A philanthropist, mother, businesswoman and mentor, Roberta Annan stand out among her peers. A self-starter who has transformed her career in pursuit of giving back to women in Africa and tackling key social issues through her business portfolio.
Ms. Annan started her career as an intern at the United Nations and worked her way diligently to become a competent consultant. This experience led her to opening in relation to work with high-net worth ‘family offices’ that later became her clients. The beginnings of Roberta’s business portfolio through these ‘family offices’ enabled her to add to her expertise through providing consultation, organisational redesign, restructuring of processes and high-level Public Relations. This led Roberta to her next opportunity to work in PR and global positioning to ensure that the African ‘family offices’ were properly positioned for the global market.
Later, Roberta worked with several of Africa’s high-net worth families. Her businesses expanded at this stage and brought opportunities for people to invest in Africa. This was the genesis of Roberta Annan Consulting. Roberta then formed a partnership with LJ Partnership to further develop their African business; this created what became known as LJ Africa Advisers. The new partnership delivered the same services as the consultancy but expanded the scale of operations significantly. Roberta remained in the partnership for several years and decided to start a new venture in Mauritius with a few of the family offices in Africa. Thus Annan Capital Partners (ACP) was birthed with Roberta as the Managing Partner.
Roberta has become the recipient of several leadership awards such as ‘20 under 40 Influential Business Leaders in Ghana’, ‘Feminine Ghana Achievement Award’ and ‘Woman 2.1 Summit Award’. She was the youngest African to be inducted into the African Leadership Hall of Fame. Roberta is part of the Young Leaders Circle for Milken Institute, Young Presidents Organization (YPO and a member of the Trade and Investment Taskforce for the B20- Business arm of the G20. In 2019. Roberta was appointed a member of the High-level Steering Committee for the Colloquium on Culture and Creativity as a tool for inclusive development by the European Commission. She recently launched and is managing a fund in partnership with The United Nations International Trade Center (ITC) called the Impact Fund for African Creatives (IFFAC).
She studied at Georgetown University where got a Master in Biotechnology. She graduated with Highest Honours from Carleton University in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.