Akua Nyame-Mensah

ICF-Certified Executive coach, Leadership & Culture Advisor, Team Builder, Facilitator, Founder of ANM & Company

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Akua Nyame-Mensah, Founder and Chief Coaching Officer of ANM & Company, which exists to build better leaders, has made it her life’s work to support leaders at all levels.

As an executive coach, speaker, facilitator, and podcast host of Open Door Conversations she believes that business growth comes from personal growth.

She launched an online real estate marketplace platform and brand at 25 for the first African-based technology unicorn Jumia Group. At Jumia Group, she built teams from scratch, and her teams turned real estate agents into agencies. Akua helps her ambitious clients all around the world by creating a safe space for them to learn, reflect, and grow into high-achieving world-class leaders. When facilitating sessions with groups, Akua creates a safe space for them to engage and align on organizational goals.

In her work, Akua loves combining 'traditional' coaching approaches with leadership psychology, neuroscience, emotional intelligence research, and spiritual modalities. She is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate certified executive and leadership coach, Certified MBTI Practitioner, Top 100 #IamRemarkable Facilitator, and speaks about leadership, productivity, and wellness. She has lived and worked in the U.S., Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa and has consulted in and visited over 30 countries worldwide.

Akua is a regular mentor and judge for various entrepreneurship-focused organizations, incubators, and competitions including the Founder Institute, Seedstars, African Business Heroes, FemGems, and The Coaching Fellowship.

Akua has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. In 2019 she also completed a leadership-focused MBA at African Leadership University School of Business.

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“Akua is a wonderful facilitator who brings energy and enthusiasm into her conversations. When we hosted an alumni of color event with Akua, it felt like she was sitting in the room with us. I could see folks engaging, taking notes, and getting excited to apply her coaching prompts immediately. As a program creator for alumni events, I appreciate that she delivered on what was advertised.

Additionally, Akua spoke to a diverse age group with varied professional careers. I was impressed, and received similar feedback from those in attendance, that she found a way to connect with everyone.”

Gabrielle Gary
Associate Director of Affinity Programming, Bryn Mawr College

“As part of my MBA programme, I was introduced to #IamRemarkable and to Akua! That 90-minute session was the most incredible experience for me. Finding opportunities daily to acknowledge and celebrate my successes and achievements has been one of the most pivotal lessons I have taken from that event.

I was determined to bring this experience to my team and colleagues at work, and again we had a memorable experience. We want to embed a culture that is constantly supportive, challenging and growing us individually and collectively, especially after the craziness that 2020 brought to our lives. Akua and this session does this. This is the one workshop you need for your team! Akua is the person you need to make it happen!! It is all the more incredible when you have it with your leadership teams.”

Diana Gombe
Head of People & Culture, WWF International

“Thanks again for supporting FI Accra. Your presentation was absolutely one of the best thus far, and we’ve truly had some excellent ones over the couple of months the cohort has been underway.

Moving online set the cat amongst the pigeons, and often requires a different style of presentation skills to ensure engagement and alertness of the audience. I think in your case, you are naturally engaging, but regardless it was great to see how the Founders responded to your slides, to your questions, and your general interactiveness. It was a great lesson for them in general, but particularly given some were picked up during their Hotseats for being dull/unenthusiastic. The content was very good too, and as you were so open and frank in balancing theory and practise with personal experiences you found the absolute sweet spot.”

Simon R Turner
Director, Founder Institute Accra

“It has been such a pleasure working with Akua, she has been a vital part of multiple informative events which tackled pressing issues in the payments, fintech and banking sector. Her willingness to engage with other conference attendees and speakers, have honest conversations, and pledge to work together with other players to provide effective payment solutions will have a lasting effect on the industry.

Akua’s positive attitude, professionalism, and enthusiasm has made our time together productive and fun.”

Molly Newman
Conference Director, Terrapinn Ltd

“Akua is a great facilitator and brings a real presence to the room.  From the moment she takes command of the space, she holds the space - enabling you to connect quickly and deeply with the topic at hand. Her energy coupled with her deliberate approach brings you to a point to unlock your learning with ease.

As a coach, she is focused on walking the path with you, stimulates quickly new ways of looking at challenges and opportunities, and helps you map the path forward that will bring the impact that you are looking for.“

Genevieve James
Corporate DNA Consulting

“As a result of attending Akua’s session on 'Leaders as Transformational Coaches' before I speak, I now first internally remind myself that the listener is not me and will not always know what I want or need. If you are thinking of bringing Akua in for your leadership session, you should hurry while there is still space on her calendar. She is geared to exceed your expectations.”

Blessing Stephen-Dada
Business Partner - Capability Development, International Breweries Plc (ABInBev Nigeria)

“I have known Akua both as a coach and lecturer during her time as an MBA student. But most recently I brought her on board my firm as a colleague. Akua stood out in her MBA program as incredibly diligent, organized, and excellent. I remember when the seeds of becoming an executive coach started to percolate and I was so impressed with the clarity and purpose she has demonstrated in becoming such an outspoken leader in the field.

When I began expanding my coaching practice and needed outstanding professionals with a powerful blend of real-world business leadership experience plus the emotional intelligence to guide senior leaders through change management, Akua was at the top of my list. Akua is efficient, communicative, and proactive in her part-time role with us and that is a great asset to our team and our work with clients. Maybe the best compliment we can give is that we simply would love her to do more work with us -- I'm sure you will feel the same.”

Segun Olagunju
Partner, Fearless Guides

“From Akua’s session, I will start reflecting on my beliefs about the areas I’m procrastinating on and setting clear goals on what to do first. I will stop doubting myself, thinking I have to do more research before I start. After the session, I felt happy and empowered and would recommend to anyone thinking of working with Akua to go for it!”

Likeleli Monyamane
Director, Inspire Innovation Business Consultants

“I had no concerns asking Akua to host a session for the Wine & Whine community. Akua delivered the session with a lot of patience and guidance. She was very insightful and knowledgeable. The session was perfect for my community and I would recommend that you attend one of her sessions if you have a chance.”

Damilola Odufuwa
Co-Founder, Wine & Whine

“I am very comfortable with Akua’s style, knowledge, and delivery. We work as a wonderful team together when delivering workshops. I would describe Akua as an engaging, knowledgeable and open presenter and speaker.”

Charles Ojei