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Lucy Quist

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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.

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Ivy Apea Owusu

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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.

Ivy is married with two children.

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Reginald France

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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.

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Ruka Sanusi

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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.

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Fatima Ali Mohammed

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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.
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Petra Aba Asamoah

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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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EWN ONBOARD 28TH JULY

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WHY EVERY WOMAN LEADER SHOULD ATTEND THIS TRAINING PROGRAMME

This one-day workshop is designed for people considering their first board position or seeking to add a new non-executive role to their portfolio.  It is a fast-paced workshop that will develop your knowledge about directorship and enhance your capability as a candidate, along with providing strategies for including board work in your career. This workshop is not just for beginners, it will provide valuable insights, motivation and inspiration even if you already have board experience.

The training programme is only 5 days away. If you are yet to sign up, here are 3 reasons why you should do so right away:

  • The workshop will enable young women and senior management executives to reach new levels of personal and professional confidence by broadening their impact and transforming their ability to affect organizational and social change.
  • Participants will attain a greater understanding of their personal strengths, have a clearer sense of the skill sets required in the boardroom and be equipped to be better at decision making at senior levels.
  • The rare opportunity to expand your network, meet and connect with senior business leaders whose experiences can transform your career.

 

Contact Wendy on 0561110444 for further details.

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Mother’s Day

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A mother’s legacy
5 Moms, 5 Questions, 5 Legacies
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?

Emelia Ohene-Kena
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!

Lucy Quist
CEO of Airtel.

Has motherhood impacted you in any way?

Lucy Quist
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?

Freda Duplan
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?

Thelma Quaye
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

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Executive Women Network celebrates first-year anniversary

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Accra, 20th April, 2017 – The Executive Women Network (EWN) has celebrated its first anniversary by recognizing the strides made by professional Ghanaian women leaders.

Speaking to the anniversary theme ‘The Rise of Women Leaders in Ghana’, Mrs. Freda Duplan, a founding member of EWN and Managing Director of Nestle Ghana said, “We are proud of the steps taken, in our first year, to lay down the foundation for exponential growth, influence and milestones in the coming years. Our first-year anniversary celebrates all Ghanaian female leaders and upcoming female leaders.

A shot from last year’s launch event

A shot from last year’s launch event

Launched a year ago, the Executive Women Network has made significant progress in changing the female leadership landscape in Ghana by connecting, empowering and promoting female leaders in private organizations.

According to EWN Executive members, Patience Akyianu, Lucy Quist, Pearl Esua-Mensah, Freda Duplan and Edith Dankwa, EWN continues to implement strategies designed to create increase awareness and visibility of the organisation and its works while executing a robust membership recruitment drive.

“We continue to work on bringing on board more like-minded women executive leaders; we acknowledge that Ghanaian female leaders are changing the landscape. Today we know more women who are leading in business and governance and the many more who have built and are still building businesses from scratch,” they added. The Executive Women Network will be that platform that will accelerate this growth so that gender parity can be taken off Ghana’s to-do list and we can develop this country in equality.”

Through its networking sessions and speaker series, EWN members have received among others, coaching on career advancement, work-life balance, self-promotion and advancement through social media and other self-improvement topics relevant for their growth from some of the finest speakers and business minds in the country.

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EWN members present a cheque to SOS Children’s Village

Aside creating platforms for inspiration,empowerment and support, this ambitious group of women has taken up social initiatives by raising GHC 100,000 in support of the SOS Family Strengthening Programme which targets about one hundred children in the Chorkor and Osiem townships.

The organisation has been impressive in their drive to influence policies that will increase female representation in leadership roles in the country. EWN during its recent introductory visit with President Nana Akufo Addo assured him of their commitment and willingness to work with government to drive Ghana’s development agenda and increase female participation in his government.

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President Akufo-Addo and members of the Executive Women Network

The Executive Women Network leaders reiterated their commitment to inspiring, empowering and supporting women in Ghana to increase their influence and participation in both local and international activities.

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