Speaker Details

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Andrews Agyekumhene

Dr. Andrews Agyekumhene is a marine biologist with extensive experience in integrated coastal zone management. Andrews has a BSc. degree in Oceanography and Fisheries, an M.Phil in Biological Oceanography and PhD in Integrated Coastal Zone Management. He trained in Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Processes and Curriculum Development at the Wageningen UR Center for Innovation Development in the Netherlands, and in Impact Assessment from EPA-Ghana and International Association for Impact Assessors (IAIA) and well as IFC Performance Standards and Mitigation Hierarchy from The Biodiversity Consultancy, UK. He is currently a lecturer at University of Ghana where he is helping to train future conservationists in marine science. Prior to joining the academia, he worked as a Protected Area Manager with the Ghana Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission where he successfully and effectively managed 2 of Ghana’s Coastal Wetlands of international importance, one of which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As a Prosecutor for Forest and Wildlife Crimes for the Forestry Commission, Andrews advocated for and halted illegalities to Wildlife and their habitats in many areas of Ghana. Andrews is the coordinator for the Ghana Turtle Conservation Project, the longest sea turtle tagging project in Ghana, and a Director for Wildlife and Human Resources Organisation- WHRO Ghana. His activities have empowered many local communities to by themselves conserve Ghana's marine resources through diverse capacity building initiatives. He has and continue to provide platforms for the young graduates and early career scientist to develop their skills in the world of conservation through the Young Scientist Programme instituted by his Orgsanisation.