The GYA is honoured to announce that Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai has accepted the Executive Committee’s invitation to join the GYA Advisory Board. Mrs Obo-Nai, an engineer and business leader who is the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, is well-known for her passionate support of young women in science and technology. Her commitment to female empowerment and diversity and inclusion are a key definition of her leadership outlook and strength.

The GYA’s Advisory Board is a supportive and advisory body whose members provide their various perspectives regarding the development of the GYA, which was established by international early-career researchers 10 years ago. Advisory Board members serve for a period of 3 years.

GYA Co-Chair Connie Nshemereirwe (Actualise Africa, Uganda) highlights the importance of boosting the Advisory Board at a time when the GYA is discussing its new strategic orientation for 2020 to 2025: “The feedback and ideas of our senior advisors are absolutely critical in this important phase of readjusting our organisation to the new challenges facing young scientists worldwide.”

GYA Co-Chair Koen Vermeir (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France) adds that he hopes Mrs Obo-Nai will help the GYA attract highly qualified early-career scientists who pursue a career in industry to join the GYA. He points out that “Patricia Obo-Nai is a high ambition leader whose dedication to empowering young women in STEM will inspire the GYA and make a substantial impact on a global basis.”

About Patricia Obo-Nai: Mrs Obo-Nai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Executive Education in Strategic Marketing from Insead, France, and Business Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, United States. She also holds an Executive MBA in Project Management from the University of Ghana Business School.
Mrs Obo-Nai is the first Ghanaian female CEO of Vodafone Ghana. Prior to her appointment, she served in other directorship roles, including Chief Technology Director. She has 22 years of experience in Information Technology and Telecommunications, and is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and
of the Executive Women Network. Mrs Obo-Nai has received several awards,
including the Best Female Technologist Award at the annual Ghana Telecom
Awards in June 2012, and was selected as one of the 100 most inspiring women
leaders at Vodafone in the year 2018.

More information on the GYA Advisory Board members is available here.