GAEC appoints new Director-General

The Board of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has appointed Professor Samuel Boakye Dampare as the new Director-General of the institution effective February 1, 2022.

This follows a decision of the Commission’s Board at its 122nd regular meeting held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, which considered and approved the recommendations of the Search Committee.

He takes over from Professor Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, who has reached the statutory retirement age and whose term of office ends on January 31, 2022.

Professor Dampare, by this appointment, becomes the ninth Executive Head and the fourth Director-General of the foremost scientific research institution in Ghana with a niche in nuclear science and technology, GAEC.

Until his appointment, he was the Deputy Director of Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) of GAEC. He also served as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) of the University of Ghana–Atomic and the Head of the Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratory at the Ghana Research Reactor–1 (GHARR–1) Centre of GAEC.

He had his basic education at Maase Methodist School, Abuakwa and obtained his GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels at the Ofori Panin Secondary School, Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region.

Professor Dampare is an alumnus of the University of Ghana and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and M.Phil. in Geology in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

Professor Dampare obtained his PhD in Geology in 2008 at the Okayama University in Japan through a Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbukagakusho).

After obtaining his PhD, Professor Dampare was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct collaborative research at the same university.

He has been a recipient of several awards and fellowships such as the Dean of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology Award for Academic Excellence, Okayama University (2006); Bank of Ghana Graduate Fellowship, University of Ghana (1998–1999) and MacCallien Memorial Prize for Best Graduating Student in Geology given by Geological Society of Ghana in 1997.

Professor Dampare’s scientific career at GAEC started in 2002 as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Ghana Research Reactor–1 (GHARR–1) Centre. He was upgraded to the rank of Research Scientist in 2003 and promoted to Senior Research Scientist in 2008, Principal Research Scientist in 2011 and Chief Research Scientist in 2018. He was conferred with the title of Associate Professor and Professor in Nuclear Earth Sciences in 2012 and 2020, respectively.

As a researcher, he has undertaken works in petrology and geochemistry of igneous and sedimentary rocks, crustal evolution studies of the West African Craton (WAC), Isotope hydrology and hydrogeochemistry, uranium geology, environmental pollution, development of nuclear analytical techniques for measurement of geological/geochemical and environmental samples as well as space technology applications for socio-economic development, among others.

Professor Dampare has also participated in several training courses, workshops, consultative meetings and conferences, where he has presented his research findings and given invited talks.

He has participated in the governance of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission through his service on several statutory and Ad-hoc Boards and Committees. He has also served on external boards and committees including the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) Board, UG (2018–date); and Council of Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG), 2019.

Furthermore, he serves as a member of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) AMREC Working Group from 2017–date and the Project Counterpart for Ghana for some IAEA Technical Cooperation projects

He is a fellow of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists and a member of several professional associations including the Ghana Nuclear Society, Geological Society of Africa, Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences, American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society and Geological Society of America and Ghana Science Association.

Professor Dampare has authored and co-authored over 75 articles in international and national major peer-reviewed journals. He has served as an examiner and external assessor of several graduate theses and promotional documents for academics as well as co-supervised several PhD, M.Phil./M.Sc. theses and B.Sc. dissertations for students from the University of Ghana, and other public universities in Ghana.

He is married to Angela Dampare, and they have four children (Papa Kwabena, Nana Ago, Maame Boohemaa and Kwabena Amoako). He is a Christian and worships at Mt. Sinai Methodist Church, Atomic, Kwabenya. He enjoys watching football and movies, playing checkers/draught and listening to music.

By CPRC/CCD


 

Prof. Dickson Adomako appointed Deputy Director-General of GAEC

The Governing Board of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has appointed Prof. Dickson Adomako as the new Deputy Director-General of the Commission.

He takes over from Prof. Shiloh K. D. Osae whose term of office ends on January 31, 2022.

Prior to his appointment, Prof. Adomako was the Director of Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) of GAEC. He is a chief research scientist, lecturer, and consultant.

Newly appointed Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako.

Prof. Adomako had his GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels at the Ofori Panin Secondary School. He is an alumnus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and continued with his graduate studies leading to the award of a degree in Master of Science in Geophysics.

In 2010, the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) of the University of Ghana awarded him a PhD in Nuclear Earth Science after successful completion of his 3-year programme.

His research interests are in exploration geophysics, isotope hydrology, geochemistry, environmental pollution and space science.

Prof. Adomako has extensively worked on mineral exploration, application of stable isotopes in groundwater resources assessment and has also facilitated the application of this technique for the sustainability of wetlands that have been exposed to anthropogenic activities and in monitoring pollution studies.

His research works have aided the understanding of hydrochemical dynamics in some selected areas in Ghana.

He is keen on generating a lot of geophysical and hydrochemical data to help policymakers alleviate water-borne diseases and water shortages in some communities in the country.

Prof. Adomako has participated in the governance of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission through his service on several statutory and Adhoc Boards and Committees.

He is currently a member of the Executive Committee and General Management Committee of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).

Prof Adomako has successfully supervised several MPhil and PhD students and has served as both internal and external examiner/assessor. He has published extensively in his research area.

He has attended and presented research papers at several local and international conferences and has over 55 publications in both local and international peer-reviewed journals to his credit.

Prof. Dickson Adomako is married to Mrs. Lydia Adomako and the union is blessed with three children.

By CPRC/CCD