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Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi Assumes Leadership as President and CEO of ACET

ACET has a new Boss as the founding President, respected Economist Dr. K.Y. Amoako resigns

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, the immediate past Vice President of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), has taken on the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, marking a historic transition from the founder, Dr. KY Amoako.

Founded in 2008, ACET is a foremost pan-African economic policy institute dedicated to fostering Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. It engages in research, provides policy advice, and facilitates connections among key stakeholders to advance smart, inclusive, and sustainable development across the continent.

Ms. Owusu-Gyamfi brings over twenty-five years of experience in economic and social policy-making and development across Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

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Her career includes significant roles with institutions such as the UK Department for International Development, Save the Children and the Power of Nutrition.

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During her tenure as Executive Vice President at ACET, she played a pivotal role in shaping the institute’s strategy, enhancing its operational effectiveness, and forging partnerships. She was instrumental in fostering a robust network of policy institutes across Africa, securing critical resources for ACET’s sustainability, and recruiting top talent to bolster its research, advisory, and advocacy initiatives.

Tito Mboweni, Chair of ACET’s Board of Directors and former Finance Minister of South Africa expressed confidence in Ms. Owusu-Gyamfi’s leadership to deliver a stellar performance.

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“Her extensive experience and proven track record will enable ACET to provide evidence-based advice that supports Africa’s economic transformation, delivering tangible benefits to the continent’s people,” he said.

Ms. Owusu-Gyamfi assumes her new role at a pivotal moment as ACET prepares its strategy for 2025-2030, focusing on impactful, timely, and policy-relevant research, strengthened partnerships, and targeted advocacy. ACET aims to play a central role in a coalition of African institutions shaping a new development trajectory and narrative for Africa.

Meanwhile, Dr. K.Y. Amoako, ACET’s Founder and President for fifteen years, and a leader in Africa’s development discourse for over five decades, steps down but remains engaged as Founder and President Emeritus on the institute’s Board of Directors, ensuring continuity and strategic guidance.

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