MRS. ELIZABETH VILLARS
Mrs. Villars is the Founder and Board Chairman of Camelot Ghana Limited. She has worked as a Systems Consultant with West African Data Services Bureau (WADSB). She is the past president of the Association of Ghana Industries as well as a past president of the Governing Council of the Private Enterprise Foundation. She is currently the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Business Support Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC).
She was also a member of the Ghana Investment Advisory Council (GIAC) which was an advisory board formed to advise Ex-President John Agyekum Kuffour of the Republic of Ghana on foreign direct investment strategies for Ghana. In 2008 Mrs Elizabeth Joyce Villars was awarded the Order of the Volta Companion for her outstanding service under Ex-President J. A Kuffour, 2nd president of the Fourth Republic.
MR. JOHN COLIN VILLARS
Mr. Johnny Villars was born in Accra, Ghana as the first son in a family of two girls (older) and two boys. He had his primary and secondary education in Ghana, and his university and post-graduate education in England and Germany. He graduated from Richmond, The American University in London with a BA, Business Admin (Finance & Accounting), and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Industrial Financial Management from the Bergische Universitat Gesamhochschule (BUGH) in Germany. John also holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the University of London.
He begun his career in Corporate Finance (Investment Banking) and worked in Sweden, Germany, England, and migrated to Ghana in the early days of the Ghana Stock Exchange, and the heady days of Privatisation. Having acquired a decent experience in corporate finance advisory, John ended his formal career in corporate finance advisory when he saw an opportunity in seeing to the successful listing of his family business – Camelot – on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in 1999, in the first ever fully-underwritten IPO on the GSE. On the other side of the negotiating table, he joined the Camelot Group and set up a Business Development team to expand the company’s terrain.
Having successfully expanded the company’s footprint across nine (9) African countries, he established Camelot Security Solutions Limited (CSSL) in Nigeria in 2003 where he has served as the CEO to date. Proudly, CSSL got accredited in the maiden round of CBN Accreditations of Security Printers to Government, Banks, and Financial Institutions and remains in the top echelon of the industry offering advisory to the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company (NSPMC) and outsourcing services.
John is presently the Group Managing Director/CEO of CAMELOT and presently works from Accra, managing the entire Group’s business across twelve (12) African countries. He sits on a few boards in Ghana and Nigeria, and enjoys corporate governance and business advisory.
He continues astutely in business and has a passion for investing in start-ups and continuity/turnaround businesses anywhere in the world. He is married with two children.
MRS. CAROLINE ANDAH
Caroline Andah is a consult who has worked for over 30 years in Ghana’s financial sector. She started her career at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as an Economic Officer. She then moved to the private sector, worked at New World Investment Services as the Head of Brokerage, Research and General Operations, worked for several years at CDH, in various capacities including, Head of Corporate Finance and Head of Brokerage and Asset Management and was also the General Manager of HFC Investment Services responsible for both investment services and real estate development until she set up her own consulting firm, Hadna Trust Ltd, providing financial intermediation services including originating, structuring and arranging short and medium term facilities for small and medium scale enterprises.
Caroline holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a BA in Economics with Statistics from the University of Ghana.
She has served on several boards including the Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange. Currently, in addition to Camelot Ghana Ltd.’s Board, she serves on the Boards of Cirrus Oil Services Limited, and Keda Development Ltd.
PROF. ROBERT E. HINSON
Dr. Robert Ebo Hinson is a Professor and immediate past head of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ghana Business School. A holder of a doctorate degree in Marketing from the University of Ghana and a second in International Business from Aalborg University in Denmark, Robert is currently Acting Head of Hilla Limann Hall at the University of Ghana. Dr. Hinson’s research has a quadruple focus on marketing and communications, information and technology management, service management; as well as social responsibility and sustainability management. Professor Hinson has been consultant to several institutions locally and internationally and chairs the board of TeleMedia Communications; a Ghanaian firm specializing in advertising and public relations.
DR. HENRY MENSAH BROWN
Dr. Henry Mensah Brown is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Food Process Engineering in University of Ghana. He has an earned PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London and an MBA in Finance from the University of Ghana. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Applied Science & Technology of the University of Ghana. He was a Principal Consultant for Deloitte & Touche (West Africa) Limited and Director, Corporate Finance & Equity Research of Gold Coast Securities Limited. He was also the General Manager for the Domod Aluminium Company Limited. He is a member of the Technical Committee (TC22) for Oil and Gas Standards in Ghana and a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE).
MRS. FELICITY ACQUAH
Felicity Acquah holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration; MBA (Finance), a BA in Economics and Law and a Postgraduate diploma in Project Appraisal and Management. She is also a -certified trainer in Entrepreneurship and a Certified Business Development Advisor. She is a Project Analyst and Development Banker by profession.
With over 30 years of banking and business development experience, she has served in senior positions in the Agricultural Development Bank, National Investment Bank, Merchant Bank and Women’s World Banking. She served as Managing Director of Eximguaranty Company (GH) Limited, a Finance House for ten years.
She was also a pioneer in establishing an Entrepreneurship and Business Development Institution (Empretec Ghana Foundation) initially sponsored by UNCTC; UNDP; DFID, World Bank. She served with Empretec Ghana for eight years and assisted in installing Empretec programmes in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sierra Leone. She pioneered and led the implementation of the Relationship Management Workshop for Bankers between 1995 and 1997 for the benefit of the Agricultural Development Bank, Merchant Bank Ghana Limited and Barclays Bank.
She had previously served on the Boards of: Food Research Institute; Gold Coast Securities; Metropolitan and Allied Bank; National Board for Small Scale Industries; Women’s World Banking; Empretec Ghana Foundation; Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund); Ghana Social Marketing Foundation (GSMF) the Chartered Institute of Bankers, the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) the Guarantee Committee of the Guarantee Fund for West Africa (GARI) and Eximguaranty Company (GH) Limited. She is currently serving on the Boards of the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT ), Bayport Financial Services; Camelot Ghana Ltd; IFS (Institute of Fiscal Studies) and is the Vice Chairman of the Business Council of Africa (Ghana). She is a patron of FIDA (Ghana) and a patron of Empretec Women’s Forum (Accra Chapter).
MRS RACHEL BADDOO
Mrs Rachel Baddoo attended the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law. She is a lawyer by profession with considerable experience in both Public and Private sectors including 5 years at the Attorney-General’s office and 14 years at Merchant Bank (Ghana) Limited (now Universal Merchant Bank).
At Merchant Bank she was the Head of the Legal Department for 13 years and Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Bank for 10 years and for several years was Secretary to the Bank’s subsidiary companies (Stockbrokers, Finance and Leasing and Investment Holdings). This gave her a wealth of experience with Investment, Capital Markets, Merger and Acquisitions, Due Diligence and related issues. Mrs Baddoo left Merchant Bank at the grade of General Manager, by which time as part of the Executive team, she had become experienced in handling and successfully managing complex and delicate issues.
Mrs Baddoo has attended numerous courses – related to legal, financial, corporate governance, managerial and leadership skills and has become knowledgeable not only as a lawyer in the financial world but as a competent manager.
Currently she is in private legal practice and is an affiliate of MercLaw Associates, a law firm situated at the Roman Ridge Arcade, Accra. She is also a Notary Public and has set up R.B. Consult, a Company Secretarial and Advisory business.
Mrs Baddoo is currently a Board member of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology Mission and Culture, and St. Martin de Porres School, and immediate past Board Chairman of International Needs (Ghana), a Christian development oriented NGO.
Mrs Baddoo is married with three children and two grandchildren.