Professional Bio

Vanessa Amoako

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practitioner | Researcher | Writer & Editor | Educator


Vanessa holds a Master’s (distinction) in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ashesi University, both in Ghana. She is an advocate for the education and development of African youth and remains active in the pursuit of knowledge to address the challenge of educational inequality in Africa.

She currently works as Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at her undergraduate alma mater, Ashesi University, to secure inclusive and equitable educational opportunities for all students. She is also responsible for designing, executing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and training workshops for students, faculty, and staff to foster a more cohesive and inclusive campus environment.

Vanessa is interested in issues concerning inclusive global education, regular and irregular migration and conducts research in this space. She also studies the role that higher education and student affairs teams can play in supporting students from underrepresented populations to achieve success.

Vanessa loves locs, fresh juices, reading African-authored fiction, spending time with her favorite people, and exploring new cultures and cuisine through travel.


Vanessa is eager to take advantage of opportunities to collaborate. If you want to chat about diversity, equity, and inclusion in Africa, inclusive global education, African-authored books, or anything else under the sun, don’t hesitate to reach out. She would love to hear from you!


No More Daddy’s GirlWriting and Growing, 2012 Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System Writing Contest