Redefining Entrepreneurship: The Inspiring Story of Yvette Adounvo Atekpe

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Redefining Entrepreneurship: The Inspiring Story of Yvette Adounvo Atekpe

Redefining Entrepreneurship: The Inspiring Story of Yvette Adounvo Atekpe

Mrs Yvette Adounvo Atekpe is an award-winning and highly respected business leader.  She has been actively involved in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry for close to 30 years, and for the past 20 years has dedicated herself to the advancement of the industry in Ghana. 

Yvette is highly qualified and together with her extensive business, technology and leadership experience has enabled her to build extremely successful businesses; achieving consecutive year on year growth even during challenging economic conditions.

Yvette’s success is a result of her ability to build successful teams, cultivate highly collaborative ways of working, develop strong relationships based on openness and transparency, and champion diversity and inclusion.  Hugely successful in the local Ghanaian market, Yvette has also gained status globally for bringing together and building consensus amongst teams on all continents.

Yvette’s relationship with Dimension Data in Ghana dates back to 2008 when a local company, Accelon was acquired by South Africa-based Dimension Data.  Accelon rebranded to Internet Solutions and Yvette led IS-Internet Solutions Ghana to be the country’s leading service provider, winning many awards.

Together with the IS-Internet Solutions team, Yvette brought many innovative products to the market, expanding the country’s ICT connectivity enabling better communication locally, across the continent and internationally.  The innovative and entrepreneurial culture that Yvette nurtured at IS-Internet Solutions led to the company being named the fastest growing subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group (operations in over 90 countries) in 2015.

Yvette’s standing within the business and ICT communities and the companies she has led, have been widely recognised, She has personally received numerous national awards and accolades inlcuding:

  • Cloud Provider of the Year
  • ICT Woman and Industry personality
  • ISP of the year for 4 consecutive years
  • CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year 2017
  • International recognition at the Pan African awards by CEO Global 2018/2019
  • Woman Rising top 50 corporate women leaders in Ghana
  • National Women in STEM Honours

A vocal champion of women in business, as well as the development of the next generation of leaders, and supporting youth-focused initiatives, Yvette has been mentoring young girls in ICT in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications/International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Dimension Data for over ten years.

The mentorship she provides spans women in business through to girl-child education.

Yvette is a past President and member of the Zonta Club of Accra II and the Executive Women Network. She is an alumnus of the University of Ghana where she studied Law, Philosophy with a Major in Sociology. Yvette also holds:

  • PGD Marketing of Services- Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.
  • CBA Business Administration from GIMPA, Ghana.
  • Strategy and Management from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in IT Law from the UG School of Law.

She serves on a number of Corporate Boards, including Access Bank (Ghana) Plc.

Yvette has been married to renowned businessman Ellis Atekpe for 25 years.  She has two grown children, Andrea-Nicole and Ethan Eli both of whom are attending university.


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