Mrs. Ernestina Naana Hagan (née Sefa-Boakye)

Mrs. Ernestina Naana Hagan, née Sefa-Boakye is a Lawyer and an Expert in Gender and Development. She holds LL.B and BL from the University of Ghana, Legon. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 1970. She has Certificate in Consultancy, GIMPA/UNDP. 

Mrs. Hagan has extensive experience in Law, having practised in Ghana, Cameroon and Zambia. Additionally she has undertaken numerous Consultancy Assignments with a number of reputable National and International organizations notably: UNIDO, CUSO, WHO, UNDP, The World Bank, Centre for the Study of Philanthropy – New York, the African Development Foundation – Washington, Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation –London, John Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy, Help Age Ghana, FIDA, FAWE,  Netright, CHRAJ, Comptranetc.

Mrs. Hagan is very passionate about the plight of the marginalised and the vulnerable especially women and children. She is an active member of various organisations whose aim is toput smiles on the faces of the disadvantaged in the society.

Major Accomplishments of Mrs. Hagan include the following:

▪ First African President of Oikocredit, Ecumenical Development Co-operation (1996-2000), an International Micro-credit Organisation operating in 65 countries (including Ghana) with its head office in Amersfort, Netherlands.- providing credit to the vulnerable.

▪ African Representative on the International Board of Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF) with its Head Office in Geneva Switzerland (1993-2000) – providing credit to the vulnerable especially women. She is the Co-founder and Co-ordinator of the International Association for the Advancement of Women in Africa (ASAWA) –(1982 to date). 

▪ Founding and Executive Member – FAWE Ghana Chapter –1993 to date. She was the President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Ghana (FIDA Ghana) (2000-2003). 

▪ Regional Vice President, Africa – FIDA International (2002-2005) Promoting the Rights of Women and Children. She is a Founding Member – Women in Law and Development in Africa WiLDAF. 

▪ Member of Ghana Population Council (NPC) – A national body mandated by the President to coordinate population activities in Ghana (2001 to 2007). 

▪ Vice Chairperson of the Integrated Productivity and Development Centre (INPRODEC) – An organisation for supporting Grassroots Development (2001-2006). 

▪ Vice President – Catholic Lawyers Guild of Ghana (CLAGG) (2005 to 2013). 

▪ Chairperson of the Board of Ghana Women Fund (GWF) –Providing Credit to Vulnerable women (member 2002 to date)

Mrs. Hagan has written and published numerous papers, articles, reports, manuals and books on Gender Equality and the Rights and Empowerment of the vulnerable, especially Women and Children. She has widely travelled and participated in numerous Conferences and Workshops in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. She is happily married to Anthony Lindsay Hagan, a Strategic Management Consultant, and they are blessed with four (4) children and six grandchildren.