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October 10, 2014

Humanity United Welcomes Akwasi Aidoo

Dr. Akwasi Aidoo, chair of the board of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and the Fund for Global Human Rights, joined Humanity United this month as a senior Akwasi Aidoo Headshotfellow.

Dr. Aidoo is the former executive director of TrustAfrica, a foundation dedicated to advancing equitable development and democratic governance in Africa. His previous roles include head of Canadian International Development Research Center’s health and equity program for West and Central Africa, head of the Ford Foundation’s office for West Africa, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa. He previously served as a trustee for several international organizations, including OXFAM America and Resource Alliance.

“We are so pleased that Akwasi is joining the Humanity United team. His knowledge and experience in human rights, democracy and philanthropy in Africa and beyond will help us advance our work and strengthen our impact in the world,” said Randy Newcomb, Humanity United’s President and CEO.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Aidoo taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a PhD in medical sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He writes poetry and short stories in his spare time.

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