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International Advisory Board

Brenda Chalfin

University of Florida, USA

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.

Nana Oppong

Cape Coast University, Ghana

Nana Yaw Oppong is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Human Resource Management, University of Cape Coast in Ghana, after lectureship role at the Leeds Business School, United Kingdom; HR managerial role at Newmont Ghana Gold Limited; executive administrative role in Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, London. He is a visiting professor in International Management to the Bonn-Rhein Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany and the Bem School of Management in Dakar, Senegal. He holds a Ph.D. in Talent and Management Development. His research interests include talent and skills development, management development, and HRM practices in Western multinational firms in Africa, with many publications covering these areas. His research outcomes have been shared through conference presentations in Ghana, Greece, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America.

Cecilia Müller Torbrand

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

Cecilia Müller Torbrand, Director for the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). She was one of the front drivers for its establishment in 2011, and has served as chair of the network and as collective action lead in the MACN Steering committee . Cecilia is an experienced anti-corruption specialist. Prior to joining BSR to lead MACN, Cecilia built more than eight years of compliance and shipping experience by working in-house as senior compliance officer in the Maersk Group. She has been responsible for anti-corruption efforts globally; trained management and staff worldwide; implemented whistle blowing systems; rolled out country-specific anti-corruption campaigns; and conducted risk assessments, audits, and misconduct investigations. In 2015 she was awarded Compliance Officer of the Year by C5 Women in Compliance Awards. She speaks English and Swedish, and holds a Master of Laws from Lund University in Sweden.

Lindsay Whitfield

Roskilde University, DK

Lindsay Whitfield: Professor MSO in Global Studies and Leader of the Centre of African Economies at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark; co-editor of the journal African Affairs; author of Economies after Colonialism: Ghana and the struggle for power (CUP, 2018), and co-author of The Politics of African Industrial Policy: a comparative perspective (CUP, 2015); research interests: economic transformation, business-state relations, and industrial policy in Africa.

Hans A. Pedersen


Deputy Chief Pilot at DanPilot, Master Mariner and Certified Vessel Manager. Seagoing experience  from container, off shore and tug/salvage vessels. Currently involved in daily operational issues in DanPilot including safety, on board training of new employed pilots and simulator training. Involved in bridge building on operational level between DanPilot and Authorities covering maritime issues in Denmark.  Head of the training program for Ghanaian Pilots being trained at DanPilot in 2018.

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.

Thomas Raahauge Norup

Embassy of Denmark in 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.

Josefine Eva Lilly Pallesen

Danish Maritime Authority

Head of Section at the Danish Maritime Authority and Project Manager for the Strategic Sector Cooperation between the Danish Maritime Authority and Ghana Maritime Authority.

Nina Randrup Rasmussen

Danish Maritime Authority

Head of Section at the Danish Maritime Authority and Project Manager for the Strategic Sector Cooperation between the Danish Maritime Authority and Ghana Maritime Authority. Previously Head of Section at the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

Anne Mette Kjær

Aarhus University, DK

Anne Mette Kjær is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark. 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 and the Journal of Eastern Africa Studies. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the research programme "Political Settlements and Revenue Bargains in Africa" (www.ps.au.dk/psrb), funded by Danida’s consultative committee. She is also an affiliated researcher with ESID University of Manchester.

Samuel Ntow-Kummi

Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority


Mr. Samuel Ntow-Kummi is a Port Expert with 30 years’ industry experience. He is 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. Mr. Ntow-Kummi is a 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. Cardiff University, (1996) and Executive MBA in Project and Strategic Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management (2007). He is Chartered Member of Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT), UK. January 1997. He is a Master Trainer for UNTAD Modern Port Management Programme.

George Kobina vanDyck

Regional Maritime University

George vanDyck is a Senior Lecturer in the fields of Maritime Transport and Logistics, and the Coordinator of the School of Graduate Studies at the Regional Maritime University in Accra, Ghana. His research focuses on port development in Africa; particularly on port logistics, competitiveness, selection and efficiency, and port-hinterland connectivity. George earned his MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University’s School of Management in the U.K. and his PhD in Transport Economics and Management from Shanghai Maritime University in China. George is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT) and a member of Ghana’s Ministry of Transport’s Transport Sector Working Group (TSWG) and Transport Planning Group (TPG).

Henrik Sornn-Friese

Copenhagen Business School, DK

Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and MPA Professor in Maritime Business at Singapore Management University. He is Director of CBS Maritime and Academic Director of CBS’ M.Sc. program in Economics and Business Administration (Cand.merc.). He is Co-director of The Green Shipping project between 19 universities in Asia, Europe and North America and co-founder of Maritime Research Alliance, bringing together the Danish universities and maritime training institutions in collaborative research on shipping, ports and maritime industry. He is Board member of Maritime Development Centre (MDC), and member of Danish Maritime’s Sustainable Development (SDG) think tank. He is author of several books, book chapters and reports about shipping and ports and several articles in peer-reviewed international journals. 

Irene Mebissa

Ministry of Transport, Ghana

[Biography coming soon!]