Afetsi has over a decade’s experience leading multicultural and multilingual teams across Africa in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of energy and defence technology projects in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, South Sudan, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Principe, Cameroon, Uganda, Congo and other Sub-Saharan countries. Having founded and run a start-up defense and energy tech company, JBW Limited (of which he now chairs the Board), to become an active SME, operating out of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone; he has experience in Public Private Partnership (PPP) transactions, turnkey projects and the management of commercial infrastructure. Afetsi worked in private and public sector in State Owned Companies such as Ghana Oil Company (GOIL), Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) and Tema Oil Refinery (TOR)
Afetsi is passionate about good governance in Africa and worked the 2016 Ghanaian Presidential elections and on the 2017 Liberian Presidential elections. He also provided corporate advisory services, on the restructuring of the Liberia National Lottery Authority to the Office of the Vice President and the Liberia National Lottery Authority. Afetsi has also been named to the Shared Value Africa Initiative Council of 8, which is made up of thought leaders and trailblazers from across Africa who have shown not only leadership capability but also dedication to the Shared Value business model of profit with purpose. Afetsi is actively involved in charity as a Project Director for Water for Humanity, a non-profit focused on providing solar powered mechanized borehole solutions for water for rural locations in Ghana as well as a Festival Director for Storymoja Ghana, an African literary festival that hosts an annual event in Nairobi and Ghana to provide a platform for creative writers to harness, share and promote their pieces with seasoned professionals. And a Co-Patron for Careerpedia, a youth driven career advice network. He also personally mentors’ young people, and aids women and youth owned start up with capacity building and business development.
Mr. Awoonor has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Business Administration from Central University College Ghana, a dual Masters’ in Oil & Gas Management from The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland and the IFP School Ruel Malmaison, France, on a full scholarship from the Ghana education trust fund (GETFund) and a PhD (in view) in Business Administration from Geneva Business School. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and a respected international conference speaker and panelist, speaking at conferences all over Africa and globally.