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IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference | DAY 1 PANEL
"Social Implications of Electrification"

This panel will address the social impacts of power production on local communities; both positive and negative effects of power production at the local level will be discussed. Edwin Aryitey will speak to the VRA’s strategy for mitigating community and environmental impacts. Elvis Kyere-Gyeabour will discuss the environmental and social impacts for communities affected by the development of power projects. Ebenezer Kwarteng a youth community member from Aboadze, the site of Takoradi Thermal Power Plant, will present community perspectives towards the power plant. Lindsey Bacon will speak to the opportunities for companies to engage more deeply with communities to ensure positive impacts and the use of ICT initiatives to enhance their Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

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The panel moderator is Vera Asuamuzuah, Program Manager, Anansi International.

Panelists include:

  • Edwin Aryitey, Senior Properties Manager at Volta River Authority (VRA)
  • Elvis Kyere-Gyeabour, GIS & Environmental Expert
  • Ebenezer Kwarteng, Aboadze Youth Community Member
  • Lindsey Bacon, Founder of Conscious Collaborative, NGO in Aboadze, Ghana

About the Moderator and Panelists:



Vera Asuamuzuah

Vera Asuamuzuah was born and raised in Tema, Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University and is currently a Master of Development Practice Candidate at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Vera's water implementation project in Potomu, Ghana, birthed her passion to pursue a career in International development. She has worked as a Data Analysis and Outreach Intern for Africa Development Promise and is currently a program manager for a U.S company, Anansi International, is impacting disadvantaged communities in Ghana and around the world by creating digital jobs for marginalized youth.



Edwin Aryitey

Edwin Aryitey has worked at VRA for 25 years and is currently the Senior Properties Manager in the Department of Real Estate where he oversees land acquisition and property management. Edwin holds a BSC in Land Economy and a Diploma in Estates Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Land Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.



Elvis Kyere-Gyeabour

Elvis Kyere-Gyeabour is a Geographic Information System (GIS) & Environmental Expert with advance training from Germany and Denmark in Environmental modelling. Elvis has earned a Masters degree in both Environmental Science; Soil, Water & Biodiversity and in Agriculture (ENVEURO). He is an Agricultural expert and has almost a decade of experience in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). He has done extensive studies for Mining, Agriculture and Energy projects across the country, specifically in the Aboadze Power Enclave. He is currently an Environmental Consultant on a number of donor funded projects in Ghana.



Ebenezer Kwarteng

Ebenezer Kwarteng was born in Inchaban, Ghana and was abandoned at the age of 9 by his widowed mother. Ebenezer was raised in an orphanage where he was as a role model to other children and school prefect. He recently graduated from Adiembra Secondary School in Sekondi. Ebenezer plans to pursue a university degree in economics and has a passion for human rights law. Having known the hardships of poverty, Ebenezer aspires to help those in need in his community and works part time at Conscious Collaborative assisting in entrepreneurship workshops with widowed and marginalized women.



Lindsey Bacon

Lindsey Bacon is a Master of Development Practice Candidate at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Massachusetts with a BA in Anthropology and Gender Studies. Out of her research in Ghana, Lindsey founded Conscious Collaborative, a nonprofit that provides educational and economic opportunities for women and youth in coastal fishing villages of Ghana. Lindsey and business partner, Sue Shalley, founded Anansi International, a US company that is impacting disadvantaged communities in Ghana and around the world by creating digital jobs for marginalized youth.

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