Roland O. Akosah is an Akyerema; Class of 1976. He attended Mfantsipim School for his Sixth Form education. Roland holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1989), and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Statistics from the University of Ghana (1984).
He is the founder and CEO of ENO International, LLC, and a privately held firm founded in 1994, which invests largely in start-ups. Taking a long-term investment perspective, his firm has evolved organically.
The company’s history of investments has ranged from technology, banking and finance, real estate and plantation agriculture. Nearly all of ENO International’s investments have been in Ghana. The firm has investments in two USA-based start-ups - a mobile payment technology firm, and a biotech company.
The firm’s philosophy is anchored on a fairly simple criterion: To invest in business visionaries whose values and valor are likely to advance Ghana’s socio-economic development, even as they enhance shareholder value.
Prior to morphing into a full-fledged entrepreneur, Roland had had corporate careers at SallieMae Corporation (a financier of higher education), United Technologies (an industrial conglomerate), and IBM. His varied areas of responsibilities included contract negotiations and management (at SallieMae), business planning, analysis, and management reporting (at the North American Operations of the Otis Elevator Division of United Technologies), forecasting the personal computer systems and telecommunications marketplace in the United States (at IBM).
In addition to his entrepreneurial engagements, Roland serves on several boards. The list includes Multimedia Group Limited (media), National Investment Bank, FOCOS Foundation (USA and Ghana), which runs a world-class orthopedic hospital in Accra, Garden City University College, and National Partnership for Children’s Trust – a Nelson Mandela-inspired charity that awards scholarships to bright but needy students. He is a fellow of the West African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute (USA), which is committed to advancing enlightened citizenship and leadership around the world.
On the eve of graduating from college, Roland was elected to represent Africa and the Middle East at the international headquarters of AIESEC (eye-sec) in Brussels, Belgium (in 1984-1985). Established in over sixty nations, AIESEC is a non-profit, non-political, student-run organization, dedicated to promoting business and management development skills, as well as cultural interchange. Its principal initiative is a work-abroad internship program for its members. Under this program, Roland had short-term stints with IBM (Belgium) and Volvo (Sweden), respectively.
Roland is married to Pearl, an international development consultant, and an alumna of Harvard’s JFK School of Government. They have a teenage son, Nyamekye. Roland is an avid reader, whose eclectic tastes include history, economics, politics and philosophy, science and technology. He is also an amateur poet, and an acoustic guitar novice. He is an incorrigible supporter of the Ghana Black Stars, the national soccer team.