About our Founder

Edith Uyovbukerhi is the Country Director for Harley Reed Ghana, an international integrated knowledge, advisory and assurance professional services firm.

She is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, (ICAG). She holds an MBA in Finance from Stirling University in Scotland and a degree in Accounting and Finance from Brighton University in England.

Her wide experience spans over 29 years in senior management roles with blue chip organisations such as PwC, Cadbury Schweppes, Nestle and Diageo in the UK and Ghana.

Edith is a strong believer that the African woman is uniquely placed by way of heritage to be a formidable force for advancement and achievement globally. She is Founder of Strands of Pearls International, a women’s organisation focussed on excellent self-development, business solutions and peer networking and serves as a Director and member of the Advisory Board of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO). As a strong advocate for mentoring young women as a means of ensuring a stronger next generation of African women who lead, she co-founded Path of Hope, to develop, empower, support, and inspire a group of millennial ladies towards anticipating, leading, and celebrating positive change and development in our society, our country and continent. Edith serves on the Advisory Board for ShEquity, whose purpose is to provide smart and sustainable investments for African female entrepreneurs and innovators.

She is the co-founder of LittleBigSouls International Charitable Organisation, a not-for-profit organization committed to advocating on the serious issue of prematurity and the reduction of the terrible rates of death and disability for pre-term babies born in Africa.

Edith’s experience of premature birth is a deeply personal one. She co-founded LittleBigSouls as the voice for the premature baby born in Africa, following the tragic and very avoidable death of her preterm daughter in a hospital in Accra, Ghana in 2003 in circumstances that were highly avoidable if the necessary infrastructure and facilities had existed in that hospital. She brings all her experience of being an angel preemie mother into the programmes that LittleBigSouls provide; (medical supplies and equipment donation to neonatal intensive care units, awareness, parental support, training, and advocacy), and hence the organisation provides support and care from a place of knowing. Her goal is that through the work of LittleBigSouls, they can level the playing field for the care of preemies born in Africa and to give these precious babies a fighting chance at survival.

She was named Ghana Ambassador for the textile manufacturing giant Vlisco in 2018, and won awards in recognition of her life and work.

She is involved in many community and charitable projects both at the local and international level.

She is married and they are blessed with three wonderful children. She lives in Ghana and in the UK.

Advisory Board

Edith is supported in the management of Strands of Pearls International by a management team of passionate competent and qualified men and women. She is further supported and directed by a formidable Advisory Board who bring richness into the organisation by virtue of their experience and depth of skills. The Advisory Board act as strong advisory and governance pillars for the smooth running and growth of an organisation that has women’s self-development, empowerment and satisfaction at its heart.