Matilda Amissah-Arthur | Board Chair
Philanthropist & Former Second Lady of Ghana
Matilda Amissah-Arthur’s passion is helping children acquire reading skills. She has been working with school children since 1999. She heads an NGO called Reading for life, which runs reading clinics and sets up libraries throughout the country. Previously, Mrs. Amissah Arthur served as the book expert in the DFID project, which procured and put four million books in all public basic schools in Ghana. She set up and managed the USAID computerized library. Since 2006 she has been consulting for a number of top publishers.
Ben Andoh | Board Member
Group Head Internal Control, Ecobank
Ben Andoh is an international regulatory, risk, and control professional. He is a British and Ghanaian national, currently residing in Lomé, Togo, where he serves as a group head of internal control for Ecobank Transnational Inc, the Pan African banking group. Prior to Ecobank, Ben spent the majority of his career at Citi in London and South Africa working across Europe and Africa. Ben also serves as a global advisory council member of IREX, a global nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington. Ben holds an LLB law degree and a masters in financial & commercial regulation from the London School of Economics, UK.
Colin McElwee | Board Member
Co-Founder & Senior Director, Worldreader
Colin McElwee is the co-founder and senior director of Worldreader. Previously, Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. Prior to that, he served as an economist for several Brussels-based lobbies to the European Commission and later worked in global marketing in the consumer goods sector for Scottish & Newcastle PLC.
More on Colin: http://www.worldreader.org/about-us/team/
Elizabeth Ashun | Board Secretary
Lawyer, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah
Elizabeth Ashun is a dual-qualified lawyer in the United Kingdom and Ghana with over 12 years of legal experience in commercial real estate, construction, and infrastructure projects. She currently practices as a senior lawyer within the Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation Group of Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, the leading law firm in Accra, Ghana. Recently, she has been involved with setting up The Right to Read, Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah’s maiden CSR project, which is an NGO focusing on developing the reading skills of children in Adabraka.
Ethel Sakitey | Board Treasurer
West African Regional Director, Worldreader
Ethel Sakitey oversees the Worldreader portfolio of programs in Ghana and neighboring West African countries. She leads strategic planning and program expansion for the region. She has over 13 years of program management experience in increasingly responsible roles within the development, public health, and education sectors. Most recently she supported the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment under the Ministry of Education together in reviewing the pre-tertiary curriculum.
Nathan Amanquah | Board Member
Acting Dean, Ashesi University College
Nathan Amanquah is a senior lecturer in the Computer Science Department of the Ashesi University College. He currently teaches a number of senior-level courses including Computer Networks, Mobile Web Programming, and the advanced programming class. He has previously worked as a systems administrator, communications engineer, and automation engineer.
Okyeame Kwame | Board Member
Musician & Philanthropist
Encouraged by his literacy professor at Kumasi Anglican Secondary School, Okyeame started writing music and performing on stage whilst in secondary school. He runs his own record label, One Mic Entertainment, and also Firm Bridges Communications, co-founded with his wife. In November 2016, he was presented with the keys to Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also received a US Presidential Volunteer Service Award from former President Barack Obama in recognition of his humanitarian efforts in Ghana – the Okyeame Kwame Hepatitis B campaign. In March 2017 he received the People’s Choice award with recognition for his humanitarian work from the Asantehene King.