Amicus Onlus Ghana is governed by Board of Trustees. The Board meets regularly to discuss governance matters, including the charity vision, mission and strategic direction.
Dr Caesar Alimsinya Atuire
Dr Caesar Alimsinya Atuire, hails from the savannah territory of Sandema in the Upper East Region of Ghana. After completing his O’ Levels with a distinction from Tamale Secondary School he continued his studies in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. He entered the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London, in 1986 to study Civil Engineering. As an undergraduate, he was chosen to work in the team that built the world’s first Strong Motion Seismic Database, the most comprehensive database on earthquakes in existence at the time. In 1989, he left Imperial College for a two-year spirituality programme in Dublin. He later continued his studies in Rome where he obtained the Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus (S.T.L.) degree in dogmatic theology and a PhD in philosophy with a dissertation on phenomenology and morality of suicide. Dr Atuire also obtained post graduate diplomas in pedagogical sciences and in bioethics. He has worked in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Africa and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Latin and Greek among the European languages.
He has authored several books and scholarly articles, mostly in Italian and Spanish. Among these are: Ma io dove sono?; Ponzio Pilato, vittima or carnefice?; Il viaggio di Paolo; Il viaggio della vita; Leaping the bounds of the Elysian fields; Bioethics in Africa: Theories and Praxis; Understanding the Christian Faith; Pursuing Nation Building within Multi-Partisan Fragmentation: The case of Ghana.
From 2007 till 2013 Dr Atuire was CEO of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP), the Roman organization for pilgrimages and cultural tourism that operates from the Vatican. Under his leadership, the ORP organization grew to become the world’s largest organization for Christian pilgrimages, handling up to 700 thousand tourists and pilgrims per annum.
In 2003, he founded Amicus Onlus, an NGO based in Italy and Ghana. Today Amicus runs school and youth training programmes in marginalized communities, reaching hundreds of persons. Amicus also offers healthcare and medical assistance to more than 30 thousand Ghanaians each year in the Central and Western Regions of Ghana.
In 2013, Dr Atuire relocated to Ghana where he is currently a lecturer in the Philosophy and Classics Department of the University of Ghana, Legon, and continues to oversee his charitable and philanthropic works.
Dr Atuire describes himself as a person-centred Christian existentialist, following the Augustinian approach: Ambula per hominem et pervenies ad Deum (literally translated as: Walk through man and you will arrive at God).
Dr Alessandro Silva
Born in Milan in 1956, he graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan with honors in 1982 and subsequently specialized in Internal Medicine in 1987.
He has published scientific papers in Italian and international journals in the field of endocrinology.
General Practitioner with tutor activities for the apprenticeship for the professional qualification of new graduates.
Since 2004 he has been working as a volunteer doctor at the Medical Center of assistance for the poor and non-EU citizens of the Fratelli di San Francesco Foundation in Milan.
In 2007, after an experience as a medical assistant in Wolisso hospital, West Shoa, Ethiopia, he joined Amicus, participating annually in medical missions.
It has focused on the management of the chronic patient, especially in the cardiological and metabolic fields, in order to treat not the single episode but the pathology over time.
He has implemented the territorial activity with constant visits to the villages, in order to reach those who not only have difficulty in reaching the structure but also do not have the “cure” mentality.
From 2010 to 2015 he organized a partnership with the School of Internal Medicine specialization directed first by Professor Cappellini and, subsequently, by Professor Cicardi with the participation of students from the school to his missions. The result was the publication of a scientific paper on cardiometabolic pathology in rural Ghana populations, winner of the first prize at the national congress of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine, poster section.
To support Amicus onlus has published the book of photos and stories “Other Voices / Other Voices” and produced a video with the same title and another with the title Eguasè visible on Youtube.
After graduating in architecture in 1986, he worked as a professional livero and worked on the foundation and guide of engineering and consulting in the field of architecture and urban planning in general. Expert in sustainable architecture collaborates as a consultant for TUV sud in the field of verification and certification of sustainability in the context of real estate in general; Works on projects and interventions at European and extra-European levels as a technical consultant and project leader in important and articulated development projects in the tourism, trade and production sectors. He has collaborated in the activity of Amicus Onlus since 2004 in the context of activities with specific involvement in the areas of professional competence, as a director of the c.d.a ..
Degree thesis at the Department of Restoration Theory and Techniques – Degree in Architecture at Venice University Architecture Institute with professional qualifying examination (1986); Establishment of KREOS studio in Villafranca di Verona, with the aim of build a team of coordinate planning having the proper expertise to deal with general building and decor measures. In the studio, a certain know-how has developed, and its goal is mainly concentrated in planning, direction, coordination and realization of measures in the following specific areas: * Urban transformation (territorial scope); * High level private residential, commercial and industrial building, experience in Italian , European and international site; * Restoration and re-functionalization of historical buildings and monuments; * Residential building, with high technology contents and particular attention to the integration of technological, aesthetics and architectural features in order to achieve the highest integration and the best synergy between the different building elements; * Master plans for areas with trading development; * Touristic (hospitality and generally accommodating) area, particular attention to the integration and interaction of the concept of wellbeing connected to sustainability and tout court quality of the planning proposal; * Themed spa parks with several integrated features; * Sport area, generally (swimming pools – tennis and golf courts …) with integrated Spa and wellness services; * Development of specific expertise in the area of trading spaces design and of specific projects for supporting both production companies and commercial net. Since 2004, Kreos achieved UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certification, in the area of “Works of civil engeneering planning, direction and testing; safety in the building site coordination; interior design (EA 34)”. Given the experience acquired until today, we have been involved in the development, organization and coordination of the group 10+ ART PROJECT, in the area of the development of the brand ECOLOGICAL HOUSING, whose aim is to produce sustainable buildings made with wooden structures. Since 2010, arch. Claudio Tezza is an advisor for TÜV ITALIA S.r.L. – TÜV SÜD Group, for what concerns products and system quality certification in the area of Real Estate. In particular, he has been involved in the writing of ARCA handbook for wooden structure certification according to LEED protocol’s evaluation standards. He worked on development projects for measures in European and non-European countries, for planning measures of a certain technical importance; He is Board Member for Amicus Onlus since 2005 as project coordinator.
After graduating in Industrial Chemistry in 1968 I worked for a large company in the design of chemical plants. Afterwards I directed an evaluation company of industrial plants, then giving life to my company in the same field.
In 2004 I took part in a mission in Ghana to carry out the project that our son Fabio had planned: the setting up of a computer lab at the Baobab Academy in Amicus. Shortly before his departure for Africa, however, Fabio left us while he was volunteering for the Italian Red Cross. This fact led us to leave, together with his wife (they had been married only for a month) and two university students, to complete the IT LAB project.
We stayed in Accra for a month and that experience gave us the so-called “mal d’Africa”. Since then we have felt involved and committed to helping Amicus and Ghanaian friends.