4th Edition Presidential Jury


Deborah Ahenkorah is the founder and executive director of Golden Baobab, a social enterprise that “inspires our own writers to create our own stories and have incredible impact in education and literacy” in Africa.

A developer of ideas into thriving operations, as she describes herself best, Deborah has enthusiastic goals and a commitment to bettering education and life first in Ghana, then all over Africa.

Through Golden Baobab, she leads a dream to fill the “global imagination” with African literature, sponsoring an annual competition for the best children’s stories from all over Africa. She has also recently launched a children’s publishing house based out of Ghana.

Deborah is an award winning social entrepreneur with accolades including the Echoing Green Fellowship and the Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship.

She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where she started her first organization, Project Educate In Africa, a mission to collect books for education centers and libraries in Africa.

This is Deborah’s third year as an AEA Jurist.

Listen to Deborah’s message to women entrepreneurs: