Subscribers

  

STAR Ghana Foundation has twenty five (25) Subcribers with representation from diverse backgrounds and based on expertise and diverse skill sets from civil society, academia, private sector and industry. Gender equality and social inclusion considerations were factored in the selection and appointment. Subscribers were selected based on criteria that included non-party political partisanship and demonstrated independent thought and action. Below are profiles of the Subcribers of STAR Ghana Foundation.


Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr

Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, Companion of the Order of the Volta, served as the first Chair of the Steering Committee of STAR-Ghana from 2010 to 2017 and also served as President of the Ghana Academy of Sciences. He is also a former Member of the Council of State in Ghana, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (1985-92) and former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities (AAU). After attending Achimota School in Ghana, and studying Law at the Universities of Durham and London, Professor Sawyerr obtained the degree of Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence at the University of California (Berkeley). Professor Sawyerr held teaching and research appointments at universities and research institutions in Africa, Europe, the US and the Pacific, and his publications include: Economic Development and Trade in Papua New Guinea; The Political Dimension of Structural Adjustment Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa; Economic Emancipation and Democratic Governance: The Role of the Trade Unions; “Renegotiation of the VALCO Agreement: Contribution to a theoretical interpretation”; “Globalisation and the Social Sciences in Africa”; “Challenges Facing African Universities: Selected Issues”; “African Higher Education and Industry: What linkages?”, "Contractual Capacity of Minors and the Conflict of Laws in East Africa", and “The High Court of Uganda and Customary Law".


Akoto Ampaw

Akoto Ampaw Comapany Secretary to the STAR Ghana Foundation is a legal practitioner who specialises in constitutional and human rights law, media law, labour law, and company and investment law. He was the Secretary-General of All Africa Students' Union from 1979–1985. He is the Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Ghana Bar Association and a member of the National Media Commission, the legal team of the Ghana Bar Association, the Media Foundation for West Africa's legal defence team, the Right to Information Coalition Ghana, the Advocacy Steering Committee for a Broadcasting Law, the National Coalition Against Privatisation of Water and the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Advocacy.


Dr. Steve Manteaw 

Dr. Emmanuel Steve Asare Manteaw is a policy analyst and a communication strategist. He has worked with the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) for 20 years. ISODEC is a Ghanaian, rights-based public policy research and advocacy organisation with regional affiliates in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Niger. Among the key issues that ISODEC engages with are extractive sector policy research and analysis, revenue/expenditure tracking, rights protection, tools development, and training. Dr. Manteaw also has extensive experience in Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Implementation, and a sound appreciation of the legislative and regulatory regimes in the extractive sector in West Africa. He serves on several national boards and committees, including the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI), whose Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee he co-chairs. He is also a Co-Chair of the National Steering Committee of the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) initiative hosted by the Public-Sector Reform Secretariat. He served for four years, as a member of the World Bank Extractive Industries Advisory Group in Washington. He is currently the Chairman of Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), an additional public oversight body over the management and use of petroleum revenues in Ghana.


Professor Richard M. Adanu

Richard Adanu is a specialist obstetrician gynaecologist. He has a special interest in reducing maternal morbidity, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor repair. He is a Professor of Women’s Reproductive Health and Consultant obstetrician gynaecologist with the School of Public Health, University of Ghana and the University Hospital. He teaches graduate and undergraduate students in public health and population studies. In addition to clinical practice and medical education, Richard Adanu researches in the field of women’s health. He has skills in epidemiology and statistical analysis of data.


Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin 

Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin is the Director of the Accra-based West Africa Regional Office of ABANTU for Development, a women’s rights organisation that works to promote gender responsiveness in policies in Africa. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Ghana. She holds a second Masters degree from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and a PhD in Gender and Energy studies from University of Birmingham, UK. In addition to her work as Director of ABANTU, Dr. Mensah-Kutin assists with the Network of Women’s Rights in Ghana as a founding member and past Convenor. She also serves on the advisory board of the International Gender and Energy Network (ENERGIA) which is based in The Netherlands. She is also a member of the advisory board for the African Women Development Fund.  During the 1980’s she very quickly rose to the position of Assistant Editor of the Daily Graphic before moving on to become the Coordinator of the Social Impact Assessment Unit of the Energy Commission until 1998.


Professor Kwame Karikari 

Professor Kwame Karikari is the former Executive Director of the MFWA. He has been for several years, a professor in journalism and mass communication at the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana.  He has also been involved in training journalists in several countries in Africa over the years. Prior to that and during all those years, he practiced as a journalist, including serving as director general of the public Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in the early 1980s. He has also been an activist pursuing social justice and human rights causes, in Africa, including democratic reforms in Ghana. He serves on the boards of a number of African and international rights organisations and on the editorial boards of academic publications. He was educated at the City College of New York and Columbia University in New York.


Mr. Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, a think tank of global repute dedicated to the promotion of the institutions of a free society across Africa. IMANI has been consistently ranked among the top 5 most influential think tanks in sub-Saharan Africa and among the top 100 worldwide. In 2010, Franklin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was named a fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012, and the only named Think Tank Leader in “Top 50 Africans” List of the respected Africa Report Magazine in 2012. In 2010 Franklin was consulted by the U. K’s Prime Minister’s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa.

Franklin has hosted and shared panels with former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minster, Anwar Ibrahim, Swiss President, Doris Leuthard, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and debated former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa when he was president in 2005. Franklin currently sits on the Danish International Development Agency’s sounding board for private sector, advising on Danish private sector support to GhanaFranklin is pursuing doctoral studies at Buckingham University (UK). He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training Programme. He has a B.Sc. in Land Economy from KNUST.


Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy

Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy has a BA in French and Linguistics from the University of Ghana and an MA in African Studies (Literature with minors in Folklore and Dance) from UCLA. She entered into the service of the University of Ghana as a Fellow at the Institute of African Studies in 1982 and assigned to the Language, Literature and Drama Section. She was promoted to her current rank of associate professor in 2008. She served in two ministerial positions as Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism and Higher Education (1986 & 1986 -1993) respectively.  She is also Associate Director of the African Humanities Program for Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda 2017/18.


Justice Emile Short

Justice Emile Short was the first Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in 1993 just when the country had transitioned into democratic rule. He received his Master’s Degree in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, after which he headed a law firm in Ghana. He has lectured at University of Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana and at Middlesex Polytechnic in London. In 2004 he was elected by the UN General Assembly to serve as an Ad Litem Judge for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda at Arusha in Tanzania. After 5 years he returned to his post at the CHRAJ until he retired in 2010. In February 2019, he led the Justice Emile Short Commission, which was tasked with unravelling the circumstances surrounding the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence which occurred in January 2019.


Dr. Ellen Hagan

Dr. Mrs. Ellen Hagan is the Founder and Director of L’AINE Services Limited, Ghana's leading Human Resource Consulting Firm. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners, Ghana (IHRMP). Her stellar track record has won her numerous awards including the 2010 Strategic Leadership Award at the Global HR Excellence Awards, 2011 CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, 2013 VLISCO Be Your Dream Award, 2013 Outstanding Female Entrepreneur at the Ghana Women Awards and the 2013 Best Entrepreneur in Corporate Business Services at the Ghana Entrepreneur Awards and the Ultimate Woman of the Year Award at the 2017 EMY Africa Awards; an honour bestowed on only one woman each year at a ceremony set aside solely to recognize men. She is a Co-founder of Legacy Girl's College, Akuse and founder of the L’AINE Foundation, a not-for-profit entrepreneurship foundation, to assist in the development of youth entrepreneurship. She serves on several boards including the Danish Sounding Board and the University of Ghana Business School Board.

She is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, has an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK. and a Doctor of Philosophy in humanities (Phd. Hum Honoris Causa) from the Pan African Bible Seminary. She has written three (3) books; “Soft Skills; What Gives One Jobseeker An Edge Over Another”, “All about Job Interviews” and “Why are you Here” and has published several articles in the Business and Financial Times, the HR Focus Magazine and the Christian Sentinel of the Methodist Church of Ghana.


Dr. Deodat Emilson Adenutsi

Dr. Deodat E. Adenutsi is a professional educationist, economist and consultant in economics, finance, and strategic management, with interests in development and financial economics, social science research, economic policy formulation and cost-benefit analysis of public sector projects. He has enormous experience in higher education teaching and academic research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Adenutsi has published widely in high-ranking internationally accredited journals in the area of economics, banking, finance, and strategic business management. He has held Visiting Scholar positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC in the United States of America, and a number of universities and research institutions in Africa and beyond. Dr. Adenutsi who is currently the Executive Director of Volta Educational Renaissance Foundation (VEReF), holds PhD in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch.


Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong

Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong is an Ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) and a Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi. He is a former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG). He has considerable experience in pastoral/ministerial work, higher education, international media relations, inter-faith/ecumenical relations, advocacy and outreach services delivery, etc., he has vast experience in Management, Administration, Leadership, Peace, Conflict Management, Religion, Christian Theology, Public Speaking, University Teaching and Research Management as well as Boardroom Experience.

Rev. Dr. Opuni-Frimpong has proven himself as a visionary leader with a heart of a prophetic pastor who has provided exemplary leadership in his ministry with the PCG, CCG and other Christian Organizations. In his leadership in the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Opuni Frimpong demonstrated a great ability in working with the church leaders and other stake holders in the Christian Council, a gift he brings in a powerful way into other sectors.  His understanding of African culture gives him a good advantage in speaking effectively where it matters.  He speaks truth to power and also knows when the churches need to posture themselves as partners in development. It is from this base that he also values interfaith dialogue.


Dr. Sulemana Abudulai

Dr Sulemana Abudulai has worked for nearly 30 years in the field of development. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of CODA International, Transform UK, RAINS-Ghana, Earthlore Foundation-South Africa, and the African Biodiversity Network-Kenya. He served as a member of a Panel of Advisors for Stars Foundation, which makes awards to deserving organisations working on issues affecting children and young people. Sulemana has worked with Comic Relief for nearly a decade in grant making; more recently he worked with the Gaia Foundation and the Stephen Lewis Foundation of Canada. He has also managed and/or helped establish country programmes for Action Aid, Action on Disability and Development, and CAMFED. He has a PhD in Land Economy, MSc in Rural and Regional Resources Planning, and a BSc in Applied Economics and Anthropology. He is an Adjunct Professor, Department of Climate Change and Food Security, at the University for Development Studies, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.


Professor Takyiwaa Manuh

Takyiwaa Manuh is Emerita Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana. She served as Director at the Social Development Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia, and Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana where she was also Director of the Institute of African Studies between 2002 and 2009. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Law from the University of Ghana, Legon, and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a Ph.D in Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests are in African development; women’s rights and empowerment; contemporary African migrations, and African higher-education systems, and she has published widely in those areas. She has practiced as a lawyer and is active in the women’s movement in Ghana and Africa, and serves on the boards of several international, continental and national organisations. She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received other awards including the University of Ghana’s Meritorious Service Award for 2007, Ghana’s Order of the Volta (Officer Class) in 2008, and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Sussex, UK, in 2015.


Alhassan Mohammed Awal

Alhassan Mohammed Awal has over 16 years of active work experience rising from a community mobilizer, youth activist, Co-founder and Executive Director of a Ghanaian National organization (NORSAAC) and recently recognized as a CSO development and management expert. He has served on credible national institutions as either a technical person or a board member including at the Northern Regional Peace Council, Gender Technical Advisory Group, STAR Ghana and the Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum-Northern region. He is an accredited ST. Francis X’vier University-Canada trained partnership expert providing capacity building support to local and international organizations on partnerships and building a resilient multi-stakeholder support for initiatives at national and International level. Alhassan is a product of many Universities including the University of Ghana, Legon, University for Development Studies (Masters), Ghana. St. Francis Xavier University and University of Applied Sciences-Dusseldorf, Germany.


Ethel Cofie

Ethel Cofie is the founder of Women in Tech Africa, an organization with a focus on entrepreneurship expansion and multiplying the numbers of females in technology especially in Africa. It is Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora. It is still growing and is the 2018 UN Equals in Tech Award Winner, Leadership Category. Ethel Cofie is also an Africa Digital Expert, CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting Company in West Africa and Europe, and was recently named IT Consulting Firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry. She holds an MSc. in Distributed System from Brighton University, UK and a BSc. in Computer Science, from Valley View University, Ghana.


Nana Asantewaa Afadzinu

Nana Afadzinu, Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), has worked with and within the civil society sector for the past 19 years and is a passionate advocate for sustainable development in Africa with the full participation of an effective, efficient, influential and sustainable civil society. She is a lawyer by profession and has worked on areas of governance, human rights, philanthropy and capacity building with national, international, continental and regional organisations in Africa. They include the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, National Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana, Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment, the African Society of International Law, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and IBIS West Africa. As Executive Director of WACSI, Nana worked with the team to ensure that the 3rd ISTR Africa Regional Network (ISTRAN) Conference was successful. She is currently a faculty member for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre on courses related to governance, human rights, peace and security and gender. Nana has served as a member of a number of public service, corporate and non-profit boards including the Graphic Communications Group Limited (Ghana), the Ghana Legal Services Board, and Ghana News Agency Board. She is currently a member of the GPAK board, a subsidiary of the Graphic Communications Group and the Management Committee of the University of Ghana School of Law. Nana is also a member of the Advisory Councils of Water Aid Ghana, the Africa Civil Society Platform, the Nexus Fund and the SDG Philanthropy Forum in Ghana.


Francis Asong

Francis Asong is Executive Director of VOICE GHANA, a disability rights, advocacy and capacity building organisation based in Ho, Volta Region. He has been involved in a range of management tasks for the past 15 years, and has a long-standing interest in social inclusion agenda, particularly for people with disabilities. Francis is involved in several grassroots social actions. He is the Coordinator of the Governance Issues Forum Network and Local Accountability Network in the Volta Region, which were spearheaded by the Institute for Democratic Governance and Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition respectively. He is also a steering committee member of the Local Governance Network, a board member of the Village Exchange Ghana, and a zonal activism coordinator for Amnesty International – Ghana Section. He holds an MBA in governance and leadership from the Australian Institute of Business and Chartered Business Administrator certification from the Chartered Association of Business Administrators, Canada. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK, and the Institute of Leadership and Management, UK, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Management and Leadership, USA, and a PhD. in management student at LIGS University, USA. He was the 2015 Continental Award Winner of the CEO Global Titans – Nations Building Awards in recognition of his contribution to the welfare and civil society sector in Africa.


Hajara Mohammed Rufai

Hajara Mohammed Rufai is a youth development practitioner with over 12 years practical experience in youth leadership training and capacity-building programming and implementation, having worked with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – Ghana Office in the design and implementation of several capacity building programmes for various partner institutions such as parliament, electoral commission, political parties, youth and women’s groups. Hajara Mohammed is currently working as a managing partner of Young Peace Brigades – Ghana, a local affiliate of United Network of Young Peace-Builders based in The Hague, Netherlands, where she coordinates training and development. Hajara is a member of the National Commission for Civic Education with responsibility for three regions and serves on a number of sub-committees of the commission. She also serves the Muslim community as a board member of the Ghana Muslim Achiever’s Awards, Vice-Chairperson for the Youth and Education Committee of the Coalition of Muslim Organisations in Ghana as well as being the Convener for Network of Professional Muslim Women-Ghana. Hajara Mohammed holds a BA in political science & religions and MPhil in the study of religions from the University of Ghana and a master’s in public sector management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Hajara has also trained as a certified ECOWAS/KAIPTC election observer with the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre.


Audrey Gadzekpo

Audrey Gadzekpo PhD., a member of the Governing Council of STAR Ghana Foundation and Vice Chair of the Programme Quality Committee of the Governing Council is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Studies and the Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana. She has more than 24 years of experience in teaching, research and advocacy on media, gender and governance, and more than 28 years practical experience as a journalist, working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator, and magazine publisher/editor. Professor Gadzekpo has conducted numerous training sessions on media and communications for civil society, public and private sector organisations, and serves on a number of local and international boards, including CDD-Ghana, PANOS-West Africa and West Africa Democracy Radio. She is also a member of the National Media Commission. She holds a BA in English and history from the University of Ghana, and MA in communications from Brigham Young University, USA, and a PhD in African studies from the University of Birmingham, UK.


Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi  

Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, is a former professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, he has held faculty positions at universities in the United States, including the School of International Service of the American University (Washington, D.C.), and fellowships at the Center for Democracy, Rule of Law and Development (Stanford University), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the International Forum for Democratic Development (all in Washington, D.C.). He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (London), among others. He received his doctorate from the University of California (Davis) and undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. Professor Gyimah-Boadi's articles have appeared in the Journal of Democracy and UNU-WIDER, among others. He is co-author of Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He has received a myriad of awards, including the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice for advancing democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)

A former professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, he has held faculty positions at universities in the United States, including the School of International Service of the American University (Washington, D.C.), and fellowships at the Center for Democracy, Rule of Law and Development (Stanford University), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the International Forum for Democratic Development (all in Washington, D.C.). He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (London), among others. He received his doctorate from the University of California (Davis) and undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. Professor Gyimah-Boadi's articles have appeared in the Journal of Democracy and UNU-WIDER, among others. He is co-author of Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He has received a myriad of awards, including the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice for advancing democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).


Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye

Dr Esther Oduraa Ofei-Aboagye, Chair of the STAR Ghana Foundation is a social policy analyst and a teacher. She brings to the role a long and distinguished association with civil society and national development. She has been a member of the erstwhile Steering Committee of the STAR-Ghana Programme since 2013 and chaired the Steering Committee from January 2018 to December 2019. In addition, she has served as a member of the Board of ISODEC and Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights. She is also a member of WIEGO, a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy Until January 2015, she was the Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS). Prior to ILGS, she was employed at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Dr Ofei-Aboagye has been extensively involved in national social policy formulation and decentralised development management. She has served on a number of public and civil society boards. She is a member of the University of Ghana Council and the Chairperson of the Council of the Presbyterian College of Education. She has also served as the Vice-Chairperson of the National Development Planning Commission and a member of the Ghana Tourism Authority Board. Dr Ofei-Aboagye has a doctorate degree in public policy from the University of Birmingham, UK, a master's in public administration from Carleton University, Canada, and a bachelor's degree in economics and sociology and a diploma in education, both from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.


Professor Agnes Atia Apusigah

Professor Agnes Atia Apusigah is a member of the Governing Council of STAR Ghana Foundation and the Chair of the Gender and Social Inclusion Committee GSIC). She also served as a member of the Steering Committee of STAR-Ghana from 2010 to 2018 when the STAR Ghana Foundation was launched. Agnes is an Associate Professor at the University for Development Studies, Wa Campus and currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. Her research concentrates on the political economy of African development, indigenous knowledge systems, gender studies and educational policy and reforms. Her recent publications include Bridging Worlds, Teacher Professionalism and Educational Quality in Ghana (with LA Alagbela) and Women’s Movement and Political Change in West Africa. Professor Apusigah is a social critic and a feminist activist with extensive experience working with civil society organisations and donor agencies. Her work with civil society has centred on research, policy development, capacity-building training, programming support and project evaluation. She currently chairs the governing board of Afrikids Ghana and is also a member of the Network for Women’s Rights (NETRIGHT) in Ghana. She holds a PhD. in cultural studies with a minor in curriculum studies from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.


Abdul-Nasir Yusif

Abdul-Nasir Yusif brings on board over eighteen years of experience from the banking and financial services industry. He has extensive skills and experience in Banking, Market Risk, Liquidity Risk, Credit Risks, Financial Modeling, Portfolio Management, and Financial Risk Management in general. Mr Yusif is a Chartered Accountant and holds the ‘International Certificate in Banking Risk and Regulation (ICBRR)’ certification from the ‘Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) ’He also holds an Executive MBA and Bsc. Administration (Accounting option) from the University of Ghana, Legon. In addition, Mr. Yusif is an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG), the Ghana branch of the Financial Markets Association and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), U.S.A. Prior to starting his accountancy and auditing practice from the beginning of year 2018, he worked extensively in the banking industry for seventeen years in diverse strategic and critical roles including as Regional Head, Market and Liquidity Risk management (for Anglophone West Africa, ECOBank Group).  He also provided market and liquidity risk oversight over Ghana, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Guinea Conakry, and Gambia from May 2012 to December 2017. Yusif also served as the Country Treasurer of Ecobank Rwanda from February 2008 to March 2012 and as Head of Money Markets, Ecobank Ghana from February 2006 to September 2007. During his time at Ecobank Group, he was involved in and led many strategic projects, the last being the roll out of an Asset & Liability Management (SunGard) software, in Ecobank Ghana in November 2017. He also participated in the Audit Risk Review-ARR of Ecobank Cote d’ivoire (2015) and Ecobank Liberia (2017). He is currently the internal auditor for the Parent-Teacher Association for Grace Academy, a Private first cycle school in Accra.


Peter Badimak Yaro

Peter Badimak YARO is the Executive Director of BasicNeeds-Ghana. He served on the Steering Committee of STAR Ghana from 2017 to 2018. A development worker for close to fifteen years of experience, Peter is a leading mental health advocate in Ghana. Peter has been working with BasicNeeds, a leading global mental health and development organisation over the last 13 years. Peter has dedicated his work efforts to improving the situation of women and men, girls and boys with mental disorders. He has worked to promote community mental health and increasing access to community based mental health services integrated into general health care by the implementation of the model for mental health and development of BasicNeeds. This has also ensured a means to secure livelihoods for stabilised people with mental disorders and their carer-givers, and influencing public officials and institutions to be attentive to mental health issues and responsive to voice of poor and vulnerable people with mental disorders in Ghana. Peter was and continues to be active in advocacy and activities relating to the new Mental Health legislation in Ghana, scaling up of community mental health services, strengthening capacity of service users and care-givers support groups and general human rights issues. Peter is a dynamic individual who works well with others in multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multi-religious contexts. Peter was a member of the Steering Committee of the STAR Ghana programme which launched the STAR Ghana Foundation.

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