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. A very recently launched books – Lake of Life – is a commemorative volume depicting Volta River Authority’s 50th Anniversary and a Field Guide to the Volta Basin.
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.
Reverend Professor Adjepong, has published widely in the areas of Material Science, Environmental Physics, Atmospheric Physics and Renewable Energy Physics. He belongs to several professional bodies and institutes. 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.
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, the first university in Africa dedicated to teacher education. He has taught and researched in science education from kindergarten to the university level. He has contributed greatly to the development of open distance learning in Ghana and was the chair of the committee that produced a blueprint for an open university for Ghana.
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. He also set up the National Centre for Research into Basic Education to provide evidence-based information that addresses issues covering the 11 years of basic education, i.e., from kindergarten to junior high school. In 1996, he started a PhD program at the University of Cape Coast, which became the yardstick for similar programs in other areas.
He is the chief architect of Ghana’s current educational reform, which introduced ECD into the formal curriculum and placed emphasis on science, technology, innovation and skill development.
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.
He has extensive experience in managing businesses through excellent customer relations, strategic and tactical business planning as well as strategic partnerships. Mr. Amoabeng 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.
MR RICHE-MIKE WELLINGTON – MEMBER
Mr. Riche-Mike Wellington is a technocrat and entrepreneur with over eighteen years of experience in the public service in the area of UNESCO affairs. He served as the Secretary-General of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO from 2013 – June 2017; provided leadership and direction within the organisation’s vison, mission and objectives/ goals.
Mr. Wellington was privileged to have joined many delegations to UNESCO General Conferences, Executive Board sessions and other Intergovernmental Council/Committees meetings of UNESCO providing technical support to Ghana delegation. He was instrumental in securing for Ghana, the UNESCO Category II agenda for AIMS Ghana.
He is a graduate from the University of Nottingham (UK) and holds multiple degrees in Business Administration; Law; International Relations; Environment and Education.
PROF. NEIL GEOFFREY TUROK – MEMBER
Prof. Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and former Chair of Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University. Prof. Turok is the Founder of AIMS and currently Chair of the AIMS South Africa Council and Chair of the International Board of Directors of AIMS-NEI.
Born in South Africa, Neil Turok founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a pan-African network of centres for education and research in 2003. AIMS was the subject of a TED talk for which Turok received the TED prize in 2008. “My wish is that you help us unlock and nurture scientific talent across Africa, so that within our lifetimes we are celebrating an African Einstein.”
Turok has also been recognised 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 is currently the director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and holder of the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Niels Bohr Chair at the institute. 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.
MR THIERRY ZOMAHOUN – MEMBER
Mr. Thierry Zomahoun is the Founding Executive Director and currently President and CEO of African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Thierry is the global for growing Africa’s first and largest network of centres of excellence in mathematical sciences. Founded in 2003, AIMS has won international acclaim for its scientific model for independent thinking, problem-solving and widely applicable mathematical solutions to development fields of greatest relevance to Africa. Through its Next Einstein Initiative, a plan designed for the transformation of Africa through the power of youth and science, AIMS provides hundreds of talented young African scholars with cutting edge mathematical skills training and research.
In 2013, Thierry founded the AIMS Next Einstein Forum (NEF), a global forum for science, the first ever to take place on African soil. Through the NEF, AIMS sets out to establish Africa as the next hub for global science. An Ivy League graduate from McGill Desautels School of Business and HEI Montreal (Canada) and the Graduate Institute for International Studies (Switzerland), Thierry is passionate about science, business and innovation for development in Africa.
Dr. PRINCE KOREE OSEI – EX-OFFICIO
Dr. Prince K Osei is the Acting 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 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 in 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.