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Leadership, Diversity, and Equality; The Right Mix for Efficient Governance

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From Left to Right, Up to Down, - Kwasi Abeasi, Gifty Anterkyi, Saqib Nazir, Kanini Mutooni, Kofi Eba- Miezah Polley, Alek Shum

For the efficient administration of pension funds, board members must be committed to the interest of beneficiaries, sensitive to managing stakeholder expectations whiles maintaining the culture of the organization.  

In line with these pillars, our Board of Directors comprises leaders in a wide range of areas including fintech, social security management, and investment.  Bringing a wealth of experience and expertise, they are united by their passion for our mission of ending old-age poverty across the world. In this edition, we are pleased to introduce to you members of our new board.

Kwasi Abeasi – Board Chair

Kwasi Abeasi heads the Board as its Chairman. Kwasi has vast management experience in various sectors. He was the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, a Government agency that encourages and promotes investments in Ghana.

He was also the Director-General of Private Enterprise Foundation, an organization that strives to service the development needs of the private sector through advocacy.  Currently, he is a board member at MTN Ghana (Ghana’s largest Telco) and Goldfields, among other things

Saqib Nazir – Executive Director

Saqib Nazir is a FinTech entrepreneur with extensive experience in developing and implementing solutions aimed at making technology locally relevant and using it to solve everyday problems. Saqib is also the Managing Director Emergent’s Payments, a digital financial services enabler in Africa.  

Together with his team, Saqib has developed numerous solutions, like supporting the National Health Insurance Authority in Ghana to digitize premium collections and launching a mobile money platform known as Maximus which is aimed at helping financially excluded groups have access to financial services among others.

 

KOFI EBA-MIEZAH POLLEY  - Executive Director

Kofi Polley has over a decade of diversified experience in varied Social Security Administration positions at Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and five years’ experience in the financial industry. Kofi holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Universalizing Social Security, from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. In 2012, he was appointed the General Manager for Universal Pension Masters Trust where he built a focused mindset specifically among the staff. This was evident in the smooth implementation of the company’s Second Tier Pension policies and programs.

Gifty Anterkyi – Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Gifty Anterkyi has over thirty-five (35) years of working experience with most of these being in key and functional areas of SSNIT. She held various positions,  such as, Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Area Co-ordinator, the first General Manager of Human Resources, and retired as the General Manager Operations.

She served on several committees set up to craft new strategies and implement initiatives such as the Steering Committee for Implementation of Act 776, the Committee to review the report of Presidential Commission on Pensions, and the Committee to review the setting up of the SSNIT informal sector amongst others. At the International level, she represented SSNIT on a number of programs. She was a panel member that discussed social security protection for Women at the ISSA General Assembly in Beijing in 2004 and the Extension of Social Security Coverage at Kigali, Rwanda in 2008.

Kanini Mutooni - Non-Executive Director

Kanini Mutooni is a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan, a Venture Philanthropy institution focused on investing in global early-stage entrepreneurs creating impact. She is also a Senior Adviser for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors with over 300 asset owners representing over $16b in investible wealth. Prior to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m-8 country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region.  

Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe, and the United States. She is the immediate former Board Chair of The Global Innovation Fund, a $250m investment vehicle supported by the UK, US, Canadian, Australian and Swedish Governments. The fund focused on investing a range of capital for early-stage innovations in emerging markets with a focus on Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, Clean Energy, and Fintech. 

Alek Shum – Non-Executive Director

Alek Shum is a PMP-certified project management professional with several years of accomplishments in her work portfolio. She currently heads Ecobank's Global Project Management Office within the Technology Group of the bank. Her portfolio in the bank cuts across thirty-two countries in Africa and Europe.

Before her role at Ecobank, Alek led and gained considerable experience in managing teams on technology and non-technology projects in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  She is a proven leader with the capacity to mentor and motivate high-performance workgroups; as well as develop and implement strategies that improve performance, productivity, and profitability of various projects.

Under this leadership, we are set to make an indelible impact in the pension industry in Ghana. Join us as we ace our financial literacy goals!

 

Pension Weekly Newsletter - April 2021 - Edition 13

 

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