Ruka Sanusi


Ghana Climate Innovation Center,
Executive Director

Ruka is currently the Executive Director of the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC). Recognizing that private enterprise has a vital role to play in driving down greenhouse gas emissions and the transition to low carbon economies, GCIC is a pioneering national business incubator providing business services to enterprises in the green economy. GCIC was initially funded through an US$8.5m grant from the World Bank, and, having successfully raised additional funds under Ruka’s leadership, the Centre has now closed on a new $10m grant from a new donor for an additional four years.

The GCIC’s work is at the nexus of climate change, private enterprise, economic development and ecological prosperity, with a particular focus on ensuring gender equality for women entrepreneurs. The Centre proffers a different approach to business leadership and commercial enterprise – a premise which pays attention to enterprise agility, prioritizes climate-smart innovation, ethical leadership, and gender equity.

Ruka is also Founder of Alldens Lane, a boutique business strategy consulting firm focused on providing executive and business coaching services to women-owned and women-led businesses across Africa. Through Alldens Lane, female CEOs and entrepreneurs are supported with business direction, balanced support and thought-provoking business performance and growth analytics, from which they can grow and transform their businesses – and their lives.

Before founding Alldens Lane, Ruka worked with PwC Ghana and PwC Nigeria for over a decade. As a member of senior management and Head of the Strategy and Operations Unit at PwC Advisory Services, Ruka led a team of management consultants and problem solvers helping global corporations and governments in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria to solve their complex business and organizational issues from strategy to execution. In 2010 she set up PwC Ghana’s Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory business unit, where she and members of her team advised clients in the government sector as well as private corporations on transitioning their business strategies, investments and operations to be more climate-responsive and climate smart.

Ruka has advised governments, public sector organizations and private corporations on international projects and assignments across Europe, in 16 sub-Saharan African countries. She has lived in the UK, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana.

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