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PATRICIA OBO-NAI – CEO, Vodafone Ghana

PATRICIA OBO-NAI - CEO, Vodafone Ghana - African Leaders Magazine

Patricia Obo-Nai is a Ghanaian female engineer and the first Ghanaian to be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana. Her appointment, which happened on 19 February 2019 took effect on 1st April 2019. She is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, (GHIE) and Vodafone’s executive committee. For her O-Level and A-Level, she attended St. Roses Girls’ Senior High School and Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Legon.

PATRICIA OBO-NAI - CEO, Vodafone Ghana - African Leaders Magazine

She continued at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. She holds an Executive MBA and Executive Education degree from the University of Ghana and Kellogg School of Management in USA respectively. She also acquired an Executive Education degree from INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration) in France. Patricia Obo-Nai commenced her new role with 22 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications. Before her appointment at Vodafone, she worked with Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of Tigo for 14 years.

PATRICIA OBO-NAI - CEO, Vodafone Ghana - African Leaders Magazine

She joined Vodafone in 2011 as a Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. She was promoted as the Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations before she was appointed as CEO in 2019.

She has recently been enlisted amongst the top 100 Women CEOs In Africa for her accomplishments as a female administrative officer in charge of the organization.

The TOP 100 Women CEOs in Africa is compiled by Reset Global People in partnership with the SDGS office at the Office of the President of Ghana and Avance Media.

With the inaugural list announced in 2019, this publication throws the spotlight on African women leading various organizations across the continent.

The list features leading African female CEOs from 21 African countries, heading various organizations that continue to excel under their leadership on the continent and beyond. The list is also released ahead of the 2022/23 African Women CEOs Summit to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.

PATRICIA OBO-NAI - CEO, Vodafone Ghana - African Leaders Magazine

Speaking about the list, Kwame A.A. Opoku, CEO of Reset Global People, noted that, “Women are a powerful force for change. From ending extreme poverty to countering violent extremism, we cannot succeed without women and girls, and this is why we are excited and privileged to announce the 2021 list. These are extraordinary women who are leading the charge to transform our continent and deserve the spotlight more than anyone.”

Patricia’s contribution to the telecommunications industry is unquestionable. In addition to championing various innovations in the industry, she is celebrated for her outstanding leadership during the heights of the pandemic. Under her leadership, Vodafone Ghana introduced remarkable initiatives as part of a comprehensive relief package for Ghanaians.

She is a fierce advocate for technology and continues to emphasize the need for Africa to leverage technological advancement to drive sustainable development and secure its participation in the digital economy.

Patricia reinforced this in her OpEd titled ‘Connecting Africa is the Seminal Challenge of our Time’, she said: ‘’To expedite Africa’s economic recovery post-pandemic, the continent must accelerate digitalisation and expand regional cooperation.”

Patricia is also known for her strong passion for gender issues and interventions that offer economic opportunities to women. While speaking during the United Nations General Assembly last year, she made a call for an urgent solution to end maternal mortality across sub-Saharan Africa, describing it as unacceptable at this age.

She also joined other female giants last year at the G7 Partnership on Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa event to deliberate on Catalyzing Digital Financial Services for Women Across Africa.

PATRICIA OBO-NAI - CEO, Vodafone Ghana - African Leaders Magazine

The Mobile Magazine describes her as the ‘First Lady of Mobile’. She has also won several awards, including the CEO of the Year at the Ghana Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (GITTA) as well as the Women Leadership Excellence Awards at the CEO’s Summit and Awards.

The 2021 top 100 Women CEOs In Africa features some prominent names, including Clare Akamanzi, Dr. Rasha Kelej, Owen Omogiafo, Dentaa Amoateng, Tiguidanke Camara, and Meta Africa’s Head Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke.

Source: Citinewsroom / keep.knust

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