Managing Director of Capital and More Microfinance Company Limited, Akosua Oppong-Tawiah, has been adjudged the best Microfinance Personality of the Year 2016 for her outstanding contribution and expertise to the financial sub-sector.
She has over the years helped in designing specially crafted products and services to meet specific needs of the unbanked in Ghana, particularly women and traders, something that continue to make significant contributions to the end user and society.
Mrs Oppong-Tawiah received a plague and a citation for the award, which was given her at this year’s National Women in Finance Awards; Ghana’s prestigious and first-ever award that seeks to recognize deserving female professionals in the financial industry.Organised by the National Women in Finance Magazine, the award scheme since also seeks to inspire, motivate and coach the current and next generation of women finance professionals to aspire to greater heights of individual and corporate excellence.
The MD dedicated her award to women and the Ghana Microfinance Companies (GAMC), which she is an executive member.
“As a female managing director, I made it my business to stand out… It hasn’t been easy but I thank god for the support that I have from my family, from the awesome staff of Capital and More,” Mrs Oppong-Tawiah said in her acceptance speech.
She said it was humbling and an honour to have been adjudged the Microfinance Personality of the Year 2016, noting that the award would spur her on to do more to enhance access and reach to her business.“Winning this award has made me more aware of the importance of microfinance to Women empowerment and poverty alleviation.
“As the microfinance personality of the year, I’m challenged to do my best in terms of staying compliant with regulations and improve Capital and More’s capacity to serve people who are financially excluded and the under-banked,” she told 3News in an interview.
She said she would strive to improve the working knowledge of the staff members of Capital and More in order to focus on wealth creation for the company’s valued customers.
Mrs Oppong-Tawiah has been the managing director of Capital and More since June 2015, and been responsible for the management and implementation of the company’s strategic vision to ensure shareholder value.
Prior to that, she was the Business Development and Corporate Sales manager for ESICH Life Assurance Company Limited for over three years, having served as served as an Assistant Manager at Ecobank Ghana Limited for over three years.
She holds an MBA in International Finance, Mergers and Acquisition from the De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Ghana.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana