Yawa Hansen-Quao

Founder and Director @ Leading Ladies Network

Yawa Hansen-Quao is a visionary leader whose career intersects with the values and goals of Emerging Public Leaders. For
nearly a decade, she has nurtured female leadership and social entrepreneurship in Africa through the Leading Ladies Network (LLN), a nonprofit she founded in Ghana. Through the Leading Ladies Network, Yawa has fostered an ecosystem of women and girls who have ambitious goals, strong character and resolve to serve as impactful leaders in business, civil society, and government. In May 2012, at the World Economic Forum on Africa, Yawa was recognized as one of Africa’s Rising Leaders and in 2016 was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in honor of her pioneering work nurturing emerging women leaders.

In addition to being a founder, speaker, and author, Yawa served
for three years on the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community; and is a current member of
the Board of Directors of Ashesi University College; a leading liberal arts university in Ghana. She previously served as a leadership consultant to UN Women helping to develop leadership curricula to enhance the capacity of women leaders in East and Southern Africa. Additionally, Yawa served for two years as a member of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Institute for Global Leadership at Benedictine University.