Entrepreneurship involves the creation of a business or businesses, taking on financial risks with the hope of making profit. An entrepreneur is an individual who creates a new business, bearing most of the risks and enjoying most of the rewards. Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in any economy. It helps to create jobs, promotes innovation and social change, and adds to national income. Afua Osei is a Ghanaian entrepreneur whose work supports women entrepreneurs across Africa.
36 years old Afua Osei is one of the youngest African entrepreneurs with a global recognition. She is an entrepreneur who supports African businesswomen. In 2014, she co-founded She Leads Africa with Nigerian Yasmin Belo – Osagie. She Leads Africa is a platform which connects over 700,000 women across Africa and in the diaspora. It aims at providing professional development and career guidance to African women who aspire to create global start-ups.
She Leads Africa also aims to identify, train and invest in talented women entrepreneurs and businesswomen in Africa and the diaspora, giving women access to career opportunities and information. The platform offers mentoring courses, networking opportunities as well as funding to women. Currently, She Leads Africa has 50,000 women in over 25 countries.
Afua Osei holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. She was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company from 2013 to 2016. She also worked in the office of former US First Lady Michelle Obama. Since 2021, Afua has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Allegheny College and Imara Roose, a mentoring program for girls of African descent.
For her commitment to African women entrepreneurs, Afua Osei was ranked as one of Quartz’s 30 Innovators in 2017. In 2020, she won the Harris School Rising Star Award from the University of Chicago School of Public Policy.
Afua Osei is committed to supporting talented businesswomen in one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Africa. In 2014, Forbes Magazine recognized her as one of the 20 youngest women in power.
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