Personality of the week:Ivy Apea Owusu

Ivy Apea Owusu is the Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus Oil Services Limited. She has over 15 years’ experience in the Energy Sector, Leadership, Business Strategy, People and Talent Management, Change Management, Deal Structuring and Underwriting, Portfolio and Risk Management.

Ivy joined Cirrus Oil in 2009 as the company’s Risk Manager and subsequently became General Manager, Commerce. She was appointed CEO in November 2010. In this role, she has spearheaded a wide range of health and education related community activities.

Prior to joining Cirrus, Ivy worked with GE Capital in the USA and UK from 2002 until August 2009 in Energy Financing and Structured Finance. During this period she garnered hands on experience in both Debt and Equity financing in the Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Renewable and Ancillary Energy Services Sectors. In August 2007, Ivy was appointed Risk Director and transferred to London, UK to set up and head a European Structured Finance desk for GE’s French Bank (GECFB). Prior to that, she was with the Consumer Banking Department at Ecobank Ghana from 1998 until 2001.

Ivy is a board member at Woodfields Energy Resources Ltd and Legacy Bonds Ltd. She is the board chairman for the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD).

Ivy has held numerous speaking engagements; some of which include being a panel speaker at the maiden annual Executive Women’s Network (EWN) conference 2017, Women in Business (WimBiz) Nigeria 2017 Ghana Conference, key note address at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast, panel presenter at the 2013 TICAD V conference in Japan, speaker at the 2013 African Refiners Association Annual conference in South Africa, speaker at a CWC Energy Conference in Ghana, Speaker at ClariT events, etc.

Ivy holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University in TN, USA and a BA (Admin) from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds leadership certificates from both Harvard and Stanford Business Schools in the USA.

Ivy is married with two children.

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