CONFERENCE ORGANISING TEAM
Conference Chair and Host: Professor Harrison Kwame Dapaah, the Vice Chancellor, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana.
Professor Dapaah holds a BSc. (Hons.) Agriculture (Crop Science option), MSc (Crop Science) and a Ph.D. in Agronomy. He also obtained a Diploma in Education certificate from the University of Education, Winneba, in 2011.
Professor Dapaah began his career as an Assistant Research Scientist at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), Kumasi and rose through the ranks to become Principal Research Scientist. At CRI, he served on several committees including Internal Management Committee; Project Development, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Committee; Promotion Screening Committee; and Committee to Restructure Divisions at CSIR-CRI. He also served the Research Staff Association as a Local Secretary and the National Vice-President. He was the Technical Editor for the Agricultural and Food Science Journal of Ghana between 2004 and 2009.
In 2009, Professor Dapaah joined the University of Education, Winneba, Asante-Mampong campus as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Education and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2010 and Full Professor in 2014. Until his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor for UENR in 2016, Professor Dapaah was the Principal of the College of Agriculture Education (CAGRIC) of the University of Education, Winneba, Mampong campus, a position he had occupied since October 1, 2012. At UEW, he was a member of over 30 Committees and Boards, out of which he served as Chairman for 10 Committees. Prof. Dapaah has immense experience in management, research, and development; and has authored over 80 refereed journal publications, edited conference papers, books/monographs and research reports.
Chair LOC: Dr (Mrs) Mercy A.A. Derkyi, Acting Head, Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies and Lecturer, School of Natural Resources, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana.
Dr. Derkyi holds BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management, Agroforestry and Social Science respectively. Her scope of research and practice has been the forest landscape of Ghana which has endowed her 14 years working experiences across the state forest sector, non-governmental organization and academic arena. Her professional specialties are in natural resource governance, natural resource ergonomics, conflict management, gender and development, agroforestry, livelihoods, social research methods, and environmental governance. Dr. Derkyi’s current research interest is the linkage of social-natural-governing systems. Currently, she is engaged in two international collaborative research. Dr (Mrs.) Derkyi has received some research awards notable among them are 2015 Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellowship under Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE). 2014 AWARD fellowship from African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (2014-2016); Visiting Scholar programme by United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) (July 2013-October, 2013). She is a member of several professional associations including International Union of Forestry Research Organization (IUFRO), Ghana Science Association, GHAward, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources (WOCAN). She has some remarkable publications to her credit and currently serves as the Acting Head, Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (3CGS), and also a lecturer in the Department of Forest Science, UENR.
Members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC):
Amos Tiereyangn Kabo-bah, PhD
Dr. Amos Tiereyangn Kabo-bah obtained his bachelor education in Civil Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi – Ghana. He has MSc Environmental Hydrology from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. Hydrology and Water Resources at Hohai University in Nanjing, China. He conducted his Post-Doctoral study on Climate Change and Energy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Kabo-bah is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, and serves as the Head of the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (EORIC) and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resource Management in the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani – Ghana. He is a reviewer for several international journals and has published over 50 articles. He is currently a Programme Board Member for the Group on Earth Observation. His research interests include the application of Earth Observation (EO) technologies for improved societal benefit in areas such as Water Resources Management, Sustainable Urban Development, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Disaster Resilience, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health Surveillance.
Francis K. Attiogbe, PhD
Dr. Francis Attiogbe has his Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Engineering from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in 2011; MSc. in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation from KNUST in 2003; BSc. in Chemical Engineering from KNUST in 1996; Certificate in Solid Waste Management and Engineering from UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands in 2006; and Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and Information Communication Technology Applications (EIA-ICT) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium in 2005. Dr. Francis Attiogbe joined the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering of UENR in January 2014. Before joining UENR, Dr. Attiogbe worked for Kumasi Polytechnic (now Kumasi Technical University) as a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, The Research Foundation of SUNY as Research Project Assistant, Biological Engineering Department of Utah State University as a Visiting Scholar and Barton College, Department of Science and Mathematics, Wilson-NC, US as a Volunteer Research Scientist.
Michael Lartey, PhD
Dr. Michael Lartey has been a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Sciences, School of Sciences, University of Energy and Natural Resources since the 2014/2015 academic year. Before joining UENR, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the United States’ Department of Energy from 2011 to 2013. During this period, he was also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Lartey obtained a Ph.D. in Organic/Polymer Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, in 2011, MSc in Applied Polymer Science in 2005 from the Martin-Luther-University in Halle Saale, Germany and a BSc. in Chemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2000. His research interests are in the use of polymers for molecular delivery, soil conditioning, water purification and environmental remediation. He is also working on the detection of mycotoxins in food.
Berchie Asiedu, PhD
Berchie Asiedu completed his Ph.D. in Fisheries Science at the University of Ghana in 2012. He undertook his postdoctoral studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) under the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme in 2016. He holds MSc in Aquaculture from Ghent University, Belgium. He is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Fisheries & Water Resources, the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana. Asiedu’s major research interest is aquaculture, fisheries, climate change, food safety and economics of small-scale fisheries.
Leslie Danquah, PhD
Dr. Leslie Danquah is a lecturer in the School of Geosciences, UENR and also affiliated with the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies within the same University. Dr. Leslie Danquah holds Ph.D. and MA in Geography and Rural Development. He has broad interests in Child Environmental Health Research. An understanding of environmental exposures and mitigating their negative impacts on children is of specific interest to him.
David Anaafo, PhD
David Anaafo is a development planner and a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Management, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana. David holds a Ph.D., Regional Development from the University of Tasmania, Australia and an MSc. Development Planning and Management from Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. David was the second prize recipient at the 2013/14 Global Development Awards and Medals competition under the category of Environmental Sustainability, Management of Natural Resources and Structural Transformations, an annual programme organised by the Global Development Network (GDN) to honour the achievements of young researchers below the age of 40 from the developing world. David has had varied experiences working for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the German International Cooperation and the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International). His research interest spans urban planning, city governance and the growing importance of mid-sized cities; urban resilience and post-disaster recovery; decentralisation and local governance; pro-poor land policy and natural resources management; and indigenous knowledge and climate change.
Miss Charity O. Roberts
Ms. Charity O. Roberts is a Ph.D. student in Culture and Development Studies at the Millar Institute for Transdisciplinary and Development Studies (MITDS/MOU) in Bolgatanga, Ghana. She graduated from the University of Education, Winneba in 2010 and 2005 with MPhil in Guidance and Counselling and B.Ed Basic Education respectively. In 1998, she graduated from the Akrokerri Teacher Training College, Akrokerri, Ghana with Teachers’ Certificate. “A”. Before joining the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in 2012, she worked at the Ghana Education Service (GES) in various capacities from 1998 to 2012; and also as a Part-Time Lecturer at the University College, Weija – Accra from 2010 to 2012. Currently, she is a Lecturer in the African Studies Unit of the Department of Languages and General Studies and former Coordinator at the University Counselling Unit from 2012 to 2014.
Miss Hannah Antwi
Miss Hannah Antwi has a BSc. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana (KNUST) in 2012; HND in Accounting from Sunyani polytechnic (now Sunyani Technical University) in 2009. Hannah Antwi was employed as a Senior Accounting Assistant into the Finance Directorate of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani on 7th September 2012. Before joining UENR, She had an attachment with Ghana Commercial Bank (Berekum Branch) in 2006, and also was a Research Assistant on the tracer study committee of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) KNUST in 2012.
Mr. Michael Addaney, LOC Secretary
Michael Addaney is a 2015 alumnus of the Human Rights and Democratization Programme at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and works as a Senior Research and Administrative Assistant at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana. Michael has an MSc degree in Strategic Planning and Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Education as well as a BSc degree in Development Planning. He is a corporate member of the Ghana Institute of Planners. Michael’s research interest focuses on Urbanisation and Service Delivery, selected Issues in Human Rights and Public Policy, Conflict Transformation, and Peace Building, Multilevel Governance, and Regional Integration. Michael has functional specialties in Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda as well as developing and managing projects on Community Development, Participatory Governance, Developing Dialogue Processes on Mediation and Negotiation as well as working with children and youth.
Mr. Daniel Koomson
Daniel Koomson is a scholar from the prestigious European Erasmus Mundus Scholarship programme, and a former Teaching Assistant with the Faculty of Forest Resources Technology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His first and second post-graduate degrees were obtained from Copenhagen University, Denmark and Bangor University, UK respectively. He possesses extensive practical knowledge in the ecological, economic and social dimensions of tropical and temperate natural resources management. He also has expertise in analytics and trains students and professionals in contemporary data analysis methods and software. Currently, Koomson coordinates research that deals with the nexuses between climate change and issues like energy, food and water security, gender, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity at the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (3CGS) in the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR). He is also a Project Officer to the AWF-WOTRO Tree-farm Project. Koomson also runs a private evidence-based research and resources management consultancy: www.geosocialsolutions.com.
Mr. Anthony Baidoo
Anthony Baidoo holds a BSc in Forest Resources Technology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Mr. Baidoo is currently pursuing an MPhil in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance at University of Energy and Natural Resources, (UENR) Sunyani, Ghana; where he is also a Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies. He has a strong leadership disposition and has a passion for progress.