Board of Trustees

Management Structure of the Foundation

A Board of Trustees consisting of men and women of international repute and nominated by the initiators, shall manage the activities property and affairs of the Foundation. The Management of the Foundation and its operations shall be guided by its By-laws, Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

There is also an Advisory Council consisting of emerging young Ghanaian and African Leaders to provide wider options to the Board of Trustees in their decision-making. Ultimately, the Advisory Council will be transformed into a Think Tank from where advisory policy statements are issued in order to influence policies within the African Continent.

Member of the Board of Trustees

Chair and six other persons nominated by the initiators of the Foundation and operating under bye-laws which will guide the operations of the Foundation.

Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse
Dr. Mary Chinery-Hesse

Dr. Mary Chinery-Hesse is a Retired International Civil Servant. Her first post at the UN was that of Resident Coordinator of the UN System and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, serving in New York, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Seychelles and Uganda. She was the first ever African woman to be appointed to that position.

She was then appointed as the first ever woman Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a position with the rank of Under Secretary-General of the UN. Again this gave her the distinction of being the first African woman to attain a position with the rank of USG in the history of the United Nations.

Mary Chinery-Hesse was appointed the Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Ghana from May 2006 to January 2009, in the Cabinet of President J.A. Kufuor.  She now serves on the African Union PANEL OF THE WISE.

Mary Chinery-Hesse, who is the current Chairman of Zenith Bank, Ghana has received several prestigious decorations both nationally and internationally. This includes the highest National Award, the Order of the Star of Ghana. She is also a Laureate of the prestigious Gusi Peace Prize, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize, again the first African Woman to be so honoured.

Sam Esson Jonah
Sir Sam  Jonah

Sam Esson Jonah is a frontline African/Ghanaian Businessman who at age 36 became the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ashanti Goldfields Corporation and almost singularly supervised the transformation of Ashanti Goldfields into a mining giant producing 1.6 million ounces and getting registered as the first African to be registered on the New York Stock Exchange.

Following the merger of AngloGold and Ashanti Goldfields, Sam Jonah became President of AngloGold Ashanti, sharing the strategic leadership of the company with the then CEO.

Currently, he is Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital, an equity fund, based in Johannesburg South Africa.

Sir Sam Jonah serves on several international corporate entities including Vodafone and Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America.

Korshie Dumor
Dr. Korshie Dumor

Korshie Dumor is a Physician trained at the Ghana Medical School University of Ghana, Legon, after a short period of practice at the Volta Regional Hospital, he entered the prestigious and world-renowned Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in Public Health Policy and Management.

Soon after graduation Korshie Dumor joined the clinical research team of the Children‘s Hospital at University of Pennsyvania.

Korshie subsequently entered the Residency Program to complete his training at the Columbia University affiliate Harlem Hospital.

He, currently, practices Internal Medicine in Missouri, with the Mercy Hospital System—the largest Hospital System in Midwestern America.

Dr. Korshie Dumor is a Board-Certified member of the American College of Physicians.

Akwasi Sarpong

Being one of the compelling voices on the BBC World Service, Akwasi Sarpong is a London-based multimedia journalist and producer with BBC Africa.

Akwasi currently presents the popular Focus on Africa radio programme, the BBC World Service’s dedicated daily radio news programme in English for African and global audiences. He also co-presents the monthly Africa Debate series on the World Service. Focus on Africa has a weekly audience of 80 million listeners.

Between 2009 and 2012 he presented the breakfast radio programme Network Africa for the BBC World Service, before taking on a 13 month shoot edit assignment in Ghana as Focus on Africa TV correspondent.

Akwasi joined the BBC in 2009 after more than a decade of broadcast journalism in his native Ghana. He worked for the Accra-based private radio station Joy fm as Presidential correspondent, news anchor, producer and later presenter of the Super Morning Show when its anchor for over a decade, the late Komla Dumor, joined the BBC in 2005.

Akwasi has travelled across Africa extensively, meeting and interviewing some of the continent’s influential leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers, reporting and moderating complicated socio-political conversations on the Africa Debate in host countries. His latest assignment covering Malawi’s election included interviewing the leading aspirants for the presidential election, presenting live programmes from the capital Lilongwe and Blantyre as part of the World Service’s elections coverage.

A number of high-profile interviewees include the Nigerian business man/philantropist Tony Elumelu, the UN’s Kofi Annan, Rwanda’s Information Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, Nigerian actress/UN goodwill ambassador Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, South Africa’s jazz legend Hugh Masekela, Ghana’s ex president John Kufuor, US-born Senegalese R&B singing grammy nominee Akon,  and Malawi’s current president Peter Mutharika.

Akwasi holds a Masters Degree in International PR from the Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. His journalism training started with study at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra.

Kiki Gbeho

Ms. Kiki Gbeho serves at the United Nation as Section Chief—Africa 1 in the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). She manages the (OCHA) operations for the Greater Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. Before assuming the current position Ms. Gbeho served as the Head of Office for Somalia for OCHA operations covering the severe drought in the Horn of Africa and the famine in Somalia.

In addition Ms. Gbeho became the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, in Sudan and Ag. Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in Kenya.

Ms. Kiki Gbeho had worked with the World Food Program during Peacekeeping operations in Namibia, Cambodia and Iraq.

Ms. Gbeho received a BA Degree in the Social Sciences from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a Masters Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Roland Okyere Akosah
Roland Okyere Akosah

Roland Okyere Akosah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer/ Strategist of ENO International- a firm involved in a range of investment activities including agriculture real estate development, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and financial services.

Roland Akosah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Ghana, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

As an emerging entrepreneur, Roland Akosah acquired extensive professional experience, while working for IBM, United Technologies Corporation, and Sallie Mae all in the United States.

Given his academic background, Roland Akosah remains very active in discourses on public policy, through his involvement in the African Leadership Network.

In addition to these, Roland Akosah serves as Director of the Multimedia Group, the leading Radio and Television corporate entity in Ghana.