The Executive Women Network (EWN), a non-profit organisation of women leaders in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well-established businesses, recently announced the appointment of a new Executive Committee to steer the Network’s affairs for a two-year term.
The newly-appointed Executive Committee comprises Eunice Biritwum as Chairperson; Antoinette Kwofie (Member); Theresa Yamson (Member); Angela Dedo Kofi (Member); Joyce Agyare (Member); Emma Wenani (Member); and Janet Sunkwa-Mills (Member).
How much do you know about these distinguished women leaders? We present to you a brief profile:
Eunice Biritwum is a seasoned leader in the electric utility and related industries in Ghana and the United States of America. Her distinguished career spans over 28 years in leading organisations, including as CEO of CENIT Energy Limited from 2011 to 2018; and she is founder and CEO of Iribe Energy, an entity providing consulting services to the energy sector.
She has led the development and implementation of power infrastructure projects in the country and held several management roles in electric utility operations and marketing in the USA. She is a member of the Energy Commission’s Technical Committee and was a founding member of the Young Executive Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International.
Eunice holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA in Management from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Antoinette Kwofie, the Executive Director in charge of Finance at Absa Bank Ghana Limited, is an experienced Finance Professional and Banking Executive; and an award-winning business leader with over 19 years’ experience in Finance in Africa and Europe. Her expertise spans Strategic Financial Management, Business Strategy, Audit and Financial Consulting, Change Management, Insurance and Banking. She has a track record of creating value through the successful implementation of business strategy, driving change, managing risk and developing high-performing teams.
Antoinette has a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA UK). She is passionate about the development of women and young people. She is committed to the development of Africa, through growing indigenous businesses, the empowerment of women, and unleashing the potential of young people – leaving a lasting, positive impact for the next generation.
Angela Dedo Kofi is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and Business Coach who has created and launched several successful businesses in Ghana. She has over 16-years of experience leading teams to drive growth in Ghana and other countries; including South Africa, China, the UK, Singapore and the USA. Dedo started off in the UK as an Independent Sales Executive for Mary Kay Ash and later launched her first business in Ghana, Adeko – a leading full-service marketing and advertising firm – in 2006. She later established Niche, Ghana’s premier luxurious gifts and home décor offering. Dedo also birthed TrueLife, a concept to Inspire, Transform and Empower young people. Orange Hearts is her charity pet project to support the education of needy children, right up to the tertiary level.
Janet Sunkwa-Mills is the CEO/co-founder of
AFRIBIZ Group Limited, a consortium of companies
providing consulting services in FMCG Marketing
Strategy / Execution & Private Equity Investment in Africa. She is also the CEO of JANE’M Salon Spa.
Janet has over 22 years working experience in various senior managerial positions in the FMCG industry of several African countries. Her FMCG career started in 1994 with Nestlé Ghana and progressed into various local and expatriate roles. In April 2008, Janet became one of the few women to assume the role of Business Executive Manager (BEM) at Nestlé. She was the BEM for Culinary in charge of 21 countries in the Nestlé Equatorial African Region, in Nairobi, Kenya.
After that, she worked with GB Foods – a leading Spanish FMCG company – as the Marketing Director for Africa / Middle East and also a member of the Regional Management Team in charge of 23 countries.
Janet holds a BA in English & amp; Russian (First Class Honors) from the University of Ghana; and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Ghana Business School. She has undertaken Leadership Training programmes from the London Business School with exposures in Switzerland and Spain.
Theresa Yamson is the Chief Executive Officer of Phyto-Riker (GIHOC) Pharmaceuticals Ltd. – the first female to head a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Ghana. She holds an MSc in Process Engineering & Management from Strathclyde University, Scotland, a Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Management College, UK, and a BSC (Hons) Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.
Theresa is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, as well as an Executive Member of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association of Ghana.
Joyce Agyare is an accomplished Education Consultant with over 24 years experience. For the past 14 years, she has been the Regional Manager in charge of West Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia for Scholastic Inc., an International Publishing Company.
Joyce attended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she obtained a BSc. Hons degree in Biological Sciences. She left for the UK and later enrolled at the London Metropolitan University for Post Graduate studies in Information Studies.
She is also a Director at Smartline Ltd., an indigenous publishing company, and the Board Chair of Elevate Network (Ghana) – an organisation committed to helping young people develop their potential.
Emma Wenani is a Communications Professional with over 10-years’ experience working in different capacities at Senior Management in Consulting and Media Firms. She currently heads the Communication Units for Global Media Alliance Group as its Chief Director, leading her teams in providing strategic advisory services to A-List clients in the telecommunication, banking, agriculture, non- governmental, nutrition, government, technology industries among others.
Emma graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Arts combined major degree in French and Sociology. She proceeded to obtain an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Ghana in 2014.
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