Africa HR Leaders

Some Confirmed Speakers

Rev. Kennedy Okosun,

Executive Chairman, Krif Ghana Ltd

Rev Okosun graduated from the University of Benin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration in 1984.

He has an Executive MBA (Human Resource Management) from the University of Ghana Business School in 2008.

He is currently the Chief of Staff of Action Chapel International, a board member and founding member of the Ghana/Israel Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Nigeria Community, Ghana. He is the Chairman of the Action Business Forum (Airport Residential Area), past National Chairman, EMPRETECH Business Forum, past President and past Secretary General of the EMPRETEC Business Forum.

Until recently, Rev. Okosun was a board member of the Ghanaian German Economic Association and voted one of the top 50 prominent Nigerians living in Ghana by the Pleasures Magazine in 2017.Rev. Okosun has over the last 30 years succeeded in growing KRIFGhana Limited into the industry leader in the supply of Office Equipment, Office Stationery, Bank Equipment and Security Safes.

Rev. Okosun is a minister of the gospel, having been licensed by His Eminence Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams on Saturday, 4th December, 2010 and ordained as a Reverend Minister by the Archbishop on Sat. 4th December, 2015. He is very passionate about corporate governance and has led several roundtable discussions of the Ghana Good Corporate Governance Initiative periodically held in Ghana.

He keynotes at the 7th Africa HR Leaders Conference speaking on the topic, “"Good Corporate Governance-The Key to BusinessSurvival".

Philip Oti-Mensah

Managing Director, Omni Bank

Philip is a people-focused and result-oriented leader with over 14 years of experience in SME Banking. He was appointed CEO of OmniBank in January 2013, and has since led the transformation of the company into a strong reliable brand, with visible employee-focused development. His broad areas of expertise include strategy formulation, business planning and development, risk management and institution building.

He has played key roles in building successful SMEs in Ghana through various platforms over the last decade. During this period, he has achieved consistent growth, profitability and industry leadership for the organizations he has led. Prior to joining OmniBank,Philip held several positions including Deputy Managing Director of ProCredit Ghana, and an audit board member of ProCredit Bank, D.R. Congo.

Mr. Oti-Mensah holds a B.Sc - Banking and Finance and MBA - Project Management from the University of Ghana Business School. He also holds a ProCredit Banker Certificate (MBA Equivalent) in International Bank Management from ProCredit Academy (Germany). He is also a Certified International Change Manager and a member of the International Academy of Business and Financial Management.

Due to his virtues of Honesty, Integrity and Accountability, he is a member of the West African Nobles Forum. He currently won the prestigious 40 Under 40 Male Personality Honorary award 2017 and is currently the third most reputable Bank CEO in Ghana, among others..

Philip is a panelist on the discussion, “How Can HR Get a Seat at the CEO’s Table”.


Samuel Leslie Adetola

Founder/CEO, Capital Group

 Mr Adetola attended Achimota School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Administration from the University of Ghana, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science- UK and a Master’s Degree in Financial Economics from the University College of North Wales- UK.

He has also participated in many Executive Training Programmes in Europe and USA including the Wharton Business School, the New York Institute of Finance, Euromoney and Arthur D. Little. He also holds memberships in the following prestigious professional bodies: Association for Talent Development-USA, American Management Association, Canadian Management Centre, Institute of Credit Management-UK and Society for Human Resource Management-USA.

His previous work experience include Senior Management and Executive Positions at Standard Chartered Bank and Cal Merchant Bank. He has held Director Positions in the Ghana Leasing Company, Securities Discount Company and Council Member of the Ghana Stock Exchange.

He currently holds Directorship and Chairmanship in the following companies: Imaging Technologies Ltd (Chairman), Midland NCP (Chairman), Kasapreko Nigeria Ltd (Chairman), Affiliates Group of the Ghana Chamber of Mines (Vice Chairman), The Capital Group Limited (Managing-Director), Capital Factors and Debt Management Services (Director), Kasapreko Ghana Limited (Director), Jampur Group Ghana Limited (Director), Ghana-Malaysia Business Club (President) and Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (Director)

Mr Adetola is a panelist on the discussion, "The Elephant in the Room-Is There Really a Shortage in Talent?"

Ola Azeez

Group Head, Human Resources

Resort International Ltd

A consummate HR Leader spanning close to three decades. A Learning, Training, and Development (LTD) subject matter expert. A Fellow and the Second Vice President, Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). A Fellow, licensed HR Practitioner and one time Governing Council Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

Worked with Nigerian Bottling Company PLC (Coca cola) for eighteen years of value-creating engagement as HR Practitioner, Business Management Process System Specialist and left as Corporate Training Manager and Head of Learning Centre. A Senior Management position that afforded me the opportunity to interface with Functional Heads and Business Leaders to optimally drive Human Resource Development and Organisational capability processes of the world brand conglomerate in Nigeria.

Ola was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for nonfueling business with CITA Petroleum Group. Currently,he is the Group Head, Human Resources, Resort International Ltd, an emerging indigenous world-class business enterprise with diverse interests in the Aviation, Civil Engineering Construction, Real Estate and Hospitality sectors of the Nigerian economy.

A multiple awards winner. A former Club’s President of Association of Lions International, District 40B2, Nigeria, and an alumnus of many advanced Leadership development programmes.

Topic: "Personal Effectiveness (Assertiveness, Dealing with Difficult People)"

 

Dr Mrs Bernice Welbeck

Director, Administration and HR, National Labour Commission, Ghana

Dr (Mrs) Bernice Welbeck was the Head of Administration and Human Resources of the Commission from 2005 – 2013, before assuming the position of Ag. Executive Secretary in May 2013.

Dr. Welbeck is a Public Administrator and an Industrial Relations Practitioner and Consultant.  She is an International Consultant in Labour-Management Relations with focus on Negotiations and Conflict Resolution; she is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Industrial Relations.

As an Industrial Relations Expert, she has undergone several training on labour management relations at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO), Turin, Italy, Geneva, Switzerland, Hachiochi International Training Centre of Japan, Denmark, United States of America, among others.

Dr. Welbeck has presented various Papers on Labour-Management Relations at forums both national and international.

Among her international assignments,Dr. Welbeck has consulted as a Training Facilitator on Conflict Management Course for the Social Dialogue Desk of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO), Turin, Italy. 

Dr (Mrs) Bernice Welbeck will lead a Masterclass on how to successfully prepare before the Ghana Labour Commission (Case Studies). 

Anita Wiafe-Asinor

Managing Consultant

Occupational Management Limited OML Africa

Anita has spoken at numerous international and local HR seminars and training events to senior HR managers, CEO’s operational directors etc., presenting a wide range of topics relating to compliance, best practice, organizational development, and recruitment, contract of employments and strategic HR management and development.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Social Research from London Metropolitan University and a Master’s in Organisational Psychology from Birkbeck University (University of London).

She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, The British Psychological Society and an approved level A and B tester in psychometric testing as well as a Trustee for two charities.

Anita's professional background began in the NHS starting as a HR officer in 1996, progressing to several senior roles within not-for-profit organisations and small and medium sized enterprises (SME) for over 10 years. Some of her employed senior roles include; the RNID, Moorfields NHS Eye Hospital, the Citizenship Foundation and VRL-Financial News Publishing Limited.

Her consultancy has provided effective HR expertise, advice and services to many clients across sectors, including the Industry and Parliament Trust, St. Mungos, CIBT, Springboard for Children, Student Partnership Worldwide, Initiative of Change, GVEP International and IFRTD.

As a generalist HR consultant, Anita has experience and extensive knowledge in HR; some of her areas of expertise include; strategic workforce planning, employee engagement, performance management, organizational development, legal compliance, assessment centres, learning and development, recruitment and talent management.She has consulted for many organizations recently including the Public Services Commission, Takoradi International Company(TICO), Global Energy Ventures and done joint consultancy with Price Waterhouse Coopers for Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Re, Ghana Commercial Bank, etc

Her topic: "How to Challenge the Status Quo without Losing Your Job"


Del Aden

Solution Architect & Managing Partner, Delta3

Having worked as a Security Architect, Solution Manager and Technical Design Authority for big Consulting firms and Service providers such as IBM, HP, ATOS, EMC & KPMG, and also in Financial Industry (Lloyds, ING, Barclays Capital, etc.), Del has acquired sound Technical & Commercial skills required for varied and complex environments.

Over 15 years’ experience as an Enterprise Architect, and Information Security Consultant, Del have been architecting and delivering IT projects within a variety of private & public sectors in Europe & Africa: NHS, DEFRA, BBC & Birmingham Council, Volta Region Development Authority. International Exposure – IBM (Germany), ING Bank (Netherlands), Emirates Airline (Dubai), Delta3 (Africa). Financial Industry includes projects for Visa Europe, LloydsTSB, Egg, Barclays Capital, RSA, ING and Reuters. Professional / Academic Qualifications include: MBA (Strategic Management), IT Architecture (IBM), CISSP, CISA, CSCU, TOGAF, MCSE, VCP (Virtualisation), MCDBA, EMC Storage Architecture, ITIL, and Project Management (PRINCE 2). Del is also a certified SOA Cloud Architect.

In recent years, Del has been involved in providing Cyber Security solutions and services in Africa. In this regard, he was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Ghana SME Conference dubbed Business Sense, where he presented a paper titled “The Value of Putting your Business Online”

Amongst other things, Del now shuttles between Africa & the UK, while concentrating on the fight against cyber criminals, advising clients on their IS/IT Vision, Information Security, Data protection, Security Strategy, Governance and Architecture, with a view to ensure consistency with their overall business vision and strategy. Del also provides Cloud Advisory Services and Cyber Security Awareness Trainings to individuals, Businesses & public sector organization in Europe and Africa.

His topic at the 7th Africa HR Leaders Conference: "Cyber Security for HR Professionals"


William Easmon

HR Director, Barclays Bank

With close to 15 years progressive hands-on HR experience spanning the private, public, non-profit and financial sectors, William has an in-depth understanding of generational diversity and its direct effect on workforce engagement/productivity and by extension business strategy execution. His area of specialization is organizational design with focus on team interconnectedness and networking with the aim of ensuring business sustainability.

He brings his experience and understanding of generational issues into developing time-tested HR strategies in the organizations he has worked in. Working in cross-functional and cross-border teams has enabled him to spearhead tailor-made HR solutions in the areas of organizational design, culture, leadership and engagement aligned to business strategy

His driving ethos has been to maintain a balance between shareholders/management expectations and employee productivity - satisfaction, with the understanding that both parties are mutually inclusive. He is an ardent believer in the “we are in this together” – building shared-values concept.

William has a Master’s Degree in International Diplomacy and is a Certified HR practitioner. He is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners Ghana. He has consulted for a number of blue chip companies spanning financial, insurance and non-governmental sectors. He is married and has two children.   

William is a panelist on the discussion "Effective Employee Engagement Strategies in a Multi Generational WorkForce"

Dir-DocJanice Tagoe

Founder, BJ Global Ltd & Antal Ghana

Janice founded BJ Global, a Human Resources Company specialized in Executive Recruitment, Training, Career Development and Executive Coaching &Interview Laboratory service. She has two and half decades of work experience in the human service professions in which shespecializes in Teaching/Training, Executive search & Recruitment, Executive Coaching & Interviewing, Career development guidance, HR Audit and Research.

Janice has a great reputation in the Ghanaian market as a high quality supplier of Top-Talents, Staff Management, Training and Executive Coaching services to local and international organizations and individuals. She works with reputable organizations, senior executives, management, professionals and specialists to collaborate with them across Ghana and parts of Africa on the ‘war for talents’ and skills development gaps for expert human resource interventions.

Janice holds a doctorate in Professional Studies (ongoing) from Royal Holloway University of London, a post-graduate degree in Coaching and Coaching Psychology from University of East London,and is a Certified Executive Recruiter from Buchanan-Dunne Associates, USA among many others.She is an excellent trainer, experienced headhunter, executive coach, a workshop leader and a senior HR Consultant.She is married with four children.

Janice is a panelist on the discussion:  " The Elephant in the Room-Is There Really a Shortage of Talent?"

Emma Wenani

Director, Global Media Alliance (GMA)

Ms. Wenani has been with the organization for almost 8 years since she joined in 2010. She oversees her teams’ (Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Creatives and Brands) efforts in providing strategic and objective advisory and consulting services to the clients they work with.

Before her recent appointment, Emma held the position of Director of Human Resource at GMA where together with her team, they managed the HR processes for over 300 staff members across 9 business entities.

Prior to her moving to Ghana, she was working at Nairobi Stock Exchange in Nairobi, Kenya as a Public Relations Officer. Emma also has experience in the Media Industry in Kenya where she worked as a Marketing Executive for Nation Media Group.
Ms. Wenani is passionate about communication, personal development, coaching and mentorship. She often engages in coaching and mentoring programmes with young people in areas of career and personal development.

Educational Background Emma graduated with an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Ghana in 2014. Prior to this, she graduated from the University of Nairobi with a combined major degree in French and Sociology.

Emma is a panelist for the discussion, "How can HR Get a Seat at the CEO's Table?"

Senyo M. Adjabeng

Security &Human Resource Management Specialist & Labour Mediator/ Arbitrator

Senyo is an internationally certifiedSenior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is excited about opportunities in his chosen field of expertise including Human Resource Management, Disputes Resolution and Industrial/Employment Relations, Corporate Governance and Academic Instruction.

Senyo is the founder of CAS, LLC a Human Resource Management and Disputes Resolution Firm in Accra.  He is listed as a Class ‘A’ Arbitrator and Mediator with the National Labour Commission of Ghana.He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the GIMPA Business School.  He is a writer and the Author of the Book “Career Toolkit: For Successful Job Hunting” 

He is an astute trainer with 15 years of training experience.

Senyo is a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), USA and an SHRM-SP from the Society  Practitioner from holds a Masters’ Degree in Conflict Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre, Accra, a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations. 

He holds a BSc Degree in Minerals Processing and Metallurgical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.  He also has professional qualifications in Mediation and Arbitration practice from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS), USA as well as an Executive Diploma in Mediation and Arbitration Studies from Gamey & Gamey Academy of Mediation, Accra.

Senyo speaks on the topic,"Implementing Effective HR Policies and Procedures"

 

 

Rita Kusi

CEO, Keeping 'U' Simply Intact (KUSI) Consulting, an HR and Marketing Consulting company and Co-founder/Head of Operations at siro360, an online media platform.

She is an experienced Human Resource and Marketing Professional with a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2011, she received a Professional HR course completion certificate from the HR Certification Institute at Pace University and is an active member of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Rita has 15 years experience in the field of Marketing and Human Resources and has a great deal of passion for job creation, digital storytelling, and tourism. 

Rita is also one-third partner of ARK Consortium, a group of firms with a common interest in Human Resource Management, Recruitment, and Training in Ghana with a purpose of achieving a mission through combined networks, resources, experience, and expertise.

Her topic, "Digital Recruitment-New Technologies for Hiring Best-Fit Talent"


 

Alexander Oppong 

Alex is a Forensics and Information Securityprofessional with about 20 years of active Forensic experience.  He also has several years of experience performing various types of Information Security and Regulatory Compliance reviews as well as Cyber Security advisory services for clients in various industries. Prior to joining e-Crime Bureau, Alex was the Forensic Lead at KPMG in Ghana developing and providing forensic advisory services such as Investigations, Anti-money laundering, Forensic Technology and Fraud Risk Management for KPMG clients in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has also assisted the forensic teams of KPMG in Nigeria and South Africa. From August 2009 to April 2012, as part of the MIDA Compact Projects. 

Alex worked for several years as an IT Security and Investigations Consultant with the Fraud and Forensic Team of Control Risks Group, a large global business risk consultancy with headquarters in London. He also worked for BASIS Counter Fraud Investigation Branch – a UK government organization that investigated organized welfare benefits fraud. He was listed in the UK Law Society’s Expert Witness Directory from 2003 to 2009 for his expertise in Digital Forensics.

Amongst other qualifications, Alex is an Encase Certified Examiner as well as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

He has been a speaker and delivered presentations at various workshops and seminars in Ghana relative to information security, anti-bribery & corruption, anti-money laundering, ethics & integrity, the subject of investigating computer-based crime and has contributed towards thought leadership papers and been quoted in several papers and online media articles in the area of his expertise.He has work experience in United Kingdom, Ghana, France, Italy, Spain, The Czech Republic, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Russia, UAE, Brazil, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo, Benin and Sierra Leone.

Alex will speak on  ''Insider Facilitated Fraud & Cyber Threats  - The Integrity Management Perspective for HR Practitioners''

 

 

Kwaku Aboagye Acquaah

Learning & Development Manager , Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited

Kwaku  has spent the last 6 years designing, developing and deploying Learning and Development interventions at Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited. A Senior Human Resources professional with over 11 years Generalist and Specialist experience gained with top multinational and indigenous Banks in Ghana. He has depth of experience across Learning and Performance, Talent and Succession Management, Career Development, Employee Engagement, Industrial Relations, Resourcing, Graduate Management programs.

Kwaku designed and implemented the Fidelity Bank learning culture and strategy which saw the introduction of blended learning. The Fidelity Academè (E-learning platform) and the Fidelity Certified People Manager program, a customized management development program in collaboration with the Harvard Business School’s Manage Mentor (on-demand leadership development tool) program.

A member of the Institute of Human Resources Management Practitioners Ghana (IHRMP-GH). He has presented the award winning Fidelity Bank’s Learning and Development success story in Ghana, Zambia, London, South Africa, Mauritius and Paris. He has also shared and advised organizations in and outside Ghana on their Learning & Development Strategies. His recent work is with the World Bank’s CGAP Project.

His passion is finding innovative ways that make people learn and be effective in their working environments, thereby growing their organization.

Kwaku speaks on "Strategically Aligned Learning Capability: Changing the Approach"

Opeyemi Akinwoleola

CEO,  Dropque, Nigeria

Opeyemi is a young entrepreneur addicted to the concept of the African innovator. He is a Fintech enthusiast, HRTech developer and a compassionate leader. He is the CEO of Dropque, a HRTech company positioned to be Africa's first intelligent talent application. He is also the convener of the Elev8 conferences in Nigeria which helps young, bright Nigerians realize their potential through innovation and technology.

His work experience spans Web development and Programming, Project management, Business Analysis, Consulting, Construction and Product development. He spends his spare time developing UX for  AI intensive concepts and working closely with Coven Labs and Integer to train Nigerian technology talent in mainstreaming and commercializing Artificial Intelligence and other relevant Software development skills.

He is an Alumnus of the prestigious Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.

His topic:"Video and Artificial Intelligence, HR's New Breakout Technology Mix"

Nii Noi Kotey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior HR Business Partner-Operations & Technology, Ecobank Ghana Ltd

Nii is a certified professional in human resources having close to a decade experience in generalist human resource management. He has been associated with a variety of companies spanning across the mining, oil and gas, agriculture, building and construction, retailing and consumer electronics industries. Nii is a thoroughbred professional who believes in making things happen. 

A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Nii is currently pursuing an LLB programme with the University of London, International Programmes.

He has held several senior HR positions in reputable firms such as Samsung West Africa and Stellar Group.

Nii currently provides strategic business partnership to the Operations and Technology units of the bank in the development and delivery of the business areas' HR agenda and strategy. Manages the HR business agenda for eProcess International S.A (EPI) and provide strategic leadership on people management initiatives for EPI.

He is a panelist on the discussion, "The Elephant in The Room-Is There Really a Shortage of Talent?"

Emmaline Datey

Group HR & Admin Manager, EIB Network (GH) Ltd

Having worked in academia, events management, training, aviation, oil and gas and currently in media broadcasting, Emmaline has acquired 6 years in HR practice. As an independent leadership & life coach, people & culture strategist, key note speaker and mentor, she continually motivates, inspires and empowers people who possess a sense of purpose, assisting them to actualize their potential on and off their jobs. 

Emmaline holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from the Valley View University and a Post Graduate certification in HR and Strategic Management at the Graduate Training Institute. She currently assists EIB Network, a multimedia and communications company, in creating value to customers and investors as well as the community by leading, managing, and coordinating human resources in line with company's policies and strategy.

Emmaline  has over 18 years’ public speaking and life coaching experience in the areas of leadership, business strategy, career and personal development and branding, entrepreneurship, team development, life skills, job search strategies, to mention a few.  She has a strong passion for leadership, people and strategy. In my leisure time, I find pleasure in dancing, writing and researching.

Her topic : "Organizational Politics-Adapt or Die"

Chris Mills

HR Director, Sub Saharan Region, Expro Gulf

Chris was appointed by Expro Gulf in 2012, as the Regional HR Director for SSA, one of Expro’s fastest growing and developing regions. He relocated to Ghana in 2011  after working in the UK for over 15 years.

He has an accomplished HR background having worked both in Ghana and the UK with organizations such as Network Rail, Thales, Carillion Health Plc. and prior to joining Expro,  with Standard Chartered Bank where he was the  HR Manager, with a client group that support six West African countries. 

Chris holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and MSc in Human Resource Management from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He also a charter member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development(MCIPD) and CIM level 5 holder.  He has extensive experience in project & change management, coaching and Employee Relations. He has a track record of working with businesses to deliver performance improvements.

He is a panelist on the discussion, " Effective Employee Engagement Strategies in a Multi Generational Workforce."

                          Some speakers in our recent conferences represented the following organisations: