Ms. Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah is the Chief Executive Officer and Lead Communication Strategist of Strategic Communications Africa (Stratcomm Africa), a leading total marketing communication agency in Ghana which has been in existence for more than twenty-one years.
Esther has worked as a communication specialist in a number of organisations, including the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) Project consortium and the Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC).
She was one of the pioneers of GNPC, and established the Public Affairs department of the corporation. In this capacity, she keenly supported the promotion and marketing of Ghana’s hydrocarbon potential locally and internationally. She also developed and implemented a programme of systematic public education on the petroleum industry in Ghana as well as a multidisciplinary programme for disseminating countrywide the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) instead of wood fuel for domestic cooking.
Her expertise and resourcefulness in applying communication to the challenges of the petroleum industry led to her being appointed the first External Affairs Manager for the West African Gas Pipeline Project consortium (consisting of Shell, Chevron, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, and the gas companies of Togo and Benin, namely Sotogaz, and Sobegaz, with Chevron as managing sponsor). In that role, she effectively led a team from the four participating countries –Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria that undertook governmental and community relations and public relations responsibilities spanning the four countries as part of the Chevron-led project management group.
Esther is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, as well as Cornell University and an International Rotary Scholar. She is also an active member of a number of professional bodies such as the International Communication Association (ICA), and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA). She is a qualified Gestalt Organisation Development Professional and has several publications to her credit.
Her deep-rooted knowledge of the fundamentals of communications has been instrumental in Stratcomm Africa securing many high profile clients in various industries, including mining, oil and gas, telecommunication and aviation. Esther has also established the Centre for Development and Intercultural Communication (CEDIC), an NGO that seeks to promote and facilitate development through communication.
She has received a number of awards including;
- Media Entrepreneur of the Year 2010
- Outstanding Corporate Woman of the Year at the 2013 Ghana Women’s Awards
- Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Marketing Woman of the Year 2012
- Institute of Public Relations Ghana “Public Relations Personality of the Year 2013
- Public Relations Consultancy of the year 2013 award (Stratcomm Africa)