29 January 2007

Ghana: Robert Ahomka-Lindsay - The New Man At GIPC

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre is the government agency established to encourage, promote and facilitate investments in all sectors of the economy, except mining, petroleum, free zone activities and privatisation of government enterprises. It's objective - working with sister agencies- is to provide investors a one stop shop for all their investment needs.

Mr. Robert Ahomka-Lindsey was appointed last week as CEO of the organization. His most recent corporate role was as, Vice President Coca-Cola Africa Group (1999 to 2006), holding responsibility for the promotion of the Company's public image through the development and consolidation of sound and sensible policy across a broad political, socio-economic spectrum.

At the same time he was charged with improving the Company's operational business environment. He was also President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. His brief incorporated a multi-dimensional focus strictly aligned to the maintenance of good relations with government, third-party constituent (out-reach) leadership, regional trade associations, and the community at large, all of which was steadfastly allied to the Coca-Cola Companies goal of Good Corporate Citizenship. In a remit which included taxation, philanthropy, and association management, he had to also ensure the ongoing development of alignment strategies with The Coca-Cola-Company's bottling partners on Corporate Affairs and Issue Management.

Mr. Ahomka-Lindsay has spent more than ten years within the International Banking and Finance sector in Europe, the United States and Africa. As part of the CDC Group - a private equity bank focussed on emerging global markets - he quickly rose through executive ranks to become (over a five year period) the Group's Regional Director for the CDC Group. Responsible for the origination, analysis and execution of new business in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Rwanda, Sudan and Seychelles, Mr. Lindsay dealt with all facets of CDC operations, including management of its investments and offices, marketing matters, public affairs, business community issues and government relations, across the UK, Asia, Caribbean, Asia and Africa regions.

From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Lindsay was an Executive with the National Westminster Bank in the United Kingdom, with responsibility for credit risk, project finance (as it applied to various sectors in several countries), regulation and management (with relevance to a large financial institution), Aerospace lending, corporate and business management, leasing and asset finance.

Born in Ghana, Mr. Ahomka-Lindsay, who has lived and worked throughout the African continent, has had extensive experience in his dealings with national and regional governments, the Bretton Woods Institutions and the private sector, across Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States. His special focus was on investment in various sectors in the economies of emerging markets.

Mr. Ahomka-Lindsay holds a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Economics from the University of Sussex (UK). His studies in the School of African and Asian Studies concentrated on Development Economics, Finance, International Relations and Public Finance. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University Of Chicago (USA), electing to specialize in Finance, Organizational Management and Change Movement.

He is married with two children.

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