Lord Dr (Michael) Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE is Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International. Michael began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. In 1990 he started working for TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as a presenter on the weekly Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG international’s Global Head of Citizenship in 2006. Michael is also a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and a Vice President of UNICEF and Tearfund. He is also a Patron of Free the Children and a Director of Junior Achievement Worldwide.
In 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to crime reduction and in 2005 was awarded an independent peerage to the House of Lords. In the same year he received the UNICEF Award for his outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility. Michael is listed as no.6 on the 2016 list of 100 Black British Business Leaders.
Her Royal Highness Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I, is an award-winning Queen from the Ga tribe of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The first ever African Queen to be featured in the USA’s Pan Afrikan Times, she is a key figure in the African Diaspora community as well as an active leader and advocate who devotes her time to promoting her culture and influencing policy through her work with international organisations and local groups. She was recently featured as a Phenomenal African Woman (PAW).
An insightful public speaker and educator, HRH Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I is recognised for her ability to speak out and highlight topics such as child sex abuse, religion and culture incited violence, domestic violence etc, that force debate and facilitate change. In 2013, she was part of a network of advocates that succeeded in compelling the UK Government to set aside a proposed travel bond for visitors from selected African and Asian countries.
Her Royal Highness is currently the Secretary General of the Federation of Ghanaian Diaspora in Europe (FEGHADE) and a Director of the National Council of Ghanaian Unions UK (N.C.G.U). She holds a degree in Law, Politics & International Studies and a Postgraduate in Project Management.
He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Palm Investments (GPI); an investment holding and advisory company focused on building world class companies in Africa. GPI operates companies in high growth industries and funds promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed startups such as SOLO Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Stawi Foods in Kenya.
Sangu is also the co-founder of cleanacwa, which is a non-profit working in underdeveloped communities in Ghana to make sure that water and sanitation, basic human rights, are provided
Recognized Forbes Top 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in Africa 2015 Sangu has received many accolades over the years Euromoney’s African Rising Star, Future Awards Africa’s Young African of the Year, Forbes Top 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in Africa 2014, Time/Bentley Tomorrow25 Future Leaders Award, and Face2Face Young African Committed to Excellence Award African Leadership Awards – 2015 Social Innovation Leadership Award
He is also TEDx Global Fellow with a TEDx talk at over 750,000 views currently.
Nana Aba Anamoah is a blend of a Producer, News Reporter, Mother, Mentor and Public Speaker – qualities and roles that have made her a reference point of several young and aspiring Broadcast Journalists in Ghana.
With over a decade’s experience in Television, she has carefully sculpted the media landscape to become a place where she carries a torch that can hardly be blown out. Many are almost always pleasantly surprised that she has an educational background in Finance and not Media and Communications. Her finance background, it is believed arms her with wit and mental calculation albeit with words on TV shows.
In 2004, she won the national TV Personality of the Year and News Anchor of the year. 2005, 2006 and 2012 brought her the News Anchor of the year. The Ghana Journalist Association awarded her the TV News reporter of the Year in 2007. Her passion in life is obvious in her projects, daily activities and engagements – Politics, Sports and Social issues. Nana Aba is a single mother of one – a role she holds in high esteem.
With a career that spans six decades, it is a travesty that for most of his career his work was not widely known. In his street and studio photography he represents societies in transition: Ghana moving toward Independence, and London becoming a multicultural metropolis. Moreover the legendary James Barnor is credited with introducing colour processing to Ghana!
His photographs have been collated by the London-based charity Autograph ABP during a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in 2011 became part of the new Archive and the Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography. In 2011, Mr Barnor was honoured with a GUBA (Ghana UK-Based Achievement) special “Lifetime Achievement” award. On receiving it, he revealed that it was the first award he had ever been given.
Barnor had work included in the show Another London: International Photographers Capture London Life 1930–1980 at Tate Britain in August 2012, with his 1967 photograph of BBC World Service reporter “Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London” featuring on the cover of the catalogue. His photographs are represented in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate and Government Art Collection in the UK, as well as in numerous international private collections. A true pioneer and living legend, Mr Barnor’s knowledge of Ghana’s past and his enthusiasm for its future makes him an exemplary patron.