Joseph Kum

Joseph M. Kum

Team Lead at Environmental Defense Ghana

Environmental Defense Ghana

General Information


Managing Director  - Groupe PJ (Ghana) Ltd

Partner  - Amity, Kum & Suleman, P.A.

Associate  - Law & Development Associates

Associate Professor, Government and Law  - Bowie State University


J.D.  - University of Maryland , USA

Ph.D.  - International Relations , The American University , Washington , D.C.


Principal Advisor and General Counsel  - Bernstein & Bernstein , LLC

Principal Advisor and General Counsel  - Bernstein & Bernstein , P.A.

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Joseph M. Kum holds a Ph.D. (International Relations) from The American University, Washington, D.C. and a J.D. from the University of Maryland, USA.
Before that he studied at Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA and The University of Yaounde, Cameroon. Dr. Kum was an Associate Professor of Government at Bowie State University, Maryland and practiced law in Maryland and U.S. Federal Courts for several years since his admission to the Maryland Bar in 1996. His initial foray into West Africa's commodity market was as a Mandate for PETROCI, Cote d'Ivoire's national oil company, where he worked on the company's vision to enter Ghana's downstream petroleum sector. He is now a business counsel for foreign interests in Ghana's mining industry. He is bilingual as he speaks and writes English and French fluently; these communication skills have been useful in reaching out to Ghana's surrounding market in the francophone neighboring countries. Dr. Kum is a native of Cameroon but a US citizen. He is married and a father of three children.

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Pamela E. Arrey sued the Missouri-based chain on Monday and won a temporary restraining order that prevents it from terminating her license agreements, at least for the next 10 days, according to Joseph M. Kum, one of her attorneys. Kum, of Amity, Kum & Suleman P.A. in Greenbelt, said the impounded drugs were to be shipped either to Cameroon or to Tampa-based PharmaLink Inc., a drug disposal company. "None of the drugs were ever on the shelves," Kum said.Kum said the drugs at issue were in a back room and had come from the Catholic Medical Mission Board Inc. intended for e-Meditech, a Burtonsville-based aid organization that partners with programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.Kum said those drugs, in drums at the Liberty Road location, were not expired. Other drugs in bags were expired or near-expired and were meant for disposal, Kum said, noting Arrey has a bill of lading as proof. Kum said the July 8 inspection was especially thorough, leading him to believe that someone had tipped off the state agency. Rosenberg's affidavit notes Arrey's stores have been cited "regularly" by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy and the Division of Drug Control for "repeated" violation of state pharmacy laws since 2004. Kum calls that claim "false," saying he successfully defended Arrey against one citation four years ago. Despite the turmoil, Kum said Arrey's two pharmacies remain open.No preliminary injunction hearing has been scheduled, Kum said, adding the case might be transferred to Missouri.

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