Conference central Africa

Kodwo Ahlijah

Chairman & CEO of the Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Platform

Kodwo Ahlijah, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was admitted to the membership of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) of UK in 1981. He has over 40 years' working experience.

Presentation: Public policy support for commercialisation of cassava industry in Central Africa

He worked in various audit, management consultancy and insolvency positions in KPMG, Ghana and other accountancy firms in Nigeria as well as banking and industrial establishments in Ghana. He worked with Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Ghana's Pension Scheme, for 11 years and rose to the position of General Manager (Finance) with responsibility for Investments and Projects. He was the Managing Director of ABC Brewery Limited until its takeover by Guinness Ghana Breweries in 1997.

He appointed by the Government of Ghana as Chairman of the Ayensu Starch Company Limited for the year 2013/14 and had the privilege of executing the commencement of the Supply Agreement for the supply of food grade cassava starch by Ayensu Starch Company Limited to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited for the production of RUUT EXTRA lager beer. One of the first cassava starch based lager beer in Ghana.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Osara Consultancy Services Limited and handling the creation of cassava based Joint Ventures involving landowners, cassava out grower associations, entrepreneurs, donors and financial institutions. Presently a Board Member of the Ghana Audit Service and the Central Region Lands Commission. He is also the Chairman, Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Platform (GICSP), a GROW AFRICA Initiative.

He made the following presentations on industrial cassava:
a. "The Challenges and Opportunities of Cassava Starch Production in Ghana" (5th Starch World Asia, Sofitel, Bangkok, January 2016 - Thailand)
b. "The Case for Large Scale Cassava Plantations and Starch Processing Plants". (2nd Cassava World Africa, March 2016 - Ghana)