Ashesi Innovators

Innovation is a core tenet of the Ashesi Education. Our faculty, alumni and students are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit and strive to take intellectual risks in the pursuit of knowledge. Below we highlight the work of these Ashesi Innovators.



Bringing hope to Accra’s most toxic dumpsites
In the heart of Accra lies Agbobloshie, a dumpsite for e-waste from around the world. While Agbobloshie has been labeled a growing crisis by global media, Ashesi lecturer Yaw Dankwah (DK) Osseo-Asare, is working to reinvent the scrapyard into a site for maker spaces and centers of digital fabrication.

Learn more about DK’s maker spaces.


Creating safe spaces for the children of kayayei
For most head porters (kayayei) in Accra, affordable child care is out of reach. Now with help from the Ford Foundation, Rose Dodd ’09, an Ashesi alumna and lecturer, has opened an early childhood development center to help kayayei mothers.

Learn more about Kaya ChildCare Center.


The Ahote Project
A team of Ashesi students is helping to improve waste management practices in Berekuso. The team pays community members to collect and deliver recyclables to recycling centers, and has fabricated compost barrels, whose waste is then used as farm mulch.

Learn more about the Ahote Project.


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Regina Agyare ’05 founded this mentorship program to empower girls from to lead and innovate by learning to code. Regina has been featured on CNN, Germany’s international broadcaster, DW, and the best seller Lean In.

Learn more about Tech Needs Girls.

VR Alumni SlantNubianVR – pioneering virtual reality for Africa
“We create immersive virtual experiences and technology for a wide range of applications. We are passionate about Virtual Reality (VR) technology and its potential to create a positive impact in Africa” say Jonathan Dotse ‘14 & Kabiru Seidu ’13. The duo are now working with Ashesi to research possibilities of 3D printing for VR devices.

Learn more about NubianVR.


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Sesa Mu – reinventing pineapple farming in Ghana
Created by two Ashesi alums, “Sesa mu” an Akan phrase meaning change, gives back to by hosting an Annual Agribusiness Day, where Ashesi students can learn about innovative career opportunities in agriculture.

Learn more about Sesa Mu.


Alumni bridge gaps in science education with VR labs
Ghanaian schools often have poorly resourced laboratories, leaving students to rely on their teachers and textbooks to try to understand science. To help fill this gap, Constant Likudie ’18 and Samuel Agyeman ’17 are offering virtual science labs to local junior high school students.



Rebecca_AwuahRebecca Awuah
Department Head, Arts & Sciences



Kajsa Hallberg AduKajsa_Hallberg_Adu
Lecturer, Arts & Sciences



 Joseph Oduro-Frimpong
Assistant Professor, Arts & Sciences

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles 
    • 2014 Sakawa Rituals and Cyber Fraud in Ghanaian Popular Video Movies. African Studies Review 57 (2), 131-147.
    • 2011 Semiotic Silence in Intimate Relationships. Journal of Pragmatics 43 (9), 2331-2336.
    • 2009 Glocalization Trends: Examining the Case of Hip-Life Music in Contemporary Ghana. International Journal of Communication, 1085-1106.
    • 2007 Semiotic Silence: It is used as a Conflict-Management Strategy in Intimate Relationships. Semiotica 167:285-308. 
  • Peer-reviewed Chapter
    • “Better Ghana Agenda: On Akosua Cartoons and Critical Public Debates in Contemporary Ghana”, Popular Culture in Africa: The Episteme of Everyday2014
  • Encyclopedia Entries
    • 2011 Music and Dissent: Ghana & Nigeria (Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements Media).
    • 2011 African Video Films & Political Critique (Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements Media).
    • 2011 White Supremacists’ Tattoos as Alternative Media (Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements Media).
  • Other Publications
  • Accepted & Forthcoming
    • “This Cartoon is a Satire: On Ghanaian Cartoons’ & Sociopolitical Discourse in the Fourth Republic.” – In Political Cartooning in Africa. Tejumola Olaniyan (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Peter Limb (University of Michigan) [eds]
    • ‘This Photoshop Nonsense Must Stop’: On Visual Mediation of Popular Political Engagement in Contemporary Ghana.” – In Media Literacy, Informed Citizenship and Democracy in Africa” Wisdom J. Tettey [ed.] (University of Calgary).
    • “Globalization and Popular Media: The Case of Akosua’s Political Cartoons in Contemporary Ghana.” In Global Perspectives on Culture and Communication:A Reader (Tom Nakayama and Jolanta Drzewiecka, editors). Peter Lang Publishers.

Ebow_SpioAnthony Ebow Spio
Department Head, Business Administration

• “Branding Ghana: An imperative for country development”, Positioning Ghana, 2016.

“Country Branding: A Developing Economy Perspective”, International Journal of Business Strategy (IJBS) Volume 1, 2011, ISSN:1553-9563, 2011.
•  “Promoting the Growth of SME customers of Banks in Ghana through Market -Led Business Development Services”, Business & Financial Times, 2011.
 “The City branding of Accra”, City Branding – Theory and Cases, 2011.
•  “Capitalizing on the visit of President Barack Obama: The role of nation branding”, New Legon Observer, 2009.


gordon-adomdzaGordon Kwesi Adomdza
Senior Assistant Professor, Business Administration


Sena Afi Agyepong
Assistant Professor, Business Administration Department 

  • Books & Book Chapters
    • “Construction in West Africa”, WABER Conference, 2012.
    • “Role of Human Resources in Construction in West Africa”, Construction in West Africa. WABER Conference, 2012.
    • Procs 4th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 2011.
  • Peer Reviewed Conference Papers:
    • “Investigating the relationship between the age-stage demographic and preferences in dwelling type”, Proceedings 8th Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) Postgraduate Conference 393-403, 2013.
    • “The Applicability of the Harvard and Warwick Models in the Development of Human Resource Management Policies of Large Construction Companies in Ghana”, West African Built Environment (WABER) Conference, 2010.
    • “An Overview of Human Resource Management Practices of Large Construction Companies in Ghana”, 1st international postgraduate research conference on the built environment, 2010.
    • “Integration of the Human Resource Management Function into Large Construction Companies Operating in Ghana”, 25th Anniversary Conference of the Construction Management and Economics Journal, 2007.
    • “Managing Workplace Conflict: Managing Conflicts within Large Construction Companies in Ghana”, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE/CIB 2007 Construction Research Congress, 2007.
  • Non-Peer Reviewed Conference Papers
    • “Meeting Ghana’s Housing Deficit: Is this possible?”, International Conference on Perspectives on Ghana, 2013.
  • Feature Articles
    • “Are the Classifications for Contractors operating in Ghana Accurate?” The Quantity Surveyor Issue 1, 2012.
    • “Conflict Management within Large (D1/K1) Construction Companies operating in Ghana:, The Quantity Surveyor Issue 1, 2009.
    • “A People Management Policy Development Framework for Large Construction Companies Operating in Ghana”, the Daily Graphic, 2008.


esi e ansah_webEsi E. Ansah
Assistant Professor, Business Administration

  • Academic Publications & Contributions
    • “Organizational Assessment Tools: Report Cards and Scorecards of the Federal Agencies”, Public Administration Quarterly, Vol. 34: 1, 2010.
    • Contributor: “Research and Information Resources for Public Administration”, 2005.
    • Associate Editor: Frontiers of Public Administration Proceedings of the Second Sino-U.S. International Conference: “Public Administration in the Changing World”, Beijing, China, May 24 – 25, 2004.
    • “Theorizing The Brain Drain”, African Issues Vol. 30: 1(21-24), 2002.
  • Conference Papers
    • “Sustainable Development: The Social Enterprise Engine and Positive Social Change Paper to be presented at the Sixth International Conference on Public Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD). Monrovia, Liberia. June 20 – June 22, 2011.
    • “Sustaining Development Through Civil Servants – The Crucial Role Of Human Resources In Civil Service Reform”, Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Public Management, Policy and Development, 2007.
    • “Identifying Student Needs In Academia: Understanding The Concerns Of Doctoral Students In Public Affairs Programs In The U.S.”, Paper presented at the 68th Annual American Society For Public Administration National Conference, 2007.
    • “Competing Performance Appraisal Tools: Report Cards And Scorecards Of The Federal Agencies”, Paper prepared for the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2006.
    • “Reinvigorating Public Service: The Case For Branding In The Public Sector”, Paper presented at the 67th Annual American Society For Public Administration National Conference, 2006.
    • “Reframing Capacity-Building In Africa: Recognizing The Importance Of Street-Level Civil Servants”, Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference On Public Management, Policy And Development, 2005.
    • “An Exploration Of Diversity And Methodological Frameworks: Positivism And Non-Conventional Contributions To Intellectual Inquiry In Public Administration”, Paper Presented at the 2005 Annual National Association Of Schools Of Public Affairs And Administration Conference, 2005.


stephen_armah_180Stephen Emmanuel
Assistant Professor, Business Administration

ayorkoh_200G. Ayorkor Korsah
Department Head, Computer Science


Nathan_Amanquah_CS_Head_of_DeptNathan Amanquah
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


Suzanne_BucheleSuzanne Fox Buchele
Associate Provost/Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


Fred_McBagonluriFred McBagonluri
Department Head, Engineering



Nathan_Amanquah_CS_Head_of_DeptNathan Amanquah
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


Suzanne_BucheleSuzanne Fox Buchele
Associate Provost/Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


ayorkoh_200G. Ayorkor Korsah
Assistant Professor, Robotics


Elena RoscaElena V. Rosca 
Senior Lecturer

  • Caplan MR, Rosca EV. Targeting drugs to combinations of receptors: a modelling analysis of potential specificity. Ann Biomed Eng. 2005;33(8):1113-24.
  • Elena V. Rosca, Michael R. Caplan. Mathematical modeling of nanoparticle-cell interactions”. Book chapter in Nanoparticle in Bioengineering, Methods in Bioengineering series, Artech  House, 2010
  • Rosca EV, Koskimaki JE, Pandey NB, Wolff AC, Popel AS. Development of a biomimetic peptide derived from collagen IV with anti-angiogenic activity in breast cancer. Cancer biology & therapy. 2011;12(9):808-17.
  • Rosca EV, Koskimaki JE, Pandey NB, Tamiz AP, Popel AS. Structure-activity relationship study of collagen-derived anti-angiogenic biomimetic peptides. Chemical biology & drug design. 2012;80(1):27-37.
  • Sturzenbaum SR, Hockner M, Panneerselvam A, Levitt J, Bouillard JS, Taniguchi S, Rosca EV,  Biosynthesis of luminescent quantum dots in an earthworm. Nature nanotechnology. 2013;8(1):57-60
  • Rosca EV, Wright M, Gonitel R, Gedroyc W, Miller AD, Thanou M. Thermosensitive, near-infrared-labeled nanoparticles for topotecan delivery to tumors. Molecular pharmaceutics. 2015;12(5):1335-46.

Featured Students and Alumni

ava_inline2 ICONAshesi Venture Accelerator – A student-led accelerator for startups
AVA supports student-run businesses by providing them with the resources and funding that they will require in their early stages, in order to grow into fully-fledged companies. Ventures accepted into the incubator can be at any level of maturity, from simple ideas to existing businesses. “College is one of the best places to start a business because of the abundance of resources that we have at our disposal,” said Desmond Darlington ‘16, CEO of AVA. “So there needs to be an environment to support student startups and ventures, and even more so, an organization to stimulate entrepreneurship on campus and that’s what  AVA is set out for.”


1-mB033Dshr5NE-9pcItdJLQ ICONHow a community service project won us a hackathon
For a community service project, three Ashesi students developed software for a local school to better record tuition payments. When they later signed up to join the Oracle Academy Hackathon, they used the competition as an opportunity to build version 2.0 of their software, building in functionality to allow the application to work without internet access, among other new features. The trio hope to continue improving their application to use in other rural schools.



1-0S64FucBQpOca1kWyFR13QBringing early childhood education to 10 million children
Four Ashesi sophomores collaborated for 2015’s Hult Prize challenge: Can we provide quality early childhood education to 10 million children in urban slums by 2020?. “After much preparation, visits to various urban slums and deep research on the problem, we set off to Dubai to participate in the regional phase of the Hult Prize. Everyone was surprised by the fact that we were just sophomores; most of the participants were postgraduate students!” the team shared.


1-hxSTQPTEUAEJrdn4pwI-KQØKUNTΛKINTE, The Expressionist
Freshman Joseph Awuah-Darko ’19, also known by his stage name, Økuntakinte, is a budding musical star in Ghana. He has already released five singles, and now works under record label Meister Music, which he hopes will help him develop the strength of his work to mould a career. His sources of music inspiration are eclectic, spanning a range of expressionism, surrealism, renaissance and abstract art, as well as soul, jazz and blues.

Leading Ladies Network – enhancing girls leadership
LLN supports girls through programs that enhance leadership. Founded by Yawa Hansen-Quao ’07, LLN has mentored thousands of girls and women for professional success. Yawa has partnered with UN to adapt her model for girls in East Africa.


DerrydeanDreamOval Ltd. – innovating software for Africa’s challenges
Founded by Derrydean Dadzie ’06, DreamOval utilizes technology to simplify the life and work of people and organizations around the world. The company gives back to Ashesi by hosting the Annual iTeach training workshop on campus, which equips teachers with free basic ICT skills to enhance their work in the classrooms. Since its inception in 2010, the iTeach program has trained 500 teachers across Ghana.


Maame_Dufie_Cudjoe_Ashesi_2Touching lives through corporate social responsibility
When Maame Dufie Cudjoe ’05 graduated, she dedicated herself to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. She now serves as Airtel Ghana’s Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Communications, where she helps effectively give back to Ghana. “In managing Airtel’s CSR I strive to ensure that we engage in sustainable initiatives that have potential to benefit the entire country,” Maame says. Maame’s work has helped Airtel Ghana win several major awards in community engagement and public relations, including the Ghana Telecom Award for CSR Company of the Year.


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The Berekuso Music Project – a new path of growth for local youth
Founded by Derrick Omari ’18, the Berekuso Music Project is an after-school initiative teaching local youth to play musical instruments. Says Andrew Osei Bonsu ’15, “they come with so much joy and readiness to learn something new. For some of them, it’s a rare privilege accorded to challenge them to be better versions of themselves.” 


A New Dawn – advancing girls’ health and educationGrace_Amposah_DL_Fellow_5 ICON
Grace Amponsah ’16 founded this initiative after receiving $10,000 in seed funding as a Dalai Lama Fellow. “I started A New Dawn to reach out to young girls and help them understand how to succeed by making better life choices.”



Heel the World – a footwear brand that empowers startups Heel the World ICON
CEO and Ashesi alumnus Fred Deegbe Jr. founded the social enterprise and footwear brand after a fateful encounter. In 2009, a local shoe shine boy told Fred that it was “impossible” for dress shoes to be designed and produced in Ghana. For months, Fred was disappointed in the boy’s response, which reflected the widespread belief that a world-class shoe could come from Ghana. In 2011, Fred founded HTW and has been “heeling the world” ever since.


Kpetermeni_Siakor_Ashesi_Profile_2 ICONDeveloping tools to track, control, and stop Ebola
In the midst of the 2014 Ebola crisis, Kpetermeni Siakor ‘15 worked with his colleagues at iLab Liberia, a nonprofit he helped start, to develop an electronic system that tracked, controlled, and ultimately helped stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia. Upon graduating in June 2015, Kpetermeni was named as one of five scholars worldwide leading change in science, for his work in helping roll back Ebola. He then returned to Liberia to help scale up the work of iLab Liberia. As Director of Innovation, he is helping create solutions to increase domestic access to technology.


Investigating the viability of senior living facilities in Ghana
In Ghana, elderly care has been historically divided between family members, at home. However, in an increasingly urbanized Ghana, senior living facilities may become more necessary as working families have less free time to care for aging loved ones. Here, Wendy Dzidzor Akinny ’16 shares her research on elderly care in Ghana, which she presented at the 2017 meeting of the American Economics Association.


Streamlining commuting in Ghana
In Ghana’s cities, public transportation relies upon trotro buses. While trotro offer vast service networks, commuters must independently learn which routes to take. “That’s a steep learning curve compared to finding my way around a city like London,” says Andrew Abbeyquaye ’17. For his senior capstone project, Andrew built an app that helps users plan transit itineraries in Accra, saving them time and money.


Exploring solutions in cancer incidence research
Good data is essential for scientists and researchers working to understand, treat and prevent cancer. In Ghana, however, there is a lack of readily available data on cancer incidence. To help address this problem, Hudson Lekunze ’17 built a web-based app that streamlines data collection across the country. Now, Hudson and his Ashesi advisor Dr. Elena Rosca are working with oncologists to test the app.


capture 1Streamlining Ghana’s election process
Leading up to Ghana’s presidential elections in 2012, two Ashesi alumni, Nii Amon Dsane ’05 and Hanan Yaro Boforo ’10, served as engineers on the Ghanaian team that implemented the biometric register for the election. Nii served as the lead software engineer on this project, and led the training of officials of the Ghanaian Electoral Commission who supervised the deployment of the biometric system. Their work strengthened the electoral system, and built confidence in Ghana’s ability to use technology to streamline elections. “Having a biometric voter register and biometric verification of voters will enable political parties, civil society, and citizens to have a greater degree of trust in the electoral process” said Nii. “With greater trust in the process, we will see more peaceful political transitions in Ghana and across Africa.”


From Ashesi to Google
After two internships with Google while a student at Ashesi, Thierry Gnanih ’13 now works with the tech giant’s Sub-Saharan Africa Customer Experience team in Dublin, Ireland. From Dublin, Thierry provides support to small and medium businesses who use Google’s advertising products in Africa.



Ashesi GE groupDramatically increasing the power supply in Ghana
Charles Kojo Bucknor ‘12: “I am a GE project development associate covering Sub-Saharan Africa, where I helped build the “Ghana 1000” project. In other words, I am the boots on the ground with a seat at the drawing table. The Ghana 1000 project is an integrated liquefied natural gas-to-power solution aimed at adding ~1080MW of power to the Ghanaian grid, about 45% of Ghana’s installed generation capacity. This transformational project addresses some of the fundamental challenges in the Ghanaian power sector including fuel price and availability, power shortages, and power cost. The addition of 1000MW of power fills the power shortage in-country, which will stabilize power supply both to benefit local customers and to attract more foreign direct investment.”