|AmCham Ghana President:
Ayesha Bedwei Ibe is PwC’s Global People Leader -Tax and Legal Services.
Ayesha has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting and has built a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career. Ayesha has a wealth of experience in the Energy field due to her involvement in Ghana’s oil and gas sector from its inception in 2007 to date. Additionally, Ayesha services multinational clients across a wide range of industries including fast-moving consumer goods, telecommunications, and manufacturing.
In addition to this, Ayesha is on the advisory board of the Art and Design Institute, an organization focused on skills training in engineering and design in the art industry, Moremi Women’s Initiative in Africa, Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art, and Peter Yobo International.
Ayesha’s passion for leadership and career development is palpable and this was recognized by the multi-national textile company Vlisco, when she was nominated as a finalist for the 2014 “Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana” Award.
She founded the careers advisory blog, Careers 1825, to provide honest and relatable career advice to young Africans between the ages of 18 and 25.
Ayesha regularly contributes to articles in Ghana’s business print and social media and makes television appearances to discuss various issues including tax, corporate responsibility, career development and Diversity and Inclusion.
In 2014, Ayesha became a member of the prestigious African Leadership Network (ALN). In the same year, she sat on the judging panel for ALN’s Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.
Ayesha regularly contributes to articles in Ghana’s business print media and appears on Television programs discussing various issues including Tax, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity, and Inclusion.
More recently, Ayesha was named one of Ghana’s 20 Influential business leaders under 40 by Ghana’s business world magazine in March 2015. In 2016, Ayesha was also named one of Ghana’s 100 most influential women by the African Network of Entrepreneurs and in 2017, she was named the “Tax Media Personality” of the year by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
AmCham Ghana Vice President: Pakwo Shum is the founder of Shum & Co., a company that has promoted the start-up of businesses including Air Partners Liberia, Mangifera Energy, Travel King, and Adeva Gold Resources.
He studied at the Ghana International School, and the University of Ghana where he gained a bachelor’s degree in Administration.
Pakwo has gained distinction as an entrepreneur and the visionary behind the start-up and development of a spectrum of diverse companies, bringing each enterprise to commercial success since 1988. In 2006, he founded Aviation Alliance Ltd which is a sales agent of Delta Air Lines in Ghana. As Ghana’s dedicated General Sales Agent, he led the company to win several awards including four CIMG Airline of the Year Awards, three National Aviation Awards, and an Executive Excellence Award for International Airline of the Year. Aviation Alliance Ltd. now represents Delta Air Lines in other countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Niger.
Treasurer: Adiki Ayitevie was appointed Senior Director, Communication & Public Relations of Newmont Africa in 2015 having served as Director, External Affairs and Communications.
She oversees the Region’s communications and external relations function and is responsible for effecting communications strategies that support the business objectives through enhancing relations with stakeholders within and outside the company and articulating the company’s narrative.
With more than 22 years of combined experience in the public relations and journalism fields, Ms. Ayitevie is an accomplished and well-respected communications professional with in-depth knowledge and expertise in the varied aspects of communications practice including internal and external communications, media relations, crisis communications, issues management brand positioning and reputation management.
Recently, Adiki was named in the list of 100 Global Inspiration Women in Mining in the world and she is currently the Vice President of Sustainability & External Relations.
David Thornton was appointed Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Africa’s operations in February 2022. Prior to this role, he served as Newmont’s Vice President, Productivity – North America.
Dave has more than 20 years of mining sector experience with a demonstrated track record of delivering safe operational performance in surface and predominantly underground mining
Dave joined Newmont in May 2016 as Mining Manager for Leeville and was promoted to General Manager of the Carlin Underground mines in February 2017 before being promoted to Vice President of Operations – Canada and USA in 2019.
Before joining Newmont, Dave spent 11 years with Gold Fields in Australia, where he held a variety of engineering and leadership roles. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Curtin University Western Australian School of Mines and an Executive MBA from the University of Utah.
Vish Ashiagbor is the Country Senior Partner for PwC Ghana. He was admitted into the partnership in 2007. Altogether, Vish has over 25 years of professional experience, 14 of which have been spent with PwC. During these 14 years, Vish has led and managed some high-profile assignments executed for both public and private sector clients in a number of African countries, including here in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, The Gambia, and Sierra Leone.
His primary expertise is in assisting businesses and governments to navigate the complex field of transactions and deals, including due diligence work, investment appraisals, and business valuations.
He has advised both selling and buying parties on transactions across a variety of industries, including banking and financial services, power and utilities, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and commodity processing, etc. On the public sector side, Vish has been deeply involved in the firm’s work in PPPs.
Vish holds a Master in Engineering from the University of London, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG), and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).
Bethel Yeboah is the Corporate Affairs Director (West Africa BU) at EQUATORIAL COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY. He has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. An expert in Corporate Affairs, Government Relations & Communications, Reputation management, and Sustainability & Strategy Execution creating value for businesses.
Bethel also has expertise in managing and leading the Quality & Production environment with significant business improvement.
Doris Afanyedey is the General Manager at Cummins Ghana Limited. Ms. Afanyedey is an accomplished and results-driven marketing and sales executive with a consistent and documented record of developing new products, a proven performer, and a productive team leader.
As the Country Director for SC Johnson Ghana, Doris ensured that the Ghana Company came to grips with the need for sustainable changes throughout all levels of the company. In her term, the Ghana company achieved a topline growth of 295% in 4 years in the regime of increased competitive activity. Doris successfully launched Mr. Muscle in Ghana and Nigeria.
Doris has received many awards for her outstanding contributions to the Marketing Industry
Sulemana Abubakar is the CIO for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) at GE Middle East & North Africa. He joined General Electric in 2004 and brings on board more than 27 years of experience in establishing and directing global project teams, including planning and deploying business systems in the pharmaceutical and banking sectors and across both developed and developing markets. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology and an MBA from Imperial College, University of London. Abu will continue to be based in Ghana.
He has a solid track record in delivering IT solutions in both matured and emerging markets. Proven ability in establishing and directing global program teams, planning, and deploying business systems in various industries and countries. Led the establishment of the Project Management Center of Excellence, rescue efforts of multi-million dollar programs, and delivered business solutions across the US, Western Europe, Brazil, Russia, and Africa.
Joe K. Mensah is a Senior Vice President and Head of the Ghana Business Unit at Kosmos Energy. He is an accomplished executive and a visionary leader whose extensive experience in organizational development and restructuring spans over 30 years.
Since 2015, Joe has led the Kosmos Energy Ghana operations, providing guidance for strategic direction, growth, and implementation. He also represents the corporate office leadership in Ghana and has oversight of the company’s current flagship social investment program, the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) as Chairman.
Prior to joining Kosmos Energy, he worked with IBM in the United States for over 25 years before moving to build and steer IBM Ghana from concept to execution. Under his stewardship, he led IBM to significantly improve IT infrastructure in Ghana, especially within the financial sector.
He has served on several Advisory Boards, including the Ghana Technology University College, and was the former president of AmCham Ghana. He also serves on the board of Saint Francis Hospital Foundation in Hartford, Connecticut. In the past, he has held other offices, as the former president of Opoku Ware Secondary School Alumni Association of America for 4 years. President of Ghana Cultural Group in all Six New England States for 6 years. President of IBM Sales Education Class in 1983 and the first President of Yale University Black Athletes Organization in 1978.
Mr. Mensah’s leadership qualities cannot be gainsaid as it extends beyond his career environment. Since 1983, he has held the highly respected and important traditional office as the Apagyahene of the Kumawu traditional area in the Ashanti Region.
Mr. Joe Mensah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Dean Matlack is the Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. Dean is a career Foreign Service Officer with twenty years of experience and a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in Business Development, Government Affairs, Entrepreneurship, International Trade Policy, and Public Speaking. Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a Master of Arts (MA) focused on Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
His previous assignments include tours at U.S. embassies in Bangkok and Tokyo. Dean also served a domestic posting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Dean served as a Trade Policy Analyst in the office of the Deputy Undersecretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Stephanie Hutchison is the Economic Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. Stephanie served as the Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat and the Economic Unit Chief at Embassy Lisbon in Portugal.
Prior to these assignments, Stephanie was responsible for U.S.-Turkish economic relations in the Office of Southern European Affairs at the State Department. She has also served in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2006, Stephanie worked for a market research firm and an environmental consultancy. She holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.