The 2020 OSPA Ghana Judging Panel

  • Rev Dr. Joyce Aryee
  • Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
  • Albert Antwi-Boasiako
  • Ambassador Major-General Francis Adu-Amanfoh (Rtd)

An independent panel will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically.

Rev Dr. Joyce Aryee

Dr. Joyce Aryee is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and the first woman to head an African Chamber of Mines. An accomplished management and communication consultant and a professional counselor, Dr. Aryee has dedicated over forty years of her time to private and public sector services in Ghana. In particular, she served as Secretary (Minister) of Information and Education in government of the PNDC as well as a non-cabinet Minister at the National Commission for Democracy.

She is a Senior Mentor for the African Leadership Initiative and the Chairperson of the Moremi Initiative for Women in Leadership for African Development (MILEAD);both mentorship institutions for young Africans. She serves on the Boards of diverse organisations including Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Central University College, Finatrade Foundation, AEL Mining Services Limited, GLICO General, Engineers and Planners, Omatek Computers, The Ark Fund and MAN Ghana Limited, to mention but a few

She was given the Second Highest State Award, the Companion of the Order of the Volta in 2006 in recognition of her service to the nation. She is also the recipient of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG), Marketing Woman of the Year Award for 2007 and the African Leadership on Centre for Economic Development’s African Female Business Leader of the Year Award for 2009. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mines and Technology in recognition of her immense contributions to the growth of the mining industry. Dr. Aryee is the Founder and Executive Director of Salt & Light Ministries, a Christian para-church organisation and an avid promoter of Ghanaian classical and choral compositions.

Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning

Dr. Emmanuel Kwesi Aning is the Head of the Department of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana. Prior to joining the KAIPTC, he held several high-level positions with the government of Ghana, the African Union and academia. These positions are: Director, Governance Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs; Expert on Common African Defence and Security Policy and Counter-terrorism, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Ghana; Research Director, African Security Dialogue and Research, Accra, Ghana; Visiting Professor, European Peace University, Austria; Director, Institute of Economic Affairs, Governance Unit, Accra, Ghana. Dr. Aning’s rich experience in security issues has been tapped by a number of organizations including the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) where he has held high-level leadership positions. Dr. Aning has written numerous dissertations and books, book chapters, monographs, and articles in several journals. He is currently a member of the Economic Forum’s Council on Conflict Resolution.

Albert Antwi-Boasiako

Albert Antwi-Boasiako is the Founder & Principal e-Crime Consultant of e-Crime Bureau Inc., a pan African cyber security and digital forensics firm based in Accra, Ghana with operations across Africa and its international office based in the United Kingdom. Albert attended the University of Trento in Italy where he graduated with first class. He further enrolled in the Forensic Information Technology programme for his post-graduate studies at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom where he graduated with distinction, receiving overall post-graduate best student award from the School of Computing of the university for his investigative project which uncovered emerging trends of online criminal activities on eBay auction platform. Albert is currently a PhD Fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa where he is undertaking a research project on Digital Forensics Standardization within the Information & Computer Security Architecture (ICSA) Research Group.

Ambassador Major-General Francis Adu-Amanfoh (Rtd)

Has experience and competence as a military strategic intelligence professional, global peace and security expert, diplomat, educationist and corporate executive. He is former head of intelligence of the Ghana Armed Forces and former Ghana’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Liberia. He is currently the President and CEO of IP & Sec Consultancy, which deals primarily in international peace and security.