Professor Addo Fening

Throughout his distinguished career Professor Addo-Fening has been a Lecturer in History at the University of Ghana, Legon, from his appointment in 1957 until his retirement as Associate Professor in 1994. Since his official retirement he has continued to work at the History Department, lecturing and assisting with the development of the graduate programme. With numerous publications to his name, Professor Addo-Fening’s main area of focus has been the Akim Abuakwa state, touching on the lives of its most famous son – Dr J.B. Danquah.

Reverend Dr Asante Antwi

Currently the First Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Reverend Dr Asante Atwi was the co-founder of the Danquah-Busia Trust formed in Kumasi in 1991. A former Member of the Council of State, Republic of Ghana, Rev Dr Asante-Antwi also sat on the University of Cape Coast Council and was Board Chairman of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. He is also at present Chairman of the Korle Bu Neuroscience Project.

Mr Akenten Appiah Menkah

Mr Akenten Appiah-Menkah is a renowned politician and industrialist, whose work was recognised by ECOWAS when, in 2007, they awarded him the prestigious, "Living Legend of Africa Award”. The proprietor of the Apino Soap brand was for six years (1980 to 1986), the President of the Association of Ghana Industries, and has devoted himself to the development of his alma mater, Abuakwa State College at Kyebi. During the Second Republic of Ghana, Mr Appiah-Menkah held the post of Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism and later in the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General. He has also served as Chairman of the Council of Distinguished Alumni of Abusco and was a founding member of the New Patriotic Party and a member of the Party's Council of Elders.

Professor Wayo SeiniProf. Alhassan Wayo Seini is a Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). He is a founding member of the New Patriotic Party and in August 1998, he was elected the Second National Vice-Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He is also a twice elected former Member of Parliament.
Dr Arthur Kennedy

Dr. Arthur Kennedy is Physician. He has been an active member of the Danquah-Busia traditional since 1979 and was a strong advocate for the restoration of democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. He has leadership and political experience both in Ghana and the United States. In Ghana, he holds the distinction of being the first Medical student to serve as President of Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana and President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS). In the United States, he served in various leadership capacities including as Chief Executive Officer of a Healthcare corporation, on a county Chamber of Commerce Board, a State-wide board as the Governor’s representative and on three national Healthcare committees in the United States. He has earned numerous honours and awards including a “Resolution of thanks” from the South Carolina House of Representatives, recognition by the South Carolina Senate for leadership in Healthcare, a letter of commendation by US Senator Russ Feingold, the “Resident Teacher Award” by the American Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and as “World University Services of Canada” scholarship.

Professor Yaw Twumasi

Professor Yaw Twumasi is a member of the Danquah Institute’s Board of Governors and a noted academic in the field of political science. Educated at the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate on nationalism and social discontent, Professor Twumasi has devoted his career to academic research and teaching. After more than a decade at the University of Ghana, Professor Twumasi moved to the University of Michigan where he spent nearly 20 years. His major areas of interest include comparative government, social classes, nationalism, constitutional issues and democracy and governance. He was also founding editor of the Legon Observer.

Ken Ofori-Atta

Executive Chairman of the Databank Group, Ken Ofori-Atta has over twelve years experience in the finance and investment banking industry in both the United States and Ghana building up an enviable reputation of being a market leader. Ken has worked with Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley both in New York, on debt and equity issues and financing for a variety of industries. Ken co-founded Databank in 1990, and the company has since become the leading investment banking firm in Ghana, playing a very significant role in the development of the capital markets and mobilisation of offshore funds to the Ghana Stock Exchange. His contributions to the financial system and commitment to excellence have earned him a nomination as the only black African to be listed in the world’s top fifty financial managers for the 21st century and also Marketing Man of the year for 1996 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana. Ken holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University (US) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh MP

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is currently the Member of Parliament for Manhyia, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is a medical doctor, an epidemiologist and a surgeon. He is also a business executive with special interests in security, energy and communications

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FACTBOX: Political risks to watch in Ghana
The start of commercial oil production in 2010 has helped promote Ghana into the ranks of the world's lower middle-income nations, fuelling hopes of ending a dependence on aid and forging a future as one of Africa's star economies. While President John Atta Mills's government is seen to have done well in knocking public finances into shape since 2008, elections are due in December and the country's deficit is being strained by a high wage and fuel subsidy bill. The Bank of Ghana is tightening monetary policy to fend off mounting inflation pressures and stabilise the sliding cedi currency.
In a couple of weeks time fuel prices will go up, the PURC may announce new utility prices and with no immediate hope of processing Ghana’s wet gas into fuel for electricity, the bills are likely to go up, as well. Parents, many of them unemployed, may have to find money from any means necessary to pay for their kids’ second term fees. Poverty, unemployment, road traffic, personal insecurity and all the old ills of our impoverished society remain either unresolved or worsening. But, forget about the traffic to buy LPG gas, the traffic to work and back, the traffic to fill job vacancies, the traffic, generally, to getting anything fixed or done in Ghana. The one traffic that appears to excite media and political attention is drug trafficking.
Akufo-Addo to address inaugural Liberty Lecture
The Danquah Institute will on Wednesday, August 31, 2012 hold its inaugural annual liberty lecture with the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivering a paper on the theme “Building a Society of Opportunities in Ghana”. The lecture takes place at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons at 6:30pm, with Nana Akufo-Addo set to deliver his speech at 7pm.
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IMF July 2012 World Economic Outlook
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Africa Human Development Report 2012 - Towards a Food Secure Future
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