Keynote Speaker


Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD is a US-based Ghanaian author, inspirational speaker, leadership trainer, and an advocate for youth empowerment. He promotes excellence and “mind liberation” as the basis of transformational change on the continent of Africa. Dr. Pipim was trained in engineering and systematic theology, and has authored some 25 books—including some bestselling and inspirational and apologetic works. He currently directs two Centers for Leadership Development known as EAGLES (Empowerment & Advisory Group for Leadership, Excellence, & Service) and ANANSE (African Network & Advisory for Needed Services & Excellence) www.EAGLESonline.org. He speaks extensively around the world at events for youth, students, young professionals, and religious & civic leaders. Dr. Pipim was the keynote speaker at the 2018 African Heads of State Summit Prayer Breakfast on January 28, 2018 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The summit was themed: “Winning The Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

Dr. Vijaya (VJ) Gopu, P.E., is Matthew G. Stuller Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Associate Director for External Programs at Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC). He also holds the Formosa Plastics Distinguished Emeritus Professor position at LSU. Dr. Gopu served as the Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments at Tulane University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and held the Edward G. Schleider Endowed Chair at the University of New Orleans.  He also served as the Program Director for the Structural Systems and Engineering in the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998-2001. Dr. Gopu is a recipient of several awards for teaching, research and professional service. He has supervised the research work of 48 graduate students and served as the principal or co-principal investigator of over 60 projects with total expenditures exceeding $20M and dealing with heavy engineered timber structures, FRP repair of concrete structures, bridge condition assessment, hazard mitigation of light-frame structures, recycled polymer composites, engineering education, and research administration.  Dr. Gopu delivered keynote lectures at several international conferences and has served on the organizing committee of several domestic/international conferences and forums.  He is active in several technical committees and has served as a member of several federal interagency working groups.  While serving at NSF, he established a $20 million joint NSF-HUD initiative in support of President Clinton’s PATH --Partnership for Advancing Technologies for Housing – program. Dr. Gopu serves as the Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the NSF Center on Integration of Composites in Infrastructure. He was the Conference Chair for the World Conference on Timber Engineering held in New Orleans in 1996. Over the past 20 years, he has been heavily involved in the management of TIER 1 and Regional University Transportation Center sites funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Dr. Gopu has served on over 70 NSF Research Centers/Facilities Site Review Teams and Proposal Review Panels in just the past decade. He also served on the Committee of Visitors for a NSF program that is the highest level of service rendered to NSF. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Louisiana and a life member of ASCE.

Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh is the chairperson for the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Road & Transport Committee. He holds graduate degrees in environmental policy, climate change, and international relations development. He is a leading voice on climate change and clean energy in Ghana. He currently serves on the International Climate Parliament, which consists of legislators working worldwide to combat climate change. Besides being a strong climate advocate, he has played leading roles as a legislator in the decentralization of Ghana’s Scholarship Secretariat, amendment to the Free Zone Act, allocation of portions of oil revenues towards development of renewable energy, and has recently called for the establishment of Agric-index insurance.

Additional Speakers will be announced soon.

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