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Stephanie Adu is a British-born Ghanaian and is the founder and Chief Executive of Colorbox Cosmetics.
Stephanie’s passion and experience within the beauty industry spans across 14 years, and adjacent to pursing her passion, Stephanie achieved a BSc degree in 2009 in Biomedical Science from King’s College London University. Stephanie went on to pursue a dynamic career in Investment Banking, where she worked as a global equity sales-trader in Canary Wharf. Stephanie’s banking career was largely responsible for fueling her business acumen, which inspired the leap into the world of entrepreneurship to pursue her passion in her motherland, Ghana.
Within a short period, Stephanie built Colorbox Cosmetics into a major competitor within the Ghanaian beauty industry, with the brand being nominated for the ‘Most Promising Ghanaian Owned Brand’ at the Bi-Annual 2016 & 2018 Makeup Ghana awards.
Stephanie’s ambition, vision and entrepreneurial spirit are the forces driving her aspirations and commitment to become a prominent African business role model, with a recognizable legacy for the upcoming generations of the future.
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Edmund was born in Kumasi, Ghana and completed his education across three continents.
He setup an IT company in the US, and widened the scope of the business to expand into Ghana. As his involvement grew in the real estate business, he sold the IT business to streamline his focus and moved back to Ghana permanently.
Edmund as co-founder and Managing Director of A&C Development Co Ltd was instrumental in the growth of the company and developing the concept and implementation of the first shopping mall in Ghana, A&C Mall. Over the years, he evolved A&C Mall into one of the first mixed use developments to remain competitive and continue as a market leader in the industry by developing office plazas and boutique retail centres.
Edmund has over 12 years’ experience of commercial, hotel and residential real estate development and construction projects in Ghana worth over US$50 million. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in senior management and consulting roles.
Edmund has always believed in a first mover approach by finding the opportunity that no one else is looking at. He believes there are ample business opportunities in Ghana/West Africa and is excited at the potential Ghana has to offer.
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Dzifa Kezia Newlands
Kezia Newlands is the Marketing Communications Specialist at Scania West Africa where she provides marketing and communications support to the Swedish heavy duty automotive company in the West African region. Before Scania, she was a Senior Communications Officer at Stratcomm Africa handling clients such as Unilever, Emirates, Kasapreko, GCNet, etc. Prior to relocating to Ghana, Kezia worked at Weber Shandwick, a PR agency in the US; there she handled clients like Exxon Mobil, Pizza Hut, Anheuser Busch, FedEx, etc. She also served as practicum student consultant for Stupid Cancer and interned for public relations agencies including Veritas Modo LLC and Autumn Communications.
Kezia has a master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University, earned her bachelor’s in English from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
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Francis is a chartered accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK. He completed his secondary education at Tema secondary school, where he read business accounting and pursued his Higher National Diploma at Ho polytechnic in Accountancy. Francis then went on to obtain his Masters in Professional Accountancy (MSc) with the University of London.
Francis is the Consulting Partner and Founder of Corporate Figures Limited – an accounting company registered and operating in Ghana for the past 5years now.
He has proudly participated in a number of local and international financial seminars on the areas of taxation, procurement, laws and regulations; and has worked with high profile institutions such as the World Bank, WHO and PWC Ghana.
Francis has helped a number of organizations established themselves in Ghana, and is very keen to help new budding entrepreneurs add their value to the country as Ghana continues to grow.
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