Founder/Executive Director AfterSchool Ghana
Kinna Likimani is the Founder and Executive Director of AfterSchool Ghana, an NGO that works to improve the educational and social well-being of rural and urban disadvantaged children. She has degrees from Smith College and Columbia University.
Prior to her return to Ghana in 2004, she worked for ten years at Columbia University in the fields of medical informatics and technology transfer.
She is a feminist and a social activist. She co-founded the Abeadze Women's Development Organization, a rural community organization that seeks to empower women to achieve economic, social and gender justice. She is also a true fan of the arts and therefore serves as a board member of Mbaasem Foundation, an organization that supports African women writers and their artistic output.
She is the mother of two boys.
Head of Governance& Head, Consumer Banking Operations,
Shared Service Centre West Africa - STANDARD CHARTERED BANK Ghana Ltd.
Naana Abban is a Chartered Accountant by profession with over 14 years banking experience in a number of fields including Derivatives Accounting/Product Control, Treasury & Consumer Banking Operations, Portfolio Management, Sales and Talent Development.
She is a member of the ACCA, Ghana, Education & Training sub-committee, Standard Chartered Group Women’s Council and the Country Chair for Diversity & Inclusion – Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ltd.
Ms. Marilyn Aniwa is a Population and Development Specialist with close to 15 years development experience. Ms Aniwa holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Population and Development; a Master of Arts degree in Population Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Archaeology and History.
Previously, Ms. Aniwa was the Executive Director of Union of African Population Studies (UAPS) and before that was In-Country Coordinator at Canadian Parliamentary Centre. She also worked with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as Development Officer; with the British Council as Assistant Director and was a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, teaching Population Communication as an elective subject to student journalists.
Ms. Aniwa is currently Board Chair of ActionAid Ghana. She is a member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS); Member of the Ghana M & E Forum and Member, Women in Law and Development (WILDAF).
Director of the Institute of African Studies
She holds a BSc in Architecture from the then University of Science and Technology (UST, now KNUST), Kumasi; a Post-graduate Diploma in Spatial and Regional Planning from the University of Dortmund, Germany; a MSc in Development Planning from the then University of Science and Technology UST; and a PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University in the US. Until January 2010 Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo was the First Head of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy at the University of Ghana, Legon (August 2005-Deember 2009).
She is mother of two daughters, married to Dr Kwame Ampofo.
JOYCE ROSALIND ARYEE – BOARD CHAIRPERSON
Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines where she served for ten years. She is also the first woman to head an African Chamber of Mines. Dr. Aryee has dedicated over forty years service to the public and private sectors in Ghana.
A Management & Communication Consultant, Dr. Aryee currently consults for Keegan Resources (Ghana) Limited and Pelangio Exploration. She serves on the boards of diverse organisations including Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Central University College, Finatrade Foundation, AEL Mining Services Limited, GLICO General, Engineers and Planners, The Ark Fund and MAN Ghana Limited, Drill Masters Africa, Newmont Gold Ghana Gold Limited and Newmont Golden Ridge Limited. Dr. Aryee is also a Senior Mentor of Africa Leadership Initiative - The Moremi Initiative for Women in Leadership for African Development, a mentorship institution for young Africans.
In recognition of her immense contributions to the growth of the mining industry, the University of Mines & Technology (UMaT) conferred an honorary doctorate degree (Honoris Causa) on Ms. Aryee in July 2009. She has also received many prestigious awards including Ghana’s second highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Volta in 2006, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana’s (CIMG) “Marketing Woman of the Year” for 2007 and the African Leadership on Centre for Economic Development’s “African Female Business Leader of the Year” for 2009.
Dr. Aryee is the Founder and Executive Director of Salt & Light Ministries, a Christian para-church organisation and an avid promoter of Ghanaian classical and choral compositions.
FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MENTORING WOMEN GHANA
For almost 12 years, Brigitte Dzogbenuku was the General Manager of Aviation Social Centre, a fitness and recreational centre in Accra, where she introduced various innovative fitness programs and events into this niche industry in Ghana. She has, since August 2010 established Recreational Facilities Management Company, which manages various leisure, fitness and sports facilities in the capital. She is a Board Member of Enactus Ghana.
For her initiative to found Hoop Sistas basketball club and subsequently Mentoring Women Ghana, following her participation in the Fortune/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, where she was mentored by Donna Orender, then President of the WNBA, she part-won the Fortune/Goldman Sachs Global Women’s Leadership Award in 2008.
Previously she served with Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited as Liaison Officer on the Geita Project in Tanzania at the Dar-Es-Salaam office. She also worked with SC Johnson Wax as a Brands Manager. Before Tanzania, for two and a half years she ran her own public relations and events management company - Protocol Ventures.
She maintains a regular column, Manners Matter, in the Ghanaian Weekly, The Mirror and continues to give presentations to various groups on manners, courteous behaviour and etiquette and also on fitness and healthy lifestyle.
She is a keen tennis enthusiast and a mother of one son.