Short Profile of Organisers

Dr. Evelyn Kissi

Dr. Evelyn F. Kissi is an African tri-citizen, Black Disability and Transnational scholar of Ghana, Nigeria and Canada. Her interdisciplinary research interests intersect with Black Critical Disability, Transnational Studies, Black Global Health, and Lifespan Studies and Education. Dr. Kissi has worked in North America, Africa and Europe with not-for-profit organizations, women groups, education institutions, and disability advocacy groups. She completed her doctorate degree in Critical Disability Studies (CDS) at York University, Canada. Her PhD contributes to the construct of disablement––particularly how it functions to support systemic oppression creating Black Madness. She was a Research Fellow for the Black Health Matters Covid-19 at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Kissi is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education and Leadership, College of Education, University of Ghana.

Beatrice Soyoo-Dede Clottey

Beatrice Soyoo-Dede Clottey has 14 years experience in senior administrative roles in the University of Ghana and almost ten years experience in community development with World Vision Ghana. With a background in Development Studies, her skills and expertise is grounded in strategic planning, human resource development and administration.




Lorretta Otinkorang

A highly proficient Administrator with over twenty-two years working experience, twelve of which have been as an Academic Administrator at the University of Ghana. Holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science majoring in Law and Sociology.



Dr. Anita Ewan

Dr. Anita Ewan, a proud mother of six, and of Jamaican descent, holds a PhD in Social Work. As a registered social worker and early childhood educator, she is renowned for her contributions to social work and early childhood studies. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta's School of Public Health.




Namata Serumaga-Musisi

Namata Serumaga-Musisi is a decolonial spacemaker (background in architecture) working to facilitate the collaborative creation of spaces in which communities thrive. With ‘The Griot Introspect’ she works towards the creation of archives, installations and interventions that return the development narrative to those living it. Namata also serves as Fighter-General of the Economic Fighters League, towards economic democracy, social justice and people-centred development in Ghana and Africa.


Awo Aidam Amenyah

Awo Aidam Amenyah is one of Child Online Africa’s founders and Executive Director, an NGO working in Ghana and beyond through strategic partnerships. Since 2013, Awo has been at the forefront of the call on government and other stakeholders to put in place measures safeguard children within the cyberspace and this call resulted in a revolution regarding Child Protection interventions in Ghana.

A DQ World Training Partner, a member of the National Child Online Protection Steering Committee (Ghana) and Child Online Protection implementation partner for ITU. Summitted on Mt. Kilimanjaro (19341 Ft AMSL) in August 2019 as a social cause to raise awareness on Child Online Safety and Wellbeing in Africa

The Purpose, Passion and Pursuit to have children and young people Protected, Provided for to be able to Participate responsibly in the digital space. I cannot imagine not doing what I do, I love working with/for children.

Dr Marilyn Marbell-Wilson

Dr Marilyn Marbell- Wilson is a consultant Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician who has been working in the Neurodevelopmental field for over 12 years. She has a masters degree in Psychology. She has expertise in the diagnosis and management of various Neurodevelopmental conditions including Dyslexia, Autism and ADHD. She is currently the Medical Director and CEO of Mission Pediatrics a Specialist Children’s Hospital with emphasis on Neurodevelopmental conditions. She works with a Multidisciplinary team of specialists to support children with different special needs. Her research interest includes factors that affect child development, and how to support children who are differently abled to achieve their full potential.


Dr. Jen Rinaldi

Dr. Jen Rinaldi, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Legal Studies at Ontario Tech University. She is a socio-legal scholar who uses critical arts-informed and participatory action research methods to study violence against persons with non-normative embodiments. Through a research collective she co-founded called Recounting Huronia, she mobilized scholars, students, artists, and intellectually disabled institutional survivors to document survivor-centric histories of institutionalization. Among the collective’s accomplishments, Rinaldi co-produced two books on the structural conditions that produce institutional violence, an open-access digital archive on the legacy of an Ontario-based institution, and a speakers’ bureau that enabled survivors to address audiences across Canada. She is currently the Lead Social Scientist and Advisory Committee Chair of Ontario Tech University’s Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, which advances disability justice locally and internationally through applied research and political advocacy.


Dr. Gillian Parekh

Dr. Gillian Parekh is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Disability Studies in Education within the Faculty of Education at York University. Gillian is cross-appointed with York's graduate program in Critical Disability studies. As a previous teacher in special education and research coordinator with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Gillian has conducted extensive system and school-based research in Toronto in the areas of structural equity, special education, and academic streaming. In particular, her work explores how schools construct and respond to disability as well as how students are organized across programs and systems.


Dr. Kathryn Underwood

Kathryn Underwood is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. Through critical disability theory as a starting point, Dr. Underwood investigates how society responds to and constructs childhood in social institutions. Dr. Underwood’s interests are in human rights and education practice, particularly with regard to disability rights and inclusive education. The focus of her research has been on how constructions of disability in education and early childhood program contexts are used to organize children, with particular interest in intersectional identities of all disabled children. Dr. Underwood has conducted a number of studies that focus on parent viewpoints and the work of families to engage with institutions.


Mr. Isaac Asare Senior

Mr. Isaac Asare Senior is a dedicated professional Senior High School Biology Teacher who holds a first-class degree in Science Education from the University of Ghana. Currently, Isaac is pursuing an MPhil in Science Education at the University of Cape Coast; his research interest focuses on Science Education, girl child education, and Inclusive Education. Isaac's passion lies in empowering marginalized voices in science education


Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD)

The GFD is a national umbrella of organisations of persons with disabilities in Ghana. It was established in 1987 with a mandate to advocate the full inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities in the Ghanaian society. It currently has 12-member organisations including, Ghana Blind Union, Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, Mental Health Society of Ghana, Ghana National Association of the Deaf, Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism, Sharecare Ghana, Ghana Stammering Association, Ghana Burns Survivors Association, Inclusion Ghana, Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, Special Mothers Project and Disability Not Inability Foundation. GFD has branches in the 16 regions and in over 250 districts in Ghana.


Mrs. Rodarling Aku Neequaye

Mrs. Rodarling Aku Neequaye has two decades of experience in educational administration, with expertise that spans human resource management, academic affairs, general administration, and office management. She is passionate about promoting teamwork, fostering interpersonal skills, and creating an inclusive environment. Her dedication to excellence and leadership skills are geared towards the achievement of the strategic goals of the University of Ghana.



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