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Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity
Mirilove Tay Acquah-Hagan AFSEE

Mirilove Tay Acquah-Hagan

Women and Youth Prosperity Advocate

Mirilove is a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and women and youth prosperity advocate, whose work cuts across many facets of the development spectrum. Her interest in gender equality, poverty alleviation, youth development and mental health issues stems from her own childhood experiences, and these drive her commitment to advancing a fairer, healthier, and more inclusive society. Her work currently focuses on women and youth prosperity (livelihood and social image improvement) and using business advisory services as a change driver and a sustainability tool for small business owners.

Mirilove currently works with the Ghana office of GIZ, a German development agency that provides services in the field of international development cooperation, on its Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector project. In addition to her responsibilities for the project’s financial and administrative functions, she serves as its Gender Focal Point, advising and supporting the project team on gender mainstreaming.

Mirilove is Co-founder of The Institute of Prosperity, a not-for-profit organisation that empowers women and youth through advocacy, research, capacity building and provision of reliefs. It also supports informal small-scale businesses with management consulting and financial literacy.

Following her first exposure to the development field in 2012, Mirilove went on to work with a faith-based organisation, an investment banking and management consultancy firm, and on a development financing project run by Danida, the Danish government’s development arm. During this time, she worked on issues including socio-economic justice, good governance, peace and reconciliation, inter-faith ecumenism, institutional capacity, local economic and rural development, human rights, and gender.

She was a speaker at the 2019 GIZ African Gender Conference in Ghana and at the inaugural meeting of the current GIZ Country Director to Ghana at the GIZ Green Building. She speaks and presents at conferences, seminars, schools and churches. Mirilove is also an artist and a member of the Roverman Productions performing arts group.

Mirilove holds an MSc in international accounting and finance from Buckinghamshire New University in the UK and a BSc in business administration from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants-Ghana and the Chartered Institute of Taxation-Ghana, and she is trained in project management.

Seeing this generation reap the benefits of the sacrifices of the previous one gives me enormous hope that our efforts, even if not seen today, will impact the next generation. Social change is happening all around us. Institutions and individuals are creating equal opportunities for women to find themselves, their purpose, voice and to live their dreams.

Mirilove Tay Acquah-Hagan


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