Erika Amoako-Agyei is a dynamic, results-driven, international sales, marketing and communications professional with a solid track record securing key clients globally, driving multi-million-dollar revenue growth, and increasing product distribution to grow market share in highly competitive international markets. In 2016, she was selected by Stanford University for a one-year assignment in Ghana to advance economic opportunities in West Africa (Sept. 2017–2018). As part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed), Erika brings the expertise of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Innovation of Silicon Valley to CEOs in Africa. Serving as a Business Coach, Erika is supporting high-potential entrepreneurs in multiple countries to scale their business and create new jobs. By leveraging her skills as a business leader, Erika’s role in West Africa supports Stanford’s larger initiative to enable business leaders in developing economies to lead their regions out of poverty.
Erika has prior experience working internationally. For nearly a decade, she worked for tech giant, the IBM Corporation, starting in the US, and then transferring to West Africa for multiple years based in Ghana. As the Country General Manager, Erika managed IBM Ghana Operations and supported multiple projects in other nations, including Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Cameroon. Her position requirements also included regular visits to the IBM Regional head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon returning to the United States, Erika became the Director of Corporate Relations for the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She later went into business for herself, founding a computer hardware and software consultancy providing independent consulting to Africa-based corporate, educational and government clients.
In 2011, she founded Africa Intercultural Consulting, a management and cross-cultural training firm in the US that services global companies and organizations expanding into Africa. She is now an active consultant and trainer with top US energy companies, global technology firms & other industry corporate and non-profit clients. From her experience, she delivers cross-cultural training programs for executives, multicultural teams, expatriate families and international students. As a visiting professor, she also teaches a summer course called, “Conducting Business in Africa” to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas in the Sam Walton College of Business.
Drawing from her experience, she has authored Cross-Cultural Management and Organizational Behavior in Africa published by John Wiley & Sons (2009) for the Thunderbird International Business Review. She has also written a businessperson’s guide to the social and professional cultures in sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, she has penned the memoirs and profiles of leading African personalities and has served as both a speechwriter and ghostwriter for high-profile business and political leaders in West Africa.
Erika lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and enjoys mentoring future leaders.