Alumni Awards 2017 Finalist

British Council


The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

The British Council is delighted to announce the three winners for a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni in Ghana. 

Meet the Winners

The three winners from three categories are announced as follows:

Professional Achievement Award Winner

Kwasi Anokye Gyimah

Mr. Justice Kwasi Anokye Gyimah is a judge of the High Court of Ghana and is currently stationed at the Land Court, Accra.  Prior to his appointment as a High Court judge, he was a lecturer at the GIMPA Faculty of Law where he primarily taught the Law of Immovable Property. He is an alumnus of the University of Nottingham where he pursued a Master of Law (LLM) degree in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict.

Entrepreneurial Award Winner

Sesinam Dagadu

Sesinam Dagadu is best described as an accidental entrepreneur who has gained experience in many industries ranging from automotive research to digital forensic services over his working life. It was during his time with a local bank that the problem of the poor addressing system caught his attention and when he returned abroad to complete his degree, he started working on a solution. He is a qualified systems engineer who holds an MEng Engineering with Business management from Warwick University.

Social Impact Award Winner

Gameli Adzaho

Gameli Adzaho is a public health professional and educator focused on ‘shaping Africa and shaping youth’. His Global Lab Ghana initiative connects students with colleagues and mentors through Facebook. He is an alumnus of the University of Exeter where he pursued an MSc in Environment and Human Health. 

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Professional Achievement Award Finalists

Professional Achievement Award Finalists

Dr. Abena Tannor

Dr. Abena Tannor leads the first locally-led multidisciplinary Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(PMR) service in Ghana. The team educates and helps patients with disabilities at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital achieve their highest level of function, independence and quality of life. She is an alumnus of St George’s University of London where she studied MSc. Rehabilitation.

Ahmed Tawiah Adjei

AhmedTawiah Adjei is an Environment Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist. His main work roles includes facilitating training and awareness programs in EHS, assessing workplaces for safety standards and implementing controls to protect employees at their work places. Ahmed studied at University of Salford.

Farida Bedwei

Farida Bedwei is a software engineer who co-founded a fintech company, which promotes financial inclusion by building micro-banking systems for financial institutions. She is a self-published author, having written her first book, “Definition of a miracle”, a few years ago. She is an alumnus of University of Hertfordshire where she studied Computer Science.



Entrepreneurial Award Finalists

Entrepreneurial Award Finalists

Joshua Ayinbora

Joshua Ayinbora works with Aurecon; an international engineering consultancy firm as an engineering geologist. He is also a farmer. He started his Agribusiness Company (JE & F Company Ltd) in 2014 having cultivated only pineapples in the first two years of business. He won a Tullow Oil scholarship and completed his masters in Petroleum and Gas Engineering at the University of Salford.

Akua Ofori-Ampofo

Akua Ofori-Ampofo founded Excelle Group which comprises EDF Limited and Insite Logistics, which together provide support services to the Commodities, Mining, Oil & Gas Sectors in Ghana. She also runs Excelle Exports, exporter of foodstuffs from Ghana to Europe. These businesses offer a source of livelihood for young men and women in Accra, Takoradi and Sunyani. She is an alumnus of University of Reading where she pursued an MSc in International Finance & Shipping.

Michael Bediako

Michael Bediako is a founding partner of ADINKRA INO-V8, a multimedia consultancy company. His company deployed the first Samsung OMD display series outdoor video wall displays in Africa. His company has a strong commitment to youth development and creating an environment that helps local graduates develop their own innovative solutions to local problems while keeping a global perspective. He is an alumnus of Newcastle University where he completed his masters in Mechatronics.

Social Impact Award finalists

Social Impact Award finalists

Yvonne Ntiamoah

Yvonne Ntiamoah is a research fellow of the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom. Her years of Fashion Industry experience enable her to be at the forefront of practical exposure given to enhance students learning as the Head of the first Fashion Department at Radford University, from 2011till date. She is also an alumna of the University for the Creative Arts, UK.

Isaac Lartey Annan 

Isaac Lartey Annan is a human rights and governance expert with professional expertise spanning human rights, law, criminal justice, public ethics and accountability. He is currently Chief Investigator and Director, Human Rights Department, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ghana. He received degrees in Law and Human Rights and Political Economy at the University of Leeds and the University of Essex.

Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar

Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar is Founder and Executive Director of West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE). His dream to pursue a career in security led him to an MA International Terrorism, Global Crime and International Security at Coventry University (UK) whilst understudying anti-mafia prosecutors in Sicily (Italy), in 2012. Mutaru has made catalytic impact, dissuading desperate individuals from joining terrorist groups including saving a radicalised, desperate young man from joining ISIS.

Why enter?

The prestige of winning an Alumni Award is far reaching; the benefits to awardees include enhanced global status and strengthened professional networks.


All award finalists will be invited to a prestigious award ceremony in their country, with PR and press opportunities that raise their profile and sharing their success with international audiences. Following the events, awardees will be invited to join our panel of judges, to participate in the judging of future award competitions.     


Finalists have the opportunity to connect with fellow high-calibre and successful alumni as well as influential guests at their award ceremony, extending and building their professional networks and contacts. 

Who is eligible?


Alumni must be currently residing in one of the 14 countries participating in the Alumni Awards 2017:

Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, USA


Alumni must have studied in the UK at degree level* or above:

  • within the last 15 years (i.e. 2001 or later)
  • for a minimum of one term or semester
  • enrolled at an officially recognised (160 institutions) or listed (650 institutions) UK higher education institution

*Degree level is defined as band 9 and above on the UK NARIC band framework

Apply or nominate today

How to prepare to apply yourself, or nominate someone, for an Alumni Award 2017

1. Check the eligibility criteria and read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find out if you are eligible for the Alumni Awards 2017. 

Read the FAQs at the bottom of the page.

2. Choose the award category

Decide which category your success and achievements best fit, from the three award categories below.  


This award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.


Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects.


The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

For inspiration, check out the profiles of award winners and finalists from the Alumni Awards 2016. 

3. Prepare a statement

If you are applying yourself, you will need to answer three short questions on the application form to explain how your UK higher education has contributed to your success and why you think you should be considered for an Alumni Award 2017. Please see the Judging Criteria for further guidance on what the judges are looking for.

4. Gather supporting documents

If you have applied yourself or been nominated, you will need to upload the following documents into your application form:

  • Current CV/resume


You may also wish to upload additional material to support your application (for example links to project websites, news articles, video/audio content).

As an optional extra, we also invite you to make a one minute (maximum) video about the impact of your UK study experience on your achievements: i.e. your experience of studying in the UK and where it has taken you (the impact that you have made, using what you learned in the UK). Please see the FAQs for further guidance. 

5. Application is closed