CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

28 July 2014

Ghana: UNECA's Aida Opoku-Mensah Named Among 100 Most Influential Ghanaians On Twitter

Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah, the UNECA executive director's Special Advisor on Post 2015 Development Agenda has been listed among the "100 Most Influential Ghanaians On Twitter" by City People magazine.

The City People list includes public figures drawn from various spheres of life. The segments are divided into politics/government/business; movie industry (Ghollywood); church; music/comedy; sports; literary; print media; broadcast media (TV/radio) and New Media.

States the City People magazine article in its intro: "In Ghana, virtually every public person has a presence on the social media. This listing has to do with the influence the individuals wield and not their number of followers."

The 100 Influential People listing has been compiled by City People's Online Editor, KIKELOMO IWAJOMO.

Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah (@AidaOpokuMensah) has been listed in the "POLITICS/GOVERNMENT/BIZNESS" segment which also includes several political and business leaders in Ghana such as President John Dramani Mahama, (@JDMahama), Hanna Tetteh, (@HannaTetteh), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration ; Samia Nkrumah, (@samiankrumah) daughter of the country's founding president Kwame Nkurumah; Nana Akufo-Addo, (@NAkufoAddo) who was a presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012 general elections.

According to her brief profile available here, Dr Opoku-Mensah Opoku-Mensah has managed programmes on sustainable development, environment, communication for development, media, arts & culture ICTs, geospatial technology, science & technology and innovation as part of the development agenda for Africa. She has also implemented initiatives such as UNECA's African Information Society Initiative (AISI), the Technology in Government in Africa Awards (TIGA) to encourage African governments' use of technology for development, and the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa Award (IPA) - catering for African innovators and inventors to enhance their role in the continent's development process.

She's also contributed to development of the African Science, Technology and Innovation Endowment Fund (ASTIEF) to support African scientists bring their inventions and research to market, as well as led on the development and implementation of the Access to Scientific Knowledge in Africa (ASKIA) Initiative - an innovative resource for enabling African scientists access scientific knowledge from a mobile application.

The City People magazine's complete list of 100 Most Influential Ghanaians on Twitter is available here.

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