Increasingly the noisy debate about the age-old “dogmas” of the development process and cycle is giving way to practical discussions about what works, and who delivers. This pragmatism notwithstanding, the search for fundamental postures for governments, technocrats, civil society and private industry is as intense as ever. Our panelists bring their highly diverse experiences and worldviews to bear on this wide-ranging exercise of identifying simple principles about successful development models.


Introduction by Moderator

Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere


Remarks by Host

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom


Panel Discussion

Paa Kwesi Nduom, Sunil Mathrani, Augustine Adongo


Moderator Vote of Thanks & Remarks                                       

















Paul Adom-Otchere


Paul Adom-Otchere is the Country Manager of africapractice in Ghana and a media and communications consultant with 10 years experience in radio, television and corporate communication, including time at Multimedia Broadcasting Company (JOY FM), Metropolitan Television (METRO TV) and Omni Media (CITI FM).  The Ghana Journalists Association recognized Paul’s distinguished output when in 2001 they conferred on him the award of “Radio News Reporter of the Year”. Since June 2001, Paul’s television programme “Good Evening Ghana” on Metro TV has won eight awards, notably from the Radio and TV awards scheme and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. In corporate communication Paul has served as consultant to significant national and corporate events. In 2004, Paul was lead PR consultant to EXPO AFRICA organizers of the “Ghana Expo”, an event hosted jointly by the ministries of Trade and Foreign Affairs in London to communicate Ghana’s business profile with the view to raising awareness about the potential of the Ghanaian market as an investment destination. In 2005, Paul was retained as external Consultant by MMRS Ogilvy to design the communication to help secure Rand Gold Resources (the South African Mining Company) a successful take-over bid for the Ghanaian Gold mining company Ashanti. Paul was also retained by MMRS Ogilvy to help design a communication strategy to manage the DATA BANK and SSNIT “Obatan” matter and in 2004-2005 Paul worked as Communications Director of Asante Kotoko football. Paul holds two separate bachelors in Political Science (BA) and Law (LLB) from the University of Ghana. He also holds an MSC in Alternative Dispute Resolution (arbitration, mediation & negotiation) and Development Economics from the University of London. Paul is a British Chevening Scholar.









Paa Kwesi Nduom

Papa Kwesi Nduom is a business consultant and politician. He was the Convention People’s Party’s nominee to contest the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2008. He was prior to that the member of parliament for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem constituency of Ghana. He served as minister of state in various portfolios in the Kufuor government between 2001 and 2007. He holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A former Partner in the Milwaukee office of Deloitte & Touche, he helped establish Deloitte & Touche West Africa Consulting in 1992.











Sunil Mathrani

Sunil Mathrani is a Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank and has over 25 years experience in the industry. His regional expertise spans across Africa and Asia, with his first exposure to the Ghanaian power sector in 1984. Prior to joining the World Bank, Sunil worked in the oil industry and received his Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University, UK.



Augustine Adongo

Mr. Adongo is a leading business development specialist with more than 15 years of experience in private sector, agribusiness and export development. He has worked in many prominent positions in Ghana’s private sector and now consults for local and international clients such as DFID, USAID, GTZ and DANIDA.