Yaw Adu-Gyamfi has over a decade of experience working directly with communities and young people focusing on skills development and entrepreneurship. As a trained cluster facilitator, Yaw makes use of the bottom up approach to development, facilitating collaboration among government, academia and private sector, leading to the establishment of two cluster initiatives supporting the economic empowerment of over 1,500 rural people in northern Ghana. His experience has led him to adopt and focus on skills development and social entrepreneurship as means of economic empowerment and sustainable development.
Having been the first Ghanaian Atlas Corps Fellow in 2011, he served in Strategic Communications supporting the initiatives of CentroNia, Washington D.C. based organization that serves 2,500 low income families. Prior to becoming an Atlas Corps Fellow, Yaw served as Manager for the Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization-SMIDO and collaborated with the DANIDA, USAID and DfID funded Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund to undertake a major business advocacy for an enclave of 200, 000 artisans in Kumasi resulting in capacity building of 2,000 small and medium scale enterprises in the areas of information technology and business development support services. As a member of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum-PACF, Yaw plays an active role in empowering local organizations towards enhancing the competitiveness of member countries notably in Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria.
In 2013-2014, Yaw coordinated an $845,000 Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development- DFATD sponsored project under the Muskoka initiative partnership program to take an integrated approach to improve maternal, newborn and under five child-health in developing countries—reaching over 9,000 women and their newborns in Northern and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana. He serves on the board of LDI Africa and holds a Bsc. and M.A in Information Communications Sciences, Governance and Sustainable Development from the Catholic University of Ghana and the University of Cape Coast respectively. Yaw enjoys reading, engaging in intellectual discourse, traveling and spending time with family and friends.