Irene's Bio

Irene Asare is a highly experienced credible international Human Resources expert, who founded CarvinClay People Development. She has worked for some of the best international companies, like Vodafone, Standard Bank and Tullow Oil.

Irene successfully ran the business services function, for the largest oil and gas operator in Ghana. She was accountable for HR, Admin, IS, Facilities and office services and continous improvement. Under her leadership; she saw significant reduction of costs, improved employee engagement and productivity as well as the streamlining and restructuring of teams. She also saw improved governance processes and assisted in the resetting of organisational strategy.

Industries that have felt Irene’s positive transformational impact include: Oil and Gas, Telecommunication, Banking, Retail, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Science and Research. Irene extended her impact when she founded the HR mentorship programme, where HR professionals are taken through a rigorous scheme, aimed to further their understanding of the profession. The programme covered leadership, business & financial literacy, creating a high-performance culture amongst others.

Throughout her career, Irene has cultivated a track record of leadership and excellence. She is a Chartered Human Resources Practitioner (CIPD-UK) as well as a graduate from Kingston University, London with a Master of Arts of Human Resource Management.

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Leadership is a journey and not a destination

One never truly arrives, they continue to evolve and grow

Speaking Engagements

Irene is committed to sharing her knowledge and sparking critical dialogue, she has done this with diverse audiences covering a range of issues.

Moving Up the Corporate Ladder ‘3rd Annual Executive Women Network Conference
[Accra, Ghana]

Strategic positioning of young leaders and Entrepreneurs in the 20th Century
[10th Young Professionals Transformational Leadership Conference’ YPYC Ghana Accra, Ghana]

HR Competencies, the Tullow story
[‘SHRM Forum 2016, Accra Ghana]

Technical driven HR –People, Process and performance
[‘HR Conference 2016’ organised by HR Focus, Accra, Ghana]

The role of HR as a Strategic Business Partner
[‘Oil and Gas HR Leaders Forum’ organised by The Oil and Gas HR Forum, Accra, Ghana]

Strategy HR and Business Performance 5th Annual Africa HR Conference
[Accra, Ghana]

Solutions to overcome Ghana’s technical skills gap and support the development of its oil industry
[Getenergy VTEC Africa 2016’ organised by Getenergy. Dar es Salaam Tanzania]

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In addition to her professional obligations, Irene is also passionate about getting involved in her community.

Chairperson, Sankofa International Ladies Association

Vice-Chair, HR Oil & Gas Leaders

Founder, HR Mentoring Programme

Chair, Past Parent Governor, Roman Ridge School

Member, Executive Women’s Network (EWN)

Executive, International Women Forum – Ghana Chapter Plus other engagement

Awards & Honours

Honorary HR Award for Leadership in HR Innovation (2019)

Tullow named Best HR Management in Energy & Natural Resources(2019)

Most Distinguished Transformational Leader - Overall Female Personality (2019)

Top 40 Ones to watch (2019) HR, by HR focus

KUSI Consulting; Citation of Honour for work as a transformational leader in HR (2019)

HR Change Maker (2018), by HR focus

Engage, Empower, Transform

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