Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, Associate Executive Director, Wacam
Hannah Owusu-Koranteng holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and policy, Professional Executive Master in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Diploma in Horticulture and a Certificate in General Agriculture. Hannah Owusu-Koranteng began her public life career with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for 18 years and held various positions. She left the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as a Subject Matter Specialist for Women in Agricultural Development, Ghana. She continued her career with the General Agricultural Workers Union of the Ghana Trades Union Congress from 1998 to 2003 as a Co-ordinator of Rural Agricultural Workers’ Project where she represented the TUC and served on committees including the Task Force on the Informal Sector for the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). She was a member of the Drafting Committee on Informal Economy and Decent Work at the 90th ILO meeting in Geneva (3rd-17th June 2002). She has facilitated many international and national level workshops.
She has played important roles in strengthening CSOs work in Ghana and abroad and served as a member of the Steering Committee of OECD Watch from 2004 to 2008. She served on the International Board of Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) from 2011-2013. She is a founding member of Wacam, which is a Human Rights and environmental mining advocacy NGO and had worked with Wacam as a Volunteer since its inception in the early 1990s. She took up a full time employment with Wacam in 2003 and is currently the Associate Executive Director of Wacam. She served as the Chairperson for Kasa Ghana Initiative for five years in addition to a number of NGO Boards in Ghana. She represents Civil Society on the Multi Stakeholder Group of Ghana EITI. Hannah has eleven published articles and books to her credit.
Hannah has received three awards namely:
- First Prize of the Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize of the Writers Project of Ghana for 2020
- “Right the Wrong” International Award of Oxfam America for promoting the leadership of women in communities affected by mining in Ghana, mentoring new female leaders and being a voice for the marginalised (March 2015)
- Award by the Federation of Environmental Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2014 for safeguarding the environment.
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