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Dr. Esi Ansah describes teaching as her “first love,” and believes that life is all about self-discovery and scalable transformation. She enjoys facilitating learning journeys for people both in, and outside the classroom.
Esi is the founding partner and CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She serves as the key Corporate Trainer for Axis clients and uses Axis as a platform to provide mentoring and career coaching to students and working professionals as well as retirees. Esi is a certified ICF (International Coaching Federation) Coach and a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner who uses the Insights Discovery (personality profile) system in performance, and leadership coaching.
Esi has taught courses including Leadership and Human Resource Management at Ashesi University, using creative strategies in student-centered learning. She is highly engaged in various initiatives in her academic community, leading to several awards from students, including The Most Outstanding Faculty Member and the Most Inspiring Faculty Member.
Esi is active in her community, and founded the Association of Ghana’s Elders (AGE), as her Aspen Institute's Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa project to address the needs of senior citizens in Ghana – a topic she is deeply committed to, to the point of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in July 2015 as part of her awareness creation and fundraising campaign.
Dr. Ansah’s academic and professional/career interests include Leadership Development, Service Quality and Delivery Systems, Social Entrepreneurship, Ageing, and Public Sector Reform. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, International Affairs and French from the Florida State University, graduating with three Bachelor’s degrees in three years cum laude (with honors). She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Esi serves on a number of boards including the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA), Emerging Public Leaders - Ghana (EPL), and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). She is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa (ALIWA). As an actively engaged citizen, Esi is part of the CitizenGhana Movement, and serves actively in her church as well (Legon Interdenominational Church (LIC)). She is a Vital Voices 2015/2016 Fellow and a public speaker on multiple platforms.