Mark Kofi Gyandoh, J.D., L.L.M
President of the US Ghana Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Gyandoh is counsel to the law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Radnor, Pennsylvania. He is a class action litigator protecting the rights of consumers and participants in retirement plans. Mr. Gyandoh received his B.A. in history from Haverford College in 1996 where he also studied corporate finance and financial accounting. He obtained both his J.D. (2001) and L.L.M. (2011) in trial advocacy from Temple University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Gyandoh was Co-President of the Temple International Law Society, giving him his first taste in international relations.
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana until the age of 8, Mr. Gyandoh has been a member of the U.S. Ghana Chamber of Commerce for over five years. Being associated with the U.S. Ghana Chamber of Commerce is especially meaningful to Mr. Gyandoh given the strong family ties he maintains in Ghana and his desire to foster business relationships between Ghana and the United States.
An important aspect of global business necessitates being attuned to how businesses can affect and improve people’s lives. Mr. Gyandoh’s writings over the years reflects his understanding of this often overlooked aspect of business. While in law school, Mr. Gyandoh received the Henry J. Richardson, III Award for his contribution of scholarship in the areas of international law and human rights. And in 2004, Mr. Gyandoh was invited to speak at a conference in Prague, Czech Republic where participants explored the role of ecology and environmental ideas in the context of contemporary society, international politics and global economics, to begin to assess the implications for our understanding of fairness, justice and global citizenship.
His presentation was published as an article titled Incorporating the Principle of Co-Equal Branches into the European Constitution: Lessons to be Learned from the United States, in Redefining Europe, pp. 89-107 (2005). He also authored an article about overcoming legal hurdles in litigating cases outside the United States titled Foreign Evidence Gathering: What Stands in the Way of Justice? 15 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L.J. (2001). Mr. Gyandoh has also been a past contributor to Afrikan Insight (later known as Afrikan Post), a Virginia-based newspaper serving the African diaspora, writing a column on immigration matters.
Mr. Gyandoh is also an avid runner. He ran professionally for several years, participating in world-class road races such as the Paris and Boston marathons where he finished in the top 1% of runners. He also participated in Philadelphia’s Broad Street Run where he placed 5th overall in 1998. Mr. Gyandoh also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.