Chairperson of the Business and Financial Times (B&FT) Group, Dr. Edith Dankwa, has been honoured at the recently held Ghana CEO Excellence Awards, which was part of the 6th Ghana CEOs Summit. She was entered into the Hall of Fame 2021 for Media–Printing.
The citation in her honour acknowledged her sterling leadership, achievement, business excellence and professionalism over the last year in the Media-Printing sector of the country’s economy.
The award citation described her as: “A person who has established a legacy in a life-time achievement in business and community service in as many of the applicable areas including, business achievement and growth; employment and growth; contributions to industry and community; overall positive impact on community through spirit, drive, and vision; created a legacy in business volunteer service and leadership.”
The event hosted the nation’s crème de la crème businesses and leaders, and recognised as well as celebrated their achievements.
About Dr. Edith Dankwa
Dr. Edith Dankwa graduated from the University of Cape Coast in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honours, in Management Studies. Two years later, she joined the Business in Africa Magazine and the Business and Financial Times as an administrator.
After a year in the role, her stellar performance saw her being promoted to the position of Special Projects Manager. Her rapid progression saw her become Business Development Manager after another year, then General Manager and Executive Director by 2007. Under her tutelage, the flagship publication, the Business and Financial Times (B&FT) has grown from a boutique, weekly newspaper to production on every working day, save holidays.
During that time, there has been the introduction of other publications such as the Business Times Africa Magazine (BT) and the Energy Today Magazine (ET) as well as agenda-setting events such as the Ghana Economic Forum (GEF), Ghana’s Most Respected CEOs, the Money Summit, African Business Leaders Forum and a host of others.
After 20 long and accomplished years, she stepped down from her role as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer in 2020.
Several domestic and international institutions have sought Dr. Dankwa’s rich insight into the immediate steering of their affairs. This has seen her membership on various boards at the International Chamber of Commerce, Unilever, the Right To Information (RTI) Commission, African University College of Communication (AUCC), Ghana News Agency (GNA), Media General, and several others.
Dr. Edith Dankwa has been duly recognised for her contribution to the wider business, and the financial and economic landscape of the nation. This has seen her adjudged Best Print Media Entrepreneur (2011); 100 Most Influential Personalities in Ghana (2013) and most recently, CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year (2020). She is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Economists of Ghana.
To promote a more equal playing field for professional women, Dr. Edith Dankwa, in 2016, alongside five other exceptional women business leaders founded the Executive Women Network (EWN). These women were at the time Patience Akyianu, MD-Barclays Bank; Lucy Quist, MD-Airtel; Freda Duplan, MD-Nestlé Ghana; Maidie Arkutu, MD-Unilever Ghana; and Pearl Esua-Mensah-Managing Consultant, Feniks Ltd.
Dr. Dankwa has an Executive MBA from the GIMPA Business School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Newspaper Management from Inwent International Institute of Journalism, Germany.
Her doctoral degree is in Business Administration (International Business) from Walden University, USA.