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The Team

Our Board

Guiding Our Mission

Meet the visionary leaders who steer EPL Ghana toward its mission. Our Board members bring experience and commitment to drive progress in Ghana’s Public Sector.

Founding partner and CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd.

Dr. Esi E. Ansah

Dr. Esi E. Ansah is the founding partner and CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She serves as the key Corporate Trainer for Axis clients, and uses Axis as a platform to provide mentoring, career and life coaching to students and working professionals as well as retirees. Esi is a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner who uses the Insights Discovery (personality profile) system in performance, and leadership coaching. Esi is active in her community, and founded the Association of Ghana’s Elders (AGE), to address the needs of senior citizens in Ghana. She serves on the Board of the Association for Research in Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) and also on the Board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). As a civic activist, she is part of the CitizenGhana Movement. Esi is also active in her church (Legon Interdenominational Church (LIC)). Esi is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa (ALIWA), and was in July 2015 appointed as a member of the West Africa Board. She is also a Vital Voices 2015/2016 Fellow and a public speaker on multiple platforms. She was honored by the New York-based The Network Journal (TNJ) as one of the journal’s “Forty under Forty” African Achievers in 2010.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Professor and Rector, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA)

Dr. Samuel K. Bonsu

Dr. Samuel (Sammy) K. Bonsu is a current Professor and Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA). Sammy has taught marketing and consumer behavior at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels at various universities around the world including L’Université Lille 2 Droit et Santé, Lille, France; Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. Born in Ghana, his interests in markets, culture and socio-economic development parlayed into a career that has been supported mainly by the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada and the Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada. He is a past President of the International Society for Markets and Development (ISMD), a society that brings together scholars and practitioners of development. He has been a member of Association for Consumer Research, International Association for African Business & Development and American Marketing Association.
Independent Development Practitioner and Philanthropy Adviser.

Abigail Burgesson

Abigail Burgesson is an Independent Development Practitioner and Philanthropy Adviser. She brings over 25 years of experience as an International Development Practitioner and Women’s Rights Advocate. She has worked extensively within the non-profit sector in Ghana with organizations across Africa and internationally.

Her broad background includes working with the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) for 21 years in different capacities, first as a consultant and later as a staff member at the Senior Management level. In these roles, she influenced and managed philanthropic and advocacy partnerships and networks while nurturing strategic relationships leading to the growth of resources to support women's rights work across Africa and the Middle East. During this time, Abigail was part of the two-team organizational leads for the Equality Fund partnership that drove the winning bid for a competitive tender process in 2019 run by Global Affairs Canada to administer a CA $300 million fund. Abigail now leverages her extensive experience for her Consultancy - Fern Resource Alternatives (Fern Consult), to support leaders and organizations at all levels and sectors.

Abigail holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Ghana, obtained an MA in International Relations from Boston University’s European Program in the UK, and completed training in International Negotiations from the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland.

US Representative

Michelle Gavin

Michelle Gavin was the Managing Director of The Africa Center. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Gavin served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana and the U.S. Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community. Prior to that, she served as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Africa on the National Security Council. Before joining the Obama Administration, she was an Adjunct Fellow for Africa and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Gavin has also served as legislative director to U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), spent six years serving as the primary foreign policy adviser to Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), and has served as the staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on African Affairs. She earned a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Managing Partner at Corporate and Allied Attorneys

Prince A. Acquaye

Prince A. Acquaye is the Managing Partner at Corporate and Allied Attorneys. He specializes in corporate governance, intellectual property, immigration, general corporate commercial, and M&A.

He has acted for clients across a variety of industries including shipping, banking, insurance, health, food, telecommunications, transportation, oil and gas, and insurance.

Prince has acted on various matters for clients such as Yango, Google, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Coca – Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Limited, Coca – Cola Equatorial, American Tower Coporation Ghana, Goldkey Properties, Emirates Airlines, Chase Petroleum, Mastercard, USAID, Toyota Ghana, and Zen Petroleum among others.

Prior to founding Corporate & Allied Attorneys, he was an international associate at ENSafrica. Prince has a BSc. in Management Information Systems from Ashesi University, an LLB from Central University, Barrister – at – Law certificates from the Nigerian Law School and a Qualifying Certificate from the Ghana School of Law.


Christabel E. Dadzie is an international development specialist with over fourteen years’ experience working on economic development in Africa, Latin America and South Asia leading projects in education, gender, agriculture, trade, social protection and youth employment with various international development organizations including United Nations entities and for the USAID. Currently, she works with the World Bank as a Social Protection Specialist, managing the Ghana portfolio to promote social inclusion and end extreme poverty. Additionally, she supported the Social Protection and jobs portfolio in Liberia, where she led the development and implementation of an adolescent girls’ program to revive businesses of young women whose business were shut down as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease crisis. Upon returning to Ghana from the US in 2010, she identified the need to promote Brain Gain among young Ghanaians by supporting the returnee transition. She therefore founded Ahaspora Young Professionals, an organization which supports Ghanaian professionals who have lived or studied abroad and return home to make a difference. Christabel is on the Management team of the Moremi Young African Women Leadership Initiative and a member of the Women’s Advisory Board of The College of Wooster in Ohio, where she earned a Bachelors’ Degree in International Relations. She also has a Masters’ Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Our Team

Discover the dedicated team at the core of EPL Ghana’s daily operations. Our staff members are champions of change, fostering a culture of leadership and good governance.

Country Director

Juliet Amoah

Juliet serves as the Country Director for Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana. She is responsible for strategic development and programmatic leadership.
She has decades of experience as a development specialist, mentor and business coach for multicultural organizations. Juliet has led in the delivery of projects in education, governance, science and innovations, and the creative industries. Previously, Juliet was Executive Director at Penplusbytes, a tech-based nonprofit working across Africa to tackle civic challenges and improve digital literacy, and as Deputy Director at the British Council responsible for operations in four countries in West Africa.
The core of her career focused on forging partnerships and collaborations that engage public, private and third sector counterparts through cross-functional and geographically dispersed teams contributing to the delivery of sustainable outcomes for communities spanning three continents: Africa, the Americas and Europe.
Juliet is a trained journalist and has multiple postgraduate degrees in Social Policy Studies, Digital Media, and Democracy, Governance and Leadership. She enjoys pulling together networks of problem solvers in different communities to bring lasting solutions to development issues.
Finance & Administration Manager

Joyce Enyonam Agbanavor

Joyce Enyonam Agbanavor is a seasoned Finance & Administration Manager with extensive experience in financial analysis, decision-making, and driving financial risk management. She is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA in Finance & Accounting and has worked with top-tier organizations such as All Risks Insurance Advise, Bragh Gh, Tractor Services, and Klogg Construction, where she has overseen administrative, financial, and budgetary processes. Joyce is adept at managing people and teams and has a proven track record of reducing operational expenses and reinforcing institutional policies with professionalism.
As a critical thinker, Joyce excels in handling complicated financial issues and possesses strengths in empathy, adaptability, and teamwork. She strongly believes in the values of integrity and good work ethics, which have been evident in her career journey. Joyce is driven to achieve her goal of becoming a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) within the next two years. Joyce also has a shared interest in fostering youth development and leadership growth hence her vision of joining the Emerging Public Leaders program.
She believes that “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” and this is evident in how much she loves her job hence her unrelenting commitment to contributing positively to the growth and success of any organizations she serves.
Partnerships and Sustainability Manager

Harrison Boakye Owusu

Harrison Boakye Owusu is currently the Partnerships and Sustainability Manager for EPL Ghana. He has accumulated over 10 years of professional development experience, having worked in a senior management and a board governance role for 5 years. He’s carved a niche as a successful fundraiser and cultivated partnerships with over 20 public, private and civil society organizations in Africa, United States and Switzerland while working at these organizations: Africans Rising, Junior Achievement Africa, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI).

He has worked as the Development and Partnerships Director at Junior Achievement Africa and worked as the West and Central Africa Project Manager of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (also called YALI)-- President Barack Obama’s signature initiative for Africa, where he supervised 21 countries in West and Central Africa. As a grant writer and fundraiser, he raised $2.6 million from global organizations, including United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), within the first 6 months of joining Junior Achievement Africa and have built partnerships with global organizations like the Waterloo Foundation in the UK, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) in the United States, Prince’s Trust International (PTI) in UK and African Development Bank (AfDB) in Cote dÍvoire among others. He was also instrumental in Junior Achievement Africa’s application and shortlisting for the prestigious World Innovation for Sustainable Education (WISE) Prize Award from the Qatar Foundation.

Programmes Manager

Elizabeth Ofori

Elizabeth Ofori serves as the Programmes Manager. She also serves on the African Youth and Sustainable Development Roundtable Discussions as a panelist, and her contributions have been featured in official side events of the UN 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum and the 2022 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.
Elizabeth is an ardent advocate for development, equity, and social justice, and seeks to effect positive and sustainable change through excellent program management and training solutions. She is committed to becoming a leading voice in global development, particularly in Africa, and is passionate about the Agenda 2030 (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 (AU). Over the last five years, she has led several projects focused on inclusion and equity to achieve the SDGs.
She believes in the power of passion and impact to transform lives. With exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, She excels at public speaking, non-profit management, and navigating complex challenges. Elizabeth values authenticity, honesty, and compassion, and places a high premium on open-mindedness, reliability, and fun.
Her strongest belief is in progress over perfection, and she lives her best life by inspiring growth and success in her career journey. She is dedicated to contributing positively to the development of Ghana and the African continent.
Gender and Research Manager

Efua Turkson

Finance and Admin Associate

Percy Nana Kwesi Frimpong

Percy Nana Kwesi Frimpong serves as the Finance and Admin Associate. For 5 years, he has worked with EPL as a bookkeeper, recruitment consultant, and an M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) Programs Associate. In his previous role as a recruitment consultant at EPL Ghana, one of his greatest achievements was leading the recruitment process for the fourth cohort of Fellows, which turned out to be a success.
His most relevant skills include; photography, graphic design, multitasking, adaptability, and proficiency in MS Suite. Percy strongly believes in integrity, adaptability, reliability, humility, and accountability, among others. Being approachable and within reach are key components of his personal brand. His honesty and his capacity to provide his skills in a way that helps his clients are key to his career growth and balance. He is happy to provide his clients with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that he will give them the best service possible since it is about being professional and dependable.
Percy hopes to increase his technical knowledge while providing solutions and improvements to common industry problems. In the long run, he aspires to contribute significantly to industrial development and optimization to create something that would genuinely improve the lives of many people.
He strongly believes that “You can't control everything, sometimes you need to relax and have faith that things will work out” and this has kept him calm and collected even during the most difficult situations.
Programme Associate

Barima Kwasi Amankwah Boafo Amagyei

Barima Kwasi Amankwah Boafo Amagyei is the Communities and Events Associate. He is an experienced Programmes and Events Coordinator. Throughout his professional journey, he has held various pivotal roles, including working as a Virtual Assistant at Remoteli, a Partnerships Manager and Assistant to the CEO at Picnic UK, and a Marketing and Customer Success Lead at Watch and Dine Cinema. Barima Kwasi's remarkable accomplishments in his field of work include attaining a monthly sales track record of GHS300,000 or more, and successfully enrolling over 300 skilled workers in a GIZ educational programme facilitated by the Government of Ghana.
He possesses outstanding skills in Project Management and Presentation delivery, People Management and Relationship Building, Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving, Marketing and Branding Skills, Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills, Strong Organizational Skills and Teamwork.
In demonstrating his skills and expertise in his career and as a person, Barima Kwasi holds high values on; integrity, growth, empowerment, authenticity, and mindfulness. With all these qualities and more, Barima Kwasi believes he is a dynamic and results-driven professional, with a passion for utilizing his unique blend of strategic thinking, creativity, and technical expertise to drive meaningful impact and growth in his field. As a result, he aspires to become a Lawyer. Barima Kwasi enjoys volunteer work, travel, and learning new languages. As a life’s philosophy, he strongly advocates the need to “mind one’s business” and “never underestimate the big importance of small things".
Front of Office and Administrative Associate

Charlotte Quarshie

Charlotte Quarshie serves as the Front of Office and Administrative Associate. Over the years She has worked as a loan officer, administrative assistant, and accounts officer. Her astounding success rate in handling loan customer enquiries and complaints demonstrates her extraordinary ability to assist clients in recovering their monies. She is also excellent at writing reports and conducting data analysis.
Charlotte is dedicated to acting responsibly and honestly in line with the standards that portray her brand. She strives to advance in all facets of her career and profession, and she constantly strives to better herself.
Her life’s philosophy is centered on being present and intentional. Charlotte is dedicated to providing outstanding outcomes and making a significant contribution to the success of any organization she works with. She also strives to succeed in her career as a consequence of her dedication to both professional and personal growth, as well as her firm moral convictions.
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Associate

Ziyaratu Mahmud

Communications & Alumni Associate

David Gomado

Human Resource Intern

Cindy Naahsabie

Cindy Naahsabie serves as the Human Resource Intern. In her previous roles as a service personnel, she worked with Optimed Consol Limited. One of her biggest achievements in this role was assisting in the direct management of the company in the absence of the CEO. She also ensured the smooth running of the maintenance and security unit for Van Vliet Automotive Ghana. Cindy also interned at Etoile Royale Educational Center and Ghana Commercial Bank plc.
She possesses outstanding leadership skills, organizational skills, problem-solving and Human relations skills. Cindy strongly holds values in Honesty. Empathy and Responsibility, which she terms “H.E.R”. She truly believes people are the foundational part of every organization. With patience and exceptional communication skills, she has been able to bring out the best in people from all walks of life and strongly stands by a democratic leadership system.
She strives to create a culture that is employee-centric where employees are empowered to become the best version of themselves. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys Journaling, and having meaningful conversations with peers. She strongly believes in the scripture; “2 timothy 1:7 - for God has not given me a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline”, and this has brought out the best in her in all her endeavors.
MEL Coordinator & Comms Intern

Precious Nwachukwu

Precious Nwachukwu serves as the Communications & Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) intern at Emerging Public Leaders Ghana. In addition to her role as the cohort 4 President, In her previous roles, Precious worked with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, as a Policy planning & Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant.
As a recognized leader, Precious has received numerous accolades for her hard work and dedication, including being awarded the "most hardworking" fellow for cohort 4 of the EPL program. She has also represented the Dominican Republic at the International Youth Diplomacy Conference of the United Nations, where she served as a delegate in the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural (SOCHUM) committee. Furthermore, Precious was appointed as the public relations officer of the National Commission for Civic Education at the University of Ghana, highlighting her exceptional skills in communication and public relations.
Apart from her professional achievements, Precious is the CEO of Mindl, a LinkedIn newsletter focused on self-growth and awareness. She is passionate about helping individuals discover their true selves and guiding them toward self-actualization, self: peace, success and happiness. Precious firmly believes that organic growth starts from within and thus, actively engages in personal and psychological development techniques to foster her own growth.
With her outstanding leadership, team-building, and technical skills in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, writing, counseling, media editing, freelancing, and Canva design, Precious is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups, and businesses.
“Self-Peace equals World peace”
Policy Research Associate

Henry Kusodzi

Henry Kusodzi serves as the Policy Research Associate and an Associate of the mastercard foundation enrichment programme.
He is an astute academician who has made significant strides in the fields of medical imaging and mathematical biology, contributing to the ever-expanding body of knowledge in these areas. With a background as a research officer and a teaching assistant in the medical imaging department, he has actively engaged in both research and education, fostering a deep understanding of these subjects.
His dedication and hard work have led to several publications in diagnostic radiology, reflecting my commitment to advancing medical science. He is known for his diligence, unwavering work ethic, and a results-driven approach.
His core values include integrity, respect, and honesty. He firmly believe in the importance of these principles in all aspects of life. He is passionate about promoting gender empowerment and ensuring equal access to education. He firmly advocate for the right to education as a fundamental human right.
He aspires to be a data scientist, where he wants to leverage his skillset to address these critical issues. He sees data science as a powerful tool to drive positive change, particularly in promoting gender equality and equitable access to education. Through data-driven insights and informed decision-making, he aims to contribute to the betterment of society.
He is open to continual learning and dedicated to the acquisition of knowledge, believing that it is through knowledge that we can effect positive change in the world. His journey in academia and his aspirations as a data scientist are driven by a deep-seated commitment to making a meaningful impact on society.
Marketing and Communication Associate

Lady Victoria O. Laryea

Lady Victoria is the Marketing and Communication Associate with the Mastercard Foundation Associate Enrichment Program. She is an experienced Project and Administrative Coordinator applying her PMP and Human resource management expertise in maximizing resources effectively and efficiently.

Lady Victoria has held vital professional roles working as a Project Coordinator, Project/Human Resource Associate and a Compliance Assistant with TMA, Benmarine Services and GRA. She managed Sustainable Development Goal projects on quality education, climate action and gender equality involving over 20 schools. She also managed Corporate Social Responsibility projects, including overseeing the establishment of a new children's ward at the Tema General Hospital.

She combines a plethora of experiences from diverse sectors and skill set in communication, organization and teamwork to maximize output. Her motto is, if any task is to be undertaken, it must be executed with excellence. She is a firm believer in leaving an indelible impact with every opportunity she encounters.

Grants Writing and Partnerships Associate

Diana Ahiadekey

Diana Ahiadekey is a dedicated Grants Writing and Partnerships Associate at Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana, where her passion for social impact and grant writing abilities converge.
She possesses exceptional grant writing skills from working experiences at Eagle Eye Projects and Events and MyHealthCop Limited, which are beneficial to Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana.
Diana is a firm believer in the transformative power of education and mentorship. She actively engages in programs that will empower fellows within her organization, where these programs help guide and support emerging leaders on their journey toward effecting positive change. Her dedication to capacity building and mentorship reflects her deep-seated desire to see Ghanaian public leaders thrive.
As a Grants Writing and Partnerships Associate at Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana, Diana Ahiadekey is not only shaping the future of emerging leaders but also exemplifying the values of dedication, purpose, and community that drive her work. Her presence within the organization is an asset that continues to inspire and empower the next generation of public leaders in Ghana.

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