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The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) will on Monday 18 November 2013 induct 12 new Fellows to bring its membership to a total of 128 Fellows and 9 Honorary Fellows respectively.

The short ceremony precedes this year’s Founder’s Week Lectures on the theme ‘Education for National Development’. The Presidential Address to be delivered by Prof. Francis K.A. Allotey, FGA is entitled ‘Education in the Age of Rapid Technological Advancement’. This will be followed by three days of symposia on the subthemes: ‘Basic Education in a Changing World’; ‘Secondary, Technical Education and Skills Training -Bridging Middle Level Gaps’ and ‘Optimising Emerging Opportunities’. The Week long Lectures will be capped on Day 5 with the Kwame Nkrumah Lecture to be delivered by Prof. Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, FGA and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana on the theme ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for National Development’. Other speakers at the weeklong lectures will include Dr. Leslie Casely-Hayford, Associates for Change; Dr. Christine Amoako-Nuamah, Former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology; Dr. George Afeti, Executive Secretary, National Inspectorate Board of the Ministry of Education; Dr. Michael Agyekum-Addo, Chief Executive, KAMA Group of Companies; Dr. Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University College and Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, FGA and Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana.

As the nation’s premier learned society, the Ghana Academy has as its mandate, the creation, acquisition, dissemination and utilisation of knowledge for national development through the promotion of learning.

The Academy recognises outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Arts and Sciences in Ghana, by, among other things, electing into Fellowship any citizen of Ghana or any person resident in Ghana, who in the opinion of the Council of the Academy and the General Meeting of Fellows, has made a significant contribution to any branch of the Arts or Sciences. The Legal Instruments establishing the Academy also empowers the Academy to confer Honorary Fellowship on any person of eminence in the arts or sciences, other than a citizen of Ghana, who has contributed significantly to the extension of the arts or sciences.

ARTS FELLOWS

# Name About
1 Busumuru Kofi A. Annan Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2001) with the UN for his efforts in revitalizing the worldwide security organization.
2 Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson Theologian, President, Vatican City, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Coast(Ghana)
3 Rev. Canon Prof. Emeritus John Samuel Pobee Academic and Cleric; Vicar-General, Anglican Diocese of Accra.
4 Prof.Dr. Dr. Daniel Buor Professor of Geography and Vice Chancellor, Valley View University, Oyibi.
5 Prof. Wisdom J. Tettey Professor of Political Science, Communication Studies, and Cultural Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada.

SCIENCES FELLOWS

# Name About
1 Prof. Yaw Serfor-Armah Professor of Nuclear and Radio-Chemistry and Director, Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, University of Ghana.
2 Prof. Henry Nii Adziri Wellington Architect and Heritage Scholar currently on post-retirement contract with Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
3 Prof. Emmanuel Owusu-Bennoah Associate Professor of Soil Chemistry and Fertility and Former Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
4 Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko Nuclear Physicist and Director-General, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.
5 Dr. Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah Research Scientist, Fishery Science and Deputy Director-General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
6 Prof. Volker ter Meulen (Honorary Fellow) Physician and Immediate Past President of the German National Academy of Science-Leopoldina and Co-chair of the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP).
7 Professor Lorna A. Casselton CBE FRS (Honorary Fellow) Emeritus Professor of Fungal Genetics, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford; Former Foreign Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society, UK.