"Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and head of Ghana’s Economic Management Team.
He is an economist and banker by training. He served as Deputy Governor of the central Bank of Ghana between 2006 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2010 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University. He also served as Resident representative for the African Development Bank in Zimbabwe in 2011-2012.
He was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia (Canada), and a Senior Associate Member of St. Antonys College, University of Oxford. Between 2013 and 2015 Dr. Bawumia was visiting professor of Economic Governance at Central University, Ghana. Dr. Bawumia also served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, USA (1996- 2000).
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia holds a BSc. Economics (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Buckingham, UK, a Masters degree in Development Economics from Oxford University (Lincoln College) and a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University (Canada). He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (U.K) (ACIB) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), Ghana.
Dr. Bawumia has published several articles in refereed journals and has also published two books on Monetary Policy and Economic Development.”
Mr. Alwin Hoegerle was appointed General Manager in June 2005.
Prior to his appointment as General Manager, Mr. Hoegerle held many Senior roles within the SGS Group including Regional Operations Manager, SGS Dubai, UAE.
Since 1 August 2002, working in the Market Access Division of the World Trade Organization on issues related to market access for non-agricultural products, trade facilitation, information technology products, and other market access issues related to trade in goods.
From November 1987 to July 2002, worked in the Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities (DITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on issues relating to trade policy, trade laws and multilateral trade negotiations
From March 1986 to October 1987, worked in the Manufactures Division of UNCTAD on issues relating to trade policy and multilateral trade negotiations as an expert in international trade in textiles, and subsequently as an economic affairs officer of the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau (ITCB).
From December 1978 - March 1986, served as a trade official in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC), China PR and negotiated China’s accession to the Multi-Fibre Agreement, which was under the auspices of the GATT and involved in the early preparations leading to China’s subsequent accession to the WTO.
Amos Wangora is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Trade Network Agency having been appointed to that position on 30th March 2015 and Chairman of the General Assembly in AAEC. He has served as the General Manager Operations and Project Director for the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System implementation (Kenya TradeNet System) with responsibility for the system implementation and operationalization. He holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Affairs specializing in Port and Shipping Management from the World Maritime University (Sweden). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
He has over nineteen years work experience in the Trade and Logistics sector with specialization in Maritime affairs and Project Management in Port, Customs and Trade sector automation. He has vast experience in the designing, development and implementation of ICT interventions for Trade and Transport facilitation.
Mr. Michael Luguje is a port management and trade facilitation specialist, a senior management employee of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), who has since August 2012, been on a technical secondment to the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) as Secretary General. He has extensive international experience in the ports and maritime transport sector; institutional reforms and change management. From August 2012 to February 2017, Mr. Luguje also served concurrently as Executive Secretary of the Pan African Association for Port Cooperation.
Prior to his secondment to the PMAWCA as Secretary General, Mr. Luguje worked for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) from April 2007 to July 2012, as the Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa promoting technical cooperation for institutional and human capacity building for maritime and port administrations. And from 1999 to 2007, Mr. Luguje worked in various departments of the GPHA including Human Resources, Marketing and Public Relations, Corporate Planning and Office of the Director General (DG) where he served as Special Assistant. He has also consulted for a couple of organizations in Ghana and abroad in the areas of port policy, port and Customs goods clearance procedures and costs, port community mobilization for trade development and facilitation, transit trade facilitation, West Africa’s shipping sector potentials, employment creation potential of the maritime industry in West Africa, etc. He has chaired, moderated and spoke at many national and international maritime and trade conferences.
Mr. Luguje holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French/Linguistics from the University of Ghana, MSc in Maritime Affairs (Port Management specialization) from the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden, and an Executive MBA in Project and Strategic Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management (France).
Miss. Helen Ross has consulted on intermodal transportation and freight-forwarding, in addition to experience as a software developer and project manager in the private and intergovernmental sectors. She recently joined the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, which supports the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and e-Business (UN/CEFACT). UN/CEFACT serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services. Recent outputs include "Technical Note on Terminology for Single Window and Other Electronic Platforms," and "Recommendation 36 - Single Window Interoperability (SWI)." Notably, the Single Submission Portal project has recently begun, and welcomes experts' participation. Ms. Ross has an MBA in International Business, an MSc in Computer Science, and a BS in Cognitive Science.
Yaw Osafo-Maafo is 75 years old, and has had an exemplary career as a banker, consultant, politician and a statesman. He is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, an Engineer and Project Analyst by training, and a fellow of the Ghana Institute of Engineers.
He started his career as an engineer at the Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO). He went on to head and successfully restructure two major development banks – The Bank for Housing and Construction and The National Investment Bank. He has also worked as a consultant for international development organisations such as the World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) amongst others.
Yaw Osafo-Maafo was a Member of Parliament for Akyem Oda Constituency for 3 terms and the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning for 4 years from 2001-2005, a period which saw the dramatic turnaround of the Ghanaian economy. His achievements were recognised internationally in 2001 when he was adjudged the best Finance Minister of the year in Africa by the Banker Magazine, a Financial Times Publication. Along with the Finance Minister of Canada, he was also named the Finance Minister of the Year in November 2001 by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He served as Minister for Education and Sports from 2005 to 2006, a period which saw the implementation of significant reforms in education and sports sectors, including the introduction of the Capitation Grant. Ghana for the first time qualified for the World Cup following the reforms under his leadership.
Ing. Osafo-Maafo has served on the boards of various financial institutions and corporates, and was the past Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the West African Bankers Association. He was a founding Deputy Chairman of the Ghana Stock Exchange, and was instrumental in setting up Donewell Insurance Company and the Methodist University College Ghana. He also represented the Institute of Engineers at the Consultative Assembly that drew up the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Transition Team, representing His Excellency the President, for the newly elected Government of Ghana.
He is married with four Children.
Sangwon Lim is an Economic Affairs Officer in the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In ESCAP, he specializes in trade facilitation, (cross-border) paperless trade and Single Window. Before joining the ESCAP in 2009, he had served for the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) of the Republic of Korea for more than 9 years, specializing in application of ICT in various public and private sector business domains. Sectoral business domains on which he has worked include international trade, Customs, value-added tax, logistics, public procurement, tourism, etc.
At regional and global level, he had supported progress of trade facilitation by actively participating in multiple regional and international platforms on e-business and trade facilitation, such as Asia pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT), ebXML initiative, and United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). He was the Rapporteur for Asia and the Pacific in the UN/CEFACT from 2003 - 2009. He received Ph.D. in logistics management from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Former Director of COTECNA Cote d’Ivoire and Founder of the APC Company (African Partner Company) specialized in Business inspection. Since 2013, Mr. Guy Serge MANOUAN has been the Director General of the Single Window of Foreign Trade - Cote d’Ivoire “GUCE-CI".
Expert in the implementation of advanced e-Government solutions that modernize administrations and facilitate international trade by using advanced technologies, he currently coordinates the classification and evaluation program on the value in Ivory Coast and the implementation of the Single Window for Foreign Trade.
Lisiniaina Razafindrakoto has a Business Management and Communication background. She has been working for SGS since 2003 and has been in charge of implementing several projects (pre-shipment inspection, CIVIO program, advanced cargo information). Since 2007, she has been appointed as Communication and Business Development Manager in charge of accompanying TradeNet Single Window as well as MIDAC implementation. She is also in charge of public relations and external communication.
Lisiniaina has a significant experience with Malagasy Customs, the challenges brought by the reform and modernization policy, the imperatives of combining trade facilitation and the need to maintain a certain level of control, and the change management process. She has taken part to most exchanges both with the Customs and the trade regarding the SW project as a whole, and has conducted several communication initiatives designed to promote the single Window concept.
CEO of Single Window for Foreign trade Operations (GUOT) since March 2014, Mr. Eugène Rufin Bouya successfully implemented GUMAR project for the single window of the port of Pointe-Noire, currently called GUOT.
He served as Director of Control sand Management Information Systems of Congo Shippers Council (CCC), and contributed to the implementation of the CTN (Cargo Tracking Note). From 2014-2016, he was the Chairman of Information Monitoring & Development Commission, and become in 2017, Vice-President of the African Alliance for Electronic Commerce (AACE)- an International Association group having 19 countries in Africa, he has been deeply involved in issues relating to paperless trade procedures in the Continent.
Eugene Bouya Rufin holds a 3rd Cycle Master in Management and IT from EPITA and ISG in Paris, France in 2006, and also holds an Advanced Vocational Certificate in Transport Economics from LET, National Civil Engineering School of Lumière - State University in Lyon 2, in 2001.
Ahmed is a Customs (Consultant) Expert and has been working in the COMESA Secretariat in Zambia since March 2017. He provides consultancy services and training in Customs related issues, Business Process Analysis and electronic Certificate of Origin as well as the COMESA Digital FTA initiatives.
Before he joined the COMESA Secretariat, he served in the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority for 11 years at various levels in operational and policy positions. He has contributed a significant role in designing and implementing customs modernisation and automation projects in Ethiopia. During his previous career, representing his country, he used to actively participate in bilateral and regional negotiations and meetings.
His Education Background is B.A. in Economics from Mekelle University in Ethiopia; and M.A. in Public Finance (Speciality in Customs) from the National Graduates for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan. He has also certified in a number of short term courses such as Customs Modernization, Customs Automation, and Executive Leadership in Customs and Business Administration from the WCO, South Korea, India and other institutions.
Alan is a graduate in Economics from the University of Ghana, and a qualified Barrister-at-Law from the Ghana School of Law. In addition, he was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota, under the US Fulbright Fellowship Programme. In 1994, Alan Kyerematen was listed as one of the top 100 Leaders in the world for the New Millennium by the Time International Magazine.
Mr. Kyerematen has an extensive and a distinguished record in international development and public policy, trade and enterprise development, politics and diplomacy. He is an Economist, a Lawyer and a Management Consultant. His previous appointments include Cabinet Minister of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives of Ghana; Ambassador of Ghana to the United States of America; UNECA Senior Policy Advisor on Trade; UNDP Regional Director for Enterprise Africa; CEO of Empretec Ghana Foundation, and a Senior Corporate Executive of Unilever-Ghana. In 2013, the Heads of States of the African Union endorsed his nomination as Africa’s candidate for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Alan speaks English and French. He is married with two children.
Isidore Biyiha, Managing Director of GUCE-GIE since its creation in 1999, boasts 25 years of experience in trade facilitation. Prior occupying that position, he was consecutively Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of UNITRANS-CAMEROON.
His Expertise in Trade facilitation is actively used in many national Trade Facilitation Bodies in Cameroon and therefore occupied the positions as President of the union of the Customs Brokers and Freight forwarders of Cameroon, Vice-president of the National Facilitation Committee of International Maritime Traffic, board member of the National Shippers Council Cameroon, the Office of Land Freight Management.
At an international level, Mr. Biyiha one of the Founding Members of the African Alliance for e-Commerce (AACE), where he is currently the President of the Executive Committee. He conducted the implementation of both physical and Electronic Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations in Cameroon.
Mr. Isidore Biyiha is a Transport Economist holding a Diploma of Higher Specialized Studies (Master) on Transport & Logistics issued by Paris IX Dauphine University.
Mr. Abdoullahi FAOUZI, 39 years old, IT engineer (Polytechnics), married, four children.
As Chief Operations Officer of the Single Window for External Trade Operations of Cameroon (GUCE-GIE), he is in Charge of the technical implementation of the Electronic Single Window and managing its operations as well.
Prior to the SW, he worked in the telecommunication sector (Orange CAMEROUN) as application developer in 2004. Involved in activities of the African Alliance for Electronic Commerce since 2008 and he is vice-chair of the Technical Committee since 2016. He is the Single Window's Focal Point at the African Development Bank/World Bank Unit of the Ministry of Public Works of Cameroon. As member of the FASTRAC project team, he manages Facilitation of Transport and Transit in CEMAC activities related to paperless Trade.
Mr. Abdoullahi Faouzi is since febuary 2016, member of the permanent secretariat and technical secretariat of the national trade facilitation body (NTFB) in charge of the implementation of WCO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Cameroon.
Mr. Fredrick Omamo is presently the Ecommerce Operational Integration Expert at the Universal Postal Union’s International Bureau, Bern, Switzerland. He is also the Project Manager of UPU’s Ecom@Africa project, an initiative that aims at establishing an integrated e-commerce ecosystem provided by postal operators through online platforms using the postal network and products for cross border logistics, deliveries, returns and payments. His key role is to develop, implement and manage projects that would position the posts as key enablers and facilitators of trade and ecommerce. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences. His work experience spans over 18 years, in the public and private sector, and at national and international levels.
Fredrick joined UPU’s Postal Technology Centre in 2006 as Assistant E-business Programme Manager after eight years at Postal Corporation of Kenya as a Systems Analyst and later as Assistant Manager for New Products Development. His entry role at the UPU involved the development of electronic postal services until 2013 when he was put in charge of the development and implementation of the UPU Easy Export programme which focused on simplifying and facilitating trade for micro, small and medium enterprises using the postal network.
Fredrick was part of a ‘think-tank’ team that developed UPU’s vision 2020, and is involved in a number of partnership engagement projects with other international organizations in the area of ecommerce and trade facilitation, notably UNCTAD’s “eTrade for All” initiative and ITU’s WSIS. At regional and global levels, he participates in a number of knowledge and experience sharing forums on ecommerce and trade facilitation, such as the Swiss E-commerce Conference, AICEP’s e-commerce workshop, ITU’s WSIS forum, UNCTAD’s Ecommerce Week, ITC’s World Export Development Forum, and WTO’s Aid for Trade events. The domains in which he has worked cut across technology, strategy, products development, markets development, trade facilitation, and e-commerce.
Graduated from Mohammadia School of Engineers and Al Akhawayn University Jalal Benhayoun began his career in 2004 at Groupement pour un Système Interbancaire Marocain de Télécompensation « GSIMT » as a project manager before occupying the position of IT and Operations Manager where he was in charge of the implementation of the National Electronic Gross Mass Clearing System. He then joined in 2011 Fenie Brossette subsidiary of SOMED group as Supply Chain Director. In may 2014 he was appointed General Manager of PORTNET S.A. « National Single Window for Foreign Trade » function that leads him to work in close contact with public and private operators in order to improve and facilitate international trade.
Jalal is also Vice Chair of the African Alliance of E-Commerce “AAEC” and UN/CEFACT expert leading the edition of a new recommendation on the core principles of the operation of single window systems.
Mr. Toyota has nearly two decades of experience in automation of Customs and ax administrations. He is currently the Director of Business Development for Africa at Webb Fontaine Group,
Prior to joining Webb Fointaine, Mr. Toyota served as Senior ICT advisor at Revenue Authority of Rwanda, where he was the lead of the full automation of the Rwanda tax and Customs administration. He initiated and managed the Rwanda Electronic single window and conducted a number of electronic single window implementation feasibility studies in successfully in Comores Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji Islands.
He also served as senior ICT advisor to Commissioner General of Sierra Leone Revenue Authority while supporting the introduction of online tax filing and a taxpayer call centre. He was the ICT leader advisor during the formation period of Togo Revenue Authority.
He is an International Conference and made presentations at international conferences in Kampala Uganda, Geneva at UNCTAD headquarters on Single window implementation experience.
Mr. Toyota is a Certified ICT project manager by PMI and holder of Masters Degree in ICT management from United Kingdom Telecom Academy.
Dr. Nortey Omaboe is the Executive Chairman of GCNet and brings on board a wealth of experience and expertise spanning several years of practice as an international corporate development consultant. In Ghana he serves on several corporate boards such as Prudential Bank Ltd, New World Investments, S.G.S Limited and the Credit Reference Bureau.
Dr. Omaboe is currently the Managing Director of ENOA Ltd and leads a team of strategy and investment consultants offering strategic advisory and management services to a wide range of International Companies with strategic business interests in Africa including an array of equity holdings in several sectors in Ghana, comprising Manufacturing, Shipping, Finance and Agriculture.
Dr Omaboe is an Economist with a BSc honours degree in Economics and Accounting from Leeds University, an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University as well as a DBA accreditation from ISM, Paris.
David Luke is Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa where he is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies and in particular the boosting intra-African trade and the continental free trade area initiatives. His portfolio also includes WTO, EPAs, Brexit, AGOA, Africa's trade with emerging economies, and trade and cross-cutting policy areas such as trade, industrialization and structural transformation, trade and gender, trade and public health and trade and climate change.
Prior to joining ECA in 2014, he served as UNDP trade policy adviser in Southern Africa and Geneva and also as Senior Economist and Chief of Trade at the Organization for African Unity/African Union Commission, and as an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (B.Sc and M.Sc) and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Ph.D) in the United Kingdom. He has written widely on trade and development.
Mr. Mor Talla Diop is currently the Director of International Development of Gainde 2000 and Vice-president in charge of Promotion. He held several directions since 2004. With his experience in Information and Computer Systems Redesign Project, he led several projects within Gainde 2000 Trade Facilitation platforms. He is responsible for the relationship with the Kenya Revenue Authority since 2004, and led the implementation of SIMBA project in Kenya and integration projects with New Single Window, the Domestic Tax system and integration with commercial banks
Over the years, he has built a strong competence in the automation of customs procedures, customs clearance systems and trade facilitation.
Before joining Gainde 2000 Mor Talla Diop has worked for 12 years in one of the Great Society Accenture Consulting on various modernization of IT projects (Valeo, AXA, Credit Lyonnais, Carrrefour etc...). Mor Talla has a computer engineering training from the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne and several certifications in Project Management, SAP, IT Strategy...
Mor Talla Diop is the Director of Business Development at Gainde 2000 since 2012, he occupied several positions at Gainde 2000, from 2004 when he joined to Now. He has been mainly in charge of implementing and Coordinating International Projects of Gainde 2000.
He built over the years a strong expertise in Customs Management Systems and Single Window System. He played a Key role in the transition from Single Window to Paperless Trade in Senegal as the Deputy Director of the Single Window Modernization Project.
From 2004 to Now He has been in charge of the Engagement with Kenyan project and was the Project Manager of the Set-up and Rollout of the SIMBA system in Kenya. He led several integration Projects at KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority), with the Single Window and the national Domestic tax system and with the Banks. He also developed a strong Knowledge on the Electronic Payment systems, Mobile payment
Prior to Gainde 2000, Mor Talla Diop worked for Accenture one of the Largest Consulting Firm where he spent 12 Years in Mainly in systems implementation and advising Large companies like Valeo, Carrefour, Axa, Credit Lyonnais, Finance Ministry in France As a Senior Manager he has been involved in Key Projects implementation at important decision level. Mor Talla Diop Graduated from University of Reims Champagne in Computer Science and Collected several certifications in Project Management, SAP, IT Strategy...
Mr. Pandey serves at the World Customs Organization as Technical Officer in the Area of Facilitation & Compliance. He is a lead resource on several WCO instruments such as the SAFE Framework of Standards, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) and Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA), Air Cargo Security, API/PNR, Single Window, Co-ordinated Border Management, E-Commerce, Postal matters, Exchange of Information, Customs-Business Partneship, Customs brokers, and Customs-Tax Cooperation. He has been working for several national and international initiatives concerning trade facilitation including the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation and security issues. He speaks and frequently writes on these matters at various national and international events.
Earlier in his career with the Indian Customs administration, he has extensively served in various areas including Customs modernization, trade facilitation, risk assessment and enforcement, for nearly 14 years.
He also worked as Consul (Economic) and Customs Attaché in Consulate General of India at Hong Kong SAR, P R China during 2009- 2012, responsible for all trade, investment, finance, banking and taxation matters including Customs co-operation with various countries in the East Asia Region.
He has done graduation and post graduation in engineering and systems management respectively. He lives in Brussels with his wife and two children.
Mr. Hichem Ben Ishak is a software engineer and currently the Director of development and new projects at Tunisie TradeNet where he has been for the past fourteen years. T TN is a company that connects the various contributors in the foreign trade procedures in Tunisia through a single virtual counter. He has years of experience in information systems of different business domains that are trade, customs and banking.
Marie-Eliane Gnacadja is International Project Manager within the Direction of Corporate Development of SOGET, world leader in Port Community System.
As a former consultant at the International Labor Office, then a project manager specialized in outsourcing at Capgemini, Marie-Eliane joined SOGET in 2015.
An expert in port and maritime information systems, she led the implementation of the Single Window for Foreign Trade in Togo. This includes organizing the phases of analysis and optimization of logistical processes at the national level, assisting the stakeholders on the different phases of deployment by setting up and running the various committees and workshops with all public and private actors involved.
In charge of supervising SOGET's commitments in West Africa, she is also contributing to the continuous improvement of the Port Community System, a digital platform bringing together all stakeholders in the value chain of international trade operations.
Marie-Eliane GNACADJA holds a Master Degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.