Dr Kwesi Owusu, Executive Director

Dr Owusu is a highly experienced expert in communications and social marketing with over 25years experience working in the creative industries. Dr Owusu was a Senior Director of Jubilee2000, one of the most successful global marketing campaigns of all time. He led the campaign for debt relief in twenty African countries in the late 1990’s. Dr Owusu is one of Ghana’s leadingfilm directors and writers. He is the author of four books on culture published by Routledge, London and New York. Dr Owusu is an associate ofthe African Studies Centre at the University of Cambridge and heads Creative Storm. He is Director of Environmental Film Festival ofAccra and Executive Member of the Ghana Creative Industries Foundation. Dr Owusu was nominated personality of the century by the Millennium Excellence Awards (2006) and receivedthe Arts, Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana’s award for cultural ambassador in 2008.

Dr Owusu’s film credits include AMA (35mm, Channel 4 Television Artificial Eye, 1991), OUAGA. African Cinema Now (16mm, Channel 4 TV, 1986, the acclaimed documentary on the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou and Water is Life (Creative Storm / Oxfam GB, 2004). Since 2003, he has directed over 40 documentaries and several commercials for Creative Storm. He was the festival director for the major African Film Festival at the Edinburgh Film House in 1995. Dr Owusu was educated at Adisadel Collage, Ghana and the London School of Economics.

Ms Mildred Samuel, Finance Director and Projects Coordinator
Mildred is a UK qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience in finance and auditing with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She studied at the University of Durham, UK, where she was awarded an MBA with distinction in 2000. She worked in London with Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank in the Asset Finance and Structured Trade Finance Groups, specializing in OECD countries and emerging markets. She is currently Director of Finance and Project Coordinator at Creative Storm.

Mr Mawuli Afatsiawo, Creative Manager
Mr Afatsiawo is a visual communications expert, his experience spans over ten years in Germany, London, Australia, Ghana and Brazil and covers branding, audio visual production, web & mobile communications technology.

Mawuli graduated with a first class honors degree in Fine Arts from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in 1999. He has since worked as an independent graphic design contactor for the United Nations Energy Program (UNEP). He branched into the video arts under the guidance of Marcel Odenbach, an internationally recognized German artist. Mr Afatsiawo?s work in the visual and media arts industry spans nine years and covers Bonn, Germany, Manchester, UK, Australia and Sao Paolo - Brazil.

In 2000, he was invited by the Institut fur Auslands-beziehungen to work towards the production of the Digital Africa exhibition. He has worked with children in Manchester as part of an Artist in Residence program by Cornerhouse, to explore issues of trade and identity. In 2006, his new media work was selected and exhibited in Melbourne Australia as part of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

 

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