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Philip Sowah is the Managing Director of Afriwave Telecoms Ghana Ltd, a highly respected business leader with a wealth of senior management experience in telecommunications, information technology and management. A team player and an empowering leader, he is the recipient of three CEO of the Year awards having picked two from the Mobile World Ghana Telecoms Awards in 2011 and 2013 respectively and one from Ghana's Most Respected Company and CEO Awards organized by the global accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Ghana's leading financial newspaper, Business & Financial Times (B&FT) in 2010.
Prior to joining Afriwave, Philip led the growth of Zain which later became Airtel to become a customer focused and innovation driven leader in the telecommunications industry in Ghana. Under his leadership, Airtel won several awards including Telecoms Company of the Year in 2010 and 2012 organized by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).
Philip Sowah's mercurial rise to the apex of the telecoms industry in Ghana started with Onetouch (now Vodafone) where he was the Chief Officer. He championed its aggressive expansion from 160,000 to 1.3 million subscribers. A business leader with global experience, he has also consulted with Big Five and Fortune 500 companies. A former Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ghana Telecoms Chamber, the main telecoms industry association and a private initiative by the mobile telecom operators in Ghana, he sits on other boards across different industries.
An accomplished leader in the telecoms industry, Philip Sowah holds degrees in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Grinnell College and Washington University respectively both in the USA.
Francis Poku serves as the Deputy Managing Director and oversees the Administration/ Business Support, Human Resources, Environment, Health and Safety functions of the Interconnect Clearing House which Afriwave Telecom in 2015 obtained a license to operate. He will combine his new role with his current role managing the engineering department of the company which started in 1998.
A co-founder of the company, Francis has seen the steady growth of the business from its humble beginnings to becoming one of the sought after companies with expertise in telecommunication equipment, supplies and service provision. It is no wonder that in 2015, they bid, won and added the license to operate the Interconnect Clearing House to their list of accomplishments.
An experienced and sought after project management specialist with entrepreneurial acumen, Francis was educated at Mfantsipim Secondary school in Cape Coast, Ghana from 1979 to 1984 where he obtained his GCE O levels. He continued to do his A levels at Willesden College in London from 1986 to 1988 and worked in various jobs in London till 1995 when he attended Thames Valley University to do his undergraduate degree. He qualified in 1998 with a second class upper in Economics and Geography. He returned to Ghana soon after to co-found Afriwave Telecom Ghana Ltd in 1998. The company employs over 70 workers, various contractors, sub-contractors and many suppliers.
Francis Poku is a team player, hardworking with a good sense of humour. He is passionate about football, motor racing and reading.
Donald Gwira is the Director of Corporate Affairs at Afriwave Telecoms Ghana Ltd.
A professional with a strong background in development and corporate communications, advocacy and project management, Donald was the head of Corporate Communications, External Affairs and CSR at Airtel Ghana before joining Afriwave in 2015. During the four years at post, He led Airtel's engagement with the media and other stakeholders to build positive images about the company and vibrancy in its communications. Under his watch, the company grew in reputation having won over 20 awards from major institutions that confer excellence awards to organizations. In 2014, he was awarded the PR Discovery of the Year at the 3rd Public Relations Excellence Awards.
He joined Airtel in 2011 from Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd where he managed the Corporate Communications function for three years. He was instrumental in engaging the media that led to the highest number of entries from Ghana and a Ghanaian business journalist winning a category of the prestigious Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards for the first time in its history. In his last year, he doubled as Corporate Citizenship Manager, driving the company's flagship corporate social responsibility programme, Water of Life, which provided clean water to 100,000 Ghanaians.
Prior to Guinness and for a decade, Donald managed projects in Guinea - Conakry, Mali and The Gambia as well as being the Communications Manager and Advocacy Champion for West Africa for Sightsavers International (Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind). In 2005 during his tenure, he was recognized as part of 36 exemplary leaders in a book entitled "Leading Coherently: Reflections from Leaders Around the World". Nancy Stanford-Blair and Michael Dickmman authors of the book describe him as follows: "As communications expert, he led the public relations effort across West Africa to get the word out about the prevention and cure of blindness. His creativity and "way with words" was effective in making the gift of sight a high priority for those within reach of his information campaigns". This book has become one of the reading materials for students of leadership across the world.
A career in public relations and advocacy that has spanned over 20 years, Donald has contributed over 20 articles on various topics published in the Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times and other local newspapers as well as international magazines like West Africa and New African and hosted and co-produced a programme on Ghana Television called Bridging the Gap. He is an Accredited Member and on the Executive Council of the Institute of Public Relations as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. He has also held the following leadership positions:
Former board chairman of the Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture (GHANECC) now GNBCC (Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council)
Deputy Chairperson Anglo Phone West Africa for International Centre for Persons with Visual Impairment. (ICEVI)
Donald Gwira holds a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from American University in Paris, France and a Master's degree in Political Science, majoring in International Relations and a minor in Comparative Politics (Africa) from Howard University in the United States of America.
Femi Banigbe has a wealth of experience in telecommunications spanning over 16 years having worked in various leadership roles in several of the leading global telecommunication players. A founding and managing partner for Silver Rock Technology Services, a private consulting firm providing advisory services on business strategy, outsourcing management, operational consulting as well as technology solutions for companies within the Information and Communication Technology, Femi is consulting for Afriwave as it journeys through this exciting period of operating the Interconnect Clearing House.
Prior to being engaged with Afriwave in 2015, Femi was the immediate past Chief Operations Officer of Millicom Ghana Limited the Operator of the TIGO Network where he was responsible for driving the overall operations strategy of the business. He also functioned as the Acting CEO as well as the Chief Technical Officer. His experience with TIGO was not only limited to Ghana, but across borders as he was also the Chief Technical Officer for Milicom Tanzania where he helped drive the technology strategy of the business in the East African country. Earlier in his career, Femi worked with Airtel Nigeria as the Director of Network Operations. He also worked with Ericsson, the world's leading telecommunication equipment and service provider for a couple years in several capacities; the last being the Network Support Group Manager for Access and Transport Networks.
Femi serves on the advisory board of several nonprofit organizations spread across the African continent. He is a respected technology business leader, an inspirational speaker, a personal life coach and mentor to several individuals.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria. He is a product of Ericsson Management Development Program (Leadership Core Curriculum) as well as a student of the Advance Management Program of London Business School. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.