Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is our Executive Vice President. Mavis oversees ACET’s strategy and leadership, and is responsible for ensuring the organization is respected as a robust pan-African economic policy institute. Her key responsibilities include setting a clear strategic direction for ACET and ensuring that we have a strong portfolio of robust programs; an excellent team of experts; a sound network of economic institute partners across Africa; strong relationships with partners in both the public and private sectors; and the trust of our funding partners.
Mavis has built a distinguished career over 25 years in international development. Born in Ghana, she is a political economist by training and a private sector development specialist. She previously worked at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she led the creation and implementation of DFID’s first private sector development strategies in a number of countries. More recently, she worked as the Director of Program Policy at Save the Children. In 2016, she joined a newly established NGO, the Power of Nutrition, as its Director of Investments, overseeing rapid growth across a dozen African and Asian countries.
She holds an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and an MPhil in Development Studies (Economics and Political Economy Analysis). Mavis is a member of the Board of Directors for Results for Development and Sightsavers International and an Independent Member of the Strategic Coherence of ODA Funded Research (SCOR) Board.