The American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Ayesha Bedwei as the Chamber’s new President and Mr. Pakwo Shum (Country Manager, Delta Airlines) as the Chamber’s Vice President effective 1 January 2020.
Ms. Bedwei succeeds Mr. Joe Mensah who served as the President of the Chamber for four years. Mr. Mensah who was recently named as the Senior Vice President and Head of the Ghana Business Unit at Kosmos Energy, stated: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as the President of AmCham. I believe that together with the board members, we have been able to increase the profile of the American business community in Ghana. I have worked closely with Ayesha in the Chamber for 10 years. I am very confident in her ability to ensure that the contributions of American companies remain visible in the country. I wish Ayesha the best of luck in leading the Chamber into its next chapter.”
Ms. Ayesha Bedwei is a Tax Partner at PwC Ghana with over 20 years’ experience in the finance, tax and accounting fields. She is also PwC Africa’s Diversity & Inclusion Leader. Ms. Bedwei has been involved in a wide array of projects and has built a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career. Ms. Bedwei has a wealth of experience in Energy matters due to her involvement in Ghana’s oil and gas sector from its inception in 2007 to date. In addition, she services multinational clients across a range of industries including fast-moving consumer goods, telecommunications, and manufacturing.
When asked about her new role Ms. Bedwei remarked, “I am honoured and excited to be appointed as the new President of the Chamber. I look forward to working to promote U.S business interest, expanding trade and investment between the U.S. and Ghana and promoting entrepreneurship and business amongst young people in the country.”
Other notable additions to the Chamber effective 1 January 2020 include Adiki Ayitevie (Vice President, Newmont Goldcorp Corporation) as the new Treasurer.
New Board Members: Randi Cruz (Managing Director & Venture Manager, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Ghana Deepwater Limited), Gbile Adewunmi (Managing Director, Cummins CNWARO Africa), Francois Hardy (Senior Regional Vice President, Newmont Goldcorp Corporation), Seth Adu-Baah (Managing Director, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Limited), Sulemana Abubakar (Chief Information Officer, General Electric Africa) and George Sarpong (Kosmos Energy Ghana HC)
About the American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana)
The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Ghana is the representative arm of U.S businesses and subsidiaries voluntarily working to create an environment where business can thrive between Ghanaian and American communities. AmCham exists to promote commercial, economic, educational and cultural ties between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana. The Chamber is one of the 118 affiliates of the U.S Chamber of Commerce, which is the world’s largest business association with over one million members worldwide.