Facilitators for GGPA

Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi

Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Education Center at Savannah State University. He is the project Director of the Ghana Group Projects Abroad (GGPA). Dr. Naniuzeyi's teaching and research interests are in Comparative Politics, African Politics, International Politics, International Organizations, and Political Economy. In addition to his articles published in the Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of African American Studies, Dr. Naniuzeyi is the co-author of the book titled "Governance, Conflict Analysis, and Conflict Resolution". He has a strong passion for activities designed to enhance the international and intercultural experiences of students. This commitment to international education is reflected in the core-curricular programs he has promoted throughout his professional career. For over twenty years, Dr. Naniuzeyi has trained students for successful participation in the Model United Nations program which is an extracurricular activity that allows students to address the complex issues affecting the world community. His students had the opportunity to participate in various Model UN conferences held respectively in Scotland, China, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Brazil, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Singapore etc. He also organized an international Model UN conference on two occasions in Murcia, Spain. At Savannah State University, Dr. Naniuzeyi promotes efforts to expand study abroad and exchange programs that enhance students' and faculty's international experiences. Dr. Naniuzeyi recently served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Regional Model United Nations. He is a former Governor's teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia and a former Executive Director of the Center for Research on the Congo. He is currently serving as board Director at Savannah Council on World Affairs. As a consultant and lecturer, he organized workshops on conflict resolution in Georgetown, Guyana in 2002 and participated in various international conferences. Some of the awards received by Dr. Naniuzeyi include the following: Award of Excellence in Academic Achievement from the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support at Savannah State University; Special Achievement Award from the Atlanta City Council; Award for Distinguished Services from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority etc. Dr. Naniuzeyi was a member of the International Task Force designed to make recommendations on how to internationalize the city of Savannah. The work of this Task Force resulted in the creation of the Greater Savannah International Alliance which is an advisory Board designed to assist the Mayor and the City Council on international matters. He is currently serving as member of the advisory board of the Greater Savannah International Alliance.

Dr. Levett

Dr. Levett is the project co-director for the Ghana Group Projects Abroad (GGPA). Dr. M. Ann Levett, a native of Savannah and proud product of the local schools, is the Chief Academic Officer of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools (SCCPSS). She has served as a professional educator since 1976, beginning her career at SCCPSS as a speech and language pathologist. After serving here for years and rising to the rank of principal at Savannah High School, Dr. Levett left the area to pursue other professional opportunities. She rose to the rank of acting superintendent in Dayton, Ohio before moving on to higher education positions at Antioch University and Yale University School of Medicine. Throughout her tenure she has managed grants/projects valued at more than fifteen million dollars, coordinated school university partnerships across the United States and its territories, and led school reform efforts in several European cities, including Dublin (Ireland), London (UK), Utrecht (Netherlands), and Rennes (France).

Dr. Levett has also consulted on significant community development projects in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and several major U.S. cities. In October 2007, she was appointed to the Board of Education for New Haven Public Schools in New Haven, CT. She also served as a board member for two charter schools in New Haven. Since returning to Georgia, Dr. Levett has served in several key positions at the state level and maintained her positions in several national and international organizations. Dr. Levett has been appointed by Governors Perdue and Deal to two major positions on state education boards. She is a published author, nationally known speaker, and consultant on international educational projects.

Larry D. Stokes

Larry D. Stokes has been at Savannah State University for thirteen years. During his tenure, he served as chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. As chair, the disciplines (African Studies, history, behavioral analysis, criminal justice, sociology) that were under his purview were modified. These modifications increased the retention and graduation rates of each program. Programs listed as threshold programs by the University System of Georgia were no longer listed. Dr. Stokes received a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Ph.D. from Howard University in Sociology and criminology. His research interests and publications have focus primarily on social inequality in the criminal justice system and relations/ diversity in America.

Dr. Charles Marfo

Dr. Charles Ofosu Marfo is a Senior Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and currently the Head of the Department of Modern Languages. He is also the current President of the Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG) and Secretary to the KNUST branch of the University Teachers' Association of Ghana (UTAG).

Dr. Marfo attended the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, where he read Linguistics and Philosophy for his B.A. degree with Linguistics major. He further pursued and received M.Phil in Theoretical Linguistics (with a concentration on Phonology and morpho-Syntax) from the University of Troms in Norway. He has also obtained Ph.D in Linguistics (specializing in Theoretical Linguistics, particularly in Phonology and Syntax and their interfaces) from the University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Marfo enjoys teaching and does research on various aspects of language, linguistics and communication. He also a friend of the media. He enjoys commenting on socio-political and other national issues in the media, particularly on radio.

Aminu Dramani

Aminu Dramani attended the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, where he read Political Science with Sociology for his B.A. degree (Political Science major). He has also obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana. He further pursued and received M.Phil in Political Science from university of Ghana (with a specialization in conflict resolution). He is currently pursuing his PhD in Sociology.

Aminu Dramani enjoys teaching and does research on various topics including conflict, conflict resolution and party politics. He is media friendly and enjoys commenting on socio-political and other national issues in the media, on both radio and television.

Chris Mercer

Chris Mercer is the Program Manager for Social Studies in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. Though having started in the position in July of 2015, he has an extensive background in history and education. Mercer began his career teaching at the elementary school level, teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In 1997 he began teaching at the high school level, teaching United States History and American Government at Windsor Forest High School, where he also became certified to teach Advanced Placement Government. In 2007 he was hired as the Social Studies Teacher Specialist for SCCPSS, helping to provide professional development to social studies teachers throughout the district. He served in this position for three years. Over the next five years, he served as an Assistant Principal at Haven Elementary, and Islands High School. In addition he was hired as the Director of the Teaching American History Grant, which provided specific professional development in US History to teachers within SCCPSS which included an educational travel program. He also has a background in archeology, having earned credit through the University of Virginia at the Jamestowne Rediscovery Archeological Field School.

Mercy Vanessa Appiah

Ms. Mercy Vanessa Darkwaa Appiah is a Senior Assistant Registrar at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa. She works at the General Administration Division of the Registrar's Offices and assists the Deputy Registrar in the efficient running of the Division. Prior to being posted to the General Administration she was the Registrar of the University's International Programmes Office for six years, College Assistant Registrar for the College of Art and Social Sciences for four years and also worked with the Faculty of Law at some point. She is the current Secretary of the KNUST branch of the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA). Vanessa has been at post at KNUST since 1st June 2004.

Mercy Vanessa attended the University of Ghana where she attained a Master's degree in International Affairs. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Geography options) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She undertook a study abroad / internship programme with the San Diego State University, California USA after her bachelor's degree.

She enjoys higher education administration and promotes collaboration between institutions in the North and South. She loves to host international students and 'show-off' Ghana to them. She is a friend of nature and loves gardening and going for walks. She is married with three young boys.

Harriet Takyi

Harriet Takyi is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology & Social Work at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi (KNUS). She holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Sociology, from the University of Ghana Legon. She obtained a Post graduate Certificate in Research & Evaluation from the University of Sussex Brighton UK and also has a Certificate in Leadership & Management from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University. USA. She is a member of the community of Fulbright Scholars for 2010/2011. She was the Head of Department of Sociology & Social Work from Dec. 2011- July 2013 and currently a member of Ashanti Regional Peace Council of Ghana. Ms. Takyi enjoys knowledge sharing and dissemination through research with colleagues from diverse academic disciplines. She is interested in development issues in rural communities, gender, education, conflict and peace building.

Grace Ofori-Abrese

Grace Ofori-Abrese is a senior lecturer at the Department of Economics of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi Ghana. She has been teaching for eleven years and she is a senior lecturer. Currently she is teaching introductory courses to economics, Economy of Ghana, Economic Policy Analysis and Financial Markets and Institutions. Her research interest is in economic policy issues, finance and monetary issues. Prior to her position at the KNUST, she was a research officer at the Governance Division of the African Development Bank at Abidjan. She has also been a public administrator posted at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.

She holds a PhD in Economics from KNUST, a master's degree from the University of Ghana Legon. She read French and Economics at the first degree from KNUST. Grace loves teaching and being with children. She spends most of her private time writing bible tracts and working at the church. She loves green, music and dancing.

Dr. Wilhelmina Joseline Donkoh

Dr. Wilhelmina Joseline Donkoh is a Ghanaian who holds a PhD and M.Soc.SC in African Studies from the University of University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She read Bachelor of Social Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Ghana.

She is a Senior Lecturer and Historian / Cultural and Tourism Consultant. She is currently the acting President of the Garden City University College, Kenyasi-Kumasi and was formerly the Head of the Department of History and Political Studies at KNUST.

She has Taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in African History, Economic and Social History and History of the African Diaspora and supervised student research and dissertation/thesis writing in History and related Social Science subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She supervised one hundred and fifty undergraduate dissertations and five PhD theses from 1986 to 2012. Her research interests covers Cultural Perspectives on Modernity in Asante: The Role of Personalities, The Methodist Church in Asante, Historical literature for Children, Traditional Authority and Development,Packaging Historical and Cultural Information as Tourist Products. She has published nineteen artciles and journals out of her research work. She has attended several conferences both local and international and hosted a number of television and radio shows. She is affiliated to several professional bodies both local and international including: Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, Ghana Studies Council, Temple University, USA, African Studies Association, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, Historical Society of Ghana, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

She has won several awards over the years from Fulbright, College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 2011-January 2012, Visiting Scholar (International Initiatives Programme), Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, September-October 2010, SEPHIS, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, November-December 2006, Cadbury Fellow, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, February-July 2002, Ghana Government, UST, 1975-1978; University of Birmingham, UK, 1989-1994. She has excellent written and verbal knowledge of English and Asante, good verbal knowledge of Nzema, as well as basic knowledge of French.

Reginald Myres Abeku Sackey

Reginald Myres Abeku Sackey was born on the 26th of August, 1970 and had his childhood education at Winneba and Takoradi. He attended Atebubu Teacher Training College where he came out successfully with 3year Teacher Certificate 'A'. He further obtained Diploma in Dance Studies and Mater of Fine Arts (MFA) at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana in the year 2002 and 2011 respectively. Currently pursuing a PhD program in Ethnomusicology at the University of Cape Coast-Ghana.

With nine years university teachings experience and also organizes dance and music workshops both locally and international. Interest areas are: African Traditional Dance, Dance Choreography and Composition, drumming and folksongs.

Josephine Dazhene-Quarshie

Josephine Dazhene-Quarshie is a Senior Lecturer of Kiswahili and a linguist by training. She is the Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Coordinator of the Kiswahili Section. She is also the Acting Ghanaian Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research interests and publications include topics in Syntax of Inalienable Possession, Language in education Policies in Africa and Language Contact phenomena between English and Kiswahili as well as other African languages, and other Sociolinguistic topics such as the globalization, globalization and localization of popular culture genres in Africa.

Currently she teaches courses in Kiswahili Grammar and Translation. She has also taught courses in communication and enjoys counselling and cooking.

Douglas Frimpong-Nnuroh

Douglas Frimpong-Nnuroh

A product of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Douglas Frimpong- Nnuroh has also studied at University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway and University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. He is an Applied Social and Cultural Anthropologist with interest in societies and cultures, family and vulnerability, governance and democracy. He has published extensively on the ethnography of the Nzema of Western Ghana.

Alex J. Wilson

Alex J. Wilson (PhD) is a lecturer at the Centre for African and International Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He obtained his PhD in Inter-Disciplinary Studies with a major in Anthropology from Ohio University in Athens OH, USA. His research interest is in indigenous African knowledge systems, especially social, political, health and educational systems.

Christina Offei-Ansah

Christina Offei-Ansah is a senior lecturer, home economist and family ecologist who specializes in family resource management, consumer sciences and home economics education. Her areas of research and interest are livelihood strategies, saving practices, market women in the Ghanaian economy, women, culture and change, and consumer and nutrition for all ages.

Dr. W. K. Yayoh

Dr. W. K. Yayoh is the Acting Director of the Centre for African and International Studies and a professor of African American Studies at University of Cape Coast Ghana.

Sr. Cecilia Ankomah

Sr. Cecilia Ankomah, FST was born on 17th April 1959 by Madam Theresa Yaa Nsiah Sarfowaa and Mr. Paul Yaw Ankomah (deceased) at Mile Fourteen (Kumasi). From 1967-1977, she had her Primary and Middle School education at Roman Catholic Primary School and L/A Middle School respectively at Kwapia in the Adansi North District near Obuasi. She had her Secondary School education 'O' Level and 'A' Level at both St. Hubert Seminary Secondary School and St. Louis Secondary School respectively from 1981-1988.

In 1990, she joined the Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity (FST) Congregation to begin her initial formation at Bomso, and entered Novitiate at Yabi, at end of which she professed her first vows on 27th November 1993 as a Religious at St. Mary's Parish, South Suntrso (Kumasi).

After the profession of first vows, Sr. Cecilia Ankomah was sent to the Juniorate at Jamasi for Community experience. In 1994 she was transferred to Kumasi and was given an apostolate at St. Leo Preparatory School at South Suntreso (Kumasi).

In 1996, Sr. Cecilia was sent to Rome, Italy, to study Catechetics at Collegio Mater Ecclesiae (Urbaniana University) at the end of which she obtained BA in Catechetics. After completion, she was sent to Kenya to do PGDE (Post Graduate Diploma in Education) at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, from 1998-1999. She then pursued MA in Religious Studies in the same University from 1999-2001 after which she returned home in 2001.

On her return home, she was assigned to Martyrs of Uganda Jubilee School as a Head teacher. After one and a half years of service, Sr. Cecilia was asked to go to Rome to do Formation Course at Regina Mundi, Italy, from Jan-Jun 2003.

On her return, she was assigned to the FST Novitiate at Yabi to help form the novices who were being formed to become FST Sisters, a position she held from December 2003- January 2013. She then proceeded for a one year Sabbatical in Canada and on her return in April 2014, she was assigned to Blessed Trinity Leadership Academy (BTLA) as a Head teacher, a position she holds to date.

In the interim Sr. Cecilia Ankomah pursued Certificate in Leadership and Management for Administrators (by Marywood University through ASEC/SLDI), Kumasi, Ghana from 2007-2009. From 2014-2015 she followed a course for a Certificate in Finance (by Marywood University through ASEC/SLDI), Kumasi, Ghana. Sr. Cecilia Ankomah speaks Twi, English, Italian and a bit of French. Her hobby is singing and reading.

William Oduro

Prof. William Oduro is a Professor and Lecturer of Wildlife Biology/Ecology and Management and Dean of the International Programme Office (IPO), office of the Vice Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. Prof Oduro has spent his entire professional career in Biology/Ecology and Management with focus on education, research and service.

His academic training consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife and Range Management in 1984 from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Master of Science in Wildlife and Range Management and Doctor of Philosophy (Wildlife Biology and Ecology) in 1985 and 1990 respectively and nine professional certificates from seven countries

Prof. Oduro began his academic career as Teaching Assistant in 1987 at University of Ibadan, Nigeria and lecturer in 1990 at the KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. During his academic career he published 64 papers in 18 peer review journals, authored or edited 4 books, 4 book chapters, 18 abstracts in proceedings, 2 periodicals, 51 technical reports, one international public exhibition, 3 video documentaries, and 31 other publications. He attended 97 conferences/seminars and workshops including scientific presentations and plenary addresses. He served as key supervisor for 11 students at the Diploma Natural Resources Management Level, 132 Students at the Undergraduate BSc Natural Resources Management Level and 32 Postgraduate Research Projects at Masters Level (Both MPhil Wildlife & Range Management, MSc GISNATUREM and MSc Environmental Resource Management) and 4 PhDs. Prof. Oduro serves as an external assessor in three Universities in Ghana, two Universities in Nigeria, one in Republic of Benin, and a regular reviewer for 10 international and 2 local journals.

He has coordinated several external funded projects including: 'People, Land Management and Environmental Change' (PLEC) GEF/UNU/INRA. $ US 10,992,900.00; 'Sustainable Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation, Enhancing Agricultural Biodiversity and Reducing Poverty in Ghana" (SLaM) GEF/UNDP/Ghana Gov't) $US 1,758,023.00; 'Agroforestry Practices to Enhance Resource-Poor Livelihoods' (APERL) CIDA CAD 3,000,000.00; 'The inclusion of community based agro-biodiversity conservation into value chains and markets: designing viable institutional configurations through cross-site learning in Southern Africa, Ghana, Colombia and Thailand (ICHA), Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation/Wageningen UR/KNUST, Euro 146,000.00; 'Enhancing Management of Natural Resources through the Empowerment of Traditional Leaders in the Oil and Gas Region in Ghana towards Poverty Reduction'. African Association of Universities (AAU)/DFID Euro 100,000.00; Member, Research Team on Global Pollination Project UNEP/GEF- funded USD 130,808.00; Member, Steering Committee"Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries" (BSU). 60 million DKK (11.5 million USD) granted for the first phase. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark/DANIDA; Consultant/Coordinator High Forest Biodiversity Conservation Project of Faunal Survey in Globally Significant Biodiversity Areas (FSD, FC, MLFM, GEF/World Bank/Ghana Gov't); $US 250,000. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA Tain II FR), FORM International Ghana $US 25,000.00; Consultant Evaluation and Monitoring of Lake Bosomtwe Project (UNESCO funded $1,000,000.00)

Prof. Oduro has managed 18 robust international and 21 national wildlife researches for the past 20 years. Much of these researches have focused on biodiversity/Agrobiodiversity assessment, assessment of wildlife populations, wildlife ecology/biology, wildlife utilization, park design and management, community nature-based tourism, game ranching and domestication, traditional conservation of biological resources, rural land management and land use, rural environmental resource management.

In conjunction with the researches, he has played a key role in preparing strategies to monitor trade in Elephant Products and Illegal Killing of Elephants" - Nairobi, Kenya. TRAFFIC/IUCN/SSC/CITES (1998). He has been member of Government of Ghana delegation to Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) on 4 occasions, 1995 -2004. He is a registered member of 14 international and national professional associations. He has received 2 internationally professional awards/ prizes.

Beyond his teaching and research career he has served in various capacities 35, 37 and 23 at the university, national and international levels respectively. Prof Oduro's extensive professional experience and travel in 14 African countries and 18 other countries outside Africa provide him with a unique understanding of the cultural context of agrobiodiversity capacity building in the world. He moves freely within the culture of these countries with knowledge of gender roles, language and current sustainable wildlife management issues.

Prof. George Owusu

Prof. George Owusu holds BA from the University of Ghana, and an MPhil and a PhD in Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), and Head of the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana. His main areas of research include small and medium-sized towns, urbanization, regional development, decentralization and participatory development. Prof. Owusu has done extensive studies on urbanization and regional development in Ghana, and has a number of publications in national and international journals. He was a member of the Consultant/Expert team which drafted Ghana's first ever National Urban Policy and Action Plan, 2012, as well as the recently launched Ghana Urbanization Review, 2015. Prof. Owusu has consulted for a number of international organizations including the World Bank, UN-Habitat, GIZ, UNDP, DFID, etc.

Frank Afari

Frank Afari is a lecturer in the Department of History Education at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW). He received his undergraduate education with a major in History and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon. He completed graduate studies in History at the same university, with a dissertation focused on the interface between traditional rule and the process of educational change in colonial Ghana. His current research focuses on ways in which young people's reactions to institutional control shaped the trajectory of higher education during the interwar period of the Gold Coast. His research interests broadly include historiography of African History, the transformation of higher education in the 19th and 20th century Africa, historical injustice and theories of violence, transitional justice and human rights. He is a professionally trained teacher with years of practical teaching experience at the Basic and Senior High levels behind him. At UEW, he teaches courses on various aspects of African and World History and also supervises undergraduate long essays. His published works include articles in Henry Louis Gates jr. et al (ed.) multi-volume Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Ghana Studies Association and The Historical Society of Ghana. He lives in Accra with his wife and daughter.