Y. Obenewa Amponsah

Y. Obenewa Amponsah

Executive Director, Africa Office
Obenewa Amponsah

Y. Obenewa Amponsah is the Executive Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies South Africa Office (CAS). Prior to joining CAS, Obenewa served as the CEO of the Steve Biko Foundation (SBF), a community development organization inspired by the legacy of the late anti-apartheid activist Bantu Stephen Biko. Beyond the community development sector, Obenewa also has expansive experience in governance and development, attained during her service as a Senior Consultant with GoodWorks International; as well as her time as the Administrator of the African Presidential Archives & Research Centre. Of Ghanaian descent, Obenewa was born and raised in the Washington DC area. She holds undergraduate and masters degrees in international relations from Boston University and the University of the Witwatersrand respectively.