Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson

Elizabeth is the founder and executive director of the Girls education initiative of Ghana (GEIG). GEIG's mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education and professional opportunities. Her research includes Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York, JA-New York, A more diverse Workforce: the fire department of New York City. Prior to her work with GEIG, Elizabeth served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for The Council of Young African Leaders, and was a communications and marketing associate at Junior Achievement of New York, JA- New York. Elizabeth is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub and the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana. She also presented in 2015 at TedXAccra, Elizabeth is a 2016 Young African Leadership Regional Center- Accra fellow and the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year as recognized by the Ecclesiastical Bishops and Leaders of Africa. Elizabeth holds an MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service, where she specialized in non-profit management, and a BA in Political Science and Business Management where she graduated cum laude in 2009.