A unique attribute of AAMI is the quality and diverse background of our Faculty who facilitate and/ or share their vast experiences with training participants:
Aaron Attefa Ampofo
Aaron Attefa Ampofo is the Managing Director of Meridian Agricultural Services; a private agribusiness consulting firm located in Accra Ghana. He has several years of working experience with organizations such as the German International Cooperation (GTZ), Afrique Link Ltd (a tomato processing company), The Trade and Investment Program for a Competitive Export Economy (TIPCEE), a USAID funded project. He has worked as a Senior Auditor for the Institute of Market Ecology (IMO); a Swiss based Certification Body (CB) and has had the opportunity to conduct audits and supply chain self-assessment verifications for several SME’s and large corporations across Africa. Between 2013 and 2015 Aaron joined the Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN) of the Rainforest Alliance working as Senior Associate for Africa with limited responsibility for Asia supporting with RA standard review; standard interpretation, training for certification bodies and other technical assistance for stakeholders.
After exiting SAN/RA, Aaron worked as an independent consultant providing technical assistance to several companies across African in the areas of certification preparation, providing business advisory services and helping with several research work around sustainable commodity sourcing in Africa. Aaron is a member of Global Shea Alliance Sustainability Team; A member of Ghana Ecological Organic Platform; Lead Consultant for MAS Certification & Sustainability Experts and a member of The International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR).
Aaron Attefa Ampofo
Wayne Dunn – a Canadian citizen – has over 25 years of senior-level global experience with Corporate Social Responsibility projects, including both strategic consulting and direct on-the-ground implementation, with industry experience in a diverse range of sectors including working on oil rigs, prospecting, diamond drilling, logging, commercial fishing, heavy equipment operator, farming, truck driver, trapper and underwater logging, and founded two start-ups among many other wide-ranging life experiences. Wayne’s career includes big successes, and spectacular failures. He has learned from both.
Dunn is President and Founder of the CSR Training Institute and a former Professor of Practice in CSR at McGill University. He’s a Stanford University Sloan Fellow with a M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His projects have won major international awards, been made into a Stanford Business School Case Study and used as a consultation best practice by Northern Ireland Ministerial Advisory Group. He is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer at major events worldwide, and publishes on CSR and strategy topics. As well, he is an acclaimed educator with extensive experience delivering CSR lectures and programs throughout Africa and globally.
Wayne is recognized globally as a CSR pioneer and a veteran of 25+ years and 70+ projects in the space where business meets society. His experience includes social and environmental sustainability work with industry, governments, NGOs, IFIs and multi-laterals, and directly with communities. His work encompasses the design, development, implementation, monitoring and management of CSR projects, CSR strategy and policy, as well as training and support for Executives, Boards and workers from all types of organizations, including governments. He has worked in over 35 countries and on every continent with extensive experience in Africa, North and South America.His acclaimed Certified Training Conferences© have trained hundreds of executives and leaders from industry, NGOs, government and international organizations around the world, including over 200 trained in Sub-Saharan Africa
Benjamin Coffie Alorzuke
Mr. Benjamin Coffie Alorzuke is a business development consultant and the Manager in charge of Business Advisory Services at CFY Partners in Ghana with presence in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
His outstanding expertise in Business Process Reengineering/Improvement (BPR/I) got him involved in projects for Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), African University College of Communication (AUCC) and the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo). He championed the documentation and redesigned of business processes and the development of process control manuals to aid IT consultants configure ERP systems procured by entities. Benjamin also consults on Public Financial Management (PFM) projects and programme for governments in West Africa and for developmental partners such as the World bank, DANIDA, DFID and the EU. He was the Regional Technical Advisor on Revenue Management for a World Bank financed project known as the Local Government Capacity Support Programme (LGCSP) that supported the MMAs identify potential sources of revenue; revenue estimation; rate-setting; mobilization and administration; and options for public-private partnerships in revenue administration.
Benjamin also brings on board expertise in the area of internal controls for SMEs and capacity building in the areas of financial management for SME’s. His in-depth knowledge in accounting and finance makes him an invaluable asset to the Institute. He brings on board practical industry knowledge and experience across the industrial divide that will offer beneficiaries of the institute much exposure in accounting and finance.
Benjamin Coffie Alorzuke
Lawrence Kpakpo Acquaye
Lawrence Kpakpo Acquaye holds a Master of Commerce in Applied Accounting from the Pentecost University Graduate School and is presently the Finance Manager for Serendipalm Company Limited and the resident Director of the Serendipalm Foundation (Serendipalm is the world’s first oil palm project that is certified for both Organic and Fair Trade). He is also the chairman of the Fair Trade Committee that awards and oversees community development projects. The the Financial Manager, Lawrence comes on board with a good understanding of how agribusiness work in rural economic and the creation of business ecosystems in rural communities for agribusiness to thrive. He was very instrumental in the development of farmer payment systems, tracking of process flow operational and financial data and intepretation of such data for management use.
Mr. Acquaye brings this outstanding industry experience into partnership with other faculty members in the delivery of practical financial management training to our clients in the agribusiness industry.