He is currently a Law Lecturer at the GIMPA Law School. He is also the Managing Consultant for Human Solutions Consulting, a private human rights, law and development firm. He is also a Consultant to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana on human rights. He has held positions as an assistant State Attorney for national service at the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ghana. He worked in private legal practice with Binewoatsor and Associates, a private law firm in Accra. Between June 2003 and Dec. 2010, he was the Legal Officer, Director of Legal Services, Associate Executive Director and Executive Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), Ghana, a non-governmental organization. He led the LRC to promote and strengthen parliamentary processes in Ghana through the preparation of Civic Input into bills, Tracking of Bills and Regulations, Research and Collaboration and the Partial Support to Private Member Bills.
In 2009, Mr. Amuzu was one of three Consultants for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana, evaluating the access to justice projects executed by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Legal Aid Scheme, the Judicial Service, the Prisons Service and the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Mr. Amuzu also served as a Consultant to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2006 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on human rights and human trafficking issues in 2005. He has led several legal teams to pursue human rights cases in courts in Ghana. In 2008, he served as legal counsel for over 630 Liberian Refugee women and children arrested by the Ministry of Interior in Ghana. He has led both in and out of court advocacy to respect voting rights of Ghanaian prisoners. He has represented clients at the Human Rights High Court, Accra litigating issues on administrative justice and the rights of local communities to participate in decisions affecting their health rights.
Mr. Amuzu has written several papers and concept notes on human rights and access to justice. He has also conducted training for different categories of actors in the human rights and access to justice fields. This includes Judges of the Superior Court of Judicature, law enforcement personnel and members of parliament.
Dr. Stapenhurst is currently a Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development and at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada where he teaches international business courses. He is currently leading two SSHRC-funded research projects, one examining Public Financial Management in Francophone countries and the other setting up a global network of parliamentary budget offices. Under his leadership, McGill University, in collaboration with development partners, has launched a university-certified Internationsal Executive Development Program for Parliamentary Staff.
Before joining McGill University, Dr. Stapenhurst worked for the World Bank from 1995 to 2013 where he led the World Bank Institute’s Parliamentary Program. Dr. Stapenhurst is without doubt one of the global leaders in Parliamentary Development and has more than 50 publications on various aspects of parliamentary development to his credit.
Mr. Danladi Saaka is a Finance and Accounting professional with 15 years experience in financial management, investment appraisals, systems processes, strategic management decision making, risk management, financial modeling, and business support. He has demonstrated success in analyzing complex business issues in the public and private sectors to improve corporate profits and operational efficiencies. He also has experience in building finance functions during periods of institutional set-ups, growth, and reform.
His key competences include implementing and improving financial management processes in public and private corporations, Government agencies, and Non-profit organizations. Very good business analysis, strong analytical skills in developing, implementing, and using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), financial review process, strong inter-personal relationships, and ability to negotiate and implement contract terms. His educational and professional qualifications are:
M.Sc. – (Finance & Accounting, De Mont Fort University, UK)
CA – (Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana)
CGA – (Certified General Accountants of Alberta, Canada)
ACCA – (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – UK)
Hon. Boucary AbouSoule Adam is an economist with over 20 years experience working in the fields of public finance, parliamentary development, institutional capacity development, gender budgeting and gender issues, anticorruption, community development and outreach, Parliament-Civil Society engagement, public policy evaluation, conflict prevention and mitigation. He has served as a Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the President in Benin as a Public Financial Management Expert. He has also served as a Parliamentarian (2 terms) in the Benin National Assembly and was the Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition, he served two terms as an MP in CIP-UEMOA.
His latest engagement before joining ACEPA was with the Parliamentary Centre, where he led the Francophone component of the Centre’s Africa Parliamentary Strengthening Program for Budget Oversight – a five-year program that supported seven African Parliaments. His professional/educational background is as listed below:
- Speciality degree on Structural adjustment and economic forecasts (1990 at Institut Internationale d’Administration Publique Paris)
- Post graduate diploma in International development economy with honours (1987 at Université de Paris 1 – IEDES)
- Masters degree in Economics (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies at Université de Picardie Amiens in France in 1987)
- Maîtrise en droit at Université Nationale du Bénin in 1983
Mr. Ohene Effah has served as a Strategic Governance Adviser to STAR-Ghana, a multi- donor pooled funding mechanism (Funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID) to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery. He has led the design and implementation of a number of donor-funded programmes including £6.3million electoral support programme in 2012; £9.5million support programme for oil and gas impacted communities in the Western region of Ghana, aimed at local economic development of the nascent oil-producing region of Ghana; a £900,000 electoral support project for the UK’s electoral support for Ghana in 2008 as well as anti-corruption and deepening democracy programmes. He has facilitated over 300 public and implant seminars and workshops for private and public organizations such as Ghana’s Parliament, Environmental Protection Agency, AMSCO, British Council, UT Bank, ADB etc.
Mr. Ohene Effah holds an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana.