George Yaw Owusu is an environmental scientist, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is Chairman and CEO of Mansa Engineering Limited and Mansa Holdings (Accra, Ghana), and the CEO of Mansa Capital, a Houston-based private equity firm (Texas, United States). His professional career spans over four decades in senior management and ownership positions, with petrochemical experience in the oil and gas industry including ARCO Chemical, Eltex, and Shell Oil.
Over the last 20 years, George has been actively involved in several international mergers and acquisitions, both as a venture capitalist and managing partner in high-risk capital investments in West and Central Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. As an investor, he has been instrumental in various energy and industrial power generation deals with local and international development partners.
Through Mansa Engineering Limited, George leads an operations and maintenance (O&M) and engineering solutions provider with a range of capabilities including engineering design and assurance, rotating equipment maintenance and repairs, hydraulic and lifting solutions, and hazardous area compliance.
George Owusu previously served as CEO of E.O. Group; and as Country Manager for Kosmos Energy, during which period he oversaw the first successful major commercial oil and gas exploration project in the Jubilee Field, offshore Ghana. His work in Ghana and Africa’s oil sector is captured in the book “In Pursuit of Jubilee” and the documentary “Big Men”, both of which detail the true story of a relentless quest to change a country’s destiny through oil exploration and production.
Together with his wife Angelina, and through the George and Angelina Owusu Foundation, George is committed to investing directly in under-resourced communities and actively working with local organizations in healthcare and educational initiatives in both Ghana and the United States.
Board Member - Management
Sam Owusu-Akyaw served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Osteotech, Inc., a biologics company, from January 2006 to November 2010. Formerly, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors from July 2004 to January 2006.
Prior to joining Osteotech, Inc., Mr. Owusu-Akyaw served as General Manager of Medtronic Midas Rex and Vice President of Medtronic, Inc. from 2000 through June 2004, and Chief Operating Officer of Medtronic Midas Rex from 1999 to 2000.
Mr. Owusu-Akyaw was Vice President of Operations of DePuy-Acromed, a Johnson & Johnson Company, from 1998 to 1999 and Vice President of Acromed, Inc. from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Owusu-Akyaw was Vice President, BMS Productivity for Growth Initiative of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company from 1994 to 1996.
From 1977 to 1994, Mr. Owusu-Akyaw served in positions of increasing responsibility with Zimmer, Inc., then a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Mr. Owusu-Akyaw has a B.A. degree in accounting and computer science from Manchester College and an M.B.A. in finance and operations from the University of Houston
Mr. Owusu-Akyaw specializes in Strategic Planning, Financial Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions, Budgeting, Forecasting, New Business Development, Due Diligence, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Launch, Medical Devices, Start-ups, Process Improvement, Financial Modeling, Management and Product Development.
Board Member - Business Operations
Eric Nicholas Ohene-Nyako is a retired educator who taught Financial and Management Accounting at both public and private universities in Huntsville, Alabama USA for over 35-years. As a professor Eric has had an impact on over 50,000 young adults in shaping their knowledge and careers all over the world.
During the last 10-years of his career Eric focused on nurturing, advising, training promoting and researching small business development and its implementation. Eric served as the Director for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Supportive Services (DBESS). The DBESS program ensured disadvantaged business firms have maximum opportunity to participate in federal, state and city contracts. The program is administered by three US Department of Transportation (DOT) operating administrations: the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration and is implemented by the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Eric also served as the Director and Program Director for the US Small Business Administration (SBA) funded Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Program for the Investment in Micro Enterprises (PRIME) and the Huntsville Advance Defense Technology Cluster (HADTC). These programs provided free management, technical assistance and training in all phases of business development at no cost to business owners, managers and aspiring entrepreneurs in the areas of Cash flow analysis, Financial forecasting, Market research, Procurement assistance, Proposal cost analysis, Overall business assessment, "The Business Health Checkup", Startup feasibility analysis, Business plan assessments, Strategic planning and Business start-up information. This passion for entrepreneurship and small business inspired Eric to write grants and receive funding in excess of $2,000,000 from various Federal, State and private entities.
Eric Ohene-Nyako served on the Board of Maggi Trading – Nigeria, served on the Board of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) – Huntsville, Alabama Chapter, and was a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Business and Public Affairs, the Budget Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate at a major university in Huntsville, Alabama.
Mrs. Angelina Owusu’s career encompasses senior management experience in human resources, public/government legal services, and commercial retail management. She is a graduate of the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas, and spent a significant number of her professional career with the Juvenile Probation Department for Harris County (State of Texas).
Her legal background includes counseling and advisory work, as well as advocacy in the United States’ local and state court systems. She is co-founder of the US-based Owusu Foundation, a 501 c(3) nonprofit with a primary focus on supporting healthcare infrastructure in local communities; as well as supporting the work of orphanages and educational organizations in Ghana.
Since 2015, Mrs. Angelina Owusu has served as patron for the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) an international trade and economic development organization.
Leonora is a lawyer, specialized in corporate and commercial law at one of Ghana’s top law firms. Her work involves advising clients across industries on matters bordering on capital markets, business acquisitions, and project finance, among others.
She has drafted various commercial agreements and advised a number of corporate clients in and outside the courtroom. As an excellent commercial lawyer with experience in all Ghanaian courts, Leonora is also licensed and qualified to practice law in New York State, USA.
She previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she was involved in liquidations and receivership of companies, as well as business restructuring of companies. She also has over three years’ experience working as an auditor at PwC.
Leonora holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Harvard University, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 2014 and to the New York State Bar in 2016.