A former Commanding Officer of the Ghana Battalion was at the University of Bedfordshire to introduce the first of this year’s Leadership Futures lectures, which give students the chance to hear from a prestigious cast of senior international figures.
Colonel Emmanuel Wekem Kotia is the Chief Instructor and Academic Programs Co-ordinator at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), and formerly was in the Artillery Corp of the Ghana Armed Forces.
He visited the University’s Business School yesterday (Wednesday 3 December) to talk to students about his remarkable life story in which he has served in several UN Peacekeeping Missions as a military officer, including four tours with the UN Mission in the Lebanon.
Colonel Kotia, who holds a PhD in Political Science and an MSc in Global Security, also spoke about his time in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon from 2006 and 2007, and how he was a Consultant for the Constitution Review Commission of Ghana. This led him to assist in the drafting of the National Peace Council Bill of Ghana.
The Leadership Futures series gives students the chance to hear from inspirational ‘champions of practice’ who can add depth and context to practice-led learning.
Mark Newton, Assistant Chief Constable, British Transport Police, is the next speaker in the series on Wednesday 15 January at 13.00, who will be followed by Barry Pert, Operational Risk Director, Co-operative Bank, on Thursday 19 February at 13.00.
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