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Dr. (Mrs.) Ester Afua Ocloo
Marital Status: Married
A Short BiographyBorn some 80 years ago and an Industrialist, hails from Dzake Peki in the Volta region of Ghana. My passion for the institutional assistance to the indigenous industrialist and women in Africa won me the affectionate advocacy of access to credit fro the underprivileged women of the world during the first UN Conference in Mexico in 1975. My contributions made the Cambridge Biographical Society rate made me as one of the foremost women leaders of the 20th century.
I contributed in no small measure towards Ghana’s economic independence and economic empowerment of women .For over 40 years of involvement in human resources development, I founded eight non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of which only two are defunct .For seven years, my foundation has been focusing in ways and means of creating jobs for the unemployed youth through the establishment of a farm for the youth and African women entrepreneurial training center for training unemployed girls and women in employable skills and upgrading the skills of women entrepreneurs. I was a founding member of religious groups such as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Madina (a suburb of Accra –Ghana) and the unity Group of Practical Christianity (Ghana).
I also assisted in forming women’s group in the E.P Church known as Bible Class with the aim of studying the bible and home management /I served on the synod committee of the E.P Church for 12 years.
2.i also founded the sustainable end of hunger foundation (SEHUF) Ghana, a non-Governmental Organization founded in 1991 from part of the award she received from the African Leadership Prize for Sustainable end of hunger.which aims at encouraging and supporting local initiative in food production, processing and preservation. The targets groups are women and the young.
Special Interest In Relation To Occupation:
Major National Assignments:First Ghanaian Woman to be appointed Executive Chairman, National Food and Nutrition Board Ghana (1964-1966)
National Directorships:Synod committee Member, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (1974-1985).
Member of advisory Board, Ghana Institute of Management and public administration (GIMPA), Ghana.
Consultant to food and agricultural organization (FAO) of United Nations. Coordinator, Africa women in development- (1982-1987).
Chairperson, UN Committee for international federation of business and professional women (IFBPW)-(1985-1989).
1st vice president, international federation of business and professional women –(1985-1987).
Chairperson of project/committee. International Federation of Business and Professional women –(1987-1989); and 2nd vice president (IFBPW) 1987-1989.
Consultant to UNIDO to develop (1) a trai9ning program for entrepreneurs in food processing industry. Vol. 1 and vol. 2. Training program for women. Workbook (1993).
Some international directorships:Director ecumenical development co-operative society (EDCS), loans Board, world council of churches, Netherlands.
Member of Advisory Board, African Project development Facility (APDF)-1986-1995) Washington, USA.
First Chairperson of Board of Directors women’s world banking International –(1979-1985) New York, USA.
Member, council of appropriate technology international (ati), USA (1990-) Direct, Advisory member on women Issues. Farm Implements and Tools (FIT) program, an International Labour organization ILO/Netherlands Government Programs to support indigenous technology capacity (1993). FIT is a Netherlands NGO promoting the type of packaging material and machinery required by women who wish to into food processing industry. Member of board of trustees of the National Science and Technology Foundation (1994) Ghana.
Member of board of trustees –state of the world forum (1996).
President, United States African development consortium (USADC).
This is an NGO incorporated in (1997) by a group of Black Americans and Africans who have come together to see what can be d0one to help develop Africa. She was sworn in as president on the 16th of January 1997 as president for the Ghana chapter.
Since then, I have incorporated the Ghana chapter of the organization and look forward to what the future has in store.
Some innovative works initiated:Started the first food processing and preservation factory in Ghana called Nkulenu Industries Limited (1942). Founder and first president, federation of Ghana Industries, now Association of Ghana Industries. (1958-1961) This ahs been mentioned under AGI.
Founding member and the first Chairman of the board of directors, women world banking international, New York (1979-1985). National President of federation of Ghana Business and Professional women. (1979-1985).
Founder of aid to artisans association, Ghana (1988).
Artisans in the rural areas form a strong economic backbone of every developing country. Unfortunately they have little or no education .she played the role of getting ATAG established and started an NGO to mobilize the artisans of Ghana to enter international export trader. To make this possible she linked ATA to United States aid to artisans ATUSA that arranges designers from US to come over to get the Ghanaian artisans to use their skills to produce utility marketable products for export. The program is being supported by Ghana government and USAID.
All the NGOs she founded so far are all being assisted by funding agencies like USAID, UNDP, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, etc.
She got lots of ideas and opportunities which she more or less passes on to other people whom she knows are committed and an play effective leadership roles, she served on the board or committees as an advisor of these NGOs. This same principle applies to women world banking Ghana, Ghana federation of business and professional women and AGI as referred above. This accounts for my founding so many NGOs. She believes the effective sustained development should be a partnership between people who are committed and have leadership qualities. Founder, Sustainable End of Hunger Foundation (SEHUF), Ghana (1991).
2. Setup a training center for upgrading the skills of African women entrepreneurs and try to train the unemployed school leavers to acquire employable skills so that they can become self-employed.
[source PEKI NEWS Vol.1 No 8 , November 2000 Page 6 ]
Gaithersburg Md. USA.
PERSONAL OBSERVATIONI have found it hard to belive that this profile of Dr Esther Ocloo was silent on her political activities.
1. She did contest the 1969 Parliamentary elections on the Progress Party [ PP ] ticket for the West Danyi Constituency in the Volta Region : and lost to one Dr. Agadzi from the National Alliance of Liberals [ NAL ].
2. She was a member of the Council Of State.
Am not so sure if it was during the second or third republic.