DR. JOYCE ROSALIND ARYEE
Rev. Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana chamber of Mines and the first woman to head an African Chamber of Mines.
An accomplished management and communication consultant and a professional counselor, Dr. Aryee has dedicated over forty years to serving in the private and public sectors in Ghana. In particular, she served as Secretary (Minister) of Information and Education in government of the PNDC as well as a non-cabinet Minister at the National commission for Democracy from 1983-1991.
She is a Senior Mentor for the African Leadership Initiative and the Chairperson of the Moremi Initiative for Women in Leadership for African Development (MILEAD); both mentorship institutions for young Africans.
She serves on the boards of diverse organizations including Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Central University College, GLICO General, Databank Ark Fund, University of Mines and Technology, Newmont Gold Ghana Limited, Newmont Golden-Ridge Limited, Kinross Limited, the Roman Ridge School, Corricreche Nursery and crimson Dawn Schools and Eaton Towers.
She was given the second highest State Award, the Companion of the Order of the Volta in 2006 in recognition of her meritorious service to Ghana. She is also the recipient of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG), Marketing Woman of the Year Award for 2007 and the African Leadership on Centre for Economic Development’s African Female business Leader of the Year Award for 2009.
She received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mines and Technology in recognition of her immense contributions to the growth of the mining industry.
She is an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Engineers as well as of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana. She is also a Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Management and Fellow of the Graduate School of Governance and Leadership.
She was an honourable recipient of the Inspirational woman Award of the 2015 Ghana UK Based Achievement Award (GUBA) for creating change, paving the way for women and being the first woman to head the African chamber of Mines.
Dr. Aryee is the Founder and Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries, a Christian para-church organization and an avid promoter of Ghanaian classical and choral compositions. She is the Executive Chairman of the Harmonious Chorale.
HRM NANA YAA ASAA SAFOA II
Installed under the stool name Nana Hemaa Yaa Asaa Safoa II, she is the second in command to the Omanhemaa of Akwamu Traditional Area, Ohemaa Nana Afrakuma II.
She was educated in England and obtained a Diploma in Private Secretarial Studies. She worked with Rank Xerox, Sun Life Assurance Canada and DAK Simpson in England.
By 1977, Nana Hemaa had formed her own company, Dachel & Company Limited. The company acted as manufacturers’ representatives in Ghana for popular international food and drinks companies such as Friesland Land Foods BV-the manufacturers of Peak milk, Lesaf Baking Yeast, Long John Whisky, Hine Cognac, Baron Wines, Lurpack Butter, Noel Spices, CFAO to name but a few,
Nana Hemaa Asaa Safoa II is credited as the inventor of the fabric Kente-oke. Kente-oke is a blend of the Ghanaian Kente and the Nigerian Aso-oke. Kente-oke has given a modern look and feel to the West African Narrow Loom Hand woven fabrics making them more sophisticated, luxurious and softer.
Nana Hemaa Safoa has participated in numerous international exhibitions working with international designers where she promoted Ghana, Nigeria and Africa with her Kente-oke fabrics. During this period, she became the voice of the African textile industry, reporting on ethnic styles and trends as seen on the catwalk at the London Fashion week, on BBC World African News and Focus on Africa.
Currently she produces Kente-oke for specific orders for fashion items and special events, as well as interiors such as curtains and soft furnishings. For her commitment in promoting African fashion, Nana Hemaa has received the following awards:
The Trumpet’s Gathering of Africa’s Best Award for Excellence for Contributions to the Positive image of Africa and Africans through Fashion in 2001.
The Ghana Professional Achievers Award for Excellence in Fashion in 2002.
GW1NN British Female inventor 2003 for the innovation of Kente-oke
GW1NN Global Female Inventor 2003 for the invention of the loom on which Kente-oke is produced.
Nana Hemaa has four children and two grand children. She loves to listen to music, dance, write, read and bake when she is less busy.
MR. VINCENT BIRCH FREEMAN
Mr. Vincent Birch Freeman is a retired educationist and author who taught oral English, English language and English literature in many secondary schools and at the Ghana Institute of languages. He authored the abridged and simplified version of Silas Marner, originally written by George Eliot which was published in 1977. He was an Assistant Headmaster at O’Reilly Secondary (1970-1974) and former Headmaster of Ebenezer Secondary (1974-1986) and Accra Academy (1986-1996).
He was an Examiner and team leader in Oral English, English Literature and English Language with the West African Examination Council (WEAC) and served on many committees of the WAEC. Mr. Freeman was also the Chief Examiner of English for the Senior Teachers Promotions Exams, Ghana Business Education Certificate and the entrance exams for Graduates into the Civil Service.
He was a presenter of Oral English and English Literature programmes for secondary schools at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC TV).
He served in several positions with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) between 1975 and 1996 i.e. He became the CHASS rep on the Logistics Allocation Sub-Committee for distribution to higher institutions now Greater Accra CHASS Food Committee from 1975 to 1978. Secretary and later Chairman of Greater Accra Region, Chairman of the National Welfare Committee, National Secretary, and National President.
Mr. Freeman as a volunteer served as the Greater Accra Regional Vice Chairman of the Voluntary Work camps Association and later became the National chairman.
An educator and inspirer at heart, Mr. Freeman became a member of the University of Cape Coast Council, the planning committee of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), GES subcommittee on Basic and Secondary Education, Head of State Award Board of Trustees and a resource person for the Ghana Education Forum.
His patriotism urged him on to become a member of the Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organization in Development and went ahead to represent them at the Consultative Assembly prior to our new democratic rule of the fourth republic in 1991.
Mr. Vincent Birch Freeman has served on several Boards of educational institutions including; East Airport International School(Vice Chairperson), Accra Academy (Member) and continues to share his rich experience in education as member of the Accra Girls Senior High School (SHS), Board of Governors and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Holy Cathedral SHS and the Crimson Dawn and Corricreche schools respectively.
Mr. Freeman is happily married and has six children.
NANA GYAN ODURO DAPAA II
Nana Gyan Oduro Dapaa II also known in private life as Alexander Delove Acquaye is a retired Army officer who served meritoriously in the Ghana Air Force for about twenty years as an aircraft armament technician, trainer of pilots, officer-in-charge of arms and armaments maintenance and explosives technician.
He commanded the Samba Sub-Sector in the Yendi District during “Operation Gong-Gong” and was also the Sector Commander at Goldfields Ghana Limited, Anglo Gold Ashanti Ghana Limited and Ghana Manganese Company Limited.
Nana holds the International Maritime Organization Mandatory certificate as well as a certificate in International Ships and Ports Security from the Regional Maritime Academy. He also holds a certificate in diplomacy and International Relations as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of governance and Leadership.
Nana Gyan is currently pursuing an extended postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership with the Andy Davidson College, London.
Nana Gyan Oduro Dapaa II has received a lot of honours and awards including;
MEMBER, Boardroom Institute, Ghana (2011),
Long service and good conduct, Ghana Armed Forces (2005),
UNIFIL (Lebanon), United Nations (2002) and
ECOMOG (Sierra Leone), ECOWAS (1993).
He is married with seven biological and four adopted children.
ACP EDMUND OHENE BOSOMPEM
Edmund Ohene Bosompem is Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Ghana Police Service. He is stationed at Akosombo as the Divisional Police Commander. He was enlisted in the Police Service in the year 1986 and therefore has been in active service for 29 years.
He holds Master of Business Administration Degree. (Human Resources Management) from University of Ghana Business School in the year 2007
He also holds Bachelor of Education ( B.Ed 1st Class Hons: Educational Psychology) and Diploma in Religious Studies from University of Cape Coast 1990 to 1994
He has served in many capacities as District Commander Asokwa in Kumasi; District Commander Tesano in Accra; Directing Staff Ghana Police Academy; Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police as Monitoring and Implementation Officer; Officer in charge Registry at the Police Headquarters
ACP Edmund Ohene Bosompem has also served the United Nations in Peacekeeping in East Timor/Australia; Sierra Leone and Sudan. Whist in Sudan the Government of Ghana seconded him to African Union/United Nations Hybrid Mission in Sudan as Coordination Officer/ Mission Implementation Officer from the year 2009 to 2013.
REV. MOSES AIDOO
Very Reverend Moses K. Aidoo is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church and currently the Superintendent Minister of the Akosombo Circuit of the Methodist Church, Ghana.
He is a trained Plant Engineer, Administrator and a Theologian.
He had his ministerial training at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra. He is also a graduate of the Institute of applied Manpower Research, New Delhi and Manchester College of Arts and Technology, UK.
He holds a full Technological Certificate in Plant Engineering and Commonwealth Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Planning and Development. He is married to Mrs. Dina Aidoo and blessed with four children.
He is a result oriented born again Minister of the Gospel.