Dr. Andrews Agyekumhene
Dr. Andrews Agyekumhene is an environmental and natural resources expert with extensive experience in integrated coastal zone management. Andrews has a BSc. Degree in Oceanography and Fisheries, M.Phil degree in Biological Oceanography and PhD in Integrated Coastal Zone Management. He trained in Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Processes and Curriculum Development at the Wageningen UR Center for Innovation Development in the Netherlands, and in Impact Assessment from various institutions including EPA-Ghana and IAIA. Andrews has in-depth knowledge of IFC Performance Standards and Mitigation Hierarchy.
He has worked with the Ghana Wildlife Division for 10 years during which time he successfully and effectively managed 2 of Ghana’s Coastal Wetlands, one of which is a Biosphere Reserve. As a Prosecutor for Forest and Wildlife Crimes for the Forestry Commission, Andrews advocated for and halted illegalities to Wildlife and their habitats including forest reserves in Ghana. He currently works at the University of Ghana as a lecturer where he is helping to train future conservationists in natural resources management.
Andrews is a coordinator for the longest sea turtle tagging and conservation project in Ghana with sea turtle projects in all four coastal regions of Ghana where he empowers local communities through capacity building to conserve sea turtles.
He serves as a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and a past Board Member of the International Sea turtle Society (ISTS). He is a regional editor of the Africa Sea Turtle Newsletter which produces peer-reviewed articles on sea turtles in Africa bi-annually.
Andrews has great expertise in developing and implementation of conservation projects and has engaged many relevant stakeholders on numerous platforms which has led to the conservation of several flora and fauna species in many parts of Ghana. As a member of the International Association of Impact Assessors (IAIA-Ghana), he has led and conducted major consultancy works for both local and international organisations towards the development of Environmental Impact Assessments for projects in Energy, Oil and Gas, Fisheries and Port infrastructure. He has attended over 40 local and international conferences and workshops and co-authored and published in a number of journals of international repute.
Andrews has interest in nature documentaries and takes great delight in building capacities and inspiring the youth and future generation in natural resources conservation.