Albert Katako is currently the Head of Programmes at Civic Response. He is a Community-Based Natural Resource Management Specialist with over 20 years experience in working with rural communities and creating awareness on rights and responsibilities. Albert has worked with about 25 communities in Ghana to develop simple Community-Based Land Administration processes which provides security of land tenure to tenant farmers. He has also developed models for Community-Based Natural Resource Management and Community Action Planning to feed into District Assemblies local development plans. He is experienced in developing and managing partnerships, projects and programmes, and organisations. He is knowledgeable in civil society issues and very strong in strategic thinking and planning. Experienced in developing coalitions, networking, and managing networks Albert represents Forest Watch Ghana on Ghana’s VPA Multi Stakeholder Implementation Committee.
John Kwadwo Owusu has been the Executive Director for Environmental Protection Association of Ghana (EPAG) since 1983. He received training in basic environmental education in the UK and management of NGOs in Swaziland, Southern Africa. John has held positions in some leading networks in Ghana and managed some NGOs for the past 25 years.
Mary Ama Kudom-Agyemang is an ace environmental journalist with a professional career spanning over 20 years as a radio broadcast journalist and writer, who has won numerous awards for her coverage of Ghana’s environmental problems. These include the Ghana Journalist Association’s Best Radio Reporter, Ministry of Environment Science and Technology’s Environmental Journalist of the Year, and a travel grant for winning a World Bank Media Competition for a reportage on water.
She also works as a media trainer and consultant and has provided services to clients including UNICEF Ghana, United Nations University and USAID/Ghana Feed the Future Agricultural Policy Support Project, Japanese Government/UNDP/ICFJ Media Capacity Development Project of the Africa Adaptation Project, Forestry Commission, the Ghana Country Water Partnership through the Water Resources Commission, National Biosafety Authority, Connect Ghana Project and Friends of the Earth Ghana.
She is based in Accra and is columnist for The Business & Financial Times, and The Finder. Additionally, she is the Ghana correspondent for the online newspaper EnviroNews Nigeria. For 13 years, she worked with the Radio News Division of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), where she helped established an Environment Desk.