How We Work

Our key driver is passion fueled by our desire to see our clients bring value adding changes to their businesses and organisations. We believe that every intervention must necessarily add value to its beneficiaries.

Deriving from this passion, our philosophy revolves around forging true partnership and cooperation with our discerning clients resulting in appropriately tailored business and organisation solutions.

Our Expertise

Our team is a unique group of experts with rich experience and knowledge in the field of business and organisation advisory services. Our deep understanding of the general business and operating environment in Ghana and the West African sub-region, positions us to offer unparalleled value adding services to our cherished clients.

We have built a strong understanding of topical issues in our chosen sectors. Our expertise lies in key sectors including microfinance, education, health, agribusiness and tourism.

Meet Our Executive Team

We aim to provide an environment in which our consultants develop their potential in an inclusive, varied, and supportive workplace.

Group CEO / Managing Consultant

Ernest Senyo Dzandu

Ernest is the Group Head of The CDC Group. He has spent the past 20 years working in advisory services, and providing leadership and strategic direction in CDC Consult Limited.

Prior to starting The CDC Group, he worked in international consulting firms and the financial services sector. Advisory work he has undertaken over the years has focused on the financial services, education, agribusiness, health and tourism sectors. His specific areas of expertise cover the areas of risk management and assurance services; capacity building including training, coaching and mentoring; strategic and business planning; research and knowledge management; local economic development and business-to-business encounters; as well as management information systems and human resource management.

Over the years, Ernest has consulted for several multinational, international and national organisations and business. Ernest’s main passion is to see businesses become sustainable, offering unparalleled and responsive solutions to the needs of their clients. He believes interventions have to add value to the beneficiary businesses and their clients otherwise there is no need for advisory service.

He is particularly keen on seeing stronger providers in the microfinance, education, agribusiness and health sectors. As a certified entrepreneurship teacher, Ernest is convinced that businesses and organisations can only survive if their offering add value to their respective clients and beneficiaries.

Ernest has participated in several short courses including Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher by National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), USA; SME – Project Finance, IFC and Bank Consult, India; Training in Microfin, Bering Consult, Washington DC, USA; Business Edge Training of Trainers, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ghana Stock Exchange Securities Training.

Ernest holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting; BSc Administration (Accounting) and is a Chartered Accountant.

Executive Director – Rufinlit

Akosua Aboagyewaa Darkwa

Akosua is a consultant with over 20 years’ work experience spanning multiple sectors. She is also the Executive Director of Rufinlit where she is responsible for the provision of strategic leadership for effective implementation of the firm’s mission and goals. She collaborates with all stakeholders of the Group in the development and implementation of projects.

As part of her mandate, Akosua is responsible for the efficient operation of programs, projects and personnel and is committed to working in partnership with both local and international organisations, communities, and individuals to create a financially literate Ghana that helps build resilient households and enterprises.

Akosua’s previous work experience includes roles such as the Programs Manager of Rufinlit where she was responsible for the effective and efficient implementation of projects; and Manager in charge of CDC Consult’s Market Solutions and Organisational Development business line. She has valuable expertise in project management; capacity building and training; entrepreneurship and MSME development; and research. Clients Akosua has worked with include UNICEF; GIZ; SNV; IFC; Ministry of Finance; GHAMFIN; Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union; Newmont Ghana Limited; the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, and Innovations for Poverty Action, among others.

Akosua is passionate about the economic and financial empowerment of the vulnerable, especially women, youth, and persons with disabilities. She believes every individual has the potential to excel, given the opportunity and the right tools. She has an MBA in Project Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a BA in Social Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Managing Partner – CDC&Associates

Babilo Mahama

Babilo is a Financial Management expert and the Managing Partner of CDC&Associates. He has over 15 years’ experience in Financial Management, Accounting and Audit Training. He has gained experience through his work with institutions such as DKF Professionals, Veritax Associates, Ghana Armed Forces, and School of Education for the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS).

He has lectured at professional capacity in Advanced Financial Management, Advanced Financial Reporting, Financial Management, Financial Reporting and Economics. Babilo has also audited financial statements, reviewed accounting systems and internal control procedures, drawn audit programs and strategies, as well as conducted performance risk assessment associated with various client businesses.

Babilo brings on-board his experience gained over the years to CDC as he trains, coaches and undertakes assignments that include institutional assessments and audits. He has facilitated trainings and produced quality-controlled training materials on Financial Management, governance, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, the Business Rules and Sanctions and the Act 930.

Babilo is a Chartered Accountant and Lecturer, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGDTLHE). He also holds a BA (Hons) in Economics with Computer Science.

Group Finance & Contract Managment Executive

Akorfa Dzandu

Akorfa is Financial Management expert and the Head of the Outsourced and Project Management Services with The CDC Group. She has over 26 years’ experience in providing consulting services to institutions in the education, health, tourism, and private sectors, 20 of which she has worked with CDC Consult Limited, where she plays an additional role as Head of Finance and Administration of the Firm.

Akorfa has specific expertise in providing support to SMEs in the areas of accounting and bookkeeping, auditing, records and administrative management, as well as payroll management for small and large companies. She manages CDC Consult’s staff assigned to various projects that the company collaborates on.

Prior to joining CDC, she gained her rich accounting and assurance experience working with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche. Her work at CDC includes overall management of the firm's outsourced service line with specific responsibility for the firm’s outsourced payroll and accountancy portfolio as well as the provision of business advisory services to small businesses.

As head of CDC Consult’s Finance and Administrative department she is responsible for invoicing and collection of debt, recording the firm’s accounting data, payroll management and human resource (HR), as well as relating with all third parties that the firm deals with and payment of statutory returns to the various institutions.

As a Client Relationship Manager, she manages all correspondence with corporate clients and statutory organisations. She is the contact person for international correspondence and has overall responsibility for office administration. Akorfa's major concern is ensuring that support provided to clients contributes significantly to addressing their needs.

Akorfa has a combined Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Information Studies, ACCA Level 2 and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester.