George Manu is Partner of KPMG with responsibility for International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) business in West Africa. He has over 25 years’ senior leadership experience in international development gained from the private sector, academia and the United Nations. This includes 6 years as head of SME Development and focal point for Employers’ activities with the International Training Centre of the ILO based in Turin, Italy; 5 years as CEO of EMPRETEC Ghana Foundation; 6 years running his own business; 4 years on the faculty of two UK universities; and 4 years as Director with KPMG.
He has carried out specialist assignments in over 50 countries across 4 continents in varied areas including policy and strategy formulation, enterprise development, fund management, finance, investment, restructuring and capacity building, programme/project design and evaluation. He has chaired, facilitated and presented at scores of conferences, seminars and events.
George has served on a number of Boards including as Chairman of Oasis Capital Ghana, a venture fund management company, the Divestiture Implementation Committee (Ghana’s privatization agency), the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility where he represented DFID of the UK, and a ministerial advisory council. He is author/co-author of several books, training materials, articles and papers and has produced numerous consultancy reports. He speaks English, French, Italian and Akan and holds a Masters degree in Management as well as a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Durham University, UK, besides a first degree and a professional qualification in Marketing.