President – 2019/2020

AbaareHello, meet Jacob Atewin Abaare, current President of the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana, UMaT Chapter (GRASAG- UMaT).

Jacob is a second year MPhil student of the department of Electrical and Electrical Engineering and a budding advocate of real –life application of Science.

Jacob has been a visible figure in wider sweep of disciplines prior to his presidency role and have demonstrated great dynamism in all those pursuits. He aspires to attain unparalleled success within the forefront of student leadership by becoming a notable voice in championing the interest of students at all levels.

As an SDG enthusiast, Jacob is currently one of the ambassadors of Youth Coalition for Promotion of the SDGs in Northern Ghana, a coalition aimed at amplifying the awareness of the SGDs within the region. He doubles as the Chairperson of the GRASAG National SDGs Committee, a committee that has its central focus on turning our local network of universities into an active SDGs solution network. He also volunteers as an International Global Youth Network Ambassador for Ghana. 

Some of the notable roles he played prior to his presidency role include.

Co-chair to the Africa Reform Initiative, a platform which brings together young energetic youth to deliberate on the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the SDGs in Africa.

Public relations officer for Women and Children Development Organisation, a not for profit organisation aimed at promoting and maintaining self – help spirit among women and children in the Bawku west district.

Other leadership roles include, serving a judicial committee member of Dr. Michael Kofi Tetteh Hall, Chairperson for leadership and entrepreneurs academy, and as an Undersecretary General Team member for logistics at Life Link Tertiary Model United Nations.

Jacob is a strong pan –Africanist, and hold firm the belief that for the rest of the world to have faith and confidence in the African growth story, we as a people must first demonstrate our own commitment.

Subscribing to the principle of equality and Inclusiveness, it is the greatest delight of Jacob to build a one calculus visible GRASAG where the views of every member will be well respected and appreciated. 

Vice President – 2019/2020

Maame Boamah Poku

Maame Boamah Poku deems it a rare privilege to be serving as the Vice President and chairperson of the welfare committee of GRASAG – UMaT for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Maame is an MSc Student of the department of Geomatics Engineering and a staunch Gender Activist. She believes strongly that we validate our humanity by the selfless service we render to society to affect it positively.

Maame is a tested breed when it comes to student leadership and the validity of this statement commensurate to the numerous successes she has chalked over the past years as a student leader.

Among the numerous roles she has left an indelible mark include: Serving as the Project Manager for Grandhedge International.

Maame led an unprecedented new era of information dissemination serving as the General Secretary for Chamber of Mines Hall for two consecutive years.

Maame also served as the vice president of Rotaract – UMaT chapter and a member of the welfare committee of UMaT – SRC during her undergraduate days.

Away from official activities, reading novels is of extreme delight to her. 

Beyond all doubts, Maame is poised to probe the ills of student leadership and be the change she wants to see.

TREASURER – 2019/2020

Kofi Owusu Achaw Arhinful is the current Financial Controller (Treasurer) for the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana, UMaT Chapter (GRASAG- UMaT).

Arhinful is a graduate Mining Engineer and is currently a Project Engineer at Quantum LC Company Limited-WBHO, Newmont Ahafo Mine.

Arhinful is pursuing Master of Philosophy in Mining Engineering at UMaT and has personal interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Mining Operations. He is a graduate member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

He has been part of notable activities including sitting for the “What Do You Know” quiz for Newmont GoldCorp Akyem Mine, and participating as a Team Captain for the said company during the National Inter-Mines First Aid and Safety Competition in 2017 and as a First Aid and Safety Training Advisor in 2018 and 2019.

As an undergraduate student, he served as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of UMaT during the 2015/16 academic year.

Arhinful is passionate about human goodwill, safety and welfare, and transparency and accountability in leadership. He buys into the idea to build an all-inclusive government for GRASAG-UMaT.

SECRETARY – 2019/2020

Perpetual Naana Kwaah

This is Perpetual Naana Kwaah, General Secretary of GRASAG – UMaT for the 2019/2020 academic year. Perpetual holds a Higher National diploma from the Sunyani Technical University and a BSc Accounting degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. She is currently a second year student of the department of management studies pursuing Masters in Business Technology Management. 

Perpetual is a highly experienced communicator with good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills. Meeting organizational deadlines with whatever task she is assigned is one of her greatest strengths.

Like many women from this generation who strives to transcend and breakdown the patriarchal barriers holding them hostage to stereotypical roles, Perpetual has worked her way to the top one promotion at a time to become the branch manager of Amenfiman Rural Bank, a position where she is responsible for managing and leading the branch team through the day to day administration of the bank.

Prior to her managerial role, Perpetual served as the head of sales and service and head of electronic transfers department in the same bank.

Perpetual is highly optimistic to serve the good people of GRASAG – UMaT wholeheartedly by disseminating timely information to all members and addressing all dissatisfactions by members who seek redress.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY – 2019/2020

Shiphrah Ohene Adu

Shiphrah Ohene Adu is pursuing a Master of Science Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology where she had her Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the same institution. She is the Assistant Secretary of Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG), UMaT Chapter and also served as the General Secretary for 2018/19.

Her interest in secretarial field emerged when she served as the secretary for the maiden GRASAG-UMaT Week Celebration Committee. She is hardworking and takes interest in the affairs of women especially those aimed at educating girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As a result of this interest, she currently serves as the organizer for Ladies in Mining and Allied Professions (LiMAP), an advocacy group aimed at empowering young females to undertake courses in STEM and a participant of Young African Women’s Conference last year themed “Economic Empowerment of Women: A Prerequisite for Continental Development”. She enjoys the company of children and her colleagues and movies.  

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER – 2019/2020

Richmond Kwesi Amoah

Richmond Kwesi Amoah is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana, UMaT Chapter (GRASAG-UMaT). Richmond is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical and Electrical Engineering.

He has keen interests in finding new and innovative ways to generate energy from renewable energy resources.

Richmond has been a student leader since his undergraduate days and has experience in communication skills. He therefore wishes to use these skills to bridge the communication gap between students and the executive committee in all matters pertaining to their academic and general welfare.

Having served as a Warrant Officer and other Offices in the Chamber of Mines Army Cadet Corps of UMaT during his undergraduate days, Richmond has gained skills in settling disputes and resolving conflicts among students.

Richmond is here to serve in the best interests of GRASAG UMaT.

ORGANIZER – 2019/2020

Emmanuel Kweku Mensah

Emmanuel Kweku Mensah is the current GRASAG-UMaT Organizer for the 2019/2020 academic year. Kweku holds a BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) and currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is an avid follower of emerging trends in the field of Embedded Vision Systems (EVS) and wish to explore it to impact society and by extension the nation at large.

Kweku advocates strongly that an enabling environment should be created to ensure that STEM education is well balanced and easily accessed by both genders. He contributes his quota towards the realization of this dream by equipping students with basic STEM – related skills needed to embark on this new exciting journey.   

He is the co-founder of KLAKS Technologies, a 3D printing startup aimed at making design and rapid prototyping readily available in Ghana and Africa. Kweku is also a co-founder of the Dare Mighty Things (DMT) Initiative. The DMT Initiative seeks to introduce high school students to programming with the aim of getting them interested in STEM-related disciplines.

He has served in various capacities as organizer for student’s organizations like Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA), GSTS Old Student Association (The Giants) and Creativity Group. 

Kweku is poised to lead an exciting new era of organization in GRASAG – UMaT. 

GENDER COMMISSIONER – 2019/2020

EMEFA PRISCILLA Amenyah Kove

EMEFA PRISCILLA Amenyah Kove is the GENDER COMMISSIONER for GRASAG-UMaT. Emefa is a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering student. Her research interests include oil/gas field drilling wastes, heavy metal pollution, waste management using locally produced activated carbon, petroleum economics etc. Emefa is Gender Activist and believes that women are vital in the national development of a country. She is therefore a strong advocate of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) five (5) which seeks to achieve gender equality by 2030 and is committed to the HeForShe campaign. Emefa is member of several women and professional organisations such as Ladies in Mining and Allied Professions in Ghana (LiMAP-Gh) where she is the Organising Secretary, Young African Women Congress (YAWC) Network, Organisation of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Ghana and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).