Speaker's Profile

Em Ekong

ANDE West Africa Regional Head

Em Ekong

ANDE West Africa Regional Head
With over 20 years’ experience in the economic development space in Europe and across Africa, working closely with intergovernmental and government institutions including London Development Agency, City of London Corporation, UN Women, the United Cities and Local Governments for Africa, to transform and improve the quality of life for its citizens through advocacy and lobbying, and strategic economic development. As the current West Africa Regional Head for Aspen Institute’s Network of Development Entrepreneurs my focus is on building entrepreneurial ecosystems and building bridges across the region that drives the growth and development of Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs). Also, a seasoned coach and mentor prioritizes women’s entrepreneurship and leadership where support has been provided to over 500 women in Ghana and Nigeria over the last 10 years. Other work includes supporting organizations from the public, private sector and civil society around the creation and delivery of innovative business development services, including co-creating women’s accelerator programs, entrepreneurship skills training and driving diaspora relations to improve the lives of some of the poorest communities in the world.