AWARD CATEGORY

INNOVATION IN SCIENCE
& TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Alexander Anim-Mensah

Dr. Alexander Anim-Mensah has over twenty (20) years of diverse experiences with a track record of delivering sustainable technical, business and management results through award-winning performances. He has Ph.D., MSc., and BSc. in Chemical Engineering respectively.

Dr. Anim-Mensah is involved in over thirty (30) inventions and US/World patents. In 2019, He was awarded a Distinguished Patent Fellow for his innovation achievements by ITW USA; having two (2) of his patents harnessed producing revenue over 10million USD annually. He was featured on Voice of America (VOA) NightLife Africa Radio on the subject matter of “Harnessing Innovation, Invention, and Patenting for Africa’s Development” broadcasted across Africa and Asia.

Dr. Anim-Mensah has co-authored two (2) books and two (2) books chapters in the area of membrane science and technology. In addition, he serves as the principal engineer for Hobart Corporation, Warewash business unit, a division of ITW. He regularly engages in mentorship and mobilizing fellow diaspora-based Ghanaians to give back in Ghana.

Iddris Sandu

Iddris Sandu has achieved many feats since studying programming from the age of 11, where he wrote a program for autonomous vehicles also known as self-driving cars. He is the brain behind the algorithms that have made Uber, Instagram, and Snapchat what they are today.

He became business partners with one of the most influential hip hop artists of this generation, Nipsey Hussle. Together they forged a bond to push STEM education to minority youth in America and Africa. Today at 22, Iddris has given a lecture at Stanford University and it set to deliver the commencement address at NYU(New York University) making him again, the youngest Ghanaian – American to ever deliver a commencement address at 22 years old.

At the heart of Iddris’s message is integrity. To stay dedicated and faithful to the duality of both cultures he serves. Iddris Sandu at 22 is one of the most accomplished individuals Ghana has ever had for his age. His brand, achievements, accolades and audience base are all a reflection of that.

Murisiku Raifu

Dr. Murisiku (Muri) Raifu is a board-certified neurosurgeon and a graduate of Masters of Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He left home in Ghana at the age of fifteen to attend Breck School in Minneapolis on an International Student Scholarship in 1991. He then attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he graduated with honors. At Amherst, he was a recipient of the Obed Finch Slingerland Memorial Prize. The price is given annually to a student who has shown the greatest determination, scholarship and citizenship during their time at the college.  He was a recipient of John Woodruff Wilson fellowship as well as the Howard Hughes research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In college, Dr. Raifu was a pioneer in the area of genetics by successfully designing degenerate DNA primers for blind PCR amplification of immunoglobulin genes.

He is committed to finding innovative ways to effectively deliver healthcare services to those in developing economies. To that effect, Dr. Raifu founded Talamus Health Inc. in 2015. Its award winning product., Talamus, is a “mobile first” cloud based Application for comprehensive clinical output which is currently being used in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. His company was name to the 2019 list of World’s Most Innovative Companies in the World by Fast Company and was the recipient of United Nations ITU global award or the Most Scalable SME for 2018.

Dr Ave Kludze

Dr. Ave Kludze is a world renowned rocket scientist at America’s National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), The Ghanaian-born Prof. is one of NASA’s top strategists, systems engineer and complex systems experts. Prof. Kludze is currently a Senior Technical Advisor and an engineering program manager within the Office of the NASA Administrator. He oversees various agency-wide multidisciplinary projects and studies that inform NASA’s strategic decision-making. He manage and led the NASA rocket study, a study that furthered the understanding of the international and USA rocket motors (solid and liquid) landscape thus providing significant insights to developmental efforts related to NASA’s current and future vehicles and propulsion systems necessary for NASA’s mission to outer space including Moon and Mars.

Dr. Kludze also led the NASA Hypersonic study aimed at facilitating the understanding and development of hypersonic vehicles that could eventually transport passengers from Accra Ghana to New York for instance in an hour and a half (90min); and Accra to Tamale in less than 10 minutes.

He designed the Human Locator System, which he called the “HuLos” in partial fulfillment of the requirements for his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins University. The HuLos uses nanotechnology (microscopic technology) and is intended to locate human beings anywhere on this planet using satellite communication, GPS and other technologies. The device is to be implanted under the human skull, skin bone or teeth and activated when required. The thesis which contains the design is currently at the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University.

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