Advisory Board Member
Erika Amoako-Agyei is an experienced international business executive with more than 20 years of international marketing, management and corporate training experience. She has a track record of securing key clients globally, driving multimillion-dollar revenue growth, and increasing product distribution to grow market share in highly competitive international markets. In 2016, she was selected by Stanford University for an extended international assignment in Ghana to help advance economic opportunities across West Africa. As part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed), Erika brings the expertise of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Innovation of Silicon Valley to CEOs in Africa. Serving as a Business Coach, Erika has been working side by side with high-potential entrepreneurs in multiple countries to help scale and grow their business and create new jobs. In 2019, Stanford Seed re-engaged Erika with a new focus on East Africa.
Erika has prior experience working internationally. For nearly a decade, she worked internationally for the US tech giant, the IBM Corporation, starting in the US, and then multiple years in West Africa as an expatriate based in Ghana. As the IBM Country General Manager, she managed IBM Ghana operations and provided leadership for IBM’s re-entry and market expansion into the West African region. Upon returning to the United States, Erika became the Director of Corporate Relations for the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. She later founded Africa Intercultural Consulting, a management and cross-cultural training firm in the US that services global companies and organizations expanding into Africa. From her experience, she delivers cross-cultural training programs for executives, multicultural teams, expatriate families and international students.
As a visiting professor, she also teaches a global business course called, “Conducting Business in Africa” to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas in the Sam Walton College of Business.
Drawing from her experience, she has authored Cross-Cultural Management and Organizational Behavior in Africa published by John Wiley & Sons (2009) for the Thunderbird International Business Review. She has also written a businessperson’s guide to the social and professional cultures in sub-Saharan Africa.
Erika currently lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and enjoys public speaking, travelling and mentoring future leaders.