Maritime Security Strategy Development & Implementation:
A Focus on Africa
First Cohort - 2023
‘‘Joining the class as someone with very little insight into maritime operations and strategies, the course deepened my knowledge of maritime operations while broadening my scope of general strategy development’’.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER KWAME YELBUOR
I am Lieutenant Commander Kwame Yelbuor of the Ghana Navy. I hail from Eremong Tangzu in the Upper West Region of Ghana. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Resource and Resource Development from the University of Ghana, Legon. I was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Ghana Navy on 30 August 2013. I have obtained various training both in Ghana and abroad including Initial Naval Officer Training in Dartmouth, United Kingdom in 2015. I have served onboard different Ghana Navy Ships. I have held various appointments onboard GN Ships including Executive Officer, Watching Keeping Officer, Acting Navigation Officer and others. Some of the ashore appoints held including Acting Assistant Director Naval Intelligence from July 2019 to July 2020 and the Acting Operations Officer for the ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre located at the Osu Castle from 2020 to 2022. I am currently the Commanding Officer for Ghana Navy Ship EHWOR.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER EDEM KOMLA AKATI
I am Lieutenant Commander Edem Komla Akati, 36 years of age and a Senior Officer in the Ghana Navy. I was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Ghana Navy in September 2011, after 2 years training both in Ghana and the United Kingdom. In 12 years of Commissioned Service with the Navy, I have gained valuable experience as a naval officer serving in various capacities both ashore and at sea. Some of the notable appointments held at sea include Training Officer, Navigation Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer (Captain) onboard various Ghana Navy Ships such as GNS EHWOR, GNS YAA ASANTEWAA, GNS NAA GBEWAA and GNS PRA. Ashore I have held appointments at various establishments including Flag Lieutenant to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Instructor Naval Faculty of the Ghana Military Academy and Assistant Director Naval Administration at the Naval Headquarters. I have also attended all career courses commensurate to my rank. These include the Royal Navy Young Officer Course in UK (adjudged Overall Best International Student) and the Navigation Specialisation Course in China. I have also attended the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) where I completed the Junior Staff Course, and Senior Command and Staff Course emerging as the Overall Best Student and Second Best Student respectively. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Master of Science Degree in Defence and International Politics from GAFCSC. I am married to Louisa with whom I have 3 daughters, and enjoy watching documentaries in my leisure time.
Maximus Ashitey is the General Manager of Soko Aerial Robotics Limited, Deputy Director of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Lab (UASRL) and also currently the Deputy Director for the Soko Aerial and Signal Training School Centre for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research, Development and Education. He holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Combining his passion for drone technology with a solid foundation in political science, he brings a unique perspective to the world of aerial operations. With extensive training and experience in operating drones, he is proficient in capturing high-quality aerial imagery and conducting precise surveys, and prides himself in delivering accurate and actionable data through advanced drone technology.
With a deep appreciation for the transformative potential of drone technology and a solid background in political science, he is eager to continue leveraging expertise to support a wide range of industries and initiatives. He is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of endless with drones while adhering to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER EMILIO OKYERE-DADZIE
Lieutenant Commander Emilio Okyere-Dadzie was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Ghana Navy in 2008. He has attended relevant courses both locally and internationally. Emilio holds a BSc Nautical Science from Regional Maritime University, Ghana, an MBA in Port and Shipping Management, MBA in Oil and Gas Management both from the National Institute of Business Management, India. Additionally, he holds MSc Defence and International Politics from GIMPA. Emilio is a Navigation Specialist, a Class 3 Deck Officer and a Dynamic Positioning Operator.
Emilio has served in various capacities within the Ghana Navy both afloat and ashore. He is currently the Deputy Director Naval Research & Development at the and doubles as the Command Operations Officer for the Riverine Command. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and the Royal Institute of Navigation, both in the United Kingdom
I am an TechIOSH with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Professionals and a certified Crisis Management person. A trained ISO 14001, 9001, and 45001 Lead Auditor and Lead Implementer currently works as the ISO Coordinator for the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, HQ. I am a certified NEBOSH IGC person. I am a member of the Authority’s Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Committee and several other critical committees tasked to develop strategies for transforming the Authority’s business. I have represented the Authority on several local and international platforms. I possess an in-depth understanding of maritime regulations, operations, and processes. I have worked with the Tema Shipyard on a Secondment basis as the Business Development Manager for three years. I led a team to implement the ISO management systems made of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001(now ISO 45001) for the Authority in 2013. I was part of the team that implemented ISO 27001 in 2022 I worked part-time with other local and international consulting firms on Strategic planning and ISO Standard implementation. I am committed to applying my acquired knowledge and skills toward improving business management processes.