Obenewa Amponsah

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Obenewa Amponsah serves as the CEO of the Steve Biko Foundation – a community development organization inspired by the legacy of the late anti-apartheid activist Bantu Stephen Biko. Having joined the organization in 2006, Obenewa has undertaken a number of roles within the institution, from overseeing International Partnerships to Fundraising to serving as the Director at large. She was also an integral member of the leadership team that conceptualized and established the Steve Biko Centre, a national legacy project located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Of Ghanaian descent, Obenewa was born and raised in the Washington DC area. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston University (USA)—majoring in International Relations and minoring in History; and her Masters degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). Obenewa has volunteered for a number of non-profit institutions and is currently a director of Milani Enterprises, a female-led investment group; and is the founder and convener of iLifa Women’s Group, an intergenerational dialogue program. Prior to joining SBF in 2006, she obtained expansive work experience in governance and development. This includes her position as a Senior Consultant with GoodWorks International, a business development and government relations firm; as well as her tenure as the Administrator for the African Presidential Archives & Research Centre, an entity dedicated to chronicling democratic transitions in Africa and the leadership of African Heads of State. Obenewa’s personal and professional interests focus on fostering Pan African solutions to facilitate development in Africa and the Diaspora. She has published a number of articles under this theme.

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