Meet Executive Council Members

Professor/Dr. Colin J. Coulson-Thomas,
CHANCELLOR/CHAIRMAN

MSc. (London), DPA (London), PG Dip. Film Studies (CNAA), MSc. (Econ.) (London), MA (CNAA), MA (Southern California), MPA (South Africa), PhD (Aston), FCA, PQ Cert. MIS, FCCA, FCIS, Dip. M, FCIM, FMS, FCMI, Dip. CAM, FCIPR, FCIPD, FIKE, FAIA (Hon.), FRSA, FRGS

Professor/Dr. Colin J. Coulson-Thomas is an experienced chairman of award winning companies and vision holder of successful transformation programmes. Following an early career in marketing, communications and corporate affairs and as an Editor, Publisher and Publishing Director with general management responsibility for over fifty periodicals, for over thirty years Colin has held a portfolio of corporate board appointments and public body appointments at local, regional and national level, including as board member, Director, Governor, Deputy Chairman, Acting Chairman, Chairman, Audit and Governance Chair and as chair of a statutory committee. During this time he has also served on committees and governing bodies of several professional bodies, including as a committee and governing council Chairman and President. In addition he has had roles with charities, including as Trustee, Treasurer, Deputy Chairman and Risk and Audit Chair and been a member of the council of think tanks, including as Chairman and President, Chairman of a parliamentary liaison programme and a council member of an all-party parliamentary committee.

Colin is an international authority on director, board and business development, corporate communication, learning and transformation, and change, knowledge and talent management. He has held professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India and China. Since being the world’s first professor of corporate transformation he has been a professor of competitiveness, direction and leadership, human resources and organisational behaviour and international relations. His other appointments with business schools and universities, include periods as an external examiner and as a Director, Dean of faculty, Director of Corporate and Executive Programmes and head of a university campus. He has also served on the editorial boards of academic and professional journals and been the media spokesman of national and international bodies and an Ambassador of public, voluntary and professional bodies. Colin has led European and international initiatives, and has served as a judge for awards at national and international level in a number of areas, including as Chairman of the panel of judges.

Colin advises corporate, public and national bodies. He has helped directors in over forty countries to improve director, board and corporate performance. The author of some seventy books and reports, over sixty book chapters and over 1,000 articles, he is a regular speaker at major corporate events and a speaker and provider of theme papers at international conferences, conventions, congresses and summits. He has contributed plenary addresses to over 300 national and international events. He has led over 20 investigations to identify critical success factors for key corporate activities and quicker, more affordable and less disruptive routes to high performance organisations, and has undertaken surveys of entrepreneurial and boardroom issues, attitudes and practice for various professional bodies, Government departments and the National Health Service.

Colin was educated at the London School of Economics (Trevennon Exhibitioner), London Business School, EAESP – Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brasilian Government Scholar), Goldsmiths College and the Universities of Aston, Chicago (Deans List), South Africa and Southern California (Graduate School Distinction). He is a fellow of seven chartered bodies. He obtained first place prizes in the final examinations of three professions and a Change Agent and Transformation Leader Award. He was also awarded a Meritorious Service Medal of the Order of St Lazarus of whose England and Wales jurisdiction he is a former Secretary-General, Chancellor, Bailiff and Executive Committee Chair and, as Bailiff Emeritus, whose international governance initiative he now leads.

Rev. Prof. E. H. Ofori-Amankwah
Rev. Prof. E. H. Ofori-Amankwah, a professor of law of many years standing, has lectured in many universities in Nigeria and here in Ghana. He is the foundation Dean of Law, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2003-2008; and of Wisconsin International University, North Legon, Accra. He is currently the Dean of Central University Faculty of Law, Accra.
He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel in the Lord’s Pentecostal Church. Alongside his ministerial and other duties, he has been on Ghana’s General Legal Council for quite some time.
He serves on the Executive Council to steer us in the right direction with regards to the administration and management of the School especially in ensuring that the interests of our stakeholders (donors, learners and alumni) are protected.

Professor Dr. Indurlall Fagoonee (ex-officio member)
MS [Miami, USA], PhD [Paris, France], CBiol, FIBiol., FLS, FRES, FMAST, FMIM, FMIOD, UNCLCS

Professor Dr Indurlall Fagoonee is the Principal academic and administrative officer of the School. Duties involve providing overall leadership, direction and control in all academic areas; directing faculty – administrators in the evaluation and review of academic programs and curriculum development; implementing Council policies and procedures relating to academic programs; exercising seasoned judgment in determining the means, methods and resources necessary to achieve academic goals and objectives; overseeing faculty appointments, promotion and tenure recommendations, recommending budget proposals for academic related programs; allocating and reallocating funds and resources.

Accomplished Executive with domestic and international experience at strategic level, Dr Indurlall FAGOONEE has been the former Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive/Rector) of the University of Mauritius. Result- oriented, decisive leader with proven track record in encouraging FDI into Mauritius as one of the Directors of the Board of Investment and promoting regional co-operation as Chairman of the COMESA Regional Investment Agency. Set up Multidisciplinary Centres of Excellence in some 10 key economic and other critical sectors, as well as innovative centres, departments and new governance bodies and Trusts in emerging fields of R & D, at the University of Mauritius. Adviser to the Government and Consultant with national and United Nations and other regional (e.g. COMESA,Indian Ocean Commission and international organizations. Elevated by the French government to the rank of Chevalier des Palmes Academiques for promoting franco-mauritian higher education. Excelled in dynamic, demanding environments while maintaining pragmatism and focus. Recognised by private sector and made Fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and Honorary Fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Management for good governance, leadership skills, community outreach and close linkages with them.

Christian Obeng Boadi (ex-officio member)
Christian Obeng Boadi is the Founder and Chief Operations Officer of the School. His main responsibility is to ensure that activities of officers are in line with and contribute to achievement of the vision and mission of the school. He is also to ensure that resources are made available to all departments to ensure smooth running of the business of the School.

He holds Professional Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. At the age of 24, Christian started his own media agency which specialized in advertising, media buying and Television productions. He has been self-employed since age 24 and now he is the founder of three educational institutions, namely, the School for the Creative Arts (SCA), Accra International School of Advertising and Design (AiSAD) and Saturday High (SH).

Jocelyn Shaw Scharrer
Jocelyn started her writing career as a journalist on the Daily Dispatch in East London, South Africa, at the age of twenty two, writing editorials mainly of women’s interest. After a year she was appointed Feature Editor a post she occupied for three years.

She married and lived in Amsterdam for four years, before returning to South Africa. She started work in advertising as a copywriter, and within four years was the first woman in South Africa to be appointed Creative Director and Board member of an advertising agency. The agency at the time was called Ogilvy VZ, now Ogilvy’s and was the largest agency of its time in the country. Jocelyn personally knew the great advertising guru David Ogilvy who was the company’s Chairman.

After five years she was offered the position of Creative Director of BBDO South Africa and board member. She accepted this post because of its potential and while Jocelyn was there, BBDO overtook Ogilvy VZ to become the largest advertising agency in the country. Jocelyn had a creative staff reporting to her of over 300 people and sat on the boards of six companies.

Jocelyn has spent time working at Ogilvy’s London and New York and BBDO in New York to gain broader experience.
She remarried in 1984 and resigned to form her own company Scharrer Advertising, which soon grew into a multi-million agency.
Jocelyn has won number awards for her creative work including New York Advertising Festival Grand Prix for best radio campaign, several New York Advertising Festival Bronze Awards for print. She has also won a Cannes award, several Clios, One Show, and other local and international awards. In South Africa she has won two of its most premier awards – the Loerie Grand Prix, one for television and one for Print. She has also won numerous Loerie Gold and Silver Awards across all media.

Jocelyn serves as a committee member of the Advertising Standards Authority Tribunal of South Africa, and has served on this committee for some twenty years. She was also for many years a Committee member of the Advertising Communication Association (ACA) of South Africa.
Her book THE JOURNALIST was published by amazon.com early in 2015 and is her first book. The book is about her great aunt Flora Shaw (Lady Lugard) who was the world’s first international woman journalist and the Colonial Editor of The Times of London. Flora Shaw led a remarkable life and did much to help her husband Sir Frederick Lugard when he was Governor of Hong Kong and Nigeria – the state he was responsible for founding.

Mr. Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo – Representative of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI)
The Association of Ghana Industries is represented on the Executive Council by Mr. Tsonam Akpeloo, a member of the Association. The School stands to benefit from his wide experience of the sector which is called to perform ever better for the prosperity of Ghana. He will be the interface of the School and the industry patrons, thus guiding the School in delivering relevant contemporary industry demands in preparing the industry of the future.

Tsonam Cleanse Akeploo is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Multi-award winning, company; Techcom Visions limited –a leading technology solutions company in Ghana with clients in over six countries. Techcom Visions which emerged winner among other awards as the Young Enterprise Company of the Year, created eDuBoost to build world-class IT facilities for schools in Ghana. He is currently the Chairman for Greater Accra Region for the Association Ghana Industries (AGI)-Ghana’s leading voice of industry.

Tsonam was the Co-coordinator of the My Vision Project (MVP) under the auspices of the Databank Foundation and the British Council. He was also the Executive Producer of My Vision Project TV series; the first entrepreneurial TV pseudo reality show in west-Africa.

He chaired the technical committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Abuja responsible for the development of an E-commerce platform on ECOBIZ for the west-African Sub-region.
He is a Global Shaper and the Founding Curator of the Ho Hub of the Global Shapers Council of the World Economic Forum.He is a champion and an Executive of Africa 2.0 Ghana chapter. Tsonam also serves as a Champion for the Innovation Prize for Africa in Ghana.

In 2014, he became the youngest ever elected honorable member of Africa Union’s (AU) Economic, Social and the Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), where he has responsibility over youth and Agenda 2063. He has been appointed by the head of the ECOSOCC organ as the AU ECOSOCC Youth Advisor.

He is on the National Board of the Ghana Construction Machinery Mechanics Training Institute (CMMTI) of the NVTI, and the Ghana Maritime Academy FAL Convention International Board. He was featured in a documentary on CNN sponsored by the Mayor of the city of Atlanta on the business relations between Africa and the USA.

He is a Mandela Washington Fellow where he received President Obama’s grant Prize for young African Leaders. In 2014, he received African’s Top 35 under 35 CEOs Achievement Awards. He was awarded the Africa’s Young Visionary Entrepreneur Award in 2013 by the African Leadership Magazine-UK.

In 2012, he received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award by the UNDP sponsored Youth Impacts Ghana Awards (YIGA)

An alumnus of the African Liberty Academy and Diplo Foundation, he received his Business and Entrepreneurship training certificate at the Clark Atlanta University Business School, in Atlanta, USA. Tsonam completed the Stanford SEED Programme of Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds masters in Economic Policy Management (EPM) and aBA in Economics and Political Science both at the University of Ghana, legon. He had a post-graduate education in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Ghana Technology University. He also received part of his education in Jungian Psychology from institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Gavle University, Sweden. In addition, He has a Diploma in Financial Management from CIM-UK.

Professor Mike Saks, Academic Advisor to the Executive Council
BA, MA, PhD, FIoD, FIKE, FRCCM, FRSA

Professor Mike Saks is a Research Professor at the University of Suffolk and Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln, University of London, and the University of St Mark and St John in the UK, as well as the University of Toronto in Canada – having previously held a Visiting Chair in Sociology at the University of Essex. He studied for his doctorate in Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he also taught, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Knowledge Exchange, the Research Council of Complementary Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. He was Provost and Chief Executive at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), Senior Pro Vice Chancellor/Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and Dean of Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University – following his contribution to the Schools of Business, Law, Public Administration and Social Sciences there. He is currently on the Board of Rose Bruford International College of Theatre and Performance in London – and was on the Executive of the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia, which owned UCS.

Professor Saks has published extensively on health, professions, regulation and research methods. He has given many keynote presentations at international conferences – a number of which he has co-organised. He has also produced numerous high profile journal articles/chapters, as well as fifteen edited and single authored books with top publishers, recently including Rethinking Professional Governance(2008), Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2013), The Professions, State and the Market (2015) and Professions and Metaphors: Understanding Professions in Society (2016). His work spans the social sciences, from politics and social policy to sociology.In parallel with his long and successful academic career in universities – most recently helping to gain Teaching Degree Awarding Powers this year at Rose Bruford College,which has some of the highest student satisfaction rates in the sector– Mike Saks has a strong enterprise profile. He is a member of the Innovation Council, along with many Chief Executives of major multinational corporations. He has also been a chair/member of numerous NHS committees at all levels. He has formally advised the UK Departments of Health and professional bodies, including the General Medical Council and the General Social Care Council, on regulationand been Chair of the UK Human Tissue Bank and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.

Internationally, he has received research funding for studies ranging from the changing attitudes of physicians with the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow to care in the community with the University of Toronto. In 2013 he was a co-chair and speaker at the International Humanitarian Conference in Azerbaijan, with 14 Nobel Prize winners and 8 Heads of State, and gave the annual Distinguished Professor lecture at Arizona State University in the USA. In 2014, he advised the Canadian government on health policy, receiving the Best Brains Exchange Award from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2015 he was invited by the Vice Provost (Academic) to the University of California in the USA to discuss with university leaders health and educational governance. In 2016 he was an academic visitor to Wuhan University (a top five university in China) sponsored by the Chinese government. He was also until recently the President/Vice President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Professional Groups, and is a current member of the Board of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on the Sociology of Health and the Editorial/Advisory Board of a number of international journals.