Council Members

Rev. Prof. Adukwei I.F. Hesse

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Rev. Prof. Hesse is a senior consultant physician and medical opinion leader in Ghana.

Prof. Hesse was trained in the University of Ghana Medical School, (BSc, MB ChB,1971-78), the University of Birmingham, UK, (PhD, 1984) and the Royal College of Physicians (1981-84) in various hospitals in England and Wales. He trained in Respiratory Medicine at Llandough Hospital, at the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK. He was trained as a TB and TB/HIV consultant by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Istituto Scientifico di Tradate, Tradate, Italy. He is also a foundation member of the Ghana College of Physicians. He has published extensively in areas of TB, HIV and Hepatitis in prisons and also in Hypertension and Asthma.

He is presently the medical consultant and CEO of Executive Health Care and Consult, a private medical consult specialised in preventive medicine and also a hepatitis treatment centre. He is a part-time Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Ghana Medical School, where he was in full time work from 1988 till 2005. During his time at the University of Ghana Medical School, he variously served as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine& Therapeutics, one time serving as Head of the Department of Physiology (1996-1998). Additionally, he worked as a consultant physician at the Department of Medicine (1988-2005) and the Fevers Unit of the HIV clinic of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (2000-2005). He was also the Head of the Chest Department at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital from 1995-1998. He has been a part time general/specialist practitioner at Mission clinic since 1994.

He has been involved in many consulting roles with the Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Council and the National TB Control Programme. In addition, he is the Reverend Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Atomic Energy Congregation and the Honorary Secretary of the Prison Ministry of Ghana, a Christian NGO.

Rev. Prof. Hesse is married to Prof. Afua Hesse and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

Prof. Mrs. Afua A.J. Hesse

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Professor Afua Adwo Jectey Hesse is a Paediatric surgeon, medical educator and hospital administrator with over 37 years of experience in her work in both the UK and Ghana.

Prof. Hesse obtained her MB ChB in 1976 at the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) in Accra, became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1983, was a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in 1990 and is a foundation fellow of the Ghana College of Surgeons (2005). She has a Certificate in Health Management Administration for Senior Health Practitioners from GIMPA, 2005 and a Certificate in Health Management, Planning and Policy from Leeds as well as the Level 8 diploma of the Chartered Management Institute in London. She has participated in many workshops and conferences in the field of medicine and paediatric surgery.

She is a woman of many firsts. She was the first female paediatric surgeon in Ghana as well as the first woman surgeon from her alma mater and recently served as President of the Medical Women’s International Association, another first for a Ghanaian in the 91 year history of the Association which is the first International Professional women’s Association.
She was the first female to act as CEO for the Korle bu Teaching Hospital of the Hospital and Director of Medical Affairs and was the first female Honorary Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association. She was also the first female head of the Department of Surgery of the University of Ghana Medical School.

She is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Ghana Medical School and has served in various capacities at both the Medical School and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. She has served as Head of Department of Surgery, Director of Medical Affairs, Head of the Paediatric Surgery Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and as Acting CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. She lectures at both undergraduate and post graduate levels at the University of Ghana Medical School, serves as an Examiner for various bodies such as the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and the West African College of Surgeons and is a reviewer for various International peer reviewed medical journal .She has been External examiner for the School of Medical Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi and the University of Development studies in Tamale. She is also a researcher par excellence in various paediatric fields including congenital abnormalities in children, nutritional problems in children and improving quality of hospital service delivery.

Other assignments she has undertaken have including serving as a Consultant for the Ministry of Health, serving on boards of some companies and tertiary institutions and the Ghana Medical Association and the University Community in various capacities. She has currently been elected as the Chairperson of the Faculty of Surgeons of the Ghana College of Surgeons for a two year term. She has been involved in various extension services including setting up the first Well woman clinic in Ghana and training Traditional wanzams (circumcisers) for male infants). She has been recognized for her efforts by various organisations including the Millennium Excellence Awards Foundation which awarded her for Medical Leadership in 2010.

Professor Hesse is married with four children and seven grandchildren and her hobbies include reading, cordon bleu cooking, singing and counselling.

Prof. Stephen Adei

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Prof. Stephen Adei holds a PhD (Econs, Sydney), MSc (Strathclyde), BSc. (Legon), and Bachelor of Divinity (London), Masters in Theology (UNISA), Fellow Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIMG), ACIS and Diploma in Marriage Counselling. He is an expert in Leadership, Public Management, Finance, Economics, Marketing and Marriage Counselling. Since 2009 he is Professor of Economic and Leadership at Pentecost University College Accra.

Between January, 2000 and December 2008 he was the Director General and the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Under his leadership, between 2000 and 2008 GIMPA was transformed from a small, under-resourced and subverted Institute in 1999 to the most successful organization under the Government of Ghana’s Public Sector reform. Since the end of 2001 GIMPA has been totally self-financing with turnover rising from less than $500,000 to around $15 million.

Prior to that he was, among others, Head of UN System in South Africa (September 1994-February 1995), UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia (1995-1999), Economist and Chief of the Directorate of Africa Bureau, UNDP, New York (1989-1995); Senior Economist of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London (1986-1989) and staff of the Ghana Investment Centre rising to Deputy Director and Head Research (1973-1985). He has taught Economics at both the University of Ghana and the University of Sydney and undertaken several consultancy assignments.

Prof. Stephen Adei has served on several national and international bodies including Chairman of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, and Member of the Board of Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He served as President and Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (Ghana), Member of Global Foundation of Management Education (Montreal), Council Member of Association of African Public Administrators and Management (AAPAM), Board Member of Commonwealth Association of Public Administrators and Management (CAPAM), Member of the Board of Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) Accra, and President of the Ghana Red Cross Society. He is currently chairman and/ or member of the boards of several companies and not-for-profit organizations including membership of the advisory board of the Ministry of Finance of Ghana and the Board of Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

He is the author, co-author and editor of 19 books, 8 book chapters and written more than 100 articles and papers.

As a committed Christian Prof. Adei has served many organizations in voluntary capacities as Deacon, Elder, Chairman and Board Member. He and his wife are co-founders of top rated Ghana Christian International High School. He is married to Georgina and they have four adult children – Stephen, Eunice, Priscilla and Timothy.

Mr. Teddy Konu

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Mr. Alfred Teddy Konu was educated at Achimota School and the University of Ghana where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. He further obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in University Administration at the University of Ife in 1974 and a Master of Arts in Education at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He was also awarded a Certificate in Management at the Harvard University in 1998. He is a Scholar of the African American Institute (1976-1977) and was awarded a Doctor of Laws (LLD) Honoris Causa by the University of Ghana in 2013.

He started work as a staff writer with the Graphic Corporation, moved briefly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then from 1970-2009 worked as a University Administrator rising to become Registrar and Secretary to the University Council in 1999 till he retired in 2009. As a University Administrator, he served as an Assistant Registrar, the Registrar in charge of Admissions, the Secretary to the Committee of Vice Chancellors, as Senior Assistant Registrar and overseas representative of the Universities of Ghana London Office and Deputy Registrar in charge of academic affairs prior to becoming Registrar.

Other assignments he has undertaken have included serving as member of the planning committee for the Presbyterian University College. He served as a member of the VRA board from 2004 to 2008 and was the chairman of the appointments and compensation committee. He was also a member of the governing council of Winconsin International University College (2000-2009).

He was a foundation member of the Publication Board for the New Legon Observer. He has served on a number of interview and assessment panels and has also participated in various conferences and workshops on higher education issues.

He is married with four children and lives in Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta

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Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology as a Commonwealth Scholar from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 1992, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and before that from the University of Ghana in 1984.

She was a co-principal investigator for the Mental Health and Poverty Project, a research consortium in 4 African countries. She has helped to set up mental health services in the Upper West Region of Ghana, and two volunteer organizations: YouthWatch for AIDS and the Volunteer Project for the Accra Psychiatric Hospital children’s ward. In 2003 she accepted an invitation to public service as Deputy Minister for Manpower Development and Employment.  In the last four years, Dr. Ofori-Atta has attended the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (G HLI) annual seminars on Grand Strategy and helped forge a partnership in mental health between the Ghana Health Service and GHLI.  

Dr. Ofori-Atta is a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, a seasoned cognitive behavior therapist, a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Initiative, Colorado, and the principal investigator of the first randomized control trial in a faith healing centre on the African continent.

She is married to Ken and they have three children.  They live in Accra, Ghana.

Mr. Kwaku Mensa-Bonsu

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Mr. Kwaku Mensa-Bonsu is a communicator, advertising practitioner, educator and social entrepreneur. He studied at Wesley Grammar School and has a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana.

He started work at Lintas as an assistant manager in 1979. He resigned in 1992 as Client Service Director. He has undertaken a number of Management Courses and attachments at other Lintas associate companies in West Africa and England. He set up Primetime Ltd and opened office in January 1993.  He was Managing Director from January 1993 to April 2013 when he retired as Managing Director and currently serves as Chairman of the Company. He has taught for years at the Ghana Institute of Journalism and at NAFTI. He has been lecturing part time in Advertising at the School of Communication Studies in Legon since 1979.

He has served on a number of boards. From 1994 to 1996, he served on the board of the Ghana Film Industry Corporation. From 2002 to 2004, he served on the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. He served on the GBC Board from 2009 to 2011 and from 2006 till date, he has been member of the board of the Odotobri Rural Bank. He was a Council Member of the Advertising Association of Ghana from 1996 to 2010 and served as Chairman of its Professional Education Committee from 2005 to 2010.

Mr. Mensah Bonsu is very passionate about education and has served on the councils of a number of education institutions. From 1996 to 1999, he was the PTA Chairman for Wesley Girls High School and served as a member of the School Board. From 2002 till date, he has been a member of the board of Ave Maria School. From 2002 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the  University of Ghana Alumni Association and member of the University Council. He also served as a member of the Council  of the College of Health Sciences from 2006 to 2010. He has also been the chairman of the Jacobu Senior High School Board from 2012 to date.

He has served on the board of Action Aid Ghana from 2009 to date. He has been an active member of the International Association of Lions Club since 1993 and is a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Association. As a lion, he has served in various leadership roles such as Club President, Zone Chairman, Region Chairman including founding the Legon Lions Club in 2008. 
He is married to Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu of the University of Ghana. They have 3 biological daughters, 3 foster sons, 4 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, and are expecting 1 more grandchild this year. He enjoys music, playing tennis, and walking for exercise.

Prof. Fred Binka

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Professor Fred N. Binka is the Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho. Ghana established by the Government of Ghana in March 2012.  Before his current appointment he was the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana.

He graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School, MB ChB in 1978, and obtained Masters in Public Health (MPH with Distinction) in 1988 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and a PhD in Epidemiology (summa cum laude) from the University of Basel in Switzerland 1997.

He worked with the Ministry of Health in Ghana for over 20 years, during this period he established the internationally acclaimed Navrongo Health Research Centre, in the Upper East Region of Ghana, where he led the team in the conduct of several large scale community intervention studies to assess their impact on child mortality; including, Vitamin A Supplementation in young children; a community based cluster randomized trial of insecticide treated Bed Nets, and a health system based trial assess the impact of improved community access to primary care (the Community Health and Family Planning interventions) on mortality, fertility and the use health care services and family planning . These studies contributed towards the global and national policy for Vitamin A supplementation in young children, use of insecticide treated bed nets as part of malaria control and in Ghana, the national strategy of deploying nurses to rural locations to improve access to health care known as the Community Based Planning and Services (CHPS).

He established, an internationally acclaimed research network, The Indepth-Network, made up of 33 filed sites in 24 developing countries in Africa and Asia undertaking longitudinal monitoring of populations in the context of carrying out health and population research and was its first Executive Director. Under the auspices of the Indepth-network, Binka has led two large scale trials, The Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance, which prepared the sites in Africa currently undertaking the phase III trials of the leading malaria candidate vaccine and he currently leading the implementation of Indepth-Network  large scale trials of effectiveness and safety trials in 4 countries.

Prof Binka has served on more than a dozen WHO expert committees and panels, GAVI Alliance,, Independent Review Committee and a Trustee of several International NGO’s working on Health especially malaria, they Include AMREF, Malaria Consortium, SCIDEV.net, Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC). He also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Professor Binka’s main research interests include the Epidemiology of Tropical diseases, Health measurements and Interventions especially on malaria. He was the first Recipient of Rudolf Geigy Award 2001 from the Geigy Foundation in Switzerland for Excellence in Science and for dedication and Outstanding Contributions to Malaria Control and Health Development in Africa and recently received the prestigious Ronald Ross Medal from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010 for his work on malaria. He has over 110 publication in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books.

Prof. Aaron Lawson

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Professor Aaron Lawson holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from University of Ghana Medical School and a PhD in Anatomy from University of Leicester, England.

Among his numerous appointments, he served as House Officer at both the Department of Surgery, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Department of Medicine, 37 Military Hospital. He was a lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School’s Department of Anatomy for 8 years and was later promoted to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, and then Head of the Department of Anatomy. Under his leadership as Department Head, the University of Ghana Medical Student Association adjudged the Department of Anatomy the Best Basic Science Department for 3 consecutive years 2002, 2003 & 2004. He also served as Dean of University of Ghana Medical School from November 2005 to July 2007.

He has received numerous awards, including;

• Best Teacher Award for Basic Sciences by University of Ghana Medical Students Association: 5 consecutive years 2001-2005. Also in 2007.

• 2004 Best Teacher Award for the Sciences, University of Ghana

• 2013 University of Ghana Distinguished Award for Meritorious Service

Prof. Lawson is a member of Ghana Medical Association, Anatomical Society of West Africa, and Ghana Christian Medical Doctors Fellowship and has co-authored several research papers and abstracts. He is currently a Professor of Anatomy on contract and Coordinator of the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital Project.

He is married to Mrs. Stella Koshie Lawson and has three children.

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