Register now for Africa Liberty Forum, June 9-10, 2016 in Accra, Ghana. 

The Africa Liberty Forum brings together friends of the freedom movement across Africa to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms.

You will learn from distinguished speakers and participate in interactive sessions to strengthen civil society efforts to move public policy in the direction of greater freedom. At the closing dinner, Atlas Network will announce the winners of its Regional Liberty Awards, which celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners.    

Africa Liberty Forum will kick off in the evening on Thursday, June 9, and will continue all day on Friday, June 10, at the Mensvic Hotel. The Africa Liberty Forum closing dinner will take place in the evening of Friday, June 10, at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. Transportation will be provided from the Mensvic Hotel to the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel for the closing dinner.

To register paying in Ghanaian Cedi, please contact Josephine at The GHC 300 registration fee is for the Africa Liberty Forum and the Africa Liberty Forum closing dinner. As a bonus, participants can attend the 2016 Students and Young Professionals African Liberty Academy (SYPALA).  

Africa Intermediate Think Tank Training

Atlas Network's Africa Intermediate Think Tank Training will be hosted June 11-13, 2016, immediately following the Africa Liberty Forum. Participants will receive a scholarship, including travel, registration, and hotel for the duration of the program and upon completion of the training participants will earn two credits towards graduation from Atlas Leadership Academy. This training is designed to help exisitng think tanks deepn their skills and develop plans for future growth. 


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6:00 p.m. Welcoming reception with remarks by Franklin Cudjoe, founding  president and CEO of IMANI Center for Policy and Education  
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Africa's Prosperous Future: Challenges to Entrepreneurship and Poverty, Inc. Screening  
  During this session there will be a special screening of Poverty, Inc. followed by a Q&A discussion.    
  Moderator: Franklin Cudjoe (IMANI Center for Policy and Education)  
  • Brian Conklin (United States Agency for International Development)
  • Herman Chinery-Hesse (theSOFTtribe Ltd)
  • Awurabena Okrah (Winglow Clothes and Textiles Limited)
  • Gordon Kwesi Adomdza  (Ashesi University)
  Friday, June 10, 2016  
8:45 a.m. Are religious differences, poverty, or unemployment courting insecurity in Africa?  
  Moderator: Mike Rotich (Eastern Africa Policy Centre)  
  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kwesi Aning (Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping   
                                   Training Centre)  
9:55 a.m. Who is slowing integration? African leaders or their citizens? Should  
  we integrate regionally before attempting a continental Free Trade Area?  
  Speaker: Mr. Patrick Stephenson  
  Discussant: Mr. Nkunimdini Asante-Antwi  
11:00 a.m. Falling Oil Prices: Is this the new natural resource a curse?   
  Speaker: Dr. Ishmael Ackah (Africa Centre for Energy Policy)  
  • Mr. Nkunimdini Asante-Antwi
  • Mr. Kofi Boahen
12:00 p.m. Lunch Session  
  2016 Africa Liberty Award finalists will present their projects and discuss lessons learned, advice, and other practical lessons for think tanks. The three finalists for the Africa Liberty Award are IMANI Center for Policy and Education, Chevaunchee Foundation, and African Students for Liberty.  
  • Mr. Aboagye Mintah (IMANI Center for Policy and Education)
  • Mr. Nathan Tjirmuje (Chevauchee Foundation)
  • Mr. Mayowa Okediran (African Students for Liberty)
1:10 p.m. The Afrocentric Obama - Insights into Dr. Etse Sikanku’s upcoming book   
  Speaker: Dr. Etse Sikanku  
2:00 p.m. Presidential Term Limits in Africa: Are they the new limits to our democracy?  
  Speaker: Kofi Bentil Esq.  
3:00 p.m. Fundrasing Tips for Growth  
  Moderator: Elisa Martins (Atlas Network, USA)  
  • Pilirani Banda (Center for Free Market Enterprise)
  • Isadore Kpotufe (IMANI Center for Policy and Education)
  • Chofor Che (Central African Centre for Libertarian Thought and Action)
6:00 p.m. Closing Dinner at La Palm Royal Beach  
  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi (CEO, Tropical Cables & Conductors Ltd & IMANI Board Member)  
  Additional Speakers: Ace Ankomah Esq. (Managing Partner Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah)  

The Africa Liberty Forum closing dinner will feature the announcement of the winner of the Africa Liberty Award and a keynote speech by Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi. Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi will speak on the theme of "Free enterprise and the evolution of economic development in Africa." 

There will also be a cultural display by the Ghana Dance Ensemble.

  Shuttle transportation will be provided between the Mensvic hotel and La Palm Royal Beach.  


Ishmael Ackah is the Head of Policy Unit and Energy Policy Advisor at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). He taught Petroleum Production and Economics at Central University College (Executive Management certificate programme) and has worked as an Environmental Auditor at the University of Portsmouth. 

Ishmael is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Energy Economics and Policy at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He holds M.Sc. in Energy Economics and Policy from the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK and a B.Sc. in Marketing from the University of Professional Studies, Accra Ghana.

Dr. Gordon Kwesi Adomdza, Senior Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Ashesi University and Visiting Professor at CEIBS Africa. Most recently Gordon was an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.

Dr. Adomdza teaches courses that use design-thinking in the development of innovative new idea concepts and business models. He developed his design-thinking curriculum in collaboration with Continuum Innovation, inventors of the Swiffer.  At Ashesi, Gordon teaches design thinking across the freshman cohorts and at CEIBS Africa, Gordon teaches design thinking through knowledge brokering to executive MBA students. He also teaches new venture creation in entrepreneurship, using the lean start-up methodology in a simulation of the start-up process and a soft-launch to validate the ideas. Further, his pedagogical philosophy of experiential entrepreneurship contributed to his role as the faculty advisor in helping build one of the most visible entrepreneurship clubs in the USA, the Northeastern Entrepreneurs Club,, from 18 to 1500 members in 5 years. He is currently spearheading the student-led Ashesi Venture Accelerator and leading the Ashesi Design Lab. 

Outside of this regular work schedule, he is also involved in developing an incubation program for different levels of entrepreneurs in the Hopeline Institute to empower thousands of marginalized but emerging entrepreneurs. 

Dr. Emmanuel Kwesi Aning was born on 22nd April, 1962. He attended the University of Ghana and completed with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honors Degree in 1986. He proceeded to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark for a Master of Philosophy (Cand. Phil ) in the 1990. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the same university in 1998.

Dr Aning has worked with a number of institutions prior to joining the KAIPTC and these have included:

  • The Governance Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs, Accra, Ghana  where he was Director from 15 July 2000 - 30 June 2001
  • African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as an Expert on Common African Defence and Security Policy & Counter-terrorism from 4 July 2005 - 2007
  • Center for Security Studies, Accra, Ghana as Senior Fellow from January 2005 – June 2005
  •  Legon Centre for International Affairs, (LECIA), University of Ghana; and Research Director, African Security Dialogue and Research, Accra from 1 July 2001 – January 2005
  • Visiting Professor, European Peace University, Stadtschleining, Austria from May – June 2003
  • Institute of Economic Affairs, Governance Unit, Accra, Ghana as Director from 15 July 2000 – 30 June 2001 

Ace Anan Ankomah is the Managing Partner and Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice group. He leads a strongly dedicated team of lawyers who are committed to excellence, diligence and hard work. He has 23 years’ experience in legal practice.

Aside his work as a lawyer, Ace manages the affairs of the firm assiduously, ensuring that every department is functioning for the continuous development of the firm and society. His skills as manager and administrator have jointly contributed towards the high rankings the firm has attained in both local and international circles.

Ace is a member of the Ghana Bar Association. He has served on the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, and as the Regional Vice-Chair for Europe/Middle East/Africa of the Lex Mundi Managing Partners Committee. He has also worked as the General Manager of the Data Centa Limited, a subsidiary of our firm. In addition, Ace has served on various boards and advisory committees nationwide.

Ace graduated from the University of Ghana in 1990 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B). After which he enrolled into the Ghana School of Law leaving with a Qualification Certificate in Law in 1992. From 1993-1994, he further pursued a Masters of Laws (LL.M) focusing on International Taxation at the Queen’s University in Canada. From the late 80’s to the millennium years Ace has taken up varied teaching and legal focused assignments whilst working with the University of Ghana, Legon and the Queens University, Canada where he has worked a research assistant and Lecturer.

Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse has been listed as one of the top 100 global thinkers by the US based publication, Foreign Policy Magazine. He and his companies have won numerous awards and accolades including the GUBA award in the UK, the Ghana Millennium Excellence Awards for IT, the Ghana Club 100 Award for the most innovative company, the “SMS App of the year” award, the Mobile World Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur in Information and Communication Technology and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University, the first and currently only African recipient of the award.

In 1991, Herman co-founded theSOFTtribe Ltd, one of the leading software houses in Africa. In 2008, he also co-founded Black Star Line S.A. an e-commerce company behind the novel “Sundiata” payment platform, pioneering e-payments and e-commerce to millions of rural Africans. His newest innovation is the forthcoming e-commerce platform web mall. His companies have collaborated to develop a number of award winning products such as Hei Julo!!! a low cost, mobile based, mass market security alert system for Africa.

He was placed 17 on the list of 20 Notable Black Innovators in Technology. Herman has been listed as one of Africa’s Top 20 Tech Influences and also listed as one of 100 most influential Africans of our time.

Franklin Cudjoe is founding president and CEO of IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a think-tank which sets out to achieve its mission by  subjecting any government policy that is likely to have systematic implications for development to basic ‘value for money’, ‘due diligence’ and ‘rational choice’, ‘public choice’ and ‘vested interest’ analysis and then actively engage in public advocacy to publicize the results, with a view to promoting peace and prosperity through human flourishing.

Cudjoe was an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K., an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA  and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training programme. He has won two John Templeton Foundation awards for advancing the institutional foundations of the free society in 2006 and the inaugural Antony & Dorian Fisher $100,000 award for the most innovative and dynamic African think tank. 

Elisa Martins is Associate Director of Programs at Atlas Network. Originally from Brazil, Elisa joined Atlas Network in 2010 as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow. She was the winner of the VI Donald Stewart Jr. Award presented by Instituto Liberal (Atlas Network’s partner in Rio de Janeiro) in 2009 and worked closely with Atlas Network’s Portuguese language platform,, organizing freedom caravans and the first Brazilian freedom school in 2012. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria.

Temba Nolutshungu is the director of the Free Market Foundation in South Africa, recently a finalist for Atlas Network’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award. Nolutshungu leads FMF’s Khaya Lam (“My House”) land reform project, which helps victims of apartheid obtain legal title of their homes.

He is also chairman of the Langa Heritage Foundation and trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation, as well as several other bodies, including the Cape Town Carnival. He is a past director of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Langeberg Holdings Ltd.

His political background is rooted in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In the early 1970s he was a pioneer activist of the black consciousness movement. Nolutshungu's dedication to the overthrow of apartheid system was based on the fact that it was an omnipotent and all-embracing system which sought to limit and control every facet of black people’s lives, from the cradle to the grave. He was detained twice under the Terrorism and General Law Amendment Acts and kept in solitary confinement. The influence of his personal experiences is manifested in his writings and interventions in debates on public policy and generally fires his determination to contribute to the enhancement of the individual liberties of all people.  He visited America in 1995 as part of a delegation sponsored by the US – SA Leadership Exchange Programme. He went there again in 2003 as a member of the International Visitor Programme and in 2007 as member of a panel which addressed the New York State University.

Mrs. Awurabena Okrah is the Executive Director of Winglow Clothes and Textiles Limited. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Ghana and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cape Coast.

She started her career as a teacher at Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School and later at the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School (PRESEC) Legon. After teaching for ten (10) years, she joined OIC as a Student Services Manager, leaving after 5 years as Programme Manager.

She founded Winglow Clothes and Textiles Limited in 1985 and has since been the Chief Executive Officer. Her business was expanded to include the production of digitized embroidery in fabrics to innovate a unique product for the market using Ghanaian cultural symbols. In 2016 Awurabena opened Winglow Fashion Academy using innovation once more to design a syllabus to provide sewing skills in modular forms within a shorter time than traditional programs.

Due to her hard work and commitment to duty she has served on various boards including the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana, Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC), International Needs Ghana (INGH) and Opportunities Industrialization Center Ghana (OIC), among others. Mrs. Okrah is a consultant for the Fashion Industry.