Ghana

Kwasi Abeasi 

  • CEO, Africa Investconsult Ltd. (Financial Services)
Born Accra, Ghana, 1945. BSc. Mechanical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (1967); MBA, Operations Management and Marketing, Syracuse University (1980); Advanced Management Program 108, Harvard Business School (1991).
“You have to negotiate. And you have to go with a team that knows how to negotiate. Otherwise you’ll get a deal that looks good. Later on you find out it’s no good.”

Transcript

Kwasi Abeasi discusses his extensive experience in both the private and public sectors in Ghana, eventually working to improve corporate-government relations through his later work with the Private Enterprise Foundation and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. He discusses his years spent in sectors as varied as energy and banking, and his education in Ghana, the United States, and Singapore. The interview provides powerful insights on the particularities of creating successful government programs in Africa, the importance of education and professional development in the continent, and the impact of international institutions on domestic African economies.

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Resources

  • “Corruption Is Destroying the Business Environment—Kwasi Abeasi,” GhanaWeb, October 16, 2000
  • “The Rising Star of West Africa,” World Investment News, August 11, 1999 http://www.winne.com/ghana2/cr06int.html
  • “Ghana Investment Forum Aims At Changing Face of Industry,” GhanaWeb, October 31, 2003

  • Interview citation: "Interview with Kwasi Abeasi, interviewed by Henry McGee, January 14, 2014 and June 25, 2014, Creating Emerging Markets Project, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/emerging-markets/."