Office of the President, Government of Ghana
Emelia is Advisor to the President of Ghana. She assists presidential appointees in aligning manifesto objectives with Presidential objectives and specific sector policy goals. She took up this appointment after working as the Deputy Regional Minister for Ghana’s Western Region responsible for coordinating development. Before that, Emelia worked as the District Chief Executive (Mayor) of the Shama District in the Western Region of Ghana. In the past, she has engaged in consulting and advocacy work in natural resource governance at the local, regional, and international levels, and served as the Global Team Leader for the British Council’s InterAction Leadership Program. Emilia served on the board of the Open Society Initiative in West Africa; steering committee of FAO’s National Forest Program facility and steering committee of IUCN/IIED/FAO’s Growing Forest Partnerships. She continues to serve on the board of CARE International’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group and IUCN/FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility. A member of the Balaton Group, Emelia founded IADI, an organization established to strengthen rural communities’ autonomous and sustainable capacities for development.