What makes Bernice Dapaah a Global Shaker?
Bernice Dapaah is a Ghanaian entrepreneur who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative in Kumasi.
The initiative provides youth employment and addresses environmental degradation through the production of bicycles using environmentally friendly resources such as bamboo.
Bernice and Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative have gone on to win several awards. In 2016 and 2017 she was listed as one of WomanRising’s 100 Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in Ghana.
In 2013 she won the UNFCCC Momentum For Change Light House Activity Award (Women For Results Category). She hit headlines for managing to get UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and the UNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres to try out one of her bamboo bikes at the UN climate conference in Warsaw, Poland.
At the conference Bernice and her team were recognized for their work and efforts to deliver sustainable, non-polluting and affordable forms of transportation that is adapted to local needs, while also improving the lives of many rural Ghanaians, particularly women and youth.
Bernice has also won: World Business and Development Award 2012, UN-Habitat/Dubai International Best Practice Award 2012, Samsung/Generations For Peace Impact Award 2012, GIZ Impact Business Award 2011, and UNEP SEED Initiative Award 2010. 2013, named a Vital Voices Lead Fellow; won the 2013 International Women Alliance World of Difference Award. Member of the Advisory Board, World Intellectual Property Organization GREEN, Switzerland. Graduate, Christian Service University, Ghana.
Dapaah sits on the advisory board of the World Intellectual Property Organisation Green (WIPO Green) in Switzerland and is the founding curator of the Kumasi Hub of the Global Shapers. In addition, she is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Biodiversity and Natural Capital.