Former consultant named Director General of NCA Ghana

26 January 2018 Consultancy.africa

Joseph Anokye, who has spent the majority of his working life as a consultant in the communications domain, has been announced as the new Director General (DG) of the Ghanaian National Communications Authority (NCA). The former NASA engineer spent the last year as Acting DG at the institution.

The communications domain has become a priority in Africa in recent times, especially since it came to light that the continent is set to have 1 billion mobile internet connections over the next five years. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Ghana has bolstered its National Communications Authority with the confirmation of Joseph Anokye as its DG.

When it comes to telecommunications, perhaps no name is as prominent in Ghana as that of Joseph Anokye. In his youth, he obtained a degree in geodetic engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology, following which completed an MBA from the University of Maryland in the US.

In his professional life, Anokye’s consulting work has revolved around the development of telecommunications capabilities across a range of organisations, both within Ghana and internationally. Major clients that Anokye has worked with include the Volta River Authority, which is currently undergoing restructuring, as well as Ghana Telecom, Ghana Commercial Bank, and Ashanti Goldfields Corporation.

Joseph Anokye - Director General - National Communications Authority

Perhaps Anokye’s most notable professional experience was an 18-year spell with NASA, where he was a member of the Global Mission Telecommunication Wide Area Network team as a technical network engineer, stationed at Goddard Space Flight Center. During his time at NASA, Anokye worked with space engineers in Japan, Germany, Canada and even Australia, and developed a mechanism for the secure transfer of data between vehicles, equipment, and base stations.

In addition, Anokye has worked as a telecommunications consultant for a range of companies, including Cisco, Sprint Nextel, KMART< Charles Schwab, and UNICOR, among a number of others.Since 2016, Anokye has consolidated his position as one of the leading technical engineers in Ghana. He was appointed the Director of technology for the New Patriotic Party upon his return, and subsequently the Acting DG for the NCA early last year by President Akufo-Addo.

Now, in consultation with the Governing Board of the NCA and the Public Services Commission, Anokye has been confirmed as the DG for the institution. The NCA is the leading communications authority in Ghana, which is responsible for granting licenses, ensuring fair competition, monitoring of quality, protection of consumers, enforcement of equipment standards, and international coordination.

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KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

22 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

Global professional services firm KPMG has appointed a new Managing Partner for its Botswana practice. Gosego Motsamai, who is the first female Partner at KPMG Botswana, will take the helm of the practice with immediate effect with hopes of growing the firm’s presence in the country.

Motsamai holds a degree in accounting and commerce from the University of Botswana, and has been inducted into the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is also a Certifies Internal Auditor form the Institute of Internal Auditors, which has led promising career in the auditing and advisory space.

She began her career at Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte in Botswana, where she remained for over three years as an Audit Assistant. She joined KPMG Botswana in 1998 as an Audit Traineee, and made her way up to the position of Audit Senior over a four-year spell.

KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

Motsamai has remained at KPMG ever since, and rose from the rank of Audit Supervisor to Senior Manager for the Advisory division. In 2012, she was appointed the Associate Director of the firm’s Advisory division, and she finally ascended to the position of Partner four years ago in 2014.

She now reaches the pinnacle of her career as the Managing Partner at KPMG Botswana. The announcement was made by Chairman of KPMG Southern Africa Wiseman Nkuhlu on Friday, and will be effective immediately. Among the Big Four firms in Botswana, Motsamai is one of only two female executives at Partner level, and her promotion comes at a time when gender balance is a central debate across Africa.

Nkuhlu has described her as a devoted professional, who has been looking to advance the advisory profession across Botswana by promoting higher standards across the business environment. She is known for her support and mentorship of young professionals who come through the chartered accountancy ranks.

She said of her appointment, “As chairman, I am proud to make this announcement and am certain that under Gosego's leadership, we will see KPMG Botswana continue to be a leading professional services firm in the country. I look forward to working with the team and lead KPMG through these challenging times as we look to rebuild trust and become the clear choice.”