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One of the most important components of our program is mentorship. We pair each of our Fellows with an inspiring female mentor from whom they receive guidance and professional and personal advice. The provision of successful female role models encourages our Fellows to set big goals for their programs and themselves. As one Fellow said, "being nurtured by someone who understands what you are going through to help you grow as a changemaker is an extremely valuable experience."

Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Brigitte is the Founder and Executive Director of Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG), which prepares young women for leadership through sports and mentorship opportunities. Her extensive knowledge of the importance of mentorship for Ghanaian women educators and entrepreneurs makes her a rich resource to learn from. Brigitte was the 2020 flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party of Ghana, passionate about improving Ghana’s primary education system and implementation of the reviewed 1992 constitution. In 1991, Brigitte won the Miss Ghana Beauty Contest, and has since served as a role model for women across Ghana and Africa.


Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng

Tawiah has extensive experience in designing and managing development programs for the non-profit and private sectors. She has rich experiences in training, facilitation, program management, program development, budgeting and financial management, and donor and governmental relations. Tawiah is currently the Technical Manager for the Ghana Cocoa Initiative in Cote D’Ivoire. Prior to her role, she served as a Sustainable Development Consultant and Managing Director of the Heritage Flow2 Company Ltd. Tawiah has an MPAID from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc in Planning from KNUST.

Susan Adu-Aryee

Susan Adu-Aryee

Susan is the Country Director for World Education Inc. in Ghana, where she oversees the development and implementation of a wide array of projects including girls’ education. With over 24 years of experience in international development, program implementation, event planning, and staff management, Susan is passionate about innovation, women’s advancement and international organizations. She has deep experience with USAID-funded programs, DFID funded programs, International Red Cross funded projects, and collaborative projects with the public and private sectors, in addition to youth development, mentoring, and girls’ education in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Naana Pokua Biney

Naana Biney is the Founding and Managing Director of Honey Well Schools, a world class pre-school in Ghana. She received her BA from the University of Ghana and Masters from the University of Leicester Management Center. Her studies in Child and Developmental Psychology equipped her with great insight to child development. Growing up as an all rounded student, Mrs. Biney had a keen interest in “how things work” as a child. She believes that science and math is a versatile foundation for children to explore, observe, decipher and conclude in any given situation. Being an avid reader, she is anxious to introduce reading to children as early as their attention will permit, its benefits being immeasurable.

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Lucy Aklaku

For the past 17 years, Lucy has been a Senior Program Coordinator at World Education Ghana. In this role, she facilitates trainings, provides technical assistance on the use of formal and non-formal experiential learning approaches for all projects, and provides expertise in the development of peer education programs and curriculum. She is passionate about individual transformations sparked by unique, participatory education methods. Lucy played a pivotal role in launching World Education’s Strategic Approaches to Girls Education (STAGE) program, which provides education to support marginalized girls in Ghana.


Dr. Millicent Adjei

Dr Millicent Adjei is the Director of Diversity and International programs at Ashesi University where she leads curriculum internationalization, diversity and inclusion policy, programming and training and sexual misconduct prevention, awareness and education. For the past 18 years, she has worked towards creating impactful opportunities for first generation college students, developing intercultural competencies within organisations and internationalization among Higher Education Institutions in Africa. Dr Millicent is an Adjunct Lecturer.


Patricia Formadi

Patricia is the Founder and Director of New Dawn for Social Development, an NGO that promotes sustainable improvement in the lives of vulnerable children, youth and women. Patricia is a Development Practitioner and a teacher with 39 years’ experience. She lectures in Gender and Development issues, Personal, and Family Resource Management at the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Having formerly been Executive Director of the Women and Development Project, Patricia has a rich background in Gender Mainstreaming, Financial Education/Literacy, Legal Awareness and Sexual and Reproductive Health Education/Rights. She is a board member of Aflatoun International representing the Anglophone African Region and a member of Prolinnova Ghana.

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Rita Dugbenu

Rita is a women empowerment advocate, researcher and a conflict and peace building enthusiast. She holds a BA in Spanish and Linguistics and a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations from the University of Ghana. She is a project management expert and a development worker. She served as a project officer for International Needs Ghana and the Gender Center for Empowering Development where she contributed to empowering women and youth for sustainable development through independent non partisan research and advocacy. Rita is actively engaged in Community Service volunteerism and mentoring. She is an entrepreneur, a public speaker and a feminist.

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Dr. Sena Agbodjah

Dr. Sena is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Business Administration Department at Ashesi University. She holds a PHD and BSc. in Building Technology from KNUST. Sena leads the Kalangu project, Ashesi Innovation Experience (AIX), the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem project and the Maso Business Academy, all major initiatives funded by the MasterCard Foundation. Dr. Sena is a lifelong learner, and teacher building a career spanning 20 years in four leading institutions in Ghana. Over the years and now, she lives her passion helping students build skills in Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, Negotiation and Design and authored and co-authored multiple publications in these areas.

Our Fellows & Their Mentors

Saraswati and Eugenia, Fellow and Mentor

Saraswati and Eugenia discuss goals at their first meeting. 

Rose and Naana, Fellow and Mentor

Rose and Naana meet for the first time at our leadership training in October. 

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Fatimah Hallu Alhassan and Patricia Formadi 


Shine Dewovo and Millicent Adjei

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Saudatu Mohammed and Brigitte Dzogbenuku

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