Ghanaian CEO elected as President of Africa Women in Mining

ACCRA Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo, a Mining Services Entrepreneur in Ghana, has been elected President of the Africa Women in Mining Association (AWIMA) for a two-year term.

She was elected at the General Assembly Meeting of AWIMA, which took place under the auspices of the African Forum on Mining in Accra.

The week-long forum was organized by the African Union. AWIMA is a continent-wide organization, which advocates for increased representation for women in the mining sector in Africa.

Sakyi-Addo, also the President of Women in Mining (WIM) Ghana, will serve with an Executive Committee comprising representatives from North, East, Central, West and Southern Africa to execute AWIMA’s Pan-African mandate.

She is the Founder and CEO of Georgette Barnes Ltd, a wholly Ghanaian-owned mining and exploration services company. She established the WIM Ghana in 2015 as an advocacy body for all women working in the mining sector.

WIM offers training programs for its members, mentorship for female students in secondary and tertiary institutions, enables networking and undertakes research projects. It is funded by voluntary contributions and run by volunteers.

In 2016, Sakyi-Addo was selected among 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by WIM UK. In 2018, she was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Invest in Africa (IIA), a non-profit organization, which champions African-owned SMEs across the Continent.