Meet the Finalists
Professional Achievements Awards Finalists
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 Laws (LLM) degree in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict.
Abena 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
Tawiah 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 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 Awards Finalists
Joshua 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 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 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.
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 Awards finalists
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 2011. She is also an alumnus of the University of Creative Arts.
Isaac Lartey Annan
He 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 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.
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.