Mrs Mawuena Trebarh

Chief Business Strategist, Inspire Africa Consult LTD

In August 2015 Emma took up a new challenge as the Group Head of Business Programming for the Multimedia Groups radio, TV & IM platforms, which involved expanding the scope of business programming across the platforms, organizing events, networking and developing the programme strategy, revenue generation plan, building and expanding the teams capacity.

As the CEO of GIPC, Mawuena was at the helm of Ghana’s investment drive. Her focus was on promoting specific projects in key areas for investment by local and foreign investors. At the start of her tenure in 2013, the new GIPC Law, Act 865 was passed by parliament. She was a key influencer for educating the Centre’s stakeholders on the importance of adhering to the contents of the Act through various engagements and forums. In situating Ghana within the ECOWAS context, her tenure witnessed the highest recorded figures of manufacturing companies locating in Ghana and exporting all within the sub- region.

Her passion and creative approach to finding solutions to various challenges changed the face of GIPC to a customer--‐focused public service organization better positioned to facilitate local and expatriate investor needs. Her initiatives lifted the Centre’s image and improved the work culture of staff as well as relations with stakeholders. Under her leadership, the Centre for the first time, won the prestigious award for the best Investment Promotion Agency in Western and Central Africa, beating the likes of Rwanda and Nigeria.

Under her supervision, and despite the different narrative of the Ghanaian economy and the well--‐documented challenges facing it at the time, the GIPC became the torchbearer of success in the country, achieving FDI inflows of US$ 2.24 billion for the 2016 calendar year. Globally, FDI for 2016 fell by 13% whilst that of Africa fell by 5% (UNCTAD’s Global Investment Monitor). To maintain FDI inflows into the country for the calendar year 2016, considering the fact that inflows both at the global and regional level had significantly fallen, as well as the challenges with the economic fundamentals of Ghana makes this feat all the more remarkable. Africa’s major economies such as Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Nigeria all recorded significant decline in FDI inflows for the period. This feat was achieved as a result of Mrs. Trebarh’s vision to have investor--‐ focused and targeted project--‐driven investment missions.

Her extensive and diverse experience in senior executive positions in Ashanti Goldfields Company Ltd starting as their first female underground exploration geologist is well known. At Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd., as head of Corporate Communications and MobileTelecommunications Network (MTN) as head of Corporate Services, she oversaw reputationmanagement of the two companies collective USD $ 2 billion plus investments. Those experiences allowed her to contribute immensely to the mining and telecommunications sectors, which further benefited the wealth of expertise she applied across other sectors of the Ghanaian economy. She has extensive corporate governance experience having sat on several boards in her career till date. She is currently the board chair of Movenpik Ambassador Hotel – Ghana’s premier 5--‐Star Hotel and the first woman to hold that position. She is also an Advisory Board Member to Ghana’s most successful indigenous bank – Fidelity Bank.

Mawuena has been recognized through a number of national and international awards including the Millennium Leadership Forum Award for championing excellence in trade investment and agro--‐processing and the National Youth Role Model Award for being a role model and youth leader.

She is married to Flt. Lt. (Rtd) Divine Kwesi Trebarh and they are blessed with a daughter Katherine Joy. She is older sister to the late great Komla Dumor of the BBC and Dr. Korshie S. Dumor an internal medicine specialist practicing in the USA. She is also daughter to renowned academicians and public servants, Professor Ernest Dumor and the late Mrs. Cecilia Dumor. Many people do not know that she is also the granddaughter of the composer of Ghana’s national anthem – Philip Gbeho. With a background and recognition as an astute strategist, she believes in the need for continuous value creation. Mawuena is passionate and believes strongly in service to society and humanity.