Technology Program. She is a skilled management consultant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of international consulting experience, and has served clients in 16 countries across Africa. Prior to joining GCIC, Sanusi founded a boutique business strategy consulting firm, Alldens Lane, which provided advisory services to women-owned and women-led businesses.
Fatima Alimohamed is the CEO of African Brand Warrior is an African and Kenyan. At the Association of Ghana Industries, she sits in as the Vice Chair of the Agriculture Sector. She is an advocator for Africa and African brands with a solid background across African markets that leads her to change from boots to heels. Fatima is a thought leader in Strategy, Brand Development, Consumer Relationships and insights, NPD, Marketing and Communication. She earlier was GM and thereafter GM Commercial for Wilmar Africa in both the Palm and Shea Industry in West Africa and has been representing the industries in various positions and boards.
Fatima is known for recreating, rebranding and taking the Frytol brand that was bought over from Unilever by Wilmar to become Ghana’s Number 1 brand. She singlehandedly repositioned the brand and made it the pride of Ghana leading it to win local and international acclaim.
She has been the Chair of the Marketing Society of Kenya, Founder Marketing Society of Tanzania and Uganda, The Vice President CIM- Kenya plus a Member of various Marketing and Advertising Boards. She was with Bidco Oil Refineries and Bidco Uganda overseeing Marketing and Sales of leading brands in East Africa and was Regional Director for very powerful brands of MNC’s whist at Ayton Young & Rubicam. Fatima was honoured with the TOP 50 CMO’s Global award and the TOP 100 Most Talented Marketers Global Award. Fatima was recently honoured with the Mother of Ghana award for a social brand cause and was also stooled as the Queen Mother (Nkosohemaa) in Memia, Western Ghana for her role in social development in the area of women and children. She also drives the agenda for building Ghana as she sits on the committee of International trade relations at the AGI. She is also an avid writer in various publications and an astute speaker.
Petra Aba Asamoah is the General Manager, Commercial, for Media General Ghana Ltd, a media group, with TV3 Network Ltd as their most prominent brand.
Prior to joining the media group, she worked as General Manager for the Delta Air Lines GSA, leading the airline’s commercial teams in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote D’Ivoire.
An award winning sales professional, Petra was named as one of Ghana’s 50 most influential corporate women in 2016 and one of 30 emerging Ghanaian leaders set to shake the world.
She keeps a blog – petraasamoah.com.
She is a chartered marketer by profession with a post graduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and holds an MPhil in Marketing from the University of Ghana Business School. She is an adjunct lecturer at Ashesi University College.
She volunteers in her local church – Christ Temple of the International Central Gospel Church as a hostess.
She is married to Samuel Sena Asamoah, an entrepreneur. The couple are blessed with two children.
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, the Executive Women Network is featuring five wonderful mother s to get their thoughts on how to go beyond today and make lasting impact on their children’s future
What has been the biggest lesson motherhood has taught you?
MD of Royal Crown Packaging Ltd.
Motherhood has taught me to appreciate my mother even more because I now understand the sacrifices she had to make to raise me. I hope to leave my two children, Nikolia and Mayada a heart filled with JOY, LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS.
Motherhood has taught me that people are truly diverse. Same household different people!
CEO of Airtel.
Has motherhood impacted you in any way?
CEO of Airtel.
I appreciate better how much my own parents shaped me. My children drive my passion to be a business leader who makes a positive difference to the world.
How do you manage your expectations for your child(ren) vis–à–vis their own ambitions?
CEO of Nestle Coastal Cluster Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia
In the quest to guide your children to achieve their ambition be careful not to replace it with your expectations. It is important that we do not kill their passion.
What great advice/life lesson was given to you that you wish to pass on to your children?
Networks Director, Airtel Ghana
It’s ok to be themselves at all times
Do not to loose focus in one’s goals and to be a good listener and slow to speak
Maame Yaa Roberson
General manager of Western Express & Logistics Ltd.
What legacy do you wish to leave for your children?
Maame Yaa Roberson
General manager of Western Express & Logistics Ltd.
My legacy is to show them how to put God first in all they do. Have great love for human beings and treat each person as such