A graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon and The Ghana School of Law, Penelope Mawulolo Jones-Mensah is the Managing Partner of Jones-Mensah and Co., a full service law firm based in Accra, Ghana. Penelope is a corporate lawyer with several professional memberships including the GBA (Ghana Bar Association), IBA (International Bar Association) and the IPFA (International Project Finance Association) to mention a few.
Penelope also serves on a number of corporate and non-profit organisation boards, including the Ghana Venture Capital Trust Fund and the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI). Penelope gets invited to speak at high level conferences and she has addressed audiences at the Congressional Black Caucus meetings in Washington DC alongside high level African-American politicians and business people, the German Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Women in Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Development (WEISED) Conference, the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network, to mention but a few.
An ardent women and children's rights advocate, Penelope supports a number of charities in this respect. Notable amongst these is WISE (Women's Initiative for self-empowerment) where she chairs the board. WISE is a Ghana-based non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO), established in 1999 to provide holistic and sustainable support services to women and children survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. WISE is committed to promoting the rights of women and to create a violence-free society.
Penelope has been recognised and honoured by the Global Women's Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) with the Leading and Innovative Woman Award (Law), and she also received the prestigious GWIIN Chairman's Discretionary Award 2012 for her Vision & Tenacity in respect of her pet Project -The 40 Roses Foundation.
An initiative she put in place to support 40 economically disadvantaged young girls within communities across Ghana, who have academic promise, by linking them with 40 successful women in leadership positions, to sponsor these young girls through their educational pursuits and also mentor them in their career choices & life skills and to ensure that they maximise their God given potential and give back to their communities.
She believes that the education and empowerment of the girl child is a catalyst for development, as it will invariably create a virtuous circle of opportunity and prosperity for all, resulting in the eradication of poverty and other incumbent societal ills.
During the just ended International Achievement Recognition Award held on the 12th of September, 2015 in London by JOEBOL EXCLUSIVE LIMITED, Penelope was nominated and awarded International Women Leader of the Year and this is undoubtedly as a result of her strong virtues of insight, diligence, enthusiasm, integrity, resilience, proficiency and priceless contribution to society.