Profile: Elaine Sam Kwami, President, IPR-Ghana

ELAINE

Elaine Sam Kwami is a private management consultant and a multi-skilled professional with rich experience in the areas of journalism, public and community relations and human resource practice, spanning over 30 years.

She started as a reporter and later Women’s page editor of Ghanaian Times and was runner-up to the Journalist of the Year award. Elaine later worked in senior positions as Public Relations and Human Resource Manager within the UAC of Ghana group (now Unilever).

As Public Relations Manager for the erstwhile Ashanti Goldfields, her passion for a strong internal PR led to the creation of the Community Relations desk in the department to strengthen communications with the several communities dotted on the concession.This practice was soon adopted by many other mining companies.

She played a key role in raising PR practice from Departmental to Divisional level in Ashanti. She was later appointed Senior Manager (Administration) and then General Manager (Human Resources), where she championed various initiatives in HIV/AIDS and malaria control. Both of these earned the company international recognition, receiving the “Amsterdam Diner” award and commendation from the BBC.

Following the merger with AngloGold, Elaine was appointed Community Services Coordinator for the West Africa Region. She was a member of the team that was contracted by the Public Sector Reform to gather data for the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.

Elaine was the Group Manager, Public Affairs for Golden Star Resources Ltd and also a board member. She is very passionate about the community and women empowerment, and would like to see a lot more done to enhance life in the districts in order to stem the tide urban migration.

She holds diplomas from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana, the School of Journalism Hungary, and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

She is an Executive member of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana and chair of the Fundraising Committee for the past five years; member of the Council of Patrons, CSR Foundation, Ghana, Ghana Institute of Management, Graphic Communications Group Ltd and the Ghana Journalists’ Association and the Society of Human Resource Practitioners, US.

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