ABOUT THE SUMMIT

An international summit held in Ghana to discuss Legacy, Communities and Innovation, 400 years since the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade.


In the context of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) and Ghana’s National 'Year of Return', HACSA’s flagship Summit brings together Heads of State, opinion leaders, practitioners, academics and participants from Africa and the diaspora to have open and meaningful debate on the 400 Year Legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Trade in Enslaved African People, to Link, Reunite and Reconcile affected Communities and share examples of Innovation and creative strategies to overcome its debilitating and persisting effects.

The Summit will include Keynote Speakers, Panel Discussions, Academic Presentations, Exhibitions, a Film Screening, a Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil, a Gala Dinner Dance showcasing African Food, Fashion and Music and Guided Tours of key Heritage Sites in Ghana.


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What is the social, economic and psychological impact and legacy 400 years on?



  • How have communities coped with the effects of the slave trade on their societies?
  • Is there a need for truth and reconciliation? Can divided communities be reunited?


  • How have the creative arts contributed to discourse, reconciliation and the healing process?
  • Can innovation create opportunities to reverse the debilitating effects that still persist in Africa and the diaspora?


  • High-level discussions on current topics of importance to the socioeconomic development of Africa and Africans in the diaspora.
  • LINK, REUNITE AND RECONCILE communities affected by the slave trade.
  • Discuss how the CREATIVE ARTS and modern INNOVATIONS provide HOPE for healing and overcoming its debilitating and devastating effects.


President John Kufuor
Former President of Ghana

H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo
First Lady of Ghana

H.E. Henri Lopes
Author / Former Prime Minister The Republic of Congo

H.E. Jewel Howard -Taylor Vice President of Liberia

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi,
Minister for Tourism, Ghana

Ambassador Kwesi Quartey
Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission

Pierre De Gaetan Njikam, Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux

Dr. Thomas Mensah
Chemical Engineer & Pioneer of Fibre Optics

Calvin L. Holmes,
President of Chicago Community Loan Fund

Barry Ford
President & CEO Council for a Strong America

Lisa Opoku
Partner, Chief Operating Officer for the Securities Division Goldman Sachs

Prof. Arthur Mutambara Former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

MoïseTchando Kerekou
Former Ambassador of Benin to Turkey

Dr Margaret Spearmon
University of Washington Senior Lecturer

Hugh Quarshie
Ghanaian born British Actor

Dr Augustine Konneh
Dean of the Graduate School African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia, Liberia

Eric Opoku Agyemang
Programme Manager
Puget Sound Sage

Kweku Adoboli
Author, Former Trader

Lady Gifty Tetteh
Barister & Head of
Chambers at Chambers of G D Tetteh–UK.

Christine Souffrant Ntim
Award-winning Forbes 30 Under30 Entrepreneur

Nikia Washington
Consultant, Inclusive Engagement llc

Joel E. Ruffin Sr
Vice President & Senior Engineer Technology Division Goldman Sachs

Viola Labi
Founder of Woven Worldwide

Miss Samantha Z. Tross
MBBS, FRCS, FRCS Ed, FRCS Ed (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) London

Yaw Asamoah
Board Chairman Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS USA)

Charles Kollo
Senior Vice President DreamOval Ltd

Samia Nkrumah
Daughter of Dr Kwame Nkrumah Ghana's First President

Mr. Fergus T. Maclaren
Principal, MAC-DUFF Tourism | Heritage | Planning & President, ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee

Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka
Founder & CEO

Zynovia Y. Hetherington
Director of Child Welfare Training & Advancement Program

Keith Stokes
Vice President, 1696 Heritage Group Descendant of the Barclay Family, Rhode Island

Lucy Quist
Managing Director at Morgan Stanley,

Humphrey Barclay
Film Producer
Descendant of David Barclay, Founder of Barclays Bank

Susan Reid
Impact Investor Board Member, Africa Center, NY

Dr. Wazi Apoh
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana

Mr. Kojo Bentum-Williams
Senior Expert on Communications in Africa for the United Nations World Tourism Organization

Mme. Sylvie Cazes
Owner, Bordeaux Saveurs

Dr Patrick Adukwei Clerk
Descendant of Alex Worthy ClerkDentist, Los Angeles, California

Maria Gotsch
President & CEO Partnership Funds for New York City
Co-founder, Fintech Innovation Lab

Fred McBagonluri

Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon, PhD. Linguistics at the University of Ghana

George Madjitey

Juan Gélasy

Prof. Akosua Perbi

Adewale Adjadi

Prof. Kwadwo Osseo-Asare


Dr. Jemima Nunoo, Lecturer, (GIMPA)

Dr Dede Amanor-Wilks
Communications Director,  African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

Klorkor Okai-Mills
Assistant Judge Advocate General Ministry of Defence, Accra Ghana

G.T Svanikier
Technology Strategy Analyst
Goldman Sachs

Dr. Kwame Boakye

A.J Sarpong

Peter Akwaboah
Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) Operations Morgan Stanley.

Antoinette Tsiboe-Darkot
Research Fellow & Lecturer Centre for Social Policy Studies University of Ghana

Amma Aboagye

Morris Sinclair


Summit Registration Includes:

  • TEDx Osu
  • Tour of Accra
  • 3 Day Full Summit Access (including lunch and tea breaks)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Film Screening
  • Remembrance Ceremony
  • Gala Dinner (with a musical concert and fashion show)
  • Archaeological Exhibition
  • Business Investment and Trade Expo
  • Detailed Programme (Click here)

Summit Registration Excludes:


HACSA's Planning Committee


Johanna Svanikier


Terry Oppong

Event Organiser

Princess Fynn-Williams

Marketing and Communication,

Charles Kollo

Summit Coordinator,

Qondi Moyo

Victoria Twum-Gyamrah,University Liaison

Rose Frimpong, Logistics

Nii Lantey


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