Dr. (Mrs.) Shola Safo-Duodu

Shola has more than twenty (20) years’ experience in professional marketing and management, having worked in Unilever in Ghana and South Africa and in Barclays Bank Ghana as well. She has been on the Executive Management Committee of Barclays Ghana for the past 14 years providing strategic leadership, people management, brand protection and events management. She was appointed Head of Corporate Affairs for Barclays Bank Ghana Limited in March 2005, responsible for internal and external corporate communications and messaging, public relations, recognition and corporate social responsibility. Shola joined Barclays in November, 1997 as Marketing Manager and was responsible for setting up the marketing and public relations department of the bank. The role later evolved into a Marketing and Communications Managerial role responsible for the brand and communications activities of the bank.

From 2001 to 2005, Shola was the Head of Retail Banking and was responsible for the retail branch network of 32 branches, 22 ATMs and staff strength of over 380 people. Shola was awarded the Star of Africa in 2005 for her brilliant performance as Head of Retail in Ghana. Shola started her career in Unilever as a Management trainee in 1989. She worked in various marketing roles in Unilever Ghana Limited from 1989 to 1997, during which time she was seconded to Unilever South Africa for two years as Senior Brands Manager (Personal Products) in the Durban office.

Shola holds a BA from the University of Ghana, Legon; an MA (Cantab) from Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge (UK); and is a Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK. She is also a certified Performance Development Facilitator trained by Oxford Consulting Group. Shola is also a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute of West Africa (ALIWA) which is affiliated to the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

Shola is the immediate past National President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) and is a board member of the Nature Conservation and Research Centre (NCRC), an NGO that specializes in ecotourism and nature conservation in Ghana.