Nana Adu Ampofo
Nana is a specialist in investment climate analysis with considerable experience delivering analytical and consulting services for private and public sector clients in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea countries.
Before co-founding Songhai Advisory with Kissy in 2010, Nana worked in country risk and economic analysis with the international market intelligence firm, IHS Global Insight, closely monitoring developments in the region. From this vantage point, Nana built on professional experience and contacts gained with the Investment Policy Review team of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Political risk modelling, sovereign risk analysis and macroeconomic forecasting were among Nana’s core responsibilities at IHS. In addition to contributing to Transparency International and World Bank Governance indicators, Nana’s responsibilities led him to chair the December 2009 Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) 2009 mining sector panel discussion and to be interviewed by print, radio and televised media outlets such as the BBC, Radio France Internationale, Bloomberg and Reuters.
Whilst with the UN, Nana was able to contribute to comparative benchmarking studies, flagship department publications and government advisory initiatives aimed at strategic FDI attraction such as the Investment Policy Review of Nigeria and the Ghana Blue Book.
At Songhai Advisory, Nana has played a leading role supporting clients in understanding and navigating local political economy and networks e.g. stakeholder assessment, reputational due diligence and establishment of bilateral chambers of commerce.
Born in the U.K., but of Ghanaian origin, this dual heritage is perhaps the fundamental premise of Nana’s interest in Sub-Saharan Africa; an interest, which spurred a BA Economics and Politics at the University of York and MA Economic Development and Policy Analysis at the University of Nottingham.
Kissy co-founded Songhai Advisory in 2010 having already worked with leading international risk and global information consultancies focussed on Sub-Saharan Africa. Her analytical approach is grounded in an LLB English & French Law, Risk Management in Developing Countries postgraduate from Sciences Politiques (Bordeaux) and a diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance from the International Compliance Association.
Due also to extensive travel and research across Africa, she has a solid understanding of the investment climate in the region and has jointly conceived of the company’s investment climate analysis model, reputational due diligence, strategic advisory and other service areas. She remains passionate about the need for credible qualitative and quantitative data to inform investor choice. She understands the importance of local knowledge and on-the-ground networks in order to inspire a 'grassroots-led' approach to investment climate analysis.
Kissy has led on a number of projects at the firm, most recently with regards to the company’s social impact work in Ghana and Kenya, on behalf of the British Council and in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute, UnLtd and SEUK.
Prior to co-founding Songhai Advisory with Nana Adu Ampofo, Kissy was a Senior Country Analyst with global information service provider, IHS, where she cultivated a reputation as an authority for appraising how cross-border transactions in Sub Saharan Africa can be impacted by risk, specific to these jurisdictions. She has been widely quoted in the media.
By leading on the creation of Songhai’s Accra office in 2012, Kissy’s role in bridging sustainable economic activities in the region and sources of FDI has taken on an almost literal meaning. This has been further strengthened by her position as an Advisor to one of the foremost UK-Africa business networks, the Business Council for Africa.