Frederica Yawson

African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)


  • Freda Yawson is the Senior Manager for Infrastructure and Innovation at The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), an Accra-based think tank.
  • She has extensive experience in the area of innovation leading youth programs and workshops that apply the principles of Human-Centered Design, STEM and entrepreneurship to community challenges. These include challenges in health, e-waste and plastic waste recycling, light manufacturing and more.
  • She is the founder of the Innovate Ghana Design Challenge, a co-founder of the African Health Innovation Center; and a Technical Advisor to the working group for the development of the Ghana Startup Bill. She’s has led policy workshops with over 500 entrepreneurs through the Innovation for Policy Foundation (i4Policy).
  • She received her Masters in International Affairs from SIPA at Columbia University, and her BSc.E in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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