Mawuli Amedofu popularly called Alaska is the co-founder and programmes director of Springverve, an Arts Organization that seeks to produce thought provoking, transformational art pieces that does not only entertain but also educate, encourage and edify. He is also a researcher.
He considers himself as a cultural entrepreneur with his involvement in art and cultural groups, for example Flavour Dance Theatre a dance company that trains youth in acquiring skills in traditional dance and promote dance in general. He is also associated with Vine School of Music a budding music school that discovers the music in everybody especially children.
In Springverve, Mawuli has produced and assisted in directing various plays such as Sons and Daughters, Macbeth, Love Again, Sizwe Bansi is Dead, In the Chest of a Woman among many plays. He has also initiated several projects among which are High School tour and Theatre Café. He has also been involved in the training and performance of dances in churches, schools, camps and NGOs. He loves to write poems and is very much involved in cultural events organization.
He is currently a member of the Centre for Culture and African Studies (CeCASt) Conference Planning Committee and Consortium of Researchers. He has been part of the organization of conferences and symposiums such as, CeCASt Conference on the Relevance of Culture in Science and Technology Institutions, CeCASt Conference on Culture and Conflict Resolution, 2nd Biannual Conference on Art and Architecture (2nd Kumasi Biennial Symposium- Community Art in Focus 2011), and International Conference on Culture and Development (ICAD). He also facilitates Supply Chain related courses at the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
He was a learning partner in the Africa Arts Institute (AFAI) Cultural Entrepreneurship Training Course 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa and is a partner of Africa Learning Partners. He is a co-founder of SMB Research Partners an organization set out to collaborate with institutions to conduct high level research. He is currently learning more about startups and how to help them scale up.
Mawuli is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with an MA in Economics, University of Ghana and Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School.
Kofi Adu Domfeh is a Development Journalist and Communications Professional. He has worked with local and international media organizations for radio, TV and online productions. His reporting interests are in green economy, agriculture, environment and science – covering assignments in parts of the world.
His major international news coverage includes the UN Climate Change Talks in Paris-France and Lima-Peru, the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington DC-USA, ATOMEXPO International Nuclear Energy Forum in Moscow-Russia and other African Union conferences across the continent.
Domfeh is a Fellow of Africa Means Business (AMB) of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and a Mentor under the John Templeton Foundation’s Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4F4) Fellowship.
He is the 2015 Winner of the APO Energy Media Awards in Dubai-UAE.
He was adjudged Overall Winner in the 2015 IFEJ-Flamingo Business and Financial Journalism Awards in Accra-Ghana.
In 2014, he emerged Winner of the African Climate Change and Environment Reporting (ACCER) Awards in Nairobi-Kenya. He was 3rd Best of the same Awards in 2013.
in 2010, he was selected among the TwentyTen Dream Team of 18 African Journalists to go to the football World Cup in South Africa to report on Sports & Society.
He has had contracts with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), The NEPAD Agency of African Union Commission, The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), among others on communication projects.
Domfeh is committed to sharing knowledge and experiences to alleviate suffering and enhance human dignity in freedom through development journalism, advocacy and social entrepreneurship.
His mantra is “I Live to Love!”
Ama Duncan is a Wife, Mother, Corporate Trainer, Founder of The Fabulous Woman Network and Corporate Training Solutions. She has spoken at several women empowerment events and TV shows, is a regular radio panelist, been published several times in newspapers and major online blogs, and is very passionate about projecting the victories of outstanding women and improving service culture in organizations.
Since April, 2015, Mrs. Duncan has trained over 100 women on various skills, organized two networking events and a conference for a total of 360 people. She has interviewed over 120 women and shared their stories on Facebook which has reached over 2,000,000 people in total.
Ama until recently was the Learning and Development Manager of Golden Tulip Kumasi City hotel, Ghana where her implementation of their company culture was acclaimed and recommended to other hotels. Before this, she had a stint with Standard Chartered Bank (Ghana), Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (Ghana), Baylis and Harding PLC (UK), Norwich Union (UK), Worcestershire County Council (UK) and Camp Joy (US).
She graduated from Paris Graduate School of Management with an MBA in Human Resources Management, University of Ghana and Archbishop Porter Girls’ School.
Charles received the Brong -Ahafo regional Youth Achiever Award for innovation for his work on an affordable and highly effective laser based smoke detector at age 18.
He is very passionate about science education and how it can lead to transformation of minds and nations. Aware of the much talk about the lack of practical science education in Africa, Charles became the president of Creativity Group KNUST, where he worked to enable young students apply science and engineering in solving local problems.
Charles is the co-founder of a hardware startup called Dext Technology based in Kumasi. Through Dext Technology, Charles seeks to transform science education by bringing to the classroom, innovative products that will make teaching and learning of science practical and experiential.
At Dext technology Charles has spearheaded the design of a product that could bring practical science to every classroom. The product, a Science “laboratory” that is small enough to fit in a student’s bag and affordable enough every student can own one has been nominated for the 2016 edition of the Engineering Excellence Award organized by the Ghana Institute of Engineers.
Mary has 5 years banking experience in various capacities such as customer service and relationship management. She is currently with Zenith Bank Ghana and doubles as an entrepreneur.
She founded Mary Nays Solutions, an enterprise that seeks to empower the underprivileged in the Ghanaian society through skills training in sewing and bead making accessories.
She holds a First Class degree in English and Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon and recently completed her MBA in Strategic Management and Consulting at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
She is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and also an alumnus of Lincoln University, Missouri.Mary is a wife and mother of one adorable daughter – Eliza.
Mother, Wife, Corporate trainer, Entrepreneur, Youth Coach (Family Life) and Motivational Speaker.
Has spoken on many youth and family programs and occasionally as a radio panellist. Very passionate about women’s empowerment especially issues relating to Wealth and Home management. Also mentors female students of some senior secondary schools outside Kumasi city as a volunteer coach; Patroness and advisor of Make-It/Break It (a youth group of about 30-50 undergraduates who wants to make a difference on campus).Has also coached over 100 young ladies to turn their lives around especially with relationships.
Until Sept 2015, was Customer Services Manager and Retail Banking Training Manager and Organiser for Up-country branches.(Ashanti, Northern and Western Region) ,she was also the Upcountry Champion of Information Security ,Divestiture and Inclusion(Discrimination and Gender issues) and Organiser of The SCB ladies Club in Ashanti Region. Rita was so well known for her passion in service quality and complaint management that she won the Bank’s first ever Service Excellence award in 2010.
Whiles in SCB, Rita organised and trained most of the Retail Banking staff from Management to new staff on several programmes and courses while playing her customer service management roll excellently. Other roles she played in SCB were Relationship Manager and Personal Financial Consultant before Rising to the position of the Manager in charge of the KNUST branch.
Prior to joining SCB, Rita worked as a Lab.Assistant at the Takoradi Hospital Lab for a year after her National Service.
Currently –Manager and Co-founder of Paradyse Home Care for the elderly, a subsidiary of Paradyse Clinic, Ejisu, Ashanti.
Emmanuel Adinkrah is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Internet Safety Foundation, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting a safer internet in Ghana. He has over a decade experience in information technology and a strong advocate of cybercrime prevention and cloud computing technology.
He is a software engineer and a technopreneur. He is recognized as a pioneer in developing software solutions for the National Health Insurance Scheme when it commenced its operations.
He has engaged several audiences across the globe on issues of online safety, children online protection issues and safer internet practices. His desire is to see the digital citizenry of Ghana gain a positive experience in the digital ecosystem.
He has pioneered international and local partnerships across the globe such as the National Cyber Security Alliance, USA, Childnet UK, UK Safer Internet Centre, European Union.
Locally, National Information Technology Agency is a key partner alongside the National Communications Authority.
His passion is to see the youth empowered to make a difference in their time and generation. This passion is reflected in most of the sermons he preaches on Sunday and on other occasions as a youth pastor. His work is complimented by his CO-Founder, Gabriel Ofori Appiah.
Emmanuel holds a Master of Science Information Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a functional member of the IEEE, the Information Technology Association of Ghana and the Internet Society, Ghana Chapter.
Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the founder and executive director of the Girls education initiative of Ghana, GEIG. GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities.
Ms. Patterson holds an MPA, masters in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service where she specialized in non- profit management. Ms. Patterson’s research includes but not limited to Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-Ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York, JA-New York, A more diverse Workforce: the fire department of New York City.
Prior to her work with GEIG Ms. Patterson served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for The Council of Young African Leaders, CYAL and communications and marketing associate at Junior Achievement of New York, JA- New York. Ms. Patterson holds a BA in Political Science and Business Management where she graduated cum laude in 2009.
Ms. Patterson is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, presented in 2015 at TEDxAccra, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub and the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana.
Isaac Immanuel Opuni Frimpong is a writer, graphic designer and tech enthusiast. He is the co-founder of the Opunimagine Leadership Organization, a public speaking, leadership and empowerment NGO. Its flagship event is the Symphony of Speech debates, a platform that seeks to elevate oratory prowess in Ghana.
He was awarded by The School of Performing Arts at Legon for his play Josefina: A Princess’s Tale in 2012, a feat which convinced him he could build an industry on the strength of his writing. During his National Service he founded Life in Kumasi, a fast-growing creative blog regarded highly by its readership as a refreshing and unique experience. The blog won a grant from the Ghana Danish Cultural Fund in 2014, based on its cultural potential, and he currently works fulltime on it.
He feels slightly outmatched by the company he finds himself in among his fellow TEDxAdum speakers, however, he has been assured by the organizer Albert that he is a leader in his own field, which he is thankful to hear.
Opuni is an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Civil Engineering Department, is a drama minister at Pentecost International Worship Centre, and is working on staging his first play in 2016, an important step in his quest for world domination.
Patricia Ama Bonsu is a broadcast journalist and producer at Ultimate 106.9fm, a member of the EIB Network.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.
With her 4 years experience in radio, she has created a platform for stakeholders to engage and find solutions on mostly health-related issues.
Her passion for community service and volunteerism has also led her to work with institutions like the Paediatric Oncology Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and community-based initiatives like Feed the Child, Walk for Charity Ghana; which all seeks to raise funds to support children living with cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Miss Bonsu is also a member of the Ghana Think Foundation and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community (Kumasi Hub).
Patricia Ama Bonsu was a participant of the Cohort 4 of President Obama’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative – Regional Leadership Centre, West Africa, Accra.
Her biggest dream now, is to support the education of autistic children in the Ashanti region and beyond.