Lucy Quist serves as the President of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ghana. She is a co-founder of FreshBakery (www.gofreshbakery.com ), the parent company of the FreshPay payment platform in the Demo-cratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She is also a co-founder of the Executive Women Network in Ghana, a non profit organisation focused on empowering executive women in Ghana and beyond to be influential and fully realise their potential.
She is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to advance development in Africa. She also advocates for greater participation in STEM especially for young people across the continent.
Lucy is reputed for being the first Ghanaian woman to become the CEO of a multinational telecommunications company in Ghana and credited with driving breakthrough transformations in the telecom industry in Ghana and across several countries in Africa.
She is renowned for transforming businesses even in the most challenging situations. Notably, she took over the helm of affairs at Airtel Ghana, one of the country’s largest multinational telecom companies in 2014 and success-fully repositioned the company into one that plays a significant role in connecting people to improve their lives. The company won more than 20 awards under her leadership.
Personally, she is a recipient of multiple honours by reputable organisations for her exceptional strategic insights, selfless dedication to growing people and for championing causes that are shaping the lives of young people across Africa. Notable among these are CIMG Marketing Woman of the year (2014), Telecom CEO of the Year (GITTA Awards 2016), CSR CEO of the year (Ghana CSR Excellence Awards 2016) and the Corporate Leadership Award at the Ghana Legacy Awards (2017).
Lucy is a chartered electrical and electronic engineer with a first-class degree from the University of East London. She is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK) and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France. Her career spans technology, telecommunications, banking and automative industries in Europe and Africa.
She is an accomplished international speaker focusing on leadership, technology, transformative business models and the creation of prosperity for the disadvantaged in the world. She blogs regularly on Facebook (@lucyquistofficial) and tours several countries to speak and engage with young people on realising their potential.
She has been on platforms such as TEDxEUSTON, Wharton Africa Business Forum and the Sanford C. Bernstein Centre for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. She recently spoke at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in 2017 (http://lucyquist.com/mobile-world-congress-2017/)
In 2016 she was featured on the BBC’s Power Women series as one of the top business women driving transfor-mational change in Africa. (http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-38033551/how-one-ghanaian-woman-leads-with-laughter )
Lucy serves on numerous boards including, Petra (Pension) Trust, Ghana Climate Innovation Centre and Central University College.
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