Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Advisory Board

Kwame Anthony Appiah

The Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Centre for Human Values at Princeton University. For years he was the Charles H. Carswell Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard University and previously professor at Yale, Cornell, Duke and Cambridge universities. A world renowned philosopher and according to Forbes magazine one of the seven best thinkers in the world, one of 100 for Foreign  Policy , he was given the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2012. He is the Herskovits award- winning author of, In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (1992); The Ethics of Identity (2005); Ethics in a World of Strangers ( 2008); The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (2010), some of which have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. He is also general editor of Amnesty International’s Global Ethics Series. With Henry Louis Gates Jr., he co-edited Africana: The Encyclopaedia of the African, African American Experience (1999) with Wole Soyinka as Chair of the Advisory Board and of Transition  of which the two are publishers with Soyinka as Advisory Chair. Anthony Appiah is also a detective novelist of Avenging Angel (1990); Nobody Likes Letitia  (1994 ); Another Death in Venice (1995 ). He studied Philosophy at Cambridge earning a First Class and a PhD.

Zagba Oyortey

Director of  Museums and Monuments Board in Ghana since 2013, Oyortey  spent over twenty years working in the arts in Europe. He managed cultural groups and projects, training of personnel in management and policy including :  Methodologies for Enhancing the Contemporary Use of African Artefacts : British Museum, 2006; Rethinking the adaptation of African Stories from Television : South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, 2006; African Creative Industries in the Context of the International Centre for Creative Industries: Bahia, 2005; Arts Organisation in Acton, London and their role within the cultural economy of Ealing Borough, London, 2003; Best Value Review of Creative Industries in Greenwich: London, 2003. Oyortey had also served as consultant to the British Museum on its Africa’s programme.  He was a member of the Brazilian government’s initiative to launch the International Centre for Creative Industries in Salvador de Bahia and of the UNESCO supported Maputo based Observatory for Cultural Policies in Africa and contributor to its publication, Cultural Indicators of Development: An African Perspective presented at The World Congress on Cultural Rights in Barcelona in 2004. Oyortey also worked as advisor to The Arts Council of England as well as Arts Officer for Greenwich Council and was Executive Directive of Adzido then the largest culturally diverse performing group in Europe that also produced the epic musical Yaa Asantewaa Warrior Queen.


Oyortey who has written extensively on cultural issues, history and administration obtained had his PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London.


Malcolm D. McLeod

Malcolm D. McLeod was a Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Scotland and also professor of African studies. He started his career as a Research Associate at the Institute of Social Anthropology at Oxford University ; a curator at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Cambridge University and later lecturer and Director of Studies of Magdalene and Girton Colleges, Cambridge before becoming a Fellow of Magdalene between 1972-1974. He was Keeper of Ethnography of the British Museum and  in charge of The Museum of Mankind there prior to Directorship  of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. McLeod has been chairman of the Scottish Museums Council and was also curator, The Royal Society of Edinburgh from 1999-2002 and chairman of the Caledonian Foundation Inc, USA since 2003.
In the 1960’s and 70s’ he researched and taught in West Africa and was curator of the American Museum of Natural History’s Asante : Kingdom of Gold (1984). He was the advisor towards the setting up of The Manhyia Palace Museum. Awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE), McLeod’s publications include: The Asante (1981); Treasures of African Art (1981); Ethnic Sculpture (co-author), 1985); Joseph Epstein Collector (co-author), 1989.


McLeod read History and Social Anthropology at Hertford and Exeter Colleges of the University of Oxford graduating MA and B.Litt.

Charles Y. Brempong Yeboah

Dr. Brempong-Yeboah is an agronomist and international development and relations expert whose span of experiences cut across Africaand Asia. He was Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan between 2008 and early 2009 and had earlier in 2007-2008 served as Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and NEPAD. Between 2005-2007 he was Deputy Minister, Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment and before then in 2003-2005, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing. He concurrently served as Member of Parliament from 2001-2008. Before these, he taught as a senior Lecturer in Crop Science at the University of Ghana, Legon. He was educated at Nagoya University in Japan where he was awarded his PhD in Entomology (Pesticide Use); he had earlier also studied for an Msc in Agronomy at the same university. He did a BSc (Agric.) at the University of Ghana (Crop Science) and later in the year 2000 studied for an MBA in Marketing from the Business School. of the same University.


Dr. Brempong-Yeboah also has a number of refereed scientific publications to his name.

Kojo S. Amanor

Rural, Environmental and Health Development –  Professor of African Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, he is currently a Visiting Professor at Cambridge University and previously at Birmingham and other overseas universities. He is also the Director of the Decentralised Environmental Action and Rural Development project (DEAR), located in Ghana with the Overseas Development Institute of the U.K. Government as collaborators. He is the author of among other books, The New Frontier: Farmers’ Response to Land Degradation- A West African Study (1994); Science and the Policy Process: Perspective from the Forest co-author, IDS  33 No1.; Global Restructuring and Land Rights in Ghana (1999); Cultivating Knowledge-Genetic Diversity, Farmer Experimentation and Crop Research (1993)and numerous book chapters and articles including influential ones such as: Land Tenure and Resource Access in West Africa- Share Contracts in the Oil Palm and Citrus Belt of Ghana (2001); Land , Labour and the family in Southern Ghana (2000).


He had his PhD in Anthropology from University College, London and graduate studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies, London


Prof. David Owusu Ansah

David Owusu Ansah is Professor of African Studies. He holds a PhD in History from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from McGill University, and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Comparative Religions from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. A former Fellow of the Harry Truman Institute for International Peace at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dr. Owusu-Ansah has taught courses in African History, World Civilisations, and Historical Methods at James Madison University. Dr. Owusu-Ansah is past Director of the History Graduate Studies at James Madison University, past President of the Ghana Studies Council, an affiliate of the U.S.A. African Studies Association and  is currently co-chair of the University’s Africana Studies Program. His research interests are Islam in Africa with special emphasis on religious conversion and the politics of religion.

In addition to numerous scholarly articles and chapters on Islam, Dr.Owusu-Ansah has authored the Islamic Talismanic Tradition in Nineteenth Century Asante (1991). He co-authored the Historical Dictionary of Ghana (1995) and is the sole author of the 3rd edition .He was as well a participant in the Centre for the Civil-Military Relations State Partnership education Program of the Ghana Armed Forces and the North Dakota National Guard in May 2005. His knowledge of the history of Islam in Africa as well as his scholarship on Ghanaian and African politics explain past radio interviews on such
programmes as the Voice of America and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities production “With Good Reason”- a program on National Public Radio.