Award Committee

The African Youth SDGs Achievers Awards are carefully managed to guard the credibility and ensure its sustainability. A committee of professionals drawn from different sectors will be appointed to provide oversight over the awards process. The Awards committee are eminent professionals comprising of the UN System, Government, Diplomatic Missions, Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations. The 2018 Awards Committee members are:

  • Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi
    Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi
  • Ms Lucy Akua Kyerede Quainoo
    Ms Lucy Akua Kyerede Quainoo
  • Sylvia Senu
    Sylvia Senu
  • Emmanuel Marfo
    Emmanuel Marfo
Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi

Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi is a philanthropist, international keynote speaker, and an author who has dedicated his life to youth development.

He was the winner of the Foundation Philanthropist of the Year 2017 award at the National Philanthropy Awards; the winner of the prestigious SME Ghana High Impact Personality Award in 2016; the winner of the African Youth Special Recognitions Award in 2016, and was voted by the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition of Ghana (YPYC) in 2015 as the Young Professional Role Model in youth development and empowerment. For three consecutive years, he has been shortlisted as one of 30 Heroes of Change by the MTN Ghana Foundation.

He serves as Executive President of the Osei-Kusi Foundation, which is an award- winning foundation providing mentoring, coaching, scholarships, leadership and rural outreaches to support the youth population in Africa. He is the Chancellor of GH Media School, Chairman of the African Youth Philanthropy Forum of Ghana, and a member of the Institute of Directors, Ghana.

He has a spontaneous gift and flair with young people, which together create an unforgettable experience for his audience, all of whom he encourages to rise to their full potential. For more than two decades, he has been involved in the training and raising of hundreds of leaders through leadership seminars, training programmes and one-to-one coaching, as well as through his personal development books.

Dr Osei-Kusi travels internationally as a keynote speaker. He has authored 18 books and is a regular guest on television and radio talk shows.

He lives in Accra, Ghana, and is happily married to Jackie with four lively children.

Ms Lucy Akua Kyerede Quainoo

Ms Lucy Akua Kyerede Quainoo is a Management Consultant with a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and a double Masters in International Business. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Management, Finance Option at Walden Unversity,USA. With over 15years experience in the Development Sector, she combines consulting with Advocacy work. She is a Global Goals Advocate and the Focal Point Recruitment Volunteer for EBAFOSA, Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly – EBAFOSA-Ghana.

Her expertise lies in blending, Entreprenuership skills with Marketing, Business Development and Finance in a beautiful fusion where Development meets Business Management Services. In this sector, she provides her skills along several MSME Value chains- completing the cycle with International Business and Trade opportunities worldwide. She has worked with Clients such as the World Bank, USAID, UNDP,Barclays Bank,AfDB, Farmer Cooperatives,Multinationals like Vodafone, MTN and Government of Ghana Agencies like Ghana Highway Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Econimic Planning.

She is the Co-Founder of a number of organisations including Agribusiness Value chain Federation , Ghana, Shea Naturals.

Sylvia Senu

Sylvia is a passionate youth advocate with a desire to be part of the solution to the myriad of challenges that face the world. She is an active citizen who works to identify community problems and design targeted solutions to create positive impact.

She has extensive experience in research and development work. Her work experience with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has presented her opportunities to build her capacity and contribute in the areas of Planning, Policy, Research, Advocacy, Extractives, Effective Development Cooperation and Youth.

She has made technical inputs into Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Reports, Human Development Reports (HDRs), Development Frameworks, African Economic Outlook (AEO), Project Evaluation Reports and publications bordering on Macro-Economic and Human Development.

She has facilitated National and Sub-national Consultations on how to effectively implement (localize) the Sustainable Development Goals and has advocated the SDGs on a number of platforms.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Rostov State Economic University, in the Russian Federation and currently works as an Economic Analyst with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

She is a Christian and believes “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life”.

Emmanuel Marfo

Emmanuel Marfo is a social entrepreneur and a philanthropist with a passionate commitment to helping empower youth and young innovators through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainable project development. He is a youth mentor and coach. He is the Founder of the Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF), a youth philanthropy and social entrepreneurship network that supports innovative young people and community-driven development efforts and promotes sustainable community development through capacity building, network building, social investment and grant-making. He has been a workshop leader and mentor for UNEP’s TUNZA Children and Youth Conference and the coordinator at the 4th African Youth and Governance Conference.

He was a representative at the 4th World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent and joined the 2nd, 3rd and 5th African Youth and Governance Conference. He is also a co-founder of Phinklife Institute, a social enterprise that focuses on next generation of social entrepreneurs in Africa and diaspora. The Institute works to create sustainable economic and social entrepreneurship and personal development opportunities for young social entrepreneurs through innovations, start-up supports and incubation. Emmanuel has a BA in Publishing Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds diplomas in Public Relations and Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management (UK). He holds a certificate as a Project Management Professional. He is pursuing his Master’s degree programme in Development Management. He is the co-chair and convener of the African Youth in Philanthropy Conference and sits on the IDEAS for Us board, serving as African Regional Director. Emmanuel is currently a secretary of the Rural and Urban Development Committee of the Millennium Excellence Awards which honours Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize(LAAP) Laureates. The accolade celebrates the outstanding achievement and excellence of Ghanaians, Africans and citizens of the world who have sacrificed, toiled tirelessly and served the continent relentlessly to advance its socio-economic development.