Our Team

Sefa Gohoho Boateng
CEO of Songhai Africa

Sefa is the CEO of Songhai Africa which focuses on three investment sectors: Luxury Consumables, Hospitality and Agribusiness. Songhai Africa focuses on a selective number of investments and builds a close, long-term, partnership with the founders and managers of its portfolio companies.

She is also a founding member of Africa 2.0, and served as Ghana Chapter head for 5 years, and is currently a member of the Governing Board. She is the Chairman of the Africa 2.0 Foundation Ghana Board.

Eden and Eve, her flower farm, employs mainly women and part of its proceeds are earmarked to help address infant mortality and maternal health issues within the communities.

Sefa is an alumni of The London School of Economics with a second degree in Management and a first degree in Economics and Philosophy. She was educated in Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and England. She speaks French and English.

Currently she lives in Ghana but 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 15 African countries.

She is now the Corporate Affairs and Institutional Advancement Manager at The Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center, West Africa.

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.

Hannah Acquah

Hannah is the Founder/CEO of The Knowledge Channel (TKC) Africa Ltd and is an economist specializing in business investment structuring, execution, client relations and economic development strategies in Africa. She has over 15 years professional experience across 4 continents (Africa, Asia, EU and USA) and has worked and/or consulted for financial institutions such as Acumen Fund, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deloitte & Touché; in learning institutions such as Lagos Business School, The MBA Tour, YALI West Africa, etc.

Hannah Acquah holds a Masters of Economics (honors) from Vanderbilt University, USA and a Bachelors of Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Economics from University of Maryland, USA. She is multi-lingual, a Fellow at Royal Society of Arts (UK), a member of WimBiz Nigeria and was listed as one of the ‘25 Faces of the New Africa’ (BRICS Magazine, 2013).

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.