Our Team

Dr. Mrs. Shola Safo-Duodu
YALI Director

Shola Safo-Duodu is an expert in strategic communications, marketing management, brand management, and leadership skills training. She has a proven track record in leadership and people management and has established credibility as an experienced and versatile management professional in her career of more than 25 years in the banking and manufacturing industries.

Shola holds a BA degree from the University of Ghana, an MA from Cambridge University and a Doctorate degree in Management from the Swiss Management Centre University. She is a Chartered Marketer by profession, a trained Performance Development Facilitator and an Intercultural Fluency Facilitator with the British Council in Ghana.

Shola is the immediate past National President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana, and was also a leadership and management training consultant for 2 years.

Shola is currently the Director of the YALI RLC West Africa, Accra.

Sefa Gohoho Boateng

Sefa Gohoho Boatin has experience in brand building, and capacity building. She has demonstrated expertise in building close, long-term, partnerships with the founders and managers of various portfolio companies and organizations. She established credibility as a knowledgeable and dynamic professional in the 25 years that she has worked as entrepreneur, focusing on three investment sectors: Luxury Consumables, Hospitality and Agribusiness. Sefa is a founding member of Africa 2.0, served as Ghana Chapter head for 5 years, and is currently a member of the Governing Board. Sefa is an alumni of The London School of Economics with a second degree in International Diplomacy and a first degree in Economics and Philosophy. She was educated in Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and England. She speaks French and English. Sefa has travelled extensively throughout Africa developing a passion for the continent based on firsthand knowledge of its diversity, richness and potential. She has been to over 15 African countries. She is now the External Affairs Manager at The Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center, West Africa.

Mrs. Carolyn J. Odonkor
Participant Affairs Manager

Carolyn has a strong multidisciplinary background in Management and Leadership. She obtained her Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership from the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (USA). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Management Studies from the University Of Cape Coast (Cape Coast, Ghana). In addition, she holds a Higher National Diploma in Secretaryship and Management Studies (HND) from the Takoradi Polytechnic.

Carolyn has years of experience in both academia and industry. She served as a Lecturer, (2010 – 2012) at the Greenhill College, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She thought Management & Organizational Behavior. She also worked as a Guest Services Associate at Courtyard by Marriott, Willow Grove Pennsylvania, USA. Until her appointment to YALI, she was the Assistant Registrar, in charge of Hospitality Services (Food and Beverage Unit) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. GIMPA (2013 – 2016).

Carolyn Odonkor is currently the Participant’s Affairs Manager for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Joshua Amponsah

Joshua holds an EMBA in Project Management from the University of Ghana Business School and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Information Management. He is a Project Management Professional since 2009 and has taught, consulted and trained participants from several organizations both in the public sector and private sector and also in Gimpa. He is currently the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Yali West Africa.

Adjoa Agyemang

Adjoa holds a BA in Philosophy & Law and Society. She also holds a BA in Public Service Studies and a LLB. Adjoa has been involved in career counselling and has taught for 5 years. She currently works on the On-line platform for Yali West Africa and drafts contracts and agreements.

Richard .A. Nkrumah

Richard holds a MSc. in Computer Science and BSc. in Computer Science. He also holds a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation. Richard has over 10 years working experience in the IT industry and also 2 years’ experience in customer service and 2 years of teaching experience in the tertiary education. He also worked as an IT Systems and Data Base developer for 4 years and is currently the IT Manager for Yali West Africa.

Mathew Cornan

Mathew holds a BSc. in Procurement and HND Purchasing and Supply. He is currently pursuing MPhil in Operations Management. He has one year teaching experience and a one year working experience in the banking sector. He is currently working as the Administrative Officer in charge of Procurement at Yali West Africa.

Linus Anthony Bomaba

Linus holds an MBA in Finance and a BSc. in Administration majoring in Accounting. Linus qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012 and is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), UK.

His work experience includes working in Network Financial Services (NFS) from October 2000 to January 2001 as an Accounts Officer. He also worked at the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) as a Finance Manager where he was part of a team that wrote a number of proposals that gave CEPA millions of dollars in project funding from African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), European Union, Star Ghana Limited DFID, among others.

Linus is now the Finance manager for Yali West Africa.

Jasper Tetteh Ahafianyo
Curriculum Manager

Jasper Tetteh Ahafianyo holds a Masters Degree in International Public Administration and Management from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Jasper worked with the School of Public Service and Governance, GIMPA as the Program Advisor in charge of Danida Fellowship Training programs, and other capacity building programs. Jasper now works with the YALI West Africa Regional Leadership Centre as the Curriculum and Content Development Manager. He has over ten (10) years of teaching, consulting and advisory experiences. Jasper also had a practical experience in writing teaching cases with the Beijing Case Centre located at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University.

Hannah Acquah

Hannah Acquah is an Economist and Entrepreneur with over 15 years of professional experience in business development, training and recruiting and deal facilitating across the African continent. Hannah Acquah holds a Masters of Economics (honours) from Vanderbilt University (honors), USA (2006), and a Bachelors of Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Economics from University of Maryland, USA (2003) and a Mandarin (Chinese) certificate, Beijing, China (2007). Hannah is a Board member of the Africa 2.0 Ghana Chapter and a member of the Global Governing Council. She is also a member of the Fellow at Royal Society of Arts (UK), the Acumen Network (USA), the WimBiz Network (Nigeria) and was listed as one of the ‘25 Faces of the New Africa’ (BRICS Magazine, 2013). Hannah Acquah is the Recruitment Manager for the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), an initiative launched by the United States Government and implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hannah is excited to be part of an organization that identifies and trains Africa’s future leaders.

Barbara Mends

Barbara has been a pillar in providing education administration for the Central University for 15 years. She worked with various offices of the university including some of its high profile offices. 8 years of her stay with the university was spent with the Development Directorate where she was part of a team that supervised the construction of the university’s office complex at Miotso/Dawhenya. Barbara successfully executed some of the major assignments of the project office including test running a 450 bed hostel complex, was the Project Manager in charge of the university’s wetland project. Due to her intricate involvement in the affairs of the project office, she developed a passion for the industry leading her to pursue an MBA in Project Management. She joined the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) West Africa - Accra, in October 2015 taking charge of the general administrative roles of the RLC. She recently acted in the role of the Curriculum and Content Manager of the RLC and successfully executed Cohort 4 when the need arose and performed extremely well. She was a pillar in the execution of the maiden cohort in Nigeria for the RLC combining several roles which greatly contributed to the success of the Nigeria cohort.

Frances Awua-Kyerematen

Frances holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and a BA in English and Classics. She has 15 years working experience in Human Resource Management, Public Relations and Communications. She has also worked for various organizations which includes Top Shop, UK, Abantu for Development and AngloGold Ashanti. Whiles with AngloGold Ashanti, Frances was a Lead Internal Consultant for “The Employee Engagement Phenomenon” and as a System for People – Internal Auditor (Human Resource). She is now the Participants Affairs Person for Yali West Africa.