|2011 Speaker Profiles|
Dr. Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta
Dr. Ofori-Atta has taught and practiced as a clinical psychologist at the University of Ghana Medical since she graduated with a doctorate from the University of British Columbia in 1992, where she was a commonwealth scholar for six years. She has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Ghana. Since her teaching career began, Angela has introduced new courses to the curriculum of both the departments of Psychiatry and Psychology in Ethics and Professionalism.
Between 1994 and 1998, she was part of a team that set up mental health services in the most deprived region of Ghana; the Upper West Region. She also set up and ran two volunteer organizations: Youthwatch for AIDS which taught 10,000 pupils about HIV/AIDS from an empowerment and psychological perspective, while the volunteer project renovated the children’s ward of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and brought young volunteers from Holland and Ghana to stimulate the patients on the ward. Angela served on boards of various non-governmental and civil society organizations working in the area of democracy and good governance. These included the Centre for Democracy and Development, the Busia Foundation, and the Ghana Integrity Initiative.
After seven years of teaching, Angela entered into the world of politics as a Deputy Minister for Manpower Development and Employment. During that time, the International Labor Organization (ILO) arranged two weeks of one-on-one tuition in employment issues at the ILO’s centre in Turin. Out of government but continuing in active political life, Angela worked on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s 2005 election campaign both in Liberia and in West Africa. She has since been part of an ILO mission to Liberia to assess employment issues for a nation now emerging from conflict. Currently, Angela continues to teach at the medical school while pursuing her civil society and political interests.
Dr. Kofi Amoah
Dr. Kofi Amoah is a product of Opoku Ware School, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KUNST) and University of California, Berkeley. His professional experience covers Business Management, Business Development and Investment Services.
Dr. Kofi Amoah has a lot of experience in building companies. He is the founder and CEO of Progeny Ventures Inc. Los Angeles, who have successfully partnered with Western Union Financial Services and several African Banks in the global Remittances business. He is also the CEO of the most popular entertainment destination in Osu, Citizen Kofi.
Dr. Kofi Amoah is the founder and president of J.S. Investments Inc., Los Angeles, PVI Ghana Ltd, and Progeny Aluminum and Design Ghana Limited. He is a member of Ghana Investment Advisory Council, past member of the Ghana Football Association and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
Born Sandra Jo Dhuyvetter on August 10, 1960 in Upland, California, Sandy is an American travel media personality, author and travel industry media specialist.
She is best known as the creator, executive producer and host of the San Diego-based TravelTalkRADIO, a live talk radio program that airs every Sunday and focuses on tourism and the travel industry worldwide. The program is heard via conventional radio and online in more than 157 countries.
Dhuyvetter started her radio program in August 2001 as an online program. In December 2001, TravelTalkRADIO added conventional radio stations to its distribution. The show combines "regional, national and international travel topics, up-to-date travel news and interviews with travel experts," according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
In December 2001, Dhuyvetter debuted on television on KNBC in Los Angeles during the midday news programming. She continued her work on NBC for 18 months and then moved to local CNN, where Dhuyvetter continued to bring the good news of travel to TV viewers. She called her TravelTalkRADIO program one of the first Internet radio shows.
In 2006, TravelTalkRADIO was awarded with the Tanzania Tourist Board's Media Award at the 31st African Travel Association's (ATA) International Congress in Ghana. In 2007, Chinese radio station Voice of Jinling Radio honored Dhuyvetter for her work in co-producing a program dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The program was jointly produced in China and called "Sandy and Dr. Sun Yat-sen". It was awarded first prize for the 2006 Final Radio Report Contest at Jiangsu Radio Station.
Today, TravelTalkRADIO can be heard on conventional radio in the United States, China and the United Kingdom, via satellite in the Western Hemisphere, South America, North America and the Pacific Rim, and online worldwide.
TravelTalkMEDIA, an affiliate of TravelTalkRADIO, encompasses the radio, television and web presence of the company, which is based in Encinitas, California.
Dhuyvetter serves on the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee and as a member of the board of advisors for Christelijke Hogeschool Noord (CHN) University's Department of Media and Entertainment Management. CHN University is headquartered in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
NEW YORK, NY, 16 May 2007 - Betty Makoni is the director and founder of Girl Child Network (GCN). Founded in 1998, GCN is a girls' rights activist development organization with a membership of approximately 30,000 girls across Zimbabwe.
The main goal of GCN is the empowerment of the girl child as well as the eradication of all forms of abuse and practices that impede the full physical, emotional and spiritual growth and development of the girl child. GCN uses a human rights-based approach to address gender inequalities in education and in all social, political and economic spheres of life.
GCN is a community-based, grassroots organization that has several strategic program areas from education and training to advocacy and community development.
Florence Okra has been serving women in Ghana through the maternal/child health services. She started childbirth education in 2000 as an intervention to remove the high level of ignorance that birthing women were faced with. She is also a guest speaker on a radio talk show on reproductive health and women's health. She is an advocate of natural birth, improving maternity care and women's empowerment. She initiated Eve's Foundation, a program to help educate the birthing community and to help reduce the high rate of maternal deaths in Ghana.
Florence is a single mother of two boys, Kwame, 20, and Nana, 15. She qualified as a state registered nurse (SRN) in 1983, as a midwife in 1987, and as a public health nurse in 2001. She enlisted in the Ghana Police Service as a nurse in 1992 where she is still employed.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 10 July 2011 19:13|