GhScientific is partnering with the GhanaThink foundation to bring you the first Science Barcamp themed, “Scientific Solutions for Economic Progress”. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th January from 8.30am to 4.30pm at the Science Resource Center opposite St. Aquainas College. SciBarcamp is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about STEM, Ghana and beyond.
There will be a special interactive panel discussion with key persons from the Science industry, Education sector and the Government. Come and hear the views of Dr. Elsie Kauffman, Annis Haffar and Dr. Kwamena Sagoe on the theme. There will also be a speed mentoring session with various STEM professionals. Below is a list profiling the mentors expected.
Dr. Patrick Kobina Arthur – Lecturer at Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology of the University of Ghana. His research activities are in the area Chemical Systems Biology of Infectious Pathogens that comprises Infection Biology of Tuberculosis with the mission to discover and development new antibiotics against tropical infectious diseases.
Dr. Arthur has won a number of research grants from organisations, such as DAAD-Germany and Gates Foundation/ NMIMR. Dr. Arthur was also selected as a fellow attending the Nobel Laureates Lindau Meeting as well as a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) in 2012 where he served as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee of the GYA from 2012-2013.
Yvonne Odame Nti – an Environmental Management Consultant and an Entrepreneur. She has received a Masters degree in Climate Change and Development from University of Sussex and a BSc degree in Natural Resources Management. She has been active in the area of environment management, research development, business idea creation and development and has worked with both national and international organisations on this front.
Alain Gbeasor – President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gesus Group of companies, a fully Ghanaian owned and most diversified industrial chemicals company in Ghana. Gbeasor’s leadership, insight and operational expertise have strengthened the group’s culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets, and extended its product portfolio and global reach.
In 2009, Alain led the creation of GS Specialty chemicals in answer a market demand for made in Ghana and effective cleaning chemicals and detergents thus expanding the company’s ability to help Ghanaian hospitality specialists optimize and gain value for money.
His experience in advertising is an asset which he acquired from his multiple roles in Advertising from copy writer, journalist to publications director following the successful launch, implementation and sustenance of the Enjoy Accra Magazine, Ghana’s only truly free independent monthly magazine, at the time, a first of its kind in the country and published by the Orion Advertising Company Limited.
GBEASOR is an Associate fellow of the Boardroom Institute, a global think tank nurturing a new breed of African Leaders and is a frequent speaker at industry, social and academic events. He is a member of the Chemical Industry Professionals, Chemical Sales Professionals, Chemidex, China – Africa Chemicals Business Forum, Business Council for Africa, European Chemical marketing Strategy Association and Chairman of the Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs.
Alain has recently been awarded as an African Servant Leadership Fellow of the African Good Governance Initiative, an award reserved for public and private sector movers who are making a point for Good Governance in Africa.
Tunde Alawode – Chief Operating Officer of dot Learn, a platform to revolutionise online education in Ghana. He is also a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT with a specialty in the material science of clean energy. His past work has focused on delivering sustainable energy to communities and helping to figure out operational strategies in the African energy sector..
Dr. Gloria Ivy Mensah – Research Fellow of the Bacteriology Department of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research where she is pioneering research on host immune response to TB with the aim of discovering immunological biomarkers, novel diagnostics and vaccine candidates for TB. She is also a Part-time lecturer of Microbiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Ghana. She is passionate about mentorship and is a steering committee member of ”Women in Biomedicine-Africa”, a group committed to mentoring the next generation of female Biomedical Research Scientists for Africa.
Samuel Amoako-Frimpong – Aerospace Engineering graduate from KNUST, a DIY enthusiast, and an amateur photographer. As an avid maker, he has worked with teams on projects including drones, RFID systems, high altitude balloons, wheeled robots, wind turbines, augmented reality and virtual reality apps, among others.
With a passion for science and education, he has taught students for years in areas like general science, electronics, robotics and computer vision, as well as the development of software to enhance science education.
He has served as VP for the Association of Aerospace Engineering Students and the Creativity Group – KNUST, and has won multiple awards for his work locally and internationally
Kobby Blay (Kelvin Odonkor) – is the Chief Health Blogger/Editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. He is a practicing registered nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for Health communications, Public Health, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement. Kobby Blay, has been engaged in numerous engagements; Seminars and Trainings, local and international media such as BBC Africa, journals, public speaking events such as the UNDP Ghana first SocialGood Summit, and Advocacy campaigns to contribute towards an improved health system in Ghana. Kobby was named in 2015 as a “Young Achiever – Unsung Ghanaians making impact and showing promise” in the area of health in Ghana by the New Accra Magazine. He is a digital health activist; an avid Health care Social media (HCSM) coach, content developer and strategist for digital health products and platforms. He is also the founder for Health care social media,Ghana (#HCSMgh). He loves photography, travelling and hockey.
Cordie Aziz – Founder and Executive Director of Environment360. Named a 2015 UNICEF Reach for Change winner, Environment360 is an NGO that believes children are powerful change agents that can transform communities into cleaner and greener spaces. As a result, the organization empowers children to be environmental change agents by providing interactive field trips and educational resources that help children learn about the environment through discovery and exploration. The organization has also created a line of indigenous cartoon characters Jaku and the Earth Defenders, which help children gain a better understanding of the direct link between poor environmental sanitation and their personal health.
Sam Bhattacharyya – CEO and Founder of dot Learn, an ed-tech venture which leverages software algorithms to compress full-length online lessons into ultra-tiny 5MB packets which students can use to learn offline on the go on their mobile devices. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics,
Jorge Appiah – Co-founder of Creativity Group, KNUST, which seeks to provide students with practical platform where ideas and solutions are generated from the basic knowledge of science and engineering obtained in the classroom and also empowering the students to think and believe in their ability to provide adequate solutions for their immediate societal problems. Jorge holds a BSc. Electrical/Electronic Engineering (First class honors) degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). With Creativity Group, Jorge has embarked, led and designed various projects. These include among the lot, the Green Automated Tram Transport System for KNUST to solve transportation problem on campus, powered by clean energy from waste generated on campus; smart rain harvester and Offline Educational Server to make educational resources available to students in remote deprived areas. The group recently embarked on a science and engineering outreach to senior high schools in the Kumasi environs with the program dubbed Scientist of the Future (SOFT) fair. This was done in partnership with Practical Education Network-MIT, Obsession Inc. and the US Embassy, Ghana.