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Finance graduate runner up for British Council Entrepreneurial Award

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Akua Ofori-Ampofo, MSc International Shipping & Finance graduate from the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School, was shortlisted for an Entrepreneurial Award at the British Council’s Alumni Awards 2017 in Ghana.

The Awards, which took place on Saturday 11 February, showcase the outstanding achievements and successes of graduates from UK universities and the contributions they are making in their field of study, communities and countries.

Akua’s success and entrepreneurial endeavours after graduating were key factors behind her nomination for the award. She applied knowledge gained from her Master’s degree to found three separate and thriving businesses in the freight, mining and export industry, which provide valuable employment to a number of young Ghanaian people.

Akua comments:

“It is humbling to be a finalist alongside so many other inspiring and talented individuals. I was able to start these businesses due to the exposure and access that I gained from my course.

I am proud of the positive effect my ventures are having on the Ghanaian community. In particular, in helping young women to break through the glass ceiling and build careers in the male-dominated mining, export and logistics industries.”

Dr George Alexandridis, Director of Shipping Programmes at the ICMA Centre, adds:

“We were so pleased to hear of Akua’s news, she was an excellent student and it is of no surprise that she was shortlisted for this award. Her achievements after graduating are an inspiration to many and demonstrate how hard work and determination can take you far.”

Visit the British Council website for more information about the Awards.

Published 17 February 2017

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