As the Program Coordinator at Ashesi for the Impact Business Leaders Program, Emi-beth uses her Ashesi education and background as a tax consultant to grow African social enterprises.
What do you tell others about your experience at Ashesi?
In one simple sentence, my time at Ashesi taught me to think critically; look for solutions in a creative way; to care about the human condition and to have fun with whatever I do.
What inspired you to apply to Ashesi?
It was my mother’s idea—she suggested I explore it as an option when she saw a newspaper advertisement on Ashesi and its promise of a new way of educating Africa’s next generation of leaders. It was a combination of the two—my mother’s foresight and the promise of a new kind of education right here at home. Ashesi’s generous financial aid package didn’t hurt either.
How has Ashesi influenced your career aspirations?
Ashesi prompted me to look for jobs that were aligned with my goals and that allowed me to learn at the fastest rate possible.
What projects are you currently working on?
My first job after Ashesi was as a tax consultant and chartered accountant in a big four firm. I’ve gone back to Ashesi to work as a consultant on the Impact Business Leaders (IBL) Program; an initiative for building and scaling social enterprises across Africa by matching these enterprises with top talent in Africa. I’m also working on starting my own business and in my free time, I consult with the Ghana Oil Club by helping to create a platform for dialogue on pertinent issues impacting Ghana’s oil and gas industry.
What are your career goals and how has Ashesi prepare you to pursue them?
When I was in Ashesi, my ambition was to be the first woman Governor of the Bank of Ghana. I don’t believe I have necessarily changed career paths, with my finance/accounting background and my forage into entrepreneurship, I believe I’m getting a more wholesome outlook on the economy – both from a policy implementation perspective and from a policy impact perspective as an entrepreneur. I look forward to what life throws at me next.
Ashesi gave me the flexibility to recognize that there is more than one way to the finish line. So while you can try new things, explore what you are good at, and when you find what drives you the most, be the best at it as possible.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that Ashesi does?
Ashesi creates a safe environment for like-minded people to gather and challenge the boundaries of innovation and “acceptable” ambition. And for most, that ambition is to impart positive change on our continent by employing our inherent talents and learned skills.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I enjoy traveling, exploring nature and certain sports. I joined a Bikram yoga class that has taught me quick ways to relax after a long day. I take Shotokan karate for discipline and endurance. When I get the chance I participate in high adrenaline activities like skydiving, bungee jumping, and white water rafting.