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Board of Directors

Joseph Ohene-Ayisi

Executive Director

As the Executive Director at Arab-West Africa Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Joseph Ohene-Ayisi is a results-oriented professional who prioritises objectives and optimises performance. He champions the development and enhancement of the chamber’s strategic plan for achieving results.

 

Joseph is a Management consultant and financial Iinclusion Eexpert with over 12 years’ experience in Management Consultancy, Microfinance and trade Finance.


Joseph is recognised as a seasoned management professional with a heightened ability to drive strategic initiatives in areas of business growth, negotiation, risk assessment and mitigation and organisational performance. He began his career in the banking and investment industry and rose diligently through the ranks, transitioning from the credit risk department, strategy and business development to becoming a director of operations and business Intelligence department.


He has a keen interest in business intelligence and risk appraisal through the use of technological applications and business models for the collection, analysis, and presentation of business decisions and information.

 

Joseph is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants (Canada).

He holds a MSc. in Finance as well as a diploma in Microfinance, from both the prestigious, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBSEM-Belgium).

 

He also holds a BSc. degree in Development Management from the University of Wales in the UK.

 

Joseph has travelled extensively in African and to some European countries as a management and financial inclusion consultant. He is respected as a credible voice in decision making and strategy development.

 


Gifty Baaba Thompson

Board Member / Secretary

Gifty is a Tax professional and Management Consultant with experience in auditing, financial management, projects implementation and general management.


She started her career with the then value added tax services under the Ghana revenue authority (VAT).
Gifty holds a Master of Arts (MA), degree in Public Sector Management from the   Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA).

 

 Gifty has a first degree in Industrial Art from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi and a diploma in Customer Service from the Ghana National Banking College in Accra-Ghana.

She is a Chartered tax practitioner and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana (CIT) – GH.

She is also a Chartered Management Consultant from the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants (Canada). She is well oriented in tax management, business development and management consultancy. She has over thirteen (13) years’ experience in tax, audit, compliance management and customer care.


She has attended several conferences and seminars both at home and abroad in tax management and financial management. She has served on various boards and committees in both the public and private sectors especially NGOs.

 


Sulleyman Abdul-Wahab

Board Member

Mr. Sulleyman Abdul-Wahab is a Finance and Development Economics expert, with extensive knowledge in Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

 

He holds a BSc Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS).

Mr. Sulleyman holds a Masters Degree in Development Management, from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

 

He is also a Public Policy specialist and a Certified practitioner in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) from the Institute of Public Private Partnerships in Washington DC ( USA).

For most part of his professional life, he has worked in various public sectors of the Ghanaian economy in diverse capacities in sectors such as the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as well as the Ministry of Health of Ghana.

 

He is an entrepreneur and has also groomed and coached some small businesses and startups. He has travelled extensively to deliver lectures in Africa and across Europe on Public Policy management. He has served on various interviewing panels, boards and committees for business incubation and start- ups in both the public and private sector of Ghana.

 


Francis Yaw Adiasani

Board Member

Francis has specialized in Board administration and corporate governance compliance and advisory services within a wide range of industry sectors.

 

He also has expertise in providing regulatory advice to investors within the local and international space in a wide range of industry sectors. Key assignments he worked on include setting up of business entities, acting as local manager and process agent, corporate compliance reviews, statutory due diligence reviews, immigration solutions, corporate restructuring, corporate governance advisory, acting as board secretary to companies, facilitating training, technology transfer agreement reviews, and exchange control matters.

His experience covers sectors such as financial services, mining, petroleum, agriculture, telecommunication, transport, manufacturing and commerce.

 

His experience extends to Sierra Leone and Liberia where he provided pathfinder services and setting up of business entities under the laws of those countries.

 

Francis has participated and done presentations at conferences/seminars/workshops in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia and the USA. He has been involved in brainstorming sessions with regulators with the view to influencing regulatory reforms as will be necessary to promote investment in Ghana.

Francis is a Lawyer and a Chartered Governance Professional. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute (FCG), UK. He also holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) (International Business Law) from the University of Liverpool (UK), Executive MBA degree (Human Resource Management) from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon.

 

Over 23 years of experience in the area of competencies. Board administration and corporate governance, inward foreign investor/path finding services, corporate statutory/regulatory compliance, technical/soft skills training, labour law compliance/advisory and immigration solutions.

 


Kamil Borsu Nabong

IT Consultant

Kamil is an entrepreneur and software engineer with over 9 years of experience working as a founder, portfolio manager and consultant. 

 

He has a background in law and economics but spent all his years after Bachelors on his passion – IT and Entrepreneurship. Having taught himself software engineering, he co-founded Dropifi in 2012, a business intelligence software company which served over 18,000 businesses across North America, Europe, Africa and later became the first African startup to be accepted into 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. After Dropifi, Kamil co-founded and served as the Chief Design Officer for Simple Merchant, a UK-based eCommerce startup. He later joined MEST Africa in 2016 as a Portfolio Manager where he worked closely with 40+ startups on data, strategy and product development.

 

Kamil is passionate about building and growing software-as-a-service, powering data-driven decisions and automating workflows, which is what inspired his current company Hub&Fund. Hub&Fund is on a mission to simplify founder-investor relationships through information and community. At Hub&Fund, Kamil leads the team and works actively in product development.

 

He enjoys sharing his experiences and contributing to startup ecosystems having spoken at several local and international conferences in Accra, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Riyadh and many more. He left MEST Africa in August 2019 to focus on Hub&Fund and consultancy but continues to actively engage in the development of upcoming entrepreneurs as the Portfolio Manager at the Kosmos Innovation Center in Accra.

 



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