Thank you to everyone who applied for the Oxford Africa Conference Co-Chair positions. We received many strong applications from a group of talented, ambitious and accomplished individuals. If your application was not successful or you would like to get involved, please consider applying for a Conference Manager Position. In no particular order, the following applicants were successful in this round:
I am an Msc. in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation candidate and will subsequently pursue an MBA as part of the Said Business School MBA 1 +1 programme. I hope that these two years will equip me with the skills and afford me the space to explore pathways towards more effective peacebuilding. I have spent the last five years working on peacebuilding projects in conflict affected societies, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, I worked for a civil society platform, advocating for more effective drug policies in Mauritius. I have been lucky to live in, and travel to, different parts of Africa and find immense beauty in its diversity. As co-chair of the 2019 Africa Oxford Conference, I hope to tap into the multiplicity of facets and resources that Africa and the African diaspora have to offer.
Prosper Ahmed Amuquandoh
Mr. Prosper Ahmed Amuquandoh is a trained Theoretical Physicist, Mathematician, and Computer Scientist. He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2006 with First Class Honours in Physics and Computer Science. His has also carried out graduate studies at the Abdus Salam Internal Centre for Theoretical Physics and the University of Trieste, both in Italy. He is currently an AIG Scholar and a candidate in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Programme, at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Prosper is a practicing Energy Engineering, Policy, Regulatory and Communication Professional. Since joining Ghana’s energy sector in 2012, he has been instrumental in a number of developments in the sector. He was part of the team that developed the Concept and Implementation Framework for Ghana’s National Rooftop Solar Program, currently being implemented. He was a member of the team (where he served as a member of the Technical Committee and Chair of the Media and Publicity Committee) that organised Ghana’s First, Second, and Third Renewable Energy Fairs in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. He also served on the National Risk Management Team for the implementation of the Paperless System at Ghana’s Ports to increase compliance with standards and regulations, and facilitate trade in West Africa.
Leveraging on his technical knowledge and communication skills, Prosper, in recent years, has been a resource person on VOA and a number of local TV and Radio stations in Ghana, where he speaks on national energy policies and initiatives. He has also been a speaker at a number of internal and local conferences. Prosper has consulted for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on sustainable energy and green economy issues. He is currently the National President of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders, Ghana (FEL–Ghana).
In September 2017, Prosper was adjourned the highest achiever in Ghana’s energy sector under the age of 40, at Ghana’s maiden 40 Under Forty Awards Ceremony. In the same year, he was a finalist for the Rising Star Award at the maiden Ghana Energy Awards. In 2016, he was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship Award by President Barack Obama. In the same year, Prosper was a finalist for the Future Energy Leader Award in West Africa, at the West African Power Industry Awards ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.