Afua Asabea Heads GEPA

Afua Asabea

Special Advisor to the Minister of Business Development, Afua Asabea Asare, is set to replace Gifty Klenam as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA).

Gifty Klenam was relieved of her post on Wednesday.

Even though the government did not give reasons for her dismissal, sources say she may have been fired for mismanaging the public kitty through flagrant violations of the public procurement laws.

Meanwhile, sources at the Authority said Sam Dentu and Albert Diwura would also take over from Eric Amoako Twum and Akilu Sayibu as Deputy CEOs of GEPA.

Afua Asabea Asare is a lifelong positive leadership and strategy enthusiast with a background in integrated communications.

Asabea has a 25-year management experience, working in a variety of corporate environments as a staff and consultant.

She has an MA in Positive Leadership and Strategy from IE University in Madrid, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from KNUST, Ghana, Post-Graduate Diploma in Organisational Development from the University of Cape-Coast and MBA International Business from Ecole Superieur de Gestion (ESG), Paris.

She also has a Certificate in Strategic Marketing Management from the Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Boston, a post-graduate degree in Communications Studies, School of Comm. Studies, University of Ghana, Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising, Ghana Institute of Journalism.

She is currently pursuing a Doctor in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Research from the Swiss Business School.

She has authored various industry and business articles on coaching, leadership development and the diversity of thought and inclusion.

Asabea was the founder and lead consultant at AYA & Company until March 2017 and also an adjunct lecturer of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Supply Chain Management and Mass Communication at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the Presbyterian University College.

She was a visiting lecturer and speaker at the China Europe International Business School’s (CEIBS) Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Africa (WELA) programme.

She serves on the Board of Venture Capital Trust Fund and the Advisory Board on Africa for IE University in Madrid, Spain.

In the past, she worked as General Manager and Head of Corporate Communications, Ghana Telecom, Public Relations and Training Departments of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

She was an intern in the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s TV News Room and Nippon Tetrapod Co. Ltd of Japan.