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God as CEO Business Encounter 2024 - Accra

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Our speakers are born-again business professionals, living out the faith, practicing Christ-like values, walking in integrity and have been through the fire in their personal and professional lives.

Over the last decade, we have been honoured to host a diverse array of speakers, from seasoned industry veterans to emerging voices driving change and honouring God, bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the conversation.

Doug Dwyer

Position: Founding President &
Chief Stewarding Officer
God as CEO
Categories: International Team, Speakers

Doug Dwyer is a business professional with more than three decades of experience in franchising. He is very well-versed in management, operations, franchise and marketing development.

Doug is the President and Chief Stewarding Officer of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, an internationally successful full-service interior remodelling franchising company, headquartered in Waco, Texas.

His work has been recognised over the years with several honours, including the 2018 Albert Schweitzer Award by HOBY, 2004 Remodeler of the Year by Professional Remodeler Magazine, and Philanthropist of the Year 2012 by Mission Waco/World.

Doug’s calling, and heartfelt desire is to serve and enrich peoples’ lives with dignity, excellence, humility and respect, while encouraging and inspiring others to do the same. He is the vision bearer of God as CEO and has dutifully committed his time, talent, and treasures to the conferences since its inception.

Doug and his wife reside in Waco, Texas and have four children.

Doug Dwyer

Founding President &
Chief Stewarding Officer
God as CEO

Rob White

Position: Founder
TREXLO
Categories: Speakers

Rob White has been married for 25 years to a wonderful woman named Wanda.  He is father to two children, the oldest, having three children of his own.

Rob grew up in a Christian home and was raised by Christian parents. His relationship with God grew as he matured and faced challenges that life brings each of us.  Throughout early adulthood and into his late-30’s Rob desperately sought to find God’s will for his life.

At about age 40, Rob realized that God had called him to be a businessman, and that business was the platform/path that God had given Rob to serve Him.  Rob began to realize that God called him to serve Christ through the way he conducted business.  This realization led Rob to purchase the license to start his first business called Rainbow International Restoration in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

God blessed the Rainbow International business and guided Rob and his family through many trials along the way.  When the business had grown to $2 Million in sales with 25 employees, God led Rob and Wanda to Waco, Texas where Rob would become President of Rainbow International worldwide, a franchising company with over 300 locations worldwide.

After four years of business and spiritual growth in Waco, Texas, God led Rob and his wife Wanda, back home to Richmond, Virginia, and to purchase a multimillion-dollar business in central Virginia called, FASTSIGNS. The purchase of this 28-employee FASTSIGNS business was just completed in June of 2016, and Rob gives God the glory for providing him with this opportunity and new platform in which to run the race that Christ has marked out for him.

Rob will share his journey and how Doug Dwyer has mentored Rob to manage his business with GOD AS CEO.  Rob is still learning to be obedient and will hopefully relate to those who want to be obedient to God in their business or occupation but have not quite figured out how to do so.

Rob White

Founder
TREXLO

Femi B. Adeleye

Position: Director
Institute for Christian Impact
Categories: Speakers

Femi B. Adeleye is the Director of the Institute for Christian Impact (ICI)- an initiative to nurture a new generation of leaders to impact Africa with Kingdom values. Before this he served for three years as the Director of Church Partnerships for World Vision International, focusing on enhancing World Vision’s partnerships with churches around the world. Prior to joining World Vision, Femi worked for 32 years with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), in his last years there as Associate Director for Partnership and Collaboration. He previously served as Regional Secretary for English and Portuguese Speaking Africa, strengthening leadership development and cross-cultural mission within Africa and beyond. Adeleye is a research fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Ghana where he teaches as adjunct faculty member.

Femi is an Alumni of Wheaton Graduate School, University of Edinburgh and the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Ghana (PhD.). Femi is an Honorary Vice President of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), serves on the international Board of the Lausanne Movement as well as the Executive Committee of the Global Christian Forum (GCF). He is the author of Preachers of a Different Gospel, Let No Man Despise Your Youth and Partnering with the Global Church Co-Authored with Nikki Toyama-Szeto. Femi is married to Affy Adeleye and they are blessed with four children (Remi, Philip, Olive-Kemi and Emmanuel) and currently live in Ghana.

Femi B. Adeleye

Director
Institute for Christian Impact

Brandon Haire

Position: Operating Partner
Princeton Equity Group
Categories: Speakers

David Brandon Haire is Vice President of God as CEO. He has served professionally in various leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Development at Neighborly® (The Largest Service Franchise in North America). He currently serves as Operating Partner at the Princeton Equity Group, an experienced franchise and multi-unit investor firm.

Brandon has also spent years traveling the globe, with various Missions Organizations, teaching and speaking. Brandon holds degrees in Finance and Marketing. He is the author of several books, such as ‘BE BRAVE’ – believing that one person can change the world, which takes you through the journey of him personally being held at gun point, and the latest book, THE BUSINESS REVIVAL – Getting what is inside of you inside of your workplace.

He is married to the love of His life, and father to three amazing sons. His favorite quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out WHY.” – Samuel Langhore Clemens.

Brandon Haire

Operating Partner
Princeton Equity Group

Roland Adade

Position: CEO
SuperBrand Solutions Consult
Categories: Speakers

Mr. Roland Adade is a seasoned business executive and the CEO of SuperBrand Solutions Consult.

Since 2004, he has led SuperBrand to gain prominence in Professional Sales Training, Coaching and Marketing all over Ghana and West Africa. He loves to mentor and support young people.

Mr. Adade is a life member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, and President of the East Legon Chapter. He lives in Accra with his family.

Roland Adade

CEO
SuperBrand Solutions Consult

Esther Cobbah

Position: CEO
Stratcomm Africa
Categories: Speakers

Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah is a communications mogul with over thirty years’ experience under her belt. She has developed highly successful communication and public relations strategies for a vast clientele, spanning several business sectors and institutions in Africa and across the globe.

Esther is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm-Africa – a total communications and reputation management agency that uses communication to enhance organizational performance.

She is the first African to be appointed to the Board of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). She has received enormous honours, including, Media Entrepreneur of the Year 2010, Outstanding Corporate Woman of the Year 2013 (Ghana Women Awards), Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana’s Marketing Woman of the Year 2012, and the Institute of Public Relations Ghana’s Public Relations Personality of the Year 2013.

Esther loves flowers, gardening, and singing to praise and worship her Creator. She is a mother of three and lives in Accra with her husband.

Esther Cobbah

CEO
Stratcomm Africa

Bernard Avle

Position: General Manager
Citi FM/Citi TV
Categories: Speakers

Mr. Bernard Avle is the General Manager of Citi FM & Citi TV and the host of Citi FM’s morning show – The Citi Breakfast Show, and The Point of View on Citi TV.

Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ghana and an MBA from Warwick University in the UK.

Bernard as he is usually called, has done pioneering work in using a commercial radio and TV platform to champion good governance and social accountability.

The Citi Breakfast Show was adjudged the Interactive/Talk Show of the year at the BBC’s Africa Radio Awards in 2007, in Nairobi Kenya and Radio Program of the year 2013, 2015 & 2016 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

It was also adjudged the best radio morning show (English) in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, winning the award 4 consecutive times.

He is an Edward R Murrow Fellow of Journalism and a Chevening Scholar,

Bernard is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) – West Africa and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Bernard was adjudged Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Journalist of the year for the year 2017.

He spends some of his time in visiting campuses nationwide and addressing student audiences on media, career, and citizenship.

Bernard Avle

General Manager
Citi FM/Citi TV

Ricky Deakyne

Position: Founder/Principle
Homeowner Marketers
Categories: Speakers

Ricky Deakyne serves as the Founder/Principle of Homeowner Marketers. He has experience in leading corporate marketing teams and has worked in both franchise recruiting and consumer marketing business lines, in lead generation and national brand positioning.

Ricky earned his B.S. in Communications from Liberty University where he met his wife Kristin.

Ricky and Kristin have one son, Noah and a pup named Popeye.

Ricky is originally from Williamsburg, Virginia.

When Ricky is not working on his next marketing initiative, you can find him watching sports with his son Noah or doing house projects with Kristin.

Ricky Deakyne

Founder/Principle
Homeowner Marketers

Tsatsu Tsikata

Position: Renowned Lawyer
Categories: Speakers

A well-known lawyer and former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata was also a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. He is known to have taught many lawyers who now occupy important leadership positions in Ghana, including the current Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, and most judges of the Supreme Court.

As a lawyer, he has represented many national personalities, including Mr. William Ofori-Atta and former President Rawlings, and taken up human rights causes for persons imprisoned during periods of military rule. He was involved in the election petitions in 2013 and 2021.

His role in the setting up of the national petroleum corporation, GNPC, which he headed from October 1988 till December 2000, is also well known.

He accepted Christ as his personal saviour while at Mfantsipim School through the ministry of the Scripture Union and was also actively involved in the University Christian Fellowship in the University of Ghana, Legon while a student.

Tsatsu Tsikata

Renowned Lawyer

Pala Asiedu Ofori

Position: Company Secretary
MTN Ghana
Categories: Speakers

Pala Asiedu Ofori is the company secretary of Scancom Plc.

She is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in corporate and commercial law, with expertise in general corporate, advanced company law, and corporate governance practice, 15 years of which have been within the telecoms industry.

While head of the Commercial Legal and Company Secretarial function of MTN Ghana, she was instrumental in the transition of the Company from a private company to a public company listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Before joining MTN Ghana, Pala was a Senior Associate at JLD Legal Consultancy Services.

Pala holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana, Legon, and was called to the Ghana bar in 1995.

She holds a master’s degree in law (LLM) (Electronic/Commercial Law) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a member of the Ghana Bar Association.

Pala Asiedu Ofori

Company Secretary
MTN Ghana

Dustin Woolam

Position: Former Manager
Office Depot
Categories: Speakers

Dustin has done his best with the Holy Spirit’s help to serve the Lord from the day he was saved to this day. As the Lord has led, Dustin has found himself in various roles in life.

He is a husband, father, son, and brother.

He has successful stores in retail management during and exiting the great recession.

As a Store Manager he found himself working 80 or more hours a week.

While making a career change, God led Dustin to work for Doug Dwyer at DreamMaker and God as CEO, and has now moved on into marketplace ministry.

Dustin Woolam

Former Manager
Office Depot

Patience E. Akyianu

Position: Group CEO
Hollard Ghana
Categories: Speakers

Patience is an award-winning Chief Executive, currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of Hollard Ghana Holdings, a subsidiary of Hollard International – South Africa, and a director on both boards of the company’s subsidiaries, Hollard Insurance Ghana, and Hollard Life Assurance Ghana. Prior to this, she was the first Ghanaian woman to be the Managing Director of Barclays in Ghana, now Absa Bank Ghana, where she led a diverse team of talented leaders to capture the enviable position of no. 1 in profitability. She has an impressive track record in the financial services industry with three decades of experience in finance, banking, and now insurance.

Under her visionary leadership, the Hollard brand has now gained prominence and visibility in Ghana having launched industry-first partnerships with the giant superstore Melcom and Vivo Ghana. Over the past three years, some innovative products introduced include Ghana’s first virtual insurer, a Chatbot nicknamed Araba Hollard, and Mebanbo, a microinsurance product.

Included in her personal awards and accolades are the Outstanding Woman CEO of the Decade Award at the 12th Ghana Entrepreneur and Corporate Executive Awards (2022), Africa Female Business Leader of the Year 2021 at the African Business Leadership Awards (2021), the coveted CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year 2019 award and the Market-place Christian Leadership Award (2022) at the Kingdom Equip Network 5th Anniversary Celebration.

Patience is a certified professional accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. She holds an MBA (Finance) and a BSc. in Business Administration (Accounting Option, First Class Honors), both from the University of Ghana Business School. She is currently on the boards of Ecobank Ghana Limited and Hubtel Ghana. She is also a co-founder of the Executive Women Network and a founding member of the International Women’s Forum, Ghana. Patience is married to Lawyer Kwame Akyianu and has two children, Awurama Ampima Akyianu and Nana Banyin Kojo Akyianu.

Patience E. Akyianu

Group CEO
Hollard Ghana

Mensah Seneadza

Position: Area Manager
West & Central Africa
Schweppes Int. Ltd.
Categories: Speakers

Mr. Mensah Seneadza has been in management practice for two decades in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods industry, Telecommunications and broadcast media. He brings to bear best practices and expertise in marketing and business development from leading MNCs such as Unilever, Vodafone Ghana, Coca-Cola International and FrieslandCampina West Africa. He Joined Schweppes International Limited, a subsidiary of Suntory Beverage and Foods Europe in 2017 as Country Manager, Ghana, and business head, West Africa, where he built a new team to turnaround the fortunes of Brand Lucozade, doubling the business in less than four years.

In April 2022, Mr. Seneadza’s mandate was expanded to the position of Area Manager for the West and Central Africa business region for Schweppes International Ltd, where he General Management responsibilities in ten (10) key markets including Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Gabon and DRC.

Mensah plays advisory and non-executive director roles for a number of firms in the agribusiness, finance, and human capital space. He is the Council Chairman of Regentropfen College of Applied Sciences, Non-executive Director at Tesah Capital Ltd, and plays leadership roles in a number of reputable social, faith-based and not-for-profit organizations such as the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, where he serves as a Field Director in the Greater Accra Region.

He is a devout advocate for doing business God’s way. He loves to coach and mentor young people, and a member of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, where he serves as a club Chairman.

He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana, and an EMBA in marketing from the University of Ghana Business School.

Mr. Mensah Seneadza is married to Rosemary, and they are blessed with two brilliant children; Selinam and Selase.

Mensah Seneadza

Area Manager
West & Central Africa
Schweppes Int. Ltd.

Tucci Goka Ivowi

Position: CEO & Founding Member
Ghana Commodity Exchange
Categories: Speakers

Mrs. Tucci Ivowi is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding member of the Ghana Commodity Exchange. Her professional experience of over 20 years spans the UK, emerging markets of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa’s private and public sectors. She specialises in strategy, innovation, communications and business transformation.

Tucci was the first female and first Ghanaian Business Executive Officer for Nestle Central & West Africa Region. She has worked in various roles including Managing Director, Marketing Communications Director and Business Unit Director, managing businesses and teams across 22 countries.

A thought-leader and Chartered Marketer, she speaks and writes on Leadership, Marketing, Communications and African Development Policy, and is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and CIM UK’s Catalyst Magazine for Marketing practitioners. Her professional qualifications include Executive Education in Leadership from the London Business School. She has a double degree in Politics and French from both the University of Sussex UK and The Higher Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, France, and an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK.

Tucci is a dedicated individual who finds strength in her unwavering faith in God and cherishes the support of her loving family. Within her church community, she serves actively wherever she is called and has held the roles of Head of both the Counselling and Communications departments for a number of years. She is passionate about using her skills to uplift and guide others on their spiritual journey. She is the founder of Forty Lives, an NGO in Ghana which advocates for support of people with mental health conditions.

She sits on diverse boards and has received several honours for her contributions as a business leader and humanitarian.

Tucci Goka Ivowi

CEO & Founding Member
Ghana Commodity Exchange

Ayesha Bedwei Ibe

Position: Global People Leader
Tax & Legal Services
PwC (Ghana) Ltd.
Categories: Speakers

Ayesha Bedwei Ibe is the Tax Leader for PwC Ghana, the Tax and Regulatory Leader for PwC’s West Market Region, and the PwC Global Tax and Legal Services People Leader.

During her career at PwC, Ayesha has had many roles. She served as a member of PwC’s Africa Governance Board, the Inclusion and Diversity Leader for PwC Africa and the Corporate Responsibility Leader for PwC’s West Market Region.

Ayesha has over 23 years’ experience in finance and accounting and has built a large network of global clients and associates during her professional career.

In addition to her leadership roles at PwC, Ayesha is the current President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana, and a member of the Mastercard Foundation’s advisory committee.

Together with her husband Pastor Gabriel Ibe, Ayesha co-pastors the Revelation Church, a thriving Christian organisation, with an Apostolic mandate to bring Christ to the nations.

Ayesha is passionate about empowering people in all areas of their lives and is the convener of the Revelation Church’s flagship women’s program “Women Revealed”.

Awards

Recipient: Tax Media Personality – 2016, Ghana Revenue Authority

Recipient: One of Ghana’s 100 influential women – 2017, The Africa Network of Entrepreneurs, Ghana

Recipient: Ghana’s 20 Under 40 – 2015 – Business World Magazine, Ghana

Finalist: Africa’s most Influential Women in Business and Government -2014, CEO Communications, South Africa

Finalist: Vlisco Branch Ambassador – 2014, Vlisco, Netherlands

Other Experiences

Ayesha regularly contributes to articles in Ghana’s business print media and appears on Television programs discussing various issues including Tax, Corporate Responsibility, Career Development and Diversity and Inclusion.

In 2014, Ayesha became a member of the prestigious African Leadership Network (ALN). In the same year, she sat on the judging panel for ALN’s Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.

In 2017, Ayesha added the title “TedX Speaker” to her list of experiences by speaking at the TedX Accra event on the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Work place.

Also in 2017, Ayesha founded the Careers Advisory Blog, www.careers1825.com, to provide realistic career advice to people between the ages of 18 and 25.

In 2018, Ayesha became a member of the Migration task force of the Think 20 (T20), a group of policy think tanks which advise the Group of twenty (G20).

Ayesha Bedwei Ibe

Global People Leader
Tax & Legal Services
PwC (Ghana) Ltd.

Emmanuel B. Mahama

Position: Former CEO
Vanguard Assurance Co. Ltd.
Categories: Speakers

Mr Baba Mahama is a Chartered Accountant (Ghana) and a Chartered Insurer (London). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Manchester Business School.

He cut his insurance teeth in 1993 as the Financial Controller of Vanguard Assurance Company Limited, from which position he rose to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and subsequently the President of the Ghana Insurers Association.

Mahama has considerable boardroom exposure spanning commercial industries and the Not-for-Profit Sector. He has been a member of the Board of the National Insurance Commission for eight years, a one-time Chair of the state-owned Graphic Communications Group and the first Board Chair of World Vision Ghana.

He has carried out governance peer reviews for World Vision International in Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Ireland, Germany, Malaysia, England and Hong Kong, and Malawi.

Mahama is the author of the well-received book ‘Unretirement: How to Manage the Third Phase of Your Life’. He is a seasoned speaker across the circuit of corporate boardrooms, tertiary institutions, churches, and para-church organisations.

Mahama is the current National President of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International Ghana.

He is married to Janet Mahama, and they are blessed with three children.

Emmanuel B. Mahama

Former CEO
Vanguard Assurance Co. Ltd.

Joaquin Erazo

Position: Marketing Strategist
God as CEO
Categories: International Team, Speakers

Joaquin is a recognized marketing expert with more than 25 years experience in strategic marketing. He is a sought-after marketing consultant, a visionary, strategist, and a speaker. He implemented marketing for over 60 of the leading design/build companies in the US.

His digital marketing insights and commentary has been published in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, The Washington Post, Fast Company, and a variety of business-to-business publications including Pro Remodeler.

Joaquin is passionate about helping businesses do a better job explaining the value they deliver. His personal drive is to create inspiring, innovative marketing strategies for companies who want to grow.

Joaquin Erazo

Marketing Strategist
God as CEO

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