Ghana Diaspora Youth Forum (Toronto, Canada)

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ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKERS

Mustapha Ussif

Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme, former Member of Parliament for the Yagaba/Kubore Constituency and a former member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament House. 
Mustapha is passionate about human development and hopes to seize the opportunity as the Executive Director of the NSS to realize his passion of impacting the lives of Ghanaian Youth

Mr John Ampontuah Kumah

John Ampontuah Kumah is a Lawyer by profession and currently the CEO of National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP).

Mr. Kumah holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Economics with Philosophy from the University of Ghana (Legon), and MBA (Finance) from GIMPA. He also holds a Degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Ghana, He holds a Professional Law Degree (BL) from Ghana School of Law.

Mr. Kumah is an astute Politician with unflinching support for youth.  He has a great passion for entrepreneurship and youth empowerment activities.

He was a founding member of Aduaprokye Chambers and Managing Partner until his appointment by his Excellency the President of the Republic as the CEO of NEIP. He has fifteen (15) years of continuous working and leadership experience.

He is a founding member of Young Patriot, a youth wing of NPP. He is also a member of the National Communication Team of the ruling Party NPP.

John Ntim Fordjour

Mr Fordjour is an astute and visionary entrepreneur, affable and selfless politician, and an ordained reverend minister.

Ntim Fordjour is a regular TEDx Speaker, social commentator and bold advocate of anti-corruption and conservative social values in the Parliament of Ghana.

Prior to his entrepreneurial exploits, Rev Ntim Fordjour had a successful corporate career in the mining industry which included his role as Human Resources Superintendent at age 24, in Gold Fields Ghana Ltd, a blue-chip mining firm.

His transformational leadership style in various social, political and religious arenas, began at an early age of 15 and still serves in notable ways. He is the Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency of the Parliament of Ghana, Chairman of the Ghana-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Association, Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Members Holding Offices of Profit as well as a Member of Parliament Select Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ntim Fordjour also serves in other relevant leadership roles including Board Member of religious bodies, corporate organizations and educational institutions. He currently serves as the Resident Pastor of East Legon Branch of the Victory Bible Church International.

With a multidisciplinary background in Engineering, Economic Policy and International Politics, Ntim Fordjour is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science of the University of Ghana. He graduated at age 21 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mineral Engineering from University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa in 2007, and subsequently awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Economic Policy Management by University of Ghana in 2014.

Nadia Adongo Musah-Deputy Director

Nadia Adongo Musah was appointed as the Deputy Director Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President in February 2017. Nadia has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology. She has trained as a Volunteer Co-ordinator, Counselling Skills Fundamentals for Loss and Life, as well as certification in Crucial Conversation, Ontario, Canada. Her professional work experience includes management roles in long term care and Volunteer Coordination, Canada

Nadia is highly dedicated and has a deep passion for community engagement and involvement. She is a strong advocate for sports, educational and wellness programs for the youth, adults and seniors. She was public relations officer of the Northern Ghana Cultural Group of Toronto and has organized fundraising support initiatives for neglected seniors in Northern Ghana since 2006. She has organized and coordinated other fundraising initiatives such as Help the Age Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Society MS, Walkathon in Caledon, Ontario Canada.

Meanwhile, her volunteering spirit and community engagement initiatives have not gone unnoticed as she was recognized and became the proud recipient of the Ghanaian Canadian Courageous Women Award in Canada.

With such a remarkable track record of diligence, hard work, competence and achieved excellence in organizing programs and community activities, one can only be assured that she will work hard to exceed all expectations in her role as the Deputy Director of Diaspora Affairs. Nadia is committed to working with the team at the Diaspora Affairs to meet their goals and objectives in ensuring that the diaspora becomes an important and integral part of Ghana’s economic development.

Jake Obeng-Bediako was appointed Youth Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs in February 2018 and is responsible for championing diaspora youth engagement initiatives of the Diaspora Affairs Office of the President. He holds a Bachelors of Art in History from Columbia University, a Masters of Philosophy in African Studies from the University of Cambridge and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP University.

Jake is passionate about creativity, community and promoting youth involvement in every sphere of society. Through his experiences in research and African policy development at the United Nations and Africa-focused student recruitment at the Columbia University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Jake has demonstrated his zeal to work for the benefit of Africa and the African.

With experience as a successful Afropolitan blogger (@thedebonairdisciple) and Curator-in-Chief of a community of young passionate millennials (@debonair.innercircle), Jake is now committed to transforming the global narrative of Ghana through his work at the Presidency by mobilizing Ghanaian diaspora youth to be reunited with their domestic counterparts and to access and act on their birth rights and responsibilities as the current and future leaders of the nation.

 

 

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