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Hilary Arko-Dadzie

Corporate Services Executive at African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)


Hilary Denise Arko-Dadzie is a consummate international business leader and project management expert with over 15 years senior management experience in leading multinational organisations across Africa. 

She is currently the Corporate Services Executive at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), based in Harare, Zimbabwe, with extensive responsibility for the ICT, Human Resources, Finance and Administration functions within the organization. As the first woman to occupy this high profile role and the first to be appointed into the five member Executive Committee of ARIPO, Hilary is shining the light for other young African women to aspire and realise their full potential. 

Hilary is a proven performer and strategic thinker reputed for driving outstanding commercial and reputational success for businesses. She is passionate about taking on tough challenges that confront businesses in Africa and adept at building and leading teams to turn around businesses - to deliver transformational and sustainable outcomes for stakeholders. 

Prior to her current role at ARIPO, she was Director for Special Projects and TowerCo at respect times for Airtel Ghana, a member of the Bharti Airtel Group and one of the leading multinational telecom operators in Ghana where she led her teams to deliver some of the biggest and boldest initiatives for the company including M&A activities and business wide initiatives to drive efficiency and improve business performance. 

Hilary is a passionate advocate for digital inclusion for Africans and believes in empowering young people to achieve more for themselves and the African continent. She also advocates for greater protection of intellectual property to drive prosperity for Africans. 

Hilary holds a BSC in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and an MBA (General Management) from the University of East London (UK), as well as IT and Project management certifications from Cisco, George Washington University (USA) and Prince II. 

She is a member of the Executive Women Network, a not for profit organisation committed to inspiring, empowering and supporting women executives to be successful and influential across Africa. 

She has been recognised as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Africa by the reputable CEO Magazine for her significant contribution to the development of technology in Ghana and West Africa.

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