Professor Raymond Atuguba
Professor Raymond Atuguba is currently Dean of the University of Ghana School of Law. He was, formerly, the Executive Secretary to the President of the Republic of Ghana. Between 2008 and 2010, Prof. Atuguba was a member of the United Nations High Level Task Force on the Implementation of the Right to Development. He earned a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) with Distinction from Harvard Law School, a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) from the University of Ghana Law School.
He is an accomplished lawyer with a strong grasp on issues of policy, law, governance and development. Prof. Atuguba has consulted widely for various governments, international organisations and national institutions, including the governments of The Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe; the United Nations; the World Bank; the EU; the African Union; ECOWAS; UNDP; UN-OHCHR; UNODC; UNICEF; UNHCR; ILO; IOM; USAID; DFID; GTZ (GIS); DANIDA; FES; British Council; IIED; CHRI; OSIWA; IBIS; Action Aid International; CARE International; Plan International; and Oxfam; and has managed grants as large as US$10,000,000 and as small as US$25,000.
He has been a Visiting Professor of Law and the Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Harvard Law School; a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Fellow at Harvard University; Jennifer Oppenheimer Fellow at Harvard University; Graduate Fellow at Harvard Law School; Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he has been a Visiting Professor at Ku Leuven University in Belgium, Sciences Po University in Paris, France, and at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Diane Davis
Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and former Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). Before moving to Harvard in 2012, Davis served as the head of the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also was Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. She began her academic career teaching at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.
Trained as a Sociologist with an interest in Political Geography (BA in Geography, Northwestern University; Ph.D. in Sociology, UCLA) Davis’s research interests include the relations between urbanization and national development, urban governance, informality, and the growth and structure of cities, with a special emphasis on the developing country context. She has published a wide variety of books and articles on the challenges of advancing equity, sustainability, and democratic forms of governance in cities of the global south.
She is a prior recipient of research fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the United States Institute for Peace, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Meet Our Advisors and Coaches
Kodjo has an MBA from the Yale University School of Management with a focus in Finance, Strategy, and Asset Management. He holds an MS degree in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago and BS in Physics from Hampton University.
Kodjo has 18 years of experience across investment banking, management consulting, and business development. Prior to starting Kevi Capital, he was VP of Commodities and Credit Derivatives Product Valuation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Kevi Capital is an investment fund focused on education and healthcare infrastructure development and investments in Africa.
Kodjo is a co-founder and co-Host of the Impact on Record podcast which engages in conversations with impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and the impacted.
In his free time, he is a wine sommelier and is currently a Certified Vinitaly Italian Wine Ambassador. He also enjoys long distance road biking with major biking events including 177 miles from Houston to Austin and 210 miles from Paris to London.
Raph received an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania on a Joseph Wharton fellowship; a Master of Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School at Harvard University on Presidents J.F. Kennedy and D. Eisenhower scholarships; and a Master of Finance from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Master Card and Legatum Capital scholarships. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors in Economics and Pure Mathematics and a Diploma in Statistics with Distinction from the University of Ghana, where he received the best student in Economics and Mathematics award. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Chartered Accountant (UK).
Currently, Raph is a Fixed Income Investment Analyst at Vanguard, the world’s second largest money manager, and a doctoral student in public finance at Italy’s Bocconi University. He has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Big Four accounting firm, in its Accra and Abu Dhabi offices and Manulife Financial, a large insurer and asset manager, in Boston. In addition, he volunteers as an Investment Management career coach for SEO-USA, an Alumni Interviewer for University of Pennsylvania undergraduate admissions, and an Admissions Reader for the Schwarzman Scholarship Program at Tsinghua University in China. He enjoys helping students to discover their voices and tell their unique stories to admission committees.
Jack Oliva-Rendler received a Master in Architecture (MArch) degree from the Harvard Graduate school of Design, where he was awarded an academic merit scholarship. He was honored with the prestigious Mars City Design award by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for his work in the Mars Urban Design competition. Jack obtained a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) from the renowned Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIA), where he was awarded an academic merit scholarship. He also won the Undergraduate Thesis Prize at SCIA.
Currently, Jack is the Director of Design at e7 Architecture Studio. Jack has worked with renowned architecture firms: Gensler, MAD Architects and Morphosis.
As a Design Advisor at EdAcme, Jack brings architectural, design and computational expertise to support young people researching, designing and prototyping solutions to the major urban, and infrastructural challenges people and cities face.
Amy received her Master in Regional Studies and an independent research fellowship from Harvard University. She has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and International Business from University of Maryland, College Park, where she was awarded the Dean’s scholarship. She also minored in Chinese literature at Peking University on CSC scholarship.
Amy is a contributor for China Business Review and Harvard China Innovation Project. After graduating from Harvard, she worked as a startup fundraiser for Google Campus Madrid, where she raised over 2 million dollars in seed capital for a Spain-based fintech. Currently, she is on the research team on the Global China Strategy Initiative in Washington, DC.
During her free time, Amy enjoys practicing yoga. She is a certificated yoga instructor by Yoga Alliance and an ACE group fitness instructor. She was also the founder of Harvard Graduate Student Yoga Club (HGSYC).
As an Exchange, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisor at Edacme, Amy brings cultural and business expertise to support entrepreneurs, young professionals, and students who are interested in studying, interning, or participating in exchange programs in East Asia.
Sadiq holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He previously obtained an MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge and a First Class B.Eng (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, where he was a BP Scholar.
Immediately after graduating from the University of Cambridge, Sadiq co-founded Frisch Laundry Services in his home country, Nigeria, serving university campuses. He later transitioned to management consulting at KPMG. He is currently a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company.
He’s passionate about mentorship and spends a lot of his downtime listening to podcasts on politics, business and psychology.
Paul gave his first public speech at the age of 10. It was not a good speech. He has since spoken to hundreds about faith, leadership, and public service. Currently, Paul serves as the Finance Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he helps to manage a $40 billion operating budget. He believes that anyone can become a powerful communicator.
Paul earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Bradford Fellow. While at the Kennedy School he was the President of the HKS Public Speaking Club and was voted the Most Persuasive Student by his classmates. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northeastern University.
In his over 15 years of public service Paul has held various roles at every level of US government from the Parking Department in his hometown of San Rafael, CA to the White House in Washington, DC. In his spare time Paul enjoys fishing and pretending he is a monster with his three year old son.
Currently, Sophie works for the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI, where she serves as a Student Programs Coordinator and administers key student life and leadership development initiatives for a diverse, largely international graduate student body. Sophie has received award recognition for her work in the DEI field and she provides coaching and consultation on a variety of higher education topics.
She has been published by UNICEF India for her graduate field research on empowering adolescent girls through information and communications technology.