|AmCham Ghana President: Ayesha Bedwei is a Partner in PwC based in Ghana. Ayesha specializes in Tax advisory services focused on the Energy sector, and helps Energy clients solve their tax problems and manage their tax affairs efficiently.
In addition to this, Ayesha holds leadership positions within PwC in the areas of; Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, responsible for PwC’s West Market Area (Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia); Energy, leading PwC’s Africa Region; and Learning and Education, where she leads for Ghana.
With over 18 years’ experience in the finance and accounting field (12 being in the tax energy arena), Ayesha has been involved in a wide array of projects and has built up a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career. Ayesha has gained a wealth of experience due to her involvement in Ghana’s energy sector from its inception to date. She has had the opportunity to organize and speak at a number of tax and regulatory -focused forums in this area covering several African territories. To date, these forums have been held in Ghana, the USA, and Mozambique. The audience has typically been made up of representatives of key players in the energy industry as well as PwC colleagues from a number of countries. Ayesha’s expertise also led to her board appointment at the Ghana Oil Club, a non-profit friendly organization for the Energy industry in Ghana.
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. The nomination gave Ayesha an opportunity to positively impact society with her personal and professional stories, the activities she was able to engage in, and the nationwide publicity these were given. As a result of this experience, Ayesha also received recognition from UN Aids and an appointment as an ambassador for their “protect the goal campaign” aimed at HIV awareness and reduction.
Ayesha often speaks on the topics of leadership and career development with a focus on students and entrepreneurs.
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: Mr. 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: Ms. 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 combined experience in the public relations and journalism fields, Ms. Ayitevie is an accomplished and well-respected communications professionals 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.
Francois Hardy was appointed Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Goldcorp Corporation’s Africa operations in June 2019. Prior to his appointment, Francois served as Regional Project Director for Newmont Goldcorp’s Australia and as the General Manager of Newmont Goldcorp’s Tanami gold mine where he led a team responsible for improving the operation into a Tier 1 asset.
Newmont Goldcorp Africa is a core operating district of Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, the world’s leading gold mining business. The Africa Region has two wholly-owned gold mining concessions in the Ahafo and Eastern Regions of Ghana and exploration activities in Ethiopia.
Francois Hardy joined Newmont Goldcorp in 2002 and has held a number of roles in Global Program Management, Business Excellence, Technical Services and Senior Site leadership roles at a number of Newmont Goldcorp’s assets in Australia. Before joining Newmont Goldcorp, he held positions at Avmin Ltd and De Beers Consolidated Mines.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mine Engineering as well as Management Certificates of Competencies for Western Australia and South Africa.
Vish Ashiagbor – Country Senior Partner – PwC (Ghana) Limited Wyczynsky (Vish) Ashiagbor is the Country Senior Partner for PwC Ghana. He was admitted into 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 Masters 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).
Nabil Kherraz-Hadria performs a dual role as Country Manager Ghana and Market Development manager Francophone West Africa reporting into the Managing Director of West Africa and the Business Development Director Africa… Kherraz-Hadria joined Dow in Dubai, UAE in 2014 through the MBA General Management program as Business Development Manager for EMEA.
He has worked with Ernst & Young Paris in various capacities including audit, transaction support, M&A operations, corporate restructuring for corporate clients from the retail, engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Kherraz-Hadria holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Energy Management from SUPELEC (France) and a General MBA at IESE Business School (SPAIN). He is multi-lingual with proficiency in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
Kherraz-Hadria brings his wealth of experience and education to leading Dow’s Ghana office and Francophone market development initiatives in alignment to Dow West Africa’s growth ambitions.
Kherraz-Hadria enjoys tennis, contemporary art, reading, and music.
Ms. 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, 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 within the Marketing Industry
Randi Cruz is the recently appointed Director and Venture Manager of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ghana.
Born in Norway and completing an undergraduate program and master’s degree in geoscience from the University of Bergen, Norway, Randi has since held geoscience research and exploration roles in both Norway and the United States. With more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, she has spent the majority of her professional life with ExxonMobil in various technical and leadership roles.
Seth Adu-Baah is an astute business executive with 16 years of cross-territory cross-functional experience with core competence in strategic management, production operations, finance and accounting, tax administration and advisory, supply chain management, leadership and people management. Seth Adu-Baah has worked in Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
He is currently the Managing Director at The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana. In this capacity, He has oversight responsibility for formulating strategies to achieve growth targets in terms of volume, profitability, and return on investment, cash flow, and capital expenditure.
Through his excellent leadership, teamwork, resilience, strategic and customer-centric approach to business, he has been able to lead his teams to design and execute programs that brought high levels of efficiencies and overall business effectiveness with significant impact.
Sulemana Abubakar is the CIO for 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 establishment of 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.
George A. Sarpong is the Corporate Affairs Director of Kosmos Energy and Managing Director of the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) in Ghana
George is admired as a man who gets things done. Under his leadership, the Kosmos Innovation Center provides a customized mix of capacity building, mentorship, and seed funding to young entrepreneurs and small business owners who have big ideas and want to see their country grow. He is an expert in grooming start-ups, leveraging technology and innovation to drive success.
George joined Kosmos Energy Ghana in 2008 as its Director of Corporate Affairs responsible for government relations, community engagement, and social investment. He has ensured that the company’s core values of social responsibility are brought to life to the communities where the company operates.
An accomplished business executive, he has more than 25 years of leadership experience with multinational companies in the US and West Africa, leading marketing and business turnarounds.