Esi is an Assistant Professor at Ashesi University, where she teaches classes including Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Negotiation & Creative Problem Solving, working closely with her students to help them in self-discovery, identifying, articulating and carving out their career paths. She is an avid believer in, and contributor to achieving the vision and mission of Ashesi.
Her other professional and academic interests include social and public entrepreneurship and sustainable educational and public sector reform in Ghana. Esi earned her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology, International Affairs and French from the Florida State University in 1999, graduating with a three Bachelor’s degrees in three years cum laude (with honors). She also holds Master's degrees in Social Sciences and in Public Service Management from the University of Chicago (2004) and DePaul University in Chicago (2002), respectively. She holds a PhD in Public Administration (2008) from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In September 2009, Esi was welcomed into the Africa Leadership Initiative as an ALI Fellow.
Esi has a deep commitment to community service and has a long history of volunteer work wherever in the world she finds herself. From caring for displaced orphans in Jamaica, to mentoring adolescents to excel academically in Florida, to laboring to refurbish houses for the low-income elderly in Kentucky, to caring for children in a daycare in France and mentoring incarcerated youth in Ghana. Esi is a member of the Board of the Longevity Project, where she also serves as a volunteer.
Esi is a chocolate-lover who counts cooking and eating, writing, traveling, and photography amongst her hobbies. She believes that being spiritually alive and well is the key to her success, and describes herself as a simple, high-energy person who never runs out of ideas (she maintains a detailed Idea Bank), and also as a "grounded idealist" with a sense of urgency and an aim to bring positive transformation wherever she finds herself.
Kwadwo began his career with Investors Group Canada, then the largest financial services company in Canada. As a Financial Consultant in Investor's Group Asset Management section, he provided investment and tax planning solutions to small Canadian businesses and households. As a licensed mutual funds dealer, he structured and tracked several investment portfolios.
Kwadwo also worked as an Analyst and Head of Information Systems for the Banking Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana. As head of a unit responsible for reporting on the banking industry, he tracked the solvency, profitability and liquidity of the Banking and Non-Banking industry at an aggregate and individual level during his time with the Bank of Ghana, Kwadwo also served as the User Team Lead on a project to develop and implement the national supervision software.
Kwadwo most recently worked as an Associate with Black Star Advisors, a Ghanaian Investment Bank. He was responsible for a originating, structuring and monitoring deals for a $10MM Venture Capital Fund as well as structuring third party mutual funds.
Kwadwo has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with a Minor Management (with Distinction) from McGill University in Canada and is an affiliate member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.
Isaac Kwaku Fokuoh
Isaac is an international business development and finance expert with over 12 years of experience in change and project management, supply-chain management, and business development. His areas of expertise include corporate due diligence and governance, socially responsible investing, process design and implementation, political and economic risk analysis, and Islamic finance.
As principal of the BOTHO Group of companies, Isaac provides clients with independent, impartial, and comprehensive advice about investment opportunities in emerging markets. BOTHO is also involved in the nonprofit sector and is proficient at using private sector resources to develop micro-enterprise and finance opportunities through sustainable economic development programs in emerging economies. Current projects are in Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Prior to founding BOTHO, Isaac was selected to participate in a prestigious management development program at McMaster-Carr where he held several positions of increasing responsibility in process management, realignment and implementation of best business practices. As part of the operations management team, he managed daily operations of the order fulfillment department (monthly sales of approximately $30M), supervised over 80 employees, and served as assistant project leader of a team that facilitated and developed set-up and readiness in large-scale warehouse operations including safety requirements, product placement, density, and workforce management.
Isaac is a sought-after speaker on topics such as emerging market opportunities, socially responsible investing, corporate governance, strategic philanthropy, and operations management. He has authored articles on emerging markets, Islamic finance, and corporate social responsibility that were published in the Middle-East, South-East Asia and Africa.
Isaac holds an MBA from DePaul University's Kelsdadt School of Business, an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in International Studies from Hanover College.
Eric Donkoh is a senior microprocessor circuit design engineer at Intel Corporation Enterprise Microprocessor Group in Portland, Oregon. Eric joined IntelLogic Technology Development, Microprocessor Design Group, in 1999 and has since worked on the design of major Intel and industry leading state-of-the-art Microprocessor and Process Technology products such as Core i7/i5/i3, Pentium 4, Dual/Multi-Core, and Pentium III line of CPUs for Laptops, Desktop, and Servers.
Eric also does research in the field of Low Power CPU design with the view to reducing CPU energy consumption. He is currently the Intel Converged Core Development Organization Register File Circuits Power Lead. Eric also does collaborative research with Oregon State University, USA.
Eric has diverse interest in various fields and has hobbies that span from sports to social commentary to internet and computer technologies. Eric serves on the board NAPE foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide education opportunity through academic scholarships to Ghanaian students for university education.
Eric has M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, USA (1999) and B.Sc. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Central State University, USA (1997).