Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is the Executive Vice President at the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) – pan-African economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. Prior to joining ACET, she was the Director of Investments at The Power of Nutrition. Previous positions include Director for Programme Policy and Quality (PPQ) at Save the Children UK and a number of Private Sector Development Specialist positions at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) over 15 years. In her last role at DFID, she was responsible for setting the Department’s policy direction on private sector development (PSD) and managing a team of technical specialists that provided advice to key partners in developing countries, the international community and the UK government.
Mavis has over 20 years of international development experience in Africa, Asia and Eastern Caribbean. She has led multi-sectoral teams in both government and non-governmental organisations to develop and successfully implement programmes in the social and economic sectors in over 30 countries. She has extensive experience in organisation governance and has been a member of a number of charity boards and is currently a Trustee of Sightsavers and a board member of The Coalition for Global Prosperity
She is a political economist by training and has an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her publications include Binding Constraints to Growth in Nigeria (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Growth and Competitiveness (World Bank, 2007).