Mad. Abena Maryan
PPA Corporate Affairs – Board Member
Patricia was appointed the fund manager of Activity Venture Capital. She then set up the first micro finance equity fund domiciled in Ghana in association with Goodwell Investments of Holland. Following on from this, she identified a block on foreign investment and pushed the boundaries to allow foreign Impact Investors to be allowed to invest up to 20% equity in Rural Banks. She then managed and executed the first such investment in Ghana. Her experience, built up over the last 20 years, has given Patricia an in-depth understanding of agri-business in Ghana and the practical issues faced in setting up ‘value add’ ventures.
Patricia’s previous experience includes being a founding partner of two pioneering and award winning agriculturally-focused, ‘value add’ businesses in Ghana. Taken together, and viewed in the context of the related businesses that have followed, these ventures have created thousands of new jobs. They provide evidence of the potential of new SMEs that build on relevant expertise, adopt a sustainable philosophy, and harness the natural resources that are available in the country. Her main areas of interest include inclusive businesses; rural development; renewable energy; agribusiness and financial inclusion.