Elaine SamMember, Board of Directors
Elaine, a private management consultant, is a multi-skilled professional with rich experience in the areas of Journalism, Public and Community Relations, and Human Resource practice, spanning over 30 years.
She began her career as a reporter and Women’s page editor of “Ghanaian Times” and later worked in senior positions as Public Relations and Human Resource Manager within the UAC of Ghana group (now Unilever); General Manager (Human Resources) Ashanti Goldfields, and Community Resources Coordinator, West Africa Region, AngloGold Ashanti.
Her passion for a strong internal PR led to the creation of the Community Relations desk to strengthen communications with the several communities dotted on the concession. Following the merger with AngloGold, Elaine was appointed Community Services Coordinator for the West Africa Region. In 2006 she was employed by Golden Star Resources to set up their Public Relations department from scratch.
She was a member of the team that was contracted by the Public Sector Reform to gather data for the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.
She is very passionate about the community and women’s empowerment and would like to see a lot more done to enhance life in the districts in order to stem the urban migration tide. In recognition of her outstanding role in the mining industry specifically, Elaine was among selected women from various professional backgrounds who received the 2015 “Women of Excellence Award” organized by the Top Brass Co. of Ghana.
She holds diplomas from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana, the School of Journalism Hungary, and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She is President of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana, member of the Council of Patrons, CSR Foundation, Ghana, Ghana Institute of Management, the Ghana Journalists Association, and the Society of Human Resource Practitioners, US.
She loves reading, music, dancing, debate, and mentoring young women.