CLAUDEA D’ANDREA, Ph.D. (FESTIVAL FOUNDER & CO-DIRECTOR )
Claudea D’Andrea is an environmentalist. She completed her Ph.D in 2003 at the University of California, Berkley, at the College of Natural Resources, and specialises in Land Administration and Natural Resource Policy. She received her M.A. in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies (SAIS) in International Relations and International Economics. Most recently, she has worked in East Timor for Oxfam GB and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). She is the co-autor of Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit (UC Press, 2002) and founder of the Festival.
KWESI OWUSU, Ph.D. (FESTIVAL CO-DIRECTOR)
Kwesi Owusu is one of Ghana’s leading film makers and communications specialists. His film credits include AMA (35mm, Channel 4 Television, 1991), and Water is Life, (Creative Storm/Oxfam, 2004). He was festival director for the major African Film Festival at the Edinburgh Film House in 1995. Kwesi was educated at Adisadel College, Ghana, and the London School of Economics. He is the author of four books on Culture, published by Routledge, London, and currently heads Creative Storm. He was nominated Personality of the Century by the Millennium Excellence Awards in 2007 and won the Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s award for Cultural Ambassador 2008.
MILDRED SAMUEL, FCCA MBA (FESTIVAL COORDINATOR)
Mildred Samuel 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 2000. She worked in London with Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank in the Asset Finance and Structured Trade Finance Groups. She is currently Finance Director of Creative Storm.
Creative Storm are leading communicators for social development in Ghana with a strong reputation for making good quality documentaries and streaming effective social marketing campaigns. It has partnered UNICEF, WHO, Carter Center and other international organizations on a range of successful campaigns. Creative Storm produces adverts and provides content for television, web sites and mobile phones and other new media applications.
Its latest flagship 10 part television programme ‘Environment Channel’ is a vehicle for public advocacy on a range of social and environmental issues.