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Charlotte Boaitey

Charlotte Boaitey is legal practitioner with over 36 years of experience in the profession. She attended Aburi Girls' Secondary School, after which she obtained her LLB degree from University of London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Middle Temple in 1976. She also has an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

She was the Consultant Anthropologist to the ITV series on the Disappearing World: Ashanti Market Women screened in the 1980s. Charlotte started her law practice as Barrister in 1982 at 12 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn, and was later appointed the Head of Chambers in 1986. Her legal practice has been mainly in Criminal Law and Human Rights Law. In 2004, she was appointed a Part -time Tribunal Judge for Mental Health and retired after 13 years in 2014. She continues to be the Head of Chambers at 12 Old Square Chambers. She also served as an assistant Boundary Commissioner for the Boundary Commission for England and Wales.

Charlotte has shared her knowledge and expertise with the younger generation of Ghanaians, and has enabled many Ghanaians to enter the Bar of England and Wales, by offering them the opportunity to train as Barristers in her Chambers. What brings her joy in her profession is a successful day in court winning a case for a satisfied client.


Dr Prospera Tedam

Dr (Mrs) Prospera Sorviel Tedam was born in Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana on July 29th 1972 to the late Rear Admiral Chemogoh Kevin Dzang and Mrs Emelia Dzang. After primary school in Canberra, Australia, Prospera attended St Francis Girls Secondary School in Jirapa and Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School in Takoradi for her O and A levels respectively.

She qualified with a BA (Hons) In Social Work from the University of Ghana in 1996 and MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, MA in Child Care Law and Practice from Keele University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Northampton. Dr Tedam is the Academic Lead for Social Work Practice Quality at Anglia Ruskin University and a Professional Child Safeguarding Advisor to the Minister of Immigration, Home Office, UK.

Prior to this she was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Northampton for over 10 years. Her specialist area is the impact of culture and cultural practices on child welfare and protection. She has published extensively in this area and is currently in the process of setting up the Centre for Child Protection in Ghana where she plans to deliver a range of child protection services. Prospera is involved in a number of community and professional groups and has supported a range of charitable causes in the UK and Ghana. She is married to Joshua and has two sons, Joel and Kevin.


Hephzi Angela Naa Ameley Tagoe

Hephzi Tagoe is Research Scientist who has established herself in the field of science education, research and communication. She possesses a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical science, a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical science and a PhD in skin biology. She worked as a research assistant with a biotech company in Cambridge after obtaining her Bachelor's degree and went on to work for two other scientific companies, while juggling with management studies in between, before moving into academia in 2014 to study for her PhD.

She is passionate about educating the younger generation using her experiences as a woman in science and as a foreigner navigating a new environment and the lessons she learnt along the way. After her Masters degree, she volunteered with a UK science charity for 4 months which was her entry into science communication and science journalism. She is now a professional science communicator and science writer and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. In 2016, the Royal Society of Biology honoured her with a science communication award.

She has since secured several grants to run various science outreach and public engagement with science projects both in Ghana and the UK. Hephzi has taken a bold step towards her profession by leaving her research career of about 10 years to work as a science communication consultant and to set up her science education business and also continue running her charity.


Poku Osei

Poku Pipim Osei is a UK based Ghanaian entrepreneur who holds a BSc in Psychology with Political Science and MSc in Business Management. He is also a Fellow at The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Fellow - Common Purpose Senior Leadership Programme (Meridian).

Poku Osei is the Founder and current CEO of the youth social enterprise called Babbasa based in Bristol. Babbasa was set up to primarily support less advantaged young people from inner city Bristol to pursue their professional ambitions. This was after he recognized the need and desperation of young people that he engaged with, to overcome educational under-achievement, unemployment and lack of aspiration.

Prior to setting up Babbasa, Poku Osei's professional experiences had been in the private sector - mainly in Real Estate & Property Management. Poku Osei offers his time, knowledge and influence to support varied humanitarian causes in the Southwest Region and Bristol as a city. This include acting as: Non-Executive Director of Bristol Community Health; Charity Trustee (Black Southwest Network, Up Our Street and Voscur); and Commissioner (St Paul Carnival Mayor's Commission 2016 and Mayors Education & Skills Commission 2014).

His organisation, Babbasa, supports young Ghanaians, alongside other young people in Bristol from mostly ethnically diverse communities, to pursue their professional ambitions each year. He took a bold step in his career by leving a paid job to setup Babbasa with no startup investment.