Deborah Ahenkorah, Founder & CEO
Deborah has founded and supported a number of organizations, prior to African Bureau, which promote literacy for African children. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards. She is an Echoing Green Fellow, New Voices Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a winner of the Grinnell Prize for Social Innovators. Deborah studied Political science and African studies at Bryn Mawr College and is an alumnae of the Yale Publishing Course. One of her favorite children’s book is the Anne of Green Gables series. If she could be any animal in the world, she would be a dolphin and swim to the ends of the earth!
Laia Esqué Durrande, Publisher, Children’s Books
Laia Esqué Durrande is the publisher at African Bureau. Currently based in Accra, she has taken time off her job as a children’s and young adult editor at RBA Molino, one of Spain’s leading publishing houses, to support the launch and creation of African Bureau. She has over 10 years of experience in various capacities in the book industry. Originally from Barcelona, Laia enjoys traveling and discovering new cultures; she speaks five languages. Laia originally trained as an architect but now spends her days dreaming up exciting ideas for books, and bringing them to life.
Daphne Lee, Editor, Early Chapter Books
Daphne Lee is an editor and writer with more than 15 years experience in book and newspaper publishing. She is currently editorial consultant at Scholastic Asia, and also edits for Silverfish Books, a Malaysian small press. Daphne had a weekly column about children’s and YA books for 12 years before switching to writing about the local publishing scene on a monthly basis. Her book reviews are archived at The Places You Will Go (http://hskt.weebly.com/the-places-you-will-go) and she manages local (https://readlocalbooks.wordpress.com), a website that focuses on Malaysian books. Daphne lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her children, her Nigerian fiance and their cats and dogs.
Eunice Ahenkorah, Marketing and Partnerships
Eunice Ahenkorah enjoys writing and loves using words to bring causes and projects to life. She has worked at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC as an education policy advocate for Hispanic Americans. She is a fundraising and marketing specialist and a freelance copywriter. Eunice promotes children’s books at African Bureau and manages partner relationships. She is an alumnae of Grinnell College, Iowa and loves learning languages and exploring various cultures. She speaks fluent French, beginner Korean and dreams of traveling across Asia eating delicious food.
Frederick Asare Amoah, Finance & Accounts
Frederick Asare Amoah is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG). He has over 14 years of accounting experience in the NGO, private and public sectors in Ghana and has worked with organizations such as Masai Motors, World Vision International, CIDA, Sightsavers International and the Students Loan Trust Fund. Frederick is a founding partner of Double Entry Management Consult which focuses on establishing accounting and management systems for SMEs in Ghana. He is an alumna of the University of Ghana Business School and has an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Frederick currently serves on the boards of Golden Baobab and the Zoomlion Foundation. He lives in Accra with his wife and baby son.