Joshua Kobla Adzakpa

Founder/CEO, Alliance For SDGs Network, Ghanaian/Ghana
Joshua Kobla Adzakpa
Founder/CEO, Alliance For SDGs Network, Ghanaian/Ghana

Joshua is a Ghanaian logistician/statistician and a social entrepreneur. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on logistics and supply chain management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a higher national diploma in statistics from Takoradi Technical University and a master’s degree in climate change and sustainable development from the University Of Ghana.

Joshua is the co-founder of Grikob Foundation Ghana a global initiative of M & G Logistics and Supply Chain Company Limited. He is an associate fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, which is an award given by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Royal Commonwealth Society, and a member of the United Nations Interagency Network for Youth Development and Youth Working Group on Gender Equality. He is a founder and regional president of SDG Changemakers, and a leader of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Awareness Campaign team in Ghana, an initiative of the Alliance for SDGs Network, of which he is a founding member and executive director. Joshua is a Global Ambassador of World Health Innovations summit, a registered UK based organization.

Joshua is the country representative for Wogglesoft Private Limited and a former vice president of the global marketing team of World Merit. He is also a member of the global fundraise team of the World Merit headquarters in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Joshua was part of a highly powered team that drafted Action Plan 001 on the SDGs for World Merit that was submitted to the UN. He is an Empower Women Champion, an initiative of UN Women and he was part of the consultative group that spearheaded Commission on Status of Women, CSW 61 of the UN. Joshua is a He-for-She Champion.

He conducted a pilot research study to discover the economic situation of women in the Ahanta West district in 2015. After, he partnered with the district to train five women groups of 15 members within five communities on entrepreneurial and vocational training. This includes baking, soap making, tie making, batik, and dye making. A major success was when those who were provided the training were able to pull resources to start up their own small scale businesses.

In 2016, Joshua invited an eco-artiste from Israel called Zeevic Jacob Peretz to Ghana to train women groups in eight communities of the Gomoa East district. This was done in partnership with the district and the project converted garbage and biodegradable materials into useful products. This initiative provided 200 rural women with skills that helped them to become economically empowered and self-reliant.

Joshua organized Good Deeds Day 2017 with his partners in April 2017 at Donkorkrom. The surrounding communities received free liver, kidney, ovarian, cyst, blood pressure screenings, and scan services were given to pregnant women. The narcotics control board provided drug abuse education and discussed rehabilitation measures for drug addicts and alcoholics. In all, 840 people were screened.

As an advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Joshua has organized numerous practical sessions to sensitize people on what the goals are and to prepare change makers to help in their implementation. Joshua’s SDGs awareness campaign aims to prepare the youth to contribute to the SDGs implementation, build a society of youth who are capable of contributing immensely to developmental issues and help them harness their entrepreneurial skill to create employment opportunities. Apart from his campaign in Ghana, Joshua convened SDGs Training Sessions at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in the Cocody section of Abidjan, Côte D'Ivoire  for 1,300 students of the university and CEOs of 7 youth-led organizations. These sessions poached talents who are currently working on various practical projects on education, sanitation, climate change,gender equality and decent work in Côte D'Ivoire . Joshua partnered with Brand For Humanity Pte Ltd in Singapore and held a training event on SDGs and entrepreneurship at the National Junior College in Singapore for 1000 change makers within the Asian Pacific Zone.

In 2018, he convened the first national dialogue on the SDGs in Ghana in partnership with the CSO Platform on SDGs, Private Enterprise Federation, Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Communication and the Ministry of Information with support from the German Development Cooperation GIZ and G3iD Geneva. This was under the theme, "Role of Technology and Innovation in Accelerating the Implementation of Agenda 2030”.

His campaigns on the SDGs have since resonated with 2.5 million people in Ghana and across the globe and many young talents have initiated practical solutions that are aligned with various SDGs to help radically accelerate the achievement of agenda 2030.

Joshua organized a free screening for the inmates of Nsawam prisons; more than 1,250 people were screened for prostate, fibroids, ovarian cyst, gynecological issues, abdominal problems, liver, kidney, spleen, optical problems, and Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs).

He holds the view that the world can become a safer place if human welfare becomes a preoccupation of all.

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