GIA Council

Arc. Esinam Akyea - Djamson

Esinam is an Architect, a leader, entrepreneur, volunteer and motivational speaker, with diverse and extensive training, experience and exposure.   

She attended Ridge School in Kumasi, Achimota Secondary School, Licẽo Scientifico Statale-“F Lussana” in Bergamo – Italy, finally completing sixth form, at Achimota and graduated from University of Science and Technology (UST), excelling in her final design thesis and Associate Membership GIA examinations. She speaks fluent English, Ewe, basic Twi, French and Italian.  
Her career started off in 1995 at the City Engineer’s Department as Assistant Metropolitan Architect in charge of the Ashiedu Keteke District. She later gained employment as Assistant Architect at Environ 4. The establishment of an Architectural partnership ensued. The partnership, arcINTEGRA, submitted winning entries in the “Open International Competition for the Redesign of Master Plan for the International Trade Fair Site”, Accra; as well as one of the prototypes in the “Design Competition of Prototype of Banking facilities for the Agricultural Development Bank”. She inaugurated Cornerstone Executive Homes in 2006, which provides holiday and residential accommodations in Accra.  
Volunteer Experience and Publications: 
At the UST, Esinam was a founding member of the Architecture Students Association of Ghana (ASAG). She served as Editor, then Editor-in-chief of the student magazine, “The Architectural Column”. She was later elected as Treasurer. After graduating from UST, she volunteered on the Editorial and Advisory Board of the “Career Woman” magazine. 
In 1994, She joined Business and Professional Women (BPW), starting out as a member of young BPW, then serving as Projects Officer of the Accra Club. Subsequently, She was elected onto the Executive Board. Various roles over the eight years of office included fundraising, organisation of business and skills development programmes; connecting Ghana with sister clubs worldwide and communicating with the seven U.N. bodies on which BPW had International Status.   
She was Treasurer of the GIA Council for five years, raising substantial financial support for the Africa Union of Architects (AUA) conference in Accra. She coordinated Architectural and Building Product Exhibitions and was later employed as the Administrator of the Institute.    
Esinam was a founding member of both the Regional and Ghana Chapter of the West African Business 
Women’s Network (WABNET). She served as 1st Vice President of WABNET and President of WABNET-Ghana. She worked closely with ECOWAS, USAID and numerous reputable international organisations. Ghana successfully hosted the 1st General Assembly of WABNET. Esinam formed collaborations with numerous institutions for technical support, training programmes, as well as participation in local and international exhibitions and conferences. She established a Revolving Loan Fund for the Ghana Chapter. She played a pivotal role which enabled the International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development win a bid for a multi-million-dollar project from USAID.    
Courses and Skills: 
She has participated in more than fifteen courses in business management, business administration, business finance, business strategy, business planning, debt and credit management, leadership, advocacy and institutional growth. She volunteers as a motivational speaker for women, children and the youth in organisations and schools. She is a hard worker and team player who is passionate about forming real collaborations for community development, and economic empowerment. 
Vision for the GIA: 
Esinam is committed to supporting Council to further strengthen the GIA, in line with its defined roles, objectives and functions. She is confident that her skills, reputation and networks shall ensure that the Institute evolves and is well positioned to meet the needs of its membership and the nation.
Arc. Joseph E. Hayford President
Arc. Foster Osae - Akonnor Hon. General Secretary
Arc. Esi D. Adjorlolo Hon. Treasurer
Arc. Richard Dadey President-in-Waiting
Arc. Isaac Osei - Kweku Asst. General Secretary
Arc. Daniel K. Teye Social Secretary
Arc. Jackson G.K Abankwah Rep. Central University
Arc. S. M. Quartey Member
Arc. Kwabena Adjei - Seffah Events & Publicity Secretary
Arc. Fiifi Sam - Awortwi Member
Arc. Chris Pobee Abbey Rep. Ministry of Works, Housing & Natural Resources
Arc. Titus E. Kwofie Rep. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
Arc. Esinam Akyea - Djamson GIA Registrar