The Team

Museum Team at Elmina

Our Museum Team at Elmina Castle

A special committee comprising of some of the most distinguished Ghanaian business leaders, educators, and government officials will work with world-renowned architect David Adjaye and United States developer Strategic Urban Development Alliance, LLC (SUDA) in the development of the Museum project.

Furthermore, the project has garnered the support of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Government of China, and UNESCO and will also solicit input of other museums worldwide to ensure that the highest standards and best practices are incorporated into the planning and operation of the museum.

Ghana Museums and Monuments Board


The Ghana Museums and Monuments Board among its various responsibilities advises the Government of Ghana on issues relating to the cultural heritage of Ghana and coordinates the establishment of new museums. We will closely work in tandem with the Museums and Monuments Board to develop the museum.

A newly-formed Development Committee of the Slavery Foundation for Hope & Remembrance and Strategic Urban Development Alliance, LLC will be responsible for the implementation of the project. For more information about the Ghana Museums & Monuments Board and other branches of the Ghanaian government visit



Strategic Urban Development Alliance, LLC (SUDA) was formed in 2001 as a fully integrated general engineering, construction, real estate, and finance firm. SUDA principals, Alan Dones, John Guillory, James Collier, John Aidoo, Dr. Marc Hannah and Dr. Edward Ayensu have long, respected professional histories and bring a diversity of experience, expertise and vision to the firm.

SUDA’s real estate transaction management arm offers a mix of brokerage and consulting services, including three primary lines of business:

  • Portfolio and Asset Management Services
  • Transaction Management Services
  • Development & Construction Management Services

As a developer, SUDA is involved in land acquisition, construction and sale of residential, industrial, and commercial projects throughout the United States. SUDA’s construction management and technical services include program management, plan review, estimating, scheduling, contract award, and field inspections. SUDA principles also have been extremely successful in developing and utilizing proprietary state-of-the-art construction technologies, materials and methodologies.

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Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the practice is currently engaged on the commission to design the Smithsonian Institution’s ambitious National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington D.C.

Further projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to unfold cinematically, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to challenge typologies and to generate a dynamic cultural discourse.

Completed works include:

  • two neighborhood libraries in Washington DC (2012)
  • the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO in Moscow (2010)
  • The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo (2005)
  • The Bernie Grant Arts Center in London (2007)
  • the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007)
  • Rivington Place in London (2007); and the Idea Stores on Chrisp Street (2004) and Whitechapel (2005) – two pioneering new libraries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
  • The former was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2006, received a RIBA Building Award in 2005 and has been exhibited at the VIII Venice Biennale of Architecture (2002 and 2005) and the Sao Paulo Biennial (2003).

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