Board of Trustees
PROF. EDWARD S. AYENSU – CHAIRMAN
Prof. Edward S. Ayensu is an international development advisor on science, technology and economic development. He is the President of the Energy Globe Foundation. He was formerly Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel; Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Ghana; Senior Advisor to the President and Director of Central Projects Department, African Development Bank and President of the Pan-African Union for Science and Technology. He was a Director and Senior Scientist during his 20 years at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Prof. Ayensu obtained his doctorate from the University of London, and was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University. In addition to being a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a Foreign Fellow of the India National Sciences Academy, Fellow of TWAS Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Founding Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.
A prolific writer and photographer, Prof. Ayensu has authored many books and published numerous scientific and technical papers.
REV. PROF. SAMUEL K. ADJEPONG – MEMBER
Rev. Prof. Samuel K. Adjepong is an academic, administrator and an ordained Minister with immeasurable contribution to education, social and moral well-being of Ghanaians and the world at large. Rev. Prof. Adjepong holds a PhD in Physics from University of Southampton. His career as academic has been outstanding; beginning as assistant lecturer at University of Cape Coast to the position of Vice-Chancellor at University of Cape Coast from 1991-2001.
He was formerly, Principal of Methodist University College; Chairman of the Council of Ghana Education service; Chairman of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities; Chairman of the African Peer review Mechanism and three times chairman of the committee of Vice-Chancellors of Universities in Ghana.
He has published widely in the areas of Material Science, Environmental Physics, Atmospheric Physics and Renewable Energy Physics. He is a member of the American Physical Society; member of the Ghana Science Association; founding member of the Ghana Investors and Industrial Property Association; and Senior Associate Member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.
PROF. MRS. ESI AWUAH – MEMBER
Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah is a distinguished academic and administrator. She is a full professor of Environmental Health and Sanitation at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She is a global advisor for African Sanitation Think Tank and Executive Board Member of OSWD for the African Region.
Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah has a considerable University managerial and administrative experience. She is the former and foundation Vice-Chancellor of University of Energy and Natural Resources; Head of Departments; Centre of Environment and Technology and Civil Engineering, at KNUST 2004 -2006, 2006-2008 respectively; Dean, Faculty of Civil and Geomatics Engineering 2008-2010 and Director of African SNOWS Wellcome Trust Funded Project -2010 to 2012.
She received the UNESCO Mondialogo Award in 2007 for innovative research in engineering. In 2016, Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah received the Ghana’s prestigious award, the Order of Volta, for her contribution to education and national development. She also received the Golden Edinkra State Award from Sumanman for Education in 2015.
PROF. JOPHUS ANAMUAH-MENSAH – MEMBER
Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Ed.D., is Executive Chair of Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa, and the Director of School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) at the University of Education, Winneba, (UEW) Ghana. He was for nine years the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba. He has taught and researched in science education from kindergarten to the university level. He was the chair of the committee that produced a blueprint for an open university for Ghana. He is the chief architect of Ghana’s current educational reform, which introduced ECD into the formal curriculum.
In 1996, he started a PhD program at the University of Cape Coast, which became the yardstick for similar programs in other areas. Prof. Anamuah-Mensah established the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies in 2000 and the Department of Early Childhood Care and Development in 2005 at UEW.
MR PRINCE K. AMOABENG – MEMBER
Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng is the President of UT Holdings. He is a retired military officer (Captain) and an investment consultant. He graduated from the premier Business School in Ghana- University of Ghana Business School with a B.Sc Admin (Accounting).
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK) and a member of Chartered Accountants CA (GH). From 1992-2003, he lectured at the Ghana Stock Exchange.
Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng has extensive experience in managing businesses through excellent customer relations, strategic and tactical business planning as well as strategic partnerships.
He has earlier ventured into various enterprises working with companies like Opayesco Wood Processing Company Limited, Jamhaus Limited, K.K Power Company Limited and P. K. Amoabeng Enterprise Limited.
PROF. NEIL GEOFFREY TUROK – MEMBER
Prof. Neil Turok is the former Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and former Chair of Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University. Prof. Turok is the Founder of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. AIMS was the subject of a TED talk for which Turok received the TED prize in 2008.
Turok has also been recognized with awards from the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WSIE) and the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE).
He is one of the world’s leading physicists, and a renowned educational innovator. He was a professor of physics at Princeton and held a Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge. With Stephen Hawking, he developed the Hawking-Turok instanton solutions describing the birth of inflationary universes.
He is the co-author, with Paul J. Steinhardt, of the critically acclaimed book Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang – Rewriting Cosmic History. Turok was awarded the 1992 James Clerk Maxwell medal of the UK Institute of Physics.
MRS. AMA SERWAH NERQUAYE-TETTEH – MEMBER
Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh is currently the Secretary-General of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, a multi-sectoral government agency that works with the ministries of Education, Culture and Tourism, Youth and Sports, Environment, Science and Technology, and Innovation, Communication and other governmental and non-governmental agencies to foster UNESCO’s ideals in-country and as a member state.
DR. PRINCE K. OSEI – EX-OFFICIO
Dr. Prince Koree Osei is the Centre President of AIMS Ghana. He is also the Lead Scientist & Director for Quantum Leap Africa (QLA). Previously, he was a Fields-Perimeter and Perimeter Institute Postdoctoral research fellow and the Academic Manager for AIMS Ghana.
He is also the co-founder of Analytics IQ, an Analytics and Actuarial consulting firm in Ghana. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, University of Ghana. His alma mater is the University of Ghana, where he obtained a BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees in Mathematics. Part of his PhD was done at the Department of Mathematics at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
In 2012, he became the first person to be awarded a PhD degree in mathematics by the University of Ghana after 65 years of its existence. His primary research interest is in quantum algebra and an algebraic approach to problems in quantum gravity. In particular, he is interested in the role of quantum groups in non-commutative geometry and topological quantum computing.
MRS. LYDIE HAKIZIMANA – MEMBER
Currently, Lydie Hakizimana is the Founder and CEO of Happy Hearts, a chain of preschools that are providing quality education to hundreds of children between the ages of 18 months and five years old in Rwanda. She is also the co-founder of Drakkar Ltd, a publishing house that serves more than 3,000 schools in Rwanda. She previously worked at Harvard University on a project to scale up her schools by providing quality early education and creating educational programs accessible to all.
She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 2018, Lydie was appointed as a board member of the African Leadership University (ALU). In 2019, ALU was named one of the most innovative companies in the world (#1 in Africa) by the influential magazine Fast Company. Lydie also sits on the board of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
Lydie Hakizimana is a recipient of numerous awards among others the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship in 2013 and the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016. Prior to this, Lydie worked for OTF Group, a Boston based consultancy firm founded by Michael Porter among others. At OTF, Lydie advised the government of Rwanda and Gabon in Information Communication Technologies, the Hides and Skin and Timber industry, respectively. Lydie is a certified Montessori teacher from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) in Canada.
DR. PEGGY OTI-BOATENG – MEMBER
Dr. Oti-Boateng is currently the Director of the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences Sector at UNESCO. In the past, she has been responsible for projects and programs relating to science policy and basic sciences at the multisectoral regional office in Harare (Zimbabwe). She was the regional thematic adviser for Africa for the formulation of policies and capacity building in science, technology, and innovation.
She also served as the focal point for the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology and was the Head of the Sciences Sector for the Southern African Development Community. She had additional responsibilities in the area of water sciences, ecology and intersectionality.
Dr. Oti-Boateng holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology obtained from Adelaide University in Australia and an MSc, with a specialization in Biochemistry, obtained from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi (Ghana).
Dr. Oti-Boateng began her career in 1985 as a researcher at the Technology Consultancy Centre at the College of Engineering at KNUST. In 1989 she was appointed Consultant and Trainer at the South Australian Department for Training and Employment in Adelaide (Australia) and from 2005 to 2010, she served as Director of the Research Centre at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, working in collaboration with national and international strategic partners.
In 2011, Dr. Oti-Boateng joined the UNESCO Office in Nairobi, Kenya as a Senior Programme Specialist . In this capacity, she was responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating projects and programmes of activities relating to the basic sciences and science policy for sustainable development in Africa. In 2015, Dr. Oti-Boateng was transferred to the multisectoral regional office in Harare (Zimbabwe) and since 2018 she holds the position of Director of Division at UNESCO Headquarters.