Minister Counsellor for Trade and Investment, Ghana Hight Commission – London, UK
Kofi Addo has had a considerable experience in public sector policy, procurement and management for a period of over fifteen years. His core expertise includes Trade Analysis, Business Development, Policy Analysis and Planning, Project and Investment Appraisal and Investment Promotion.
He began his duty tour of the United Kingdom as a Minister Counsellor for Trade and Investment in October, 2013. His primary responsibility is to advise the High Commissioner on matters relating to Trade and Investment Promotion and to aggressively promote and protect Ghana’s commercial interest in United Kingdom and the Ireland, and where possible, the world at large.
Prior to this assignment, he had been a Deputy Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana, serving in various capacities. These included counter-part Coordinator for Government of Ghana and the International Development Association of the World Bank Group’s Micro Small Medium Enterprise Project, the Ministry’s Coordinator in charge of the Programmme for Sustainable Energy Development (PSED), a programme in collaboration with GIZ to enhance the Productive Use of Energy in Light Industrial Zones in Ghana.
At various times, he served as a Senior Liaison Officer between that Ministry of Trade & Industry and several Trade and Investment Promotional Agencies in Ghana: Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Ghana Export Promotion Council, Ghana Free Zones Board, and Private Sector Associations such as the Association of Ghana Industries.
He was also a member of several high-level Government Trade and Investment Delegations to US, UK, Germany, Singapore, China, Malaysia, UAE, Vietnam, Brazil, India, Japan, and other countries in Africa.
He had his Masters in Agricultural Administration from the University of Ghana – Legon and has participated in several forums on WTO, AGOA, EU-ECOWAS EPAs, Trade Policy, Investment and Trade Facilitation.
He is married with three children.
Sonia Meggie, BA MSc
Sonia Meggie is an award winner and founder of Inspirational YOU; a London based social enterprise launched in March 2010. Their mission is to connect, inspire and empower young people, women and ethnic minorities who want to make professional changes to their lives.
Prior to founding Inspirational YOU, Sonia worked for a leading management consultancy in city of London. She was head hunted to become the Director of a well-known promotions company who worked alongside UK and international artists. After five years of organising large scale live shows she felt compelled to do more to bring together inspirational personalities and influencers to empower others and make a difference.
With Inspirational YOU, she has been networking and connecting with senior leaders who all participate in their programs and events, debates, conferences, shows and training. They are focused on enterprise, self-development and well-being workshops.
Sonia is also a mentor and football coach who is driven by making a difference and seeing those around her reaching their full potential. Her objective is to leave a legacy that will see the progression of women, ethnic minorities and young people. Her mantra is
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.
Sonia was selected from over 21,000 nominees to win the Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards in September 2014 and also an Inspirational award at BAFTA’s Back to Black Awards in October 2014. She was featured in the Powerlist 2013, which profiles the most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage in the United
Kingdom and is listed on Blackenterprise.com as one of London’s most powerful black women, Sonia has a BA in Business Studies and Social Policy, and an MSc in E Commerce.
She has recently completed an MA in Digital Media and has been selected as an RSA Diaspora Changemaker as a leader who wants to see change in Africa.
Inspirational YOU has partnered and been supported by global corporations such as Google, Deloitte, Heidi Alexander MP, Garden Court Chambers, You Tube, PwC, Pearsons, ITV, Sky, London Youth, Daily Mail, BBC, Channel 4, GoThinkBig, Metropolitan Housing, Lewisham Homes, University of London and the UK Supreme Court.
Founder of The British Blacklist, Journalist, Script Consultant, Hair Stylist
Akua Gyamfi has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry with a career that spans fashion, film, television, theatre, print and online media.
Starting out as a hairdresser in London’s infamous Portobello Road was Akua’s introduction into the entertainment industry. With a career in hairstyling spanning over 20 years, Akua has styled for magazines Touch, Mahogany, Noir, RWD, Disorder and I.D. Assisted at London and Paris fashion weeks for designers including Matthew Williamson, Top Shop, Jonathan Saunders, Giles and more. Worked on editorial campaigns for Aquascutum, Jaeger, Hugo Boss, UniQlo and on videos for various artists including, Miss Dynamite, Shystie, Tracey K, Clare Evers, and on British gangster film ‘Rollin’ with the Nines’. Akua has also been part of the Paul Hanlon hair team during all London Fashion week events since 2010.
After leaving a full time career in Hairstyling to study Multimedia and then Journalism at LCC (formerly London College of Printing), Akua’s career in journalism took off at French British magazine Bolz. She subsequently shadowed and interviewed Ken Livingstone during his 2004 mayoral campaign for Antiapathy.com and wrote articles for Ealing local newspaper.
Upon graduating from LCC (formerly London College of Printing) Akua joined renowned underground digital satellite channel Channel AKA (formerly known as Channel U). It was at Channel AKA that Akua worked closely with a dedicated team who turned the channel around during the years 2004 – 2206. Elevating the channel’s output to rival the major black music channels at the time from raising the bar for quality video submissions to refining the channel’s flagship magazine show ‘The Illout Show’ hosted by Radio 1xtra DJ’s Ace & Vis. Akua was also content producer for the Channel AKA website.
After leaving Channel AKA Akua worked at the BBC Performing Arts Fund and then joined BBC Writersroom where she gained valuable insight into the machinations of script writing. Akua currently works in BBC’s Internet & Future Services Team, in the R&D department.
It was during the early years of her career at the BBC that she worked with director Mark 1 to write, direct and produce anti-knife & gun crime short film After Effects. Akua is currently a script consultant whose work is evident in award winning works by Julius Amedume.
Continuing her journalism Akua oversaw personal blogs Ace & Vis, and launched her own blog the Soul Pages. Akua was also former editor of Candy online and print magazine.
In 2011 Akua was asked to oversee the production of the Screen Nation Awards blog ‘Screen Insider’ in the 8 week run up to the awards show.
In 2012 Akua launched The British Blacklist described as ‘the IMDB for the UK’s British African and Caribbean market’, The British Blacklist serves as an online portal chronicling the careers of professionals from film, television, theatre, literature and music.
A year in the making The British Blacklist is the first of its kind. It services both industry and general users alike and strives to be the first port of call for those wanting concrete, researched information about creative & entertainment industry professionals from the British African Caribbean community.
Founder, Screen Nation
Chief Charles Thompson, the son of one the UK’s first African barristers, resides in London via Accra, Ghana and is a graduate of Film & TV Production Techniques, Arts and Media. His 20+ years experience in the international film & TV industry includes 3 years as an editor before commencing a career as a Film Producer with a commitment to new drama by black writers and directors. He has produced many multiple award winning narrative films in Europe, Africa and USA, with a number gaining long term distribution and has worked in producing on important black British dramas & TV magazine shows.
In 1996 Charles helped found Off the Grove, London’s first ever live screenplay reading event, a forerunner to the BFI’s highly rated Script Factory. Between 1999-2002 Charles co-founded and served as Festival Director for one of Europe’s premier black film showcases the annual bfm International Film Festival. In 2003 he created the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards (aka ‘the UK Black Oscars’) and takes the brand to Africa very soon. He is currently developing screen nation into an innovative web based media rights company. Future plans include a series of heritage events recognising the contribution black British film & TV practitioners have made to the UK industries since the early 1900’s.
His commitment to black British filmmaking has seen him develop local training and screening programs across the UK. He consults and works as Exec Producer with new creative talent, gives talks and has put several feature/TV/online projects into development & production, including screennation.tv a global entertainment show featuring the best of the black Hollywood, European & African media scenes.
In 2011Charles received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the British and global black film industry.
Charles is a former Chair of the Alliance of Black Media Professionals, a member of the Roundhouse Creative Centre Advisory Panel, a Millennium Awards Fellow, Chief judge of the Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA) and has been honoured twice by former London Mayor, Ken Livingston for his contribution to London life.
GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement awards) is a non-profit Business & Innovation Awards instituted to celebrate, acknowledge, and support Ghanaian based businesses and individuals in the UK. This is an opportunity for these businesses to come together for one night in order to reflect on their achievements and receive a recognition and reward.
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