Our Speakers

Hemptech brings an exciting range of experience to the stage.

Nana Obokese Ampah I
Soil and Land use Panelist

Nana Obokese Ampah I is the Apagyehen of Asebu Traditional area of Central Region, Ghana. He is the Chief Executive Officer for a Year of Return Legacy Project, The Asebu Pan African Village Project. He is also the board chairman of the African Union Art Festival Foundation. He is known in private life as Kojo Ampah Sahara and is Fordham University, New York- United States of America trained communications expert. He is a serial entrepreneur with interests in Agro and Food processing business, Entertainment, Hospitality and Tourism, Media/ Public Relations amongst others, the Cape Coast Development Company, national planning committee member of the Pan African Historical Theater Festival (PANAFEST) and AU Arts Festival Foundation. He serve as the Ambassador and High Commissioner of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League for Ghana.

Nana Obokese Ampah I
Soil and Land use Panelist
Davisha L Johnson
CEO - CEMT, LLC

Ms. Johnson is President and Founder of the Cooperative Executive Management Team which is a farm management services company focusing on Black farmers globally in Industrialized Hemp and agricultural commodities trading. She is currently the Chief of Staff to Honorable Sandra G. Scott; Georgia State House Representative for D76 who is the former Vice Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus which is the largest in the United States and Ms. Johnson is also the Global Project Specialist for the Global Africa Business Association and creator of the Ghana Investment Tour focusing on SME’s in Ghana, West Africa. Her goal is to focus on training, government affairs/campaigns, government contracting opportunities and developing political and legislative strategy globally. Her clientele also consists of providing non-profits, start-ups, entrepreneurs, established businesses municipalities and private individuals with business support services and economic development opportunities in Industrialized Hemp throughout the United States and the international landscape.

Davisha L Johnson
CEO - CEMT, LLC
Maya Gilliam
CEO - HEMPRESS FARMS

Gilliam began her research a few years ago, connected with other growers and applied for her license to grow. In March, her first indoor hemp plants began to pop up. In June, her outdoor plants started doing the same. Now, she has 300 plants outside and 40 indoors. And she didn’t waste any time making her own CBD products, which is what she says sets her apart in the crowded hemp market. Gilliam prides herself on doing every step of the hemp market process from growing, harvesting, and processing to selling hemp products. Her favorite items that she sells through a dispensary at the spa include CBD-infused body butter and her hemp teas. But wellness isn’t the only reason why Gilliam got into hemp. As a Black woman, she says that reclaiming the plant and helping others see it as an entrepreneurial possibility is another goal.

Maya Gilliam
CEO - HEMPRESS FARMS
Maurice Cheatham
CEO - AFRICAN ROOTS TRAVEL

Traveling to Ghana for the first time 5 years to bury father altered my life direction. Two years later I packed up leaving Detroit, Michigan to moving to Accra to assist my family raise my two younger sisters whom my father left behind. It was not the best professional move but one that I celebrate in honor of my father and the sacrifices he made for me. Moving to Ghana brought new challenges, I was motivated to share my experiences and celebrate Ghana as a vacation destination. Thus was the beginning of Africa Roots Travel. a lifestyle travel brand that serves as a destination management company for everything that is Ghana.

Maurice Cheatham
CEO - AFRICAN ROOTS TRAVEL
Dr.-Ing. Yaw Poku-Gyamfi
Founder - Geospace Engineering Consult

Dr.-Ing. Yaw Poku-Gyamfi, got his PhD from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Federal Armed Forces University, Munich and MPhil in Geomatic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently teaching at the CSIR College of Science and Technology and is in charge of the establishment of the Licensed Surveyors of Ghana's CORS Network, LISAGNET. He founded Geospace Engineering Consult, a survey and mapping organization in Ghana that among other things uses drones for several applications. Yaw works with Adjei-Barwuah Science Academy for Girls, an institution that wants to facilitate the training on drone technology at all levels and is the President of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LISAG).

Dr.-Ing. Yaw Poku-Gyamfi
Founder - Geospace Engineering Consult
Kumi Kwamla Kokoroko
Hemp Product Development Co-Presenter

Kumi Kwamla Kokoroko, a Ghanaian by birth and a graduate of Agate Senior High School, Hohoe Municipality Volta Region. From there he got engaged in commercial farming, food processing and pastries. Currently he is a cassava farmer and processor of gluten free high quality cassava flour, I'm versatile in grains mix including cereals and currently developing Hemp products.

Kumi Kwamla Kokoroko
Hemp Product Development Co-Presenter
Dr. Daniel Opoku-Mensah
Farmers Risks/Reward, Economic Development Panelist

Dr. Daniel Opoku-Mensah (BSC. AGRIC. CERT, PLANNING. PGD, REGIONAL PLANNING & MGT., MSc, DEVT PLANNING & MGT.) FPMP (Development Financing, Project, Management and ERP Specialist) Played a prominent role in the development of the Concept and was the main author: Agricultural Mechanization and Support Services Project (AMSEC) – MOFA: Kwasi Boamah ( Director, AESD –MOFA) and Daniel Opoku-Mensah (October 1999), a Member of Credit Task Force for the Millennium Challenge Account –Ghana (MCA-I) that worked the compact analysis and report preparation on Agriculture. Very experienced and innovative Development Financing, Project, Management and ERP Specialist with a sound academic and Professional background. Excellent working knowledge in Banking, Development Financing, Agricultural Extension, Commercial Agriculture and Value-Chain, Project Planning & Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning with 29years working experience at senior and middle management positions in both private and public sectors. Dynamic and results oriented Project Management professional.

Dr. Daniel Opoku-Mensah
Farmers Risks/Reward, Economic Development Panelist
Bonuedi Ankutse Guthrie
Hemp Product Development Co-Presenter

A Graduate of Maggotty Technical High School, St Elizabeth Jamaica. Was born and raised up farm estate and has kept the tradition throughout the years. Lived and worked 15 years on 3 different Cannabis farms, Whilst Agro food products. Repartriated to Ghana August 1997 and currently work with Andigo Godsway farm & food Processing Company Ltd Serving also the post of ``Regent Development Queen Mother`` Active member of `` Toneyeli Women's Farmers Group Association. Passionate Agronomist Naturist and down to Earth On the edge for committed commitment Towards expansion and added value. On ``Eat what We Grow`` Our Foods Our Medicine Back to Basics a Priority way of Life!

Bonuedi Ankutse Guthrie
Hemp Product Development Co-Presenter
Darkuzie Kwashi
Farmers Risks/Rewards, Economic Development Panelist

DARKUZIE KWASHI is the National Chairman of Darsfield EarthCare & Farm-Tech Foundation (Darsfoundation) is Agriculture in Environment Civil Society and began its operations in 10th June 2006 in- Akwapim South, Asougyaman of Eastern Region and Hohoe, Ketu South and Ho municipal assemblies in Volta Region of Ghana. To meet this challenge, Darsfoundation embarks on education and training programs, community mobilization, neighborhood stewardship programs and strategic livelihood development projects.
Darsfoundation support rural communities in-
 Agro-forestry programs and Climate Change initiatives
 Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agricultural programs (mushroom, bee-keeping and
snail farming).
 Organic Regenerative Environment Technology (Organic farming)
 Fruits and Vegetable farming
 Provide MSME Services to Agricultural enterprises & Agro-processing in Rural & Urban areas.

Darkuzie Kwashi
Farmers Risks/Rewards, Economic Development Panelist
Agya Annoh
Farmers Risk/Rewards, Economic Development Panelist

Agya Annoh is the Board Chairman of Ultimate Farmers alliance that provides opportunity for every individual desiring to own a farm see his/her dream come true with ease irrespective of his/her geographical location, technical know-how, time or land constraints. Promote diversified sustainable agricultural systems that enhance food, nutrition and income securities, environmental and food safety standards. Promote sustainable development initiatives particularly amongst smallholder women and young farmers through participatory and innovative practices.

Agya Annoh
Farmers Risk/Rewards, Economic Development Panelist
Mr. Ntsu Benjamin
Hemp Education Presenter

Mr. Ntsu Benjamin, Extension officer- NABCO Ministry of food and agriculture(NABCO) –Adaklu- anyigbe Volta and currently Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Extension Officer, Volta Region, internal inspector and extension officer – YAYRA GLOVER LIMITED. Mr. Ntsu provides training to organic farmers on organic farm management and also inspecting their farms internally for satisfaction. He provides efficient and cost-effective extension to organic farmers to increase their productivity, improve income and enhance their livelihood. He assists farmers to acquire knowledge and skills to be able to adopt good agricultural practices (GAP) To educate organic farmers on approved agronomic practices in organic cultivation. Assisting farmers to convert their conventional farms into organic and also the removal of mistletoe parasite, sanitary harvesting etc. Mr. Ntsu trains targeted communities on appropriate postharvest and marketing technologies, including bulking, storage and sale of farm produce. He increases awareness through training, demonstrations in the use of various integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) technologies and enhance access to farm inputs.

Mr. Ntsu Benjamin
Hemp Education Presenter
Hiwot Schulte
Manufacturing Presenter

Consultant & Project Development Hempcrete
Founder of Haile Hempress House 2020
Co-Founder of Pan African Industrial Hemp Association (Board Member), Consultation for Eco Friendly Materials for Designers in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Consultation for Eco Friendly Materials and Objects , Valuation of Production Process in order to ensure Eco Friendly consumption and protection for Nature, Report about Tourism in Tanzania and Eco Concept in Hotels and Tourist Sector, Research on Eco System and Program Organisation Awareness for Ocean Protection in Senegal, Research to find Option and Improve waste management in order to adapt a more circular Economic Model. Working on a Program for Sustainable Development, including reaching the Sustainable Development Goal for Oceans, Research on Eco Friendly Policies and new Laws in African Countries, Workshop on sustainability in Accommodation Sector and Hotel Industry Addis Ababa

Hiwot Schulte
Manufacturing Presenter
Prudence Attipoe
Economic Development Presenter

A deputy director, Head plant Quarantine Division of the PPRSD. Prudence seeks to import and export of plant and plant products and issue permits as well.

Prudence Attipoe
Economic Development Presenter
Dre Taylor
Hydroponics Vs Aquaponics

Dre is also the founder of The KC Urban Farm Coop. The Coop has planted one of the country's largest public fruit orchards in Swope Park in Kansas City Missouri. The Co-op has planted over 200 fruit trees and 300ft rows of raspberries, blackberries and fig trees and 100 bee hives. The Coop’s goal is to provide 1 million pounds of local fresh, pesticide free, fruit over the next 20 years. Dre Taylor is one of the country’s leaders our food systems . He is the founder of Nile Valley(NVA) Aquaponics 100,000 Pound Food Project in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the largest commercial facility in the state of Missouri. Dre holds a patented system that showcases an integrated feeding system utilizing insects he breeds to naturally feed it’s fish in his aquaponic system. Dre has been urban and aquaponic farming for over 10 years. “What Dre Taylor is doing in Kansas City is about jobs, producing food and giving young people something to do,” said Allen, who helped Michelle Obama started her “Let’s Move!” initiative to reduce childhood obesity and who in 2010 was honored to be named one of Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World,Will Allen has also become Dre’s mentor since meeting in 2011.

Dre Taylor
Hydroponics Vs Aquaponics
Sonjiah( sōn jaī) Davis
Medicinal Usage Panelist

Sonjiah( sōn jaī) Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, whose expertise is in women’s issues and family and child welfare, specifically working with individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She is the
former host of “Get Your Mind Right, a radio talk show about mental and behavioral health and wellness on We Act Radio in Washington, DC. She has also made several guest appearances on other shows as a mental health expert. She has been a guest
lecturer at the University of Texas, Arlington and has been a panelist on a variety of discussions on health, mental health and wellness. Ms. Davis obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Howard University where she focused on social work policy and earned a position as a congressional staffer. Her practice, RS Davis Health & Wellness, LLC based in Washington, DC has had a global impact by taking her practice online. Ms. Davis uses several alternative methods for treatment such as yoga and meditation, nutrition education and offers marijuana as medicine educating where she consults with clients on safe usage to combat mental health issues.

Sonjiah( sōn jaī) Davis
Medicinal Usage Panelist
Ahmahtsiyahu Ben Yisrael
Sustainable Development

Ahmahtsiyahu Ben Yisrael is the Executive Director of Ghana Industrial Hemp Association and Adamah Veh Zerah, an NGO registered in Ghana, West Africa. He is also a member and Spokesperson for Bamboo Roots Collective, a cooperative works organization. Born in the U.S. and at an early age learning of my African Edenic ancestry, this knowledge would place me on a path in pursuit of greater identity. Realizing my purpose, he was be led to return to assist in Africa’s and African peoples upliftment and restoration through the application of sustainable development principles and technology.

Ahmahtsiyahu Ben Yisrael
Sustainable Development
Affram Abigail
Water System Presenter

Ministry of Food and Agriculture, AGRIC EXTENSION AGENT, NATIONAL SERVICE DAWHENYA FARMS, GHANA IRRIGATION DEV’T AUTHORITY (Ashaiman)- Registration of farmers on planting for food and jobs, Data collection on crop and livestock farmers, Delivery of extension services to farmers, conducting demonstration for farmers, assisting in land preparation, taking part in harvesting and bagging mechanically and manually, Taking part in demonstration for farmers, Preparing of nursery beds and green houses, Assisting in Administrative works, Data collection on research fields, Assisting in welding at the workshop, Trouble shooting in a machine and Assisting in the repair of machines, Assisting in routine checks of a machine.

Affram Abigail
Water System Presenter
Nataki Kambon
Entrepreneur

Nataki Kambon is an outspoken entrepreneur, media personality, and community activist passionate about creating social change through economics. She started her first successful company out of her college dorm room and has been a successful entrepreneur ever since. As a senior management consultant, with Nu Business Solutions has helped hundreds of people start and grow companies from the micro-business level to the sustainable enterprise level. She is active and vocal on a range of issues facing the Black community including community organizing, small business best practice, and economic empowerment. As a lifelong health-conscious vegan/vegetarian who has never tasted meat; she is outspoken about diet and health, engages as an organizer and speaker and amateur vegan chef at local and national health events. She is also passionate about environmental justice and sustainability. Since 2001 she has been an active representative of several cultural and empowerment organizations . Nataki was appointed as the spokesperson for the Let's Buy Black 365 Black Economic Empowerment Movement taglined, where change makes sense in 2014. She became the host of Connect TV by Let's Buy Black 365, the live-streamed Black culture and lifestyle show that popularizes Black revolutionary thought. Connect TV broadcasts on LetsBuyBlack.com/connecttv and simulcasts on three Black-owned media networks in 2018. In 2019 she was nominated as a Paragon leader. She also became a member of Repatriate to Ghana through which she became one of the 126 Black people from the Diaspora who was granted dual citizenship in Ghana by President Nana Akufo-Addo in a historic swearing historic ceremony held at the Jubilee House Presidential Palace. Since then Nataki continues to inspire entrepreneurs around the world through her ``beyond advising`` model. She leads an executive team that simultaneously implements all the marketing, accounting, human resources, management, and operations needed to get companies to profitably and operational efficiency in just three to six months

Nataki Kambon
Entrepreneur