Ms. Joyce Aryee (Board Chair)
Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines. As the first woman to head the Ghanaian Chamber, Joyce draws her experience from over 30 years of public life, dealing with a wide range of issues including environment and publicity. Ms. Aryee is an experienced leadership trainer who is a Senior Mentor for the African Leadership Initiative, a leadership program whose vision is to develop the next generation of value-based and community leaders in Africa. Ms. Aryee is also a former Minister of State in Ghana, as well as a Management and Communication Consultant and Professional Counselor. She was involved in Ghana’s democratisation process as a non-cabinet minister at the National Commission for Democracy, where she served for almost nine years as Minister of Information, Education, and Local Government.
Dr. Juliette Tuakli
With 25 years of experience in the fields of Developmental Pediatrics and Public Health, she has provided Maternal/Child Healthcare and Clinical HIV Service Delivery in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, USA and UK. For nine years, Dr. Tuakli was the Northeast Regional Pediatric Consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, advising on the care of immigrant and HIV+ women and children particularly of African descent. As Deputy Director of Family Health International’s START program in Ghana, she conducted operations and formative research, HIV program development and monitoring and evaluation, including the development of procurement and distribution systems for HAART. She has helped develop national health policies for the governments of Rwanda and Kenya, while her work with UNICEF on orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana spearheaded the development of a national policy on children with which she is currently engaged. Presently, Dr. Tuakli is Professor of Reproductive and Child Health at the School of Public Health, Legon, Ghana. She practices Developmental Pediatrics and HIV medicine. She is the Chairperson of the WISE Ghana Board.
Ms. Comfort Ocran
Ms. Ocran is the Executive Director of Combert Impressions, a printing firm based in Ghana. She holds a Masters of Philosophy in Linguistics and an undergraduate major in English, and previously taught in the Linguistics Department at the University of Ghana. A business entrepreneur gifted with communication and interpersonal skills, Ms. Ocran uses her public relations skills to help advance social causes. Ms. Ocran is an executive member of the West African Businesswoman Network (WABNET) and serves on the Executive Council of the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS). She is also involved in event management and was responsible for organising the highly successful international gospel concert dubbed “West Meets South” in Ghana.
Ms. Emelia Arthur
A prominent Leader in Ghana National Reform's Party, Emelia Arthur has championed efforts to make government services available to women, children and other marginalised populations. Arthur has also spearheaded the development of training programs focused on issues ranging from wildfire prevention to community organising. Ms. Arthur founded IADI, an organization established to strengthen rural communities autonomous and sustainable capacities for development. IADI's work includes economic empowerment, access to basic education, civic and social rights education and political participation. She has also continued her work on policy compliance and change in natural resource management, emphasising fair access and benefits in the forest sector. She is a member of a team that facilitiates the design and delivery of the InterAction leadership program across 19 African countries.
Ms. Katherine Ajayi-Daramola Esq.
Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department of New York City Department of Correction. As an accomplished, experienced, seasoned and revered Attorney at Law, she has served in management in major U.S. retail corporations as well as New York City agencies including, the Department of Homeless Services and the Administration of Children's services. Katherine is well versed in world research concerning the exploitation of single women and minors in third world countries, as well as the impact of social crimes in the U.S. criminal justice system and West Africa.
Her extensive work in the New York State Supreme Court (special terms) has resulted in judicial precedents on Inmate Article 78 appeals for violating prison rules. Also, Katherine was admitted to the Nigerian Bar Association in 1987.
Ms. Elizabeth Agodo
A seasoned accountant, she worked in public service for five years before venturing into private enterprise in 1992, where she has helped in the development and growth of her family business in the Oil & Gas industry in Warri, Nigeria. Elizabeth Agodo has wide-ranging experience in finance and personnel management, for which she has received training both at local and international levels. In the past 16 years, she has successfully run a chemical company with a multi-million dollar annual turnover. She has particular capability in funds management and budget control.
Ms. Majiro O. Ahaneku
Ms. Ahaneku currently works with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission where she co-ordinates the activities of the six divisions in the Commission to ensure that the Commission actualises its mandate to provide adequate, safe, affordable and reliable power. Ms. Ahaneku was actively involved in Commercial law before her foray into the power sector. Ms. Ahaneku does extensive rehabilitation work with ex-inmates (male and female) to ensure proper reintegration into the society. She is also involved with caring for the despondent in our general hospitals.
Ms. Folabi Esan
Founding Partner of Adlevo Capital Africa an expansion stage private equity fund. Prior to this, Folabi was the Founder and Managing Consultant of Techno-Diffusion Company Limited (TDC), a Nigeria-based consulting firm that advises clients on performance improvement through technical manpower development and the introduction of new technology. Before establishing TDC, Folabi was the pioneer Managing Director of SAP Nigeria and successfully drove the company to profitability within three years. Before joining SAP, Folabi had over 10 years of experience in consulting, operations and finance with blue chip companies in Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Folabi earned a B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering (First Class) from Ahmadu Bello University (1986), an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University (1989), and an M.Sc in Innovation Management and Technology Policy from the University of London (2007).
Mr. Mawuli Dake
Mawuli Dake is a leading African human rights advocate and strategist- with extensive grassroots and international leadership experience on human rights, social entrepreneurship, gender and social justice. With an academic background in international law and human rights, Mawuli has initiated and led a wide range of initiatives in Africa and internationally. He has worked with and consulted for several international development agencies including United Nations agencies, WANEP, ECOWAS among others. Mawuli served as a strategist and a field staff for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and served on the team of international human rights experts that spearheaded lobbying and negotiations leading to the establishment of the new UN Human Rights Council. He most recently served as a lead Consultant for the ECOWAS Visison2020 project. He currently serves as the CEO of The Africa Group Consult.
Ms. Adwoa Bame
Ms. Adwoa Bame a founding member and current Executive Director of WISE. She is a human rights advocate and an alumnus of Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the School of Administration, University of Ghana, Legon with excellent leadership skills in the for-profit business world which she has brought to bear on managing WISE from a position of Office Assistant through Program Coordinator, Deputy Executive Director to her current position.
Ms. Renua Scott-Emuakpor serves as the Recruitment Consultant at valeo Strategic Leadership Group Inc, in Atlanta, USA. The German born attorney and people centered organizer practiced corporate and criminal law for over 15 years in Nigeria and brings an array of skills and experience in Program Design, Implementation and Management. An international advocate, trainer and speaker, Renua Scott-Emuakpor has worked and partnered with several local and international organizations. She is also a founding member and CEO of the Lazarus Foundation, a U.S based charity which serves to combat HIV/AIDS and its related diseases. Renua Scott-Emuakpor has several academic publications and is the proud recipient of a scholarship for an Intensive Course in Health and Human Rights from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.
Ms. Yvonne Boateng
Ms. Yvonne Boateng, MBA - Over 10 years combined knowledge of regulatory, legislative and technical knowledge of Defined Benefits. Ms. Boateng graduated with honors with a BA in Economics and BA in Anthropology from the prestigious Women's College – Mount Holyoke. It was there that she honed her passion for empowering women.