Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu is the Project Director of the Carnegie “Next Generation of Academics in Africa” project at the University of Ghana. She oversees the smooth running of the project and ensures timely delivery on agreed project outputs. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu is full Professor at the University of Ghana, Legon. She holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Edinburgh University, Scotland and a B.Sc. degree (First Class) from the University of Ghana. As a prolific academic researcher, Ntiamoa-Baidu research interests include Wetlands and Water bird ecology, environmental conservation and development.
Prof. Ntiamoa-Baidu has served in various leadership roles such as Deputy Head (Research) in the Ghana Wildlife Department; Professor and Head of the Zoology Department, University of Ghana; and Executive Director of the Ghana Wildlife Society, a conservation NGO that she established in 1992 and Director of WWF International Africa and Madagascar Programme. She was the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, under the recently created (founding) Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID from July 2010 to July 2011. She is currently the Chair of the Centre for African Wetlands, which she established in 2000.
Collins Amofah provides general accounting services to Project Investigators; manages project budgets and prepares invoices for release of funds. He is responsible for preparing accounts for the investigators and reconciling project accounts with donors. He also attends to donor queries regarding project accounts. As part of his job description, he provides year-end support to both internal and external auditors in auditing the projects and serves as a link between the Finance Directorate and the project directors.
Jennifer Amponsah is the assistant registrar / project manager directly assisting the project director to implement the University of Ghana, "Next Generation of Academics in Africa Project" . As project manager, she is responsible for coordinating and administering the implementation of the various components of the project. This includes liaising with Diasporan Professors under the UG Diaspora Linkage Programme (UG-DLP) Fellowship, graduate scholarship grants management, organizing capacity building workshops, seminars and meetings among others.
Before joining the University of Ghana in 2012, Jennifer worked as programmes officer at the Gender Centre of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and an adjunct lecturer at the Advanced Business University College in Accra.
She holds a Master of Business Administration in project management from GIMPA and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Philosophy from the University of Ghana. In addition, she also holds a certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration also from GIMPA. Her interests include research on poverty reduction strategies, aid effectiveness, gender and advocacy, higher education, internationalization and project management.
Ophelia works closely with the UG-CNGAA project manager on administrative duties. She also assists the Project Director by managing her schedule, assisting in the running of workshops, seminar, and meeting and any other assigned duties.
Before working as an Administrative Assistant for UG-CNGAA Project, she worked at the Centre for African Wetlands as an Administrative Assistant and Office Manager.
Ophelia holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Clinical Psychology at the same University.
Administrative Assistant (Accounting)
David Asiamah Boateng is an Administrative/Accounting Assistant at the Carnegie “Next Generation of Academics in Africa” Project. He works closely with the Project Accountant and Assistant Registrar to support the implementation and timely delivery of project targets. His responsibilities include liaising with the Accounts Office (ORID) for payments under the Project; tracking PhD/MPhil scholarship disbursements; assisting in running workshops, seminars, and meetings; assisting in coordinating the University of Ghana Diaspora Linkage Programme (UG-DLP); assisting in preparing reports and providing accounting/administrative support to the Project Director.
Kodjo is the communications officer at “Next Generation of Academics in Africa”. His mission is to implement communication objectives throughout the project. His responsibilities include documenting project activities, managing the project website, profiling scholarship beneficiaries, and developing creative content that sell the success stories supported by the project. Kodjo joined the carnegie team after completing his M.A. in communication from the University of Ghana. He has four years experience working as an advertising executive.