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Meet the Team: Meet the Team
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Executive Director

AVM Frank Hanson officially assumed the role of the Executive Director from 9th of January 2023 at the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief of Air Staff of the Ghana Air Force from January 2019 to January 2023. He is an expert in national and international security. He is an alumni of US Air Force Air War College and Air University. He holds MSc in Strategic Studies with Grand Strategy Concentration and served with the United Nations and African Union as a strategic Military and Aviation planner. An astute and highly experienced military instructor pilot, the AVM has worked with some leading aircraft manufacturers to develop the & "static aircraft carrier concept"; for Tactical Air support for Maritime Operations (TASMO) as well as offshore Special forces operations. His tenure at the helm of affairs at the Ghana Air Force saw a holistic interoperability between the Ghana Navy and the Ghana Air Force. Additionally, he has participated in several AU and UN missions across the continent. He was part of the consultative team that worked on Ghana's National Integrated Maritime Strategy. He brings over 30 years of distinguished Strategic leadership and deep understanding of global issues to the Institute.



Programme Manager

Lawrence, a dynamic professional in maritime advocacy and program design, brings over four years of expertise in the non-profit sector, with a specific focus on ocean sustainability, innovation, and maritime safety and security development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Ports and Shipping Administration from the Regional Maritime University in Ghana.

Throughout his career, Lawrence has been a fervent advocate for advancing the knowledge base in ocean innovations within Ghana and the Sub-Region. He has organized numerous virtual and in-person training workshops at national and regional levels, contributing to the scaling up of awareness and understanding. Actively engaged in various national, regional, and international initiatives, Lawrence has played a pivotal role in promoting safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain.

Currently serving as the Programs Manager at the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (GoGMI), Lawrence has been instrumental in mobilizing industry and government leaders, media, and key maritime stakeholders to connect with communities. This collaborative effort has resulted in the establishment of multiple platforms, particularly empowering youth, especially females, to actively participate in the discourse on blue economy development in Ghana and the broader Sub-Region.


Research Manager

Miss Juliet Afrah Obeng has a staunch academic background within the maritime space. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Fisheries Science at the University of Cape Coast, under the World Bank scholarship for the Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience (ACECoR). Miss. Juliet Afrah Obeng is an ocean resource professional with about (9) years of progressive experience in fisheries management, ocean and fisheries governance, Aquaculture, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Blue Economy. She is currently working at the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (GoGMI) as a Research Manager. Prior to this appointment, she doubled as a research consultant/ assistant at the Africa Blue Economy Institute (ABEI), the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) - the Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast (DFAS-UCC), Ghana and the USAID Women Shellfishers and Food Security Project Phase I & II, Centre for coastal management, UCC. Her varied career has taken her to many institutions where she has been instrumental in research projects, advocacy campaigns, and capacity building pertaining to environmental conservation, safety, and maritime security.  Being a visionary and supporter of conscientious stewardship, she remains committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in her field, ensuring her contributions align with the highest standards of excellence.


Training Coordinator

Hassanatu Abdulai is a flexible and resourceful person who is passionate in everything she does and a result-oriented individual. She is always proactive about seeking new opportunities to develop and grow. Hassanatu holds a degree in Bachelor of commerce (Marketing) and a master’s degree in MA Ports and Shipping Administration from the University of Cape Coast and the Regional Maritime University respectively. During her four years stay at the University of Cape Coast, she had the privilege to do her industrial attachments with the Ghana Cocoa board.


In 2019, she also had the opportunity to do her National Service with the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority where she developed interest in the maritime domain which later influenced her decision to have her master’s program in Ports and Shipping Administration. Hassanatu is currently serving as the training coordinator at the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute.


In her free time, she enjoys watching soccer and listening to music.



Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator

Enoch Dzane Nikoi is a very passionate creative designer, digital marketer, and graphic designer with an eye for style, color, and texture. He is a young graduate from the University of Ghana Business School, majoring in Marketing. He spent some time assisting some business startups like RecycleIT Ghana, Hair Communique, and also a co-founder of The Creative Potter, a graphic design company. He has worked with Heritage Discovery Learning Center and Cares for the Future of the Girl Child to bring smiles to the face of orphans at the Osu Children’s home in Accra, Ghana, and girls in the Amanten community, Bono East region, Ghana respectively. He is a sociable person and seeks to start an NGO shortly to help the community raise a better generation to come. He pioneered with his team, the social media presence of the Ghana Navy on Instagram during the time he spent serving as a National Service Personnel.

Enoch currently serves as the Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator at the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute.


Asst. Finance and Administration Officer

Rhodalyn, fondly referred to as Ewurama by her supervisors and peers, exemplifies dedication and a profound passion for accounting and finance. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, where she meticulously honed her skills and knowledge in Accounting and Administration.

Presently, as a Level 2 student at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), Rhodalyn remains steadfast in her pursuit of excellence in both her studies and career advancement within the field of accounting. Concurrently, she fulfills the role of Assistant Finance and Administrative Officer at the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute.


Backed by a solid academic background and an unwavering commitment to success, Rhodalyn harbors aspirations of becoming a trusted professional in the accounting domain, poised to make significant contributions to Ghana's financial landscape and beyond.

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