The Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Baobab Advisors, Ms. Abena Amoah — one of Ghana’s leading investment bankers and financial advisors — will address the Ghana Economic Forum scheduled for May 3, 2012 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

The Ghana Economic Forum will assemble key industry chieftains, senior level decision makers in public & private sector organisations in the country and development partners to engage in discussions centred on how Ghana can sustain the macroeconomic gains made in recent times, and also the strategy to sustain the growth.

This year’s theme is premised on the fact that development of Ghana’s economy hinges on three critical pillars: people, systems and technology. 

The greatest asset in any economy is its people; but no matter how talented the people are, the lack of appropriate systems and technology can pose serious challenges. Hence, the theme “integrating people, systems and technologies for sustainable economic development” will be the focal point of discourse.

Thematic areas to be covered will include what to do to unlock Ghana’s human capital in education, skills development, job-creation and poverty reduction; rethinking the country’s systems for improved productivity at all levels, as well as utilising technology to drive intermediary businesses in both public and private sector organisations amongst others.   

Ms. Amoah is an accomplished investment banker, leading as originator, financial advisor and stockbroker to many landmark transactions on the Ghanaian capital markets in the last 14 years, and will bring these experiences to bear at the revered Ghana Economic Forum.

Ms. Amoah’s experience covers mergers and acquisitions advisory, stock market listings, financial valuations, investment management and research.

She recently left the Renaissance Group, where she was CEO of NewWorld Renaissance Securities and Head of Investment Banking and Finance of Renaissance Capital, Ghana.  

Ms. Amoah received the Newmont Gold Ghana Highest Award for Excellence at the National Youth Excellence Awards organised by the Millennium Excellence Foundation in 2006.

Abena has served on several boards as a director, including those of the Ghana Stock Exchange, the Ghana Venture Capital Trust Fund, Pioneer Aluminium, NewWorld Renaissance Securities, Strategic African Securities, and the Ghana Securities Industry Association. She was a Governor on the Millennium Excellence Awards in 2005, at which Kofi Annan received the highest award.

  She also hosted Investment Digest, a TV programme to educate the public on investments for several seasons.

She currently serves on the boards of the African Women Development Fund as Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee; is the Vice Chairman, AFS Intercultural Exchange Programmes Ghana, a philanthropy promoting intercultural learning; and also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Management of Ghana’s Petroleum Funds. She served as a Board Member for Challenge Season III, a TV Reality Show aimed at developing youth leadership promoted by the British Council. 

She is also an Assessor, Capital Markets Expert of the Commercial Division of the High Court, Ghana.

Other speakers expected to address the Ghana Economic Forum include Dr. J.L.S Abbey, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Analysis; Nana Owusu Afari, Association of Ghana Industries; Dr. John Kwakye, Senior Economist, Institute of Economic Affairs; and Mr. Foluso Phillips, Executive Chairman, Phillips Consulting Group and Nigeria Economic Summit Group.

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