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Brenda Chalfin - University of Florida


Brenda Chalfin is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. Her research examines boundaries and frontiers, the popular production of infrastructure and urban public goods, non-territorial and maritime sovereignty, and the changing valence of waste in the context of late-capitalism. Chalfin earned her PhD in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and has held fellowships at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and University of Ghana's Institute of African Studies.


Michael Ekow Manuel - World Maritime University


Professor (Nippon Foundation Chair) at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden. Currently Head of the Maritime Education and Training (MET) Specialization and Academic Dean (ad interim). Earned degrees in Maritime Affairs (MSc) and Maritime Administration (PhD). Research, teaching and publishing interests include sustainability; the international policy, legal and administrative framework relating to the work of the International Maritime Organization on the so-called “human element”; operational risk governance; organizational behaviour. Seagoing experience as Master Mariner. Previously Head of Research and Consultancy and Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana.


Anita Bosch - University of Stellenbosch Business School


Professor at the Stellenbosch University Business School where she holds the SBS Research Chair. Editor of the annual WomensReport.africa. Her work spans the field of women in paid work in the formal sector in South Africa and southern Africa. Author of a number of public reports including Women on South African Boards: Facts, Fiction and Forward Thinking and the Gender Pay Gap Guide for the Already Converted. Publications feature in journals and academic books as Women in Business in Africa of the SA Journal of Business Management. Anita was the head of the Women in the Workplace research programme at the University of Johannesburg


Enna Hirata - Kobe University


Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University. Her research interests include Transport Economics, Maritime Digitization, Maritime Decarbonization, Data-driven Prediction and Decision Making. Before moving from industry to academia in 2019, Enna was responsible for Asia Pacific market in TradeLens, a blockchain underpinned supply chain platform jointly developed by Maersk and IBM. Enna has published more than 20 scientific papers in the past 5 years. Her paper was selected for the best paper award in 2022 by the Maritime Business Review. 


Ziad Hamoui - Borderless Alliance Ghana


Chartered logistician, regional integration advocate and passionate Pan-Africanist. A founding member, past President, and current National President for Ghana of Borderless Alliance. Fellow of CILT in Ghana, also serving as Branch Chairman of its Tema Section and active member of its Governing Council. Founding member of TFCG, Co-Chair of FTCA, Member of AEF-T&C SG, Member of NTFC-GH, Member of the Technical Working Groups of the “National AfCFTA Coordination Office” in Ghana, and Member of the Technical Working Group on Border Security for Security Governance Initiative.


Lindsay Whitfield - Copenhagen Business School


Research focuses on the challenges and opportunities that Sub-Saharan African countries face in industrializing in the 21st century. It analyses the emergence and evolution of manufacturing and agribusiness industries, especially how local firms build capabilities to compete in global production networks and the roles of government industrial policy, foreign direct investment and migrant capitalists. Whitfield also examines industrial relations and working conditions in local and foreign owned supplier firms producing in global value chains, and how they are affected by global buyers’ purchasing practices, firms’ labor control regimes, and workers’ actions.


Samuel Ntow-Kummi - Ghana Ports and Harbour


Port Expert with 30 years’ industry experience. Currently the General Manager – Corporate Planning of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority. Before his appointment to his current position had held the positions of Corporate Planning Manager at the GPHA Headquarters and Port Operations Coordinator of the Port of Tema. Graduate of the University of Ghana where he obtained an B.A (Hons.) degree in Geography in 1987. He also holds an M.Sc. International Transport from Cardiff University, (1996) and Executive MBA in Project and Strategic Management from the PGSM (2007). He is Chartered Member of MCILT, UK. January 1997.


Anne Mette Kjær - Aarhus University


Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus. Her research focuses on African governance and politics with a specific interest in policy reforms. She has published widely, including her book "Governance" (2004: Polity) and co-authorship on the book "Politics of African Industrial Policy" (2015: Cambridge University Press), and articles in journals such as World Development; Public Administration; Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the research programme "Political Settlements and Revenue Bargains in Africa". She is also an affiliated researcher with ESID University of Manchester.


Harry Barnes-Dabban - Founder and Executive Coordinator of PENAf.


Founder and Executive Coordinator of PENAf. Formerly the corporate environment manager for Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and currently combines research and practice in the domain of environmental sustainability politics in African ports. Specialized in transnational environmental sustainability governance. Pioneered several activities aimed at institutionalising regional environmental sustainability governance mechanism for African ports that utilises innovative voluntary non-state-led cooperative and collaborative approach in a shift from conventional sate-led ones. Holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and Governance from Wageningen University & Research, published in high impact journals, peer-reviewed book chapters on ports and the environment, and is a research fellow of Earth System Governance.

Henrik Sornn-Friese - Copenhagen Business School


Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and MPA Professor in Maritime Business at Singapore Management University. Director of CBS Maritime and Academic Director of CBS’ M.Sc. program in Economics and Business Administration (Cand.merc.). Co-director of The Green Shipping Project and co-founder of Maritime Research Alliance. Board member of Maritime Development Centre (MDC), and member of Danish Maritime’s Sustainable Development (SDG) think tank. Author of several books, book chapters and reports about shipping and ports and several articles in peer-reviewed international journals. 


Alexander Odoom - President, Berthing Meeting Association of Tema, Ghana


Bio coming soon...


Andreas Hermansson - Aarhus Harbour


Harbour Pilot at Port of Aarhus, Master Mariner. Seagoing experience from various cargoships, ferries and cruiseships. Currently responsible for education and certification at the Port of Aarhus and involved in the daily operation of the port. Previously international training manager in maritime education. Head of the training program for Ghanaian pilots being trained at the Port of Aarhus 2018.


Sif Alberte Andersen - Danish Maritime Authority


Head of Section at the Blue Growth and Maritime Policy Office, Danish Maritime Authority. Has worked at the international team of the Danish Maritime Authority since March 2021. Primary task is managing Danish sector cooperation with Ghana, which focuses on green shipping, IMO compliance and maritime domain awareness. Has previously lived in South Korea for a number of years. Graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development and Cooperation from Korea University in 2019 and worked at the Global Green Growth Institute in Seoul afterwards. During her time at GGGI, she worked with partnerships management as well as social inclusion and gender mainstreaming


Thomas Raahauge Norup - Danish Embassy to Ghana


Maritime counsellor at the Embassy of Denmark to Ghana working on the strategic sector cooperation between the Danish Maritime Authority and Ghana Maritime Authority. Previously maritime advisor in a subdivision to the Confederation of Danish Industry. Former navy officer and captain at the Royal Danish Navy.


Esther Gyebi-Donkor - General Manager for Marketing and Corporate Affairs of GPHA


The General Manager for Marketing and Corporate Affairs of GPHA. A Chartered Member of the Chartered CILT, Ghana, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana, an Accredited Member of Institute of Public Relations, Ghana. Hold’s an MSc. in Maritime Affairs, Port Management from World Maritime University, Malmo Sweden. Has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics as well as a diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast. Was a member of the National Committee and the Team leader of GPHA for the Paperless Port Implementation in 2017. A member of the National Trade Facilitation Committee, and the Trading Across Borders working Group.  A member of Ghana Shippers Authority Board