Akua recently joined the Aircraft Certification Service - International (AIR-420) in November 2016 where she currently serves as the Country Manager for the Western Hemisphere region. She joined the FAA in 2007 in the Office of International Affairs (API), where she held a number of positions, most prominently, the Foreign Affairs Specialist for the Sub-Saharan portfolio. Akua’s academic background in international business management combined with over 8 years of professional experience in the area of international aviation (aid & capacity development) lend to her dexterity, keen cultural awareness & sensitivity, and inclusive leadership style. She lead the agency’s efforts to support the United States Presidential Initiative under the USDOT “Safe Skies for Africa” (SSFA) program. As such, Akua was responsible for the joint oversight and implementation of the FAA’s $1 million SSFA allotment.
Among her many endeavors in this position, Akua is most proud of the African “Aviation Education Weekend,” initiative she conceptualized and spearheaded with the former FAA Africa Representative, Ms. Mo Keane. The genesis of this effort was the vision to work in partnership with the local community to create a forum to expose students on the continent to the field of aviation and the myriad of career opportunities therein. She led two “Aviation Education Weekend” events in Senegal, which boasted a combined total of over 3000 attendees ranging from elementary to university level students.
Akua enjoys learning, traveling, volunteering, styling, and spending time with her family & friends. She has visited over 25 countries - there is so much more of the world to see!
Akua is a Howard University, School of Business graduate and a DMV native.