Alumni Awards 2017-18
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.
On 21 February 2018, the British Council announced the recipients of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2017-18 in Ghana, at an awarding ceremony in Accra. In total, three UK alumni in Ghana were recognised for their outstanding achievements in their fields.
MEET THE WINNERS:
Professional Achievement Award
Mavis Asare, Loughborough University
Dr. Mavis Asare is a Senior Lecturer at the Methodist University College, Ghana and a Clinical Sport Psychology Practitioner (PT) at Progressive Life Centre. She has collaborated with health agencies including Ghana AIDS Commission to conduct programmes on illness prevention and also mental health among young people in Ghana. Her programmes have increased mental health knowledge among young people in Ghana.
Percy Asare Ansah, University of Hull
Percy Asare Ansah is the CEO of Premier Health Insurance, the second largest Private Health Insurance Company in Ghana. From a very humble beginning of two staff members in 2011, the company now serves as an employment avenue for 53 persons. He has managed to turn around a seed capital of USD 50,000.00 to USD 10,000,000.00 within seven years. Percy hopes to increase his policy holders from the current 45,000 to 200,000 within the next three years.
Social Impact Award
Thomas Tagoe, University of Leicester
Dr. Thomas Tagoe is a Neuroscientist at the University of Ghana and Co-founder of GhScientific, an organisation focused on building capacity in STEM through public engagement and outreach activities. Since 2014, GhScientific has run 15 public engagement projects and 3 workshops through which over 2,500 people have been engaged. One of these projects; The SHAPE Project was the basis of a 2016 TedxAccra Talk Thomas delivered on “How to make science education more interesting in Africa”.Thomas is the regional secretary of the Ghana Science Association acting as lead on The Horizon, a morning radio show to communicate science.