Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Ivor Agyeman-Duah, Director

Director of the Centre for Intellectual Renewal in Ghana is an Advisor to The Lumina Foundation, Administrators of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.  An award-winning author  on development and international cooperation as well as on literary issues, he  is co-author and editor of Pilgrims of the Night- Development Challenges and Opportunities in Africa  (2010) and Africa- A Miner’s Canary Into the Twenty-First Century-Essays on Economic Governance (2013).  He was part of the production team for the BBC and PBS-Into Africa and Wonders of the African World presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He wrote and produced the acclaimed TV series, Yaa Asantewaa: Heroism of an African Queen ; chief advisor to the Arts Council of England and Ford Foundation supported theatrical production, Yaa Asantewaa - Warrior Queen   performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and Edinburgh Festival among others; editor of the anthology, Some African Voices of Our Time (1995) and co-edited, with Peggy Appiah and Kwame Anthony Appiah , Bu Me Be: Proverbs of the Akans  (2007).

Agyeman-Duah received the Distinguished Friend of Oxford award from the University of Oxford (2012); Member of the Order of Volta, Republic of Ghana(2007) and won the Commonwealth’s Thomson Foundation award in 1994 among others.

He has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a Hilary and Trinity resident scholar at Exeter College, Oxford. He holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Suzanne NGO-EYOK, Senior Associate

Following a high profile consultancy career in London with institutions including Type Museum Trust, Whitechapel Gallery and the Ghanaian High Commission, Suzanne, from Cameroun, where she had started her career as a Community Development Officer at Centre Cultural Francais de Douala also worked as Africa Remix Project Manager in Paris, London, Oslo, Tokyo and johannesburg as a curator’s special assistant- to principal curator Simon Njami-Hayward Galllery. She  began the West African stage of her career in 2009 as Senior Partner Advisor at Esoko, the Accra-based agricultural information service.  Specializing in value chain management, she developed and maintained Public-Private partnerships on behalf of the organization, while creating sustainable Management Information Systems for partners across the region.

She has worked on major USAID projects: Expanded Agribusiness and Trade Promotion Project (E-ATP), where as an Institutional Capacity-Building Specialist she strengthened the business capabilities and civil society components of the project and its partners across West Africa and was heavily involved in developing the advocacy strategies of E-ATP’s partners, and in developing sustainable Public Private Partnerships in collaboration with PPP and Access To Finance specialists.

Suzanne also worked on USAID-supported projects in the sub-region as Agricultural Trade & Business Environment Specialist for the West Africa Trade Hub - an umbrella organization for a diverse range of trade promotion projects  between national governmental bodies, ECOWAS and UEMOA. At the same time, she worked as Institutional Capacity-Building Advisor to the Borderless Alliance, a USAID-backed private sector alliance of stakeholders in regional trade.

Suzanne Ngo-Eyok has an Msc in Development Studies from London South Bank University and earlier did graduate studies in Cultural Management at the City University in London.