Thursday, 18 October 2018

P PERSONNEL PROFILE

PDA STAFF

EDEM AGBE
EDEM AGBEManaging Director

EDEM AGBE (Managing Director)

Edem Agbe is the Managing Director of Participatory Development Associates (PDA). Edem is an experienced development practitioner with professional experience in the fields of community development, research, monitoring and evaluation, project management policy analysis, financial inclusion and organisation development. Prior to his appointment as the Managing Director, Edem worked as the Ghana country coordinator for the Youth Forward initiative Learning Partnership led by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Participatory Development Associates (PDA) and Development Research and Training (DRT), Uganda. The Youth Forward initiative is in partnership with MasterCard Foundation and is being implemented by 28 organisations in Ghana and Uganda to create sustainable employment and economic opportunities for youth in Construction and Agriculture sectors.

Edem has also worked as an advisor and team member in the management, research, monitoring and evaluation of a number large multi-faceted projects in Ghana, including those funded by the MasterCard Foundation, DFID, USAID, African Union, UNESCO and the Rural Support and Programme Network (RPSN). Edem holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER, University of Ghana Legon and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Ghana. He is also an Associate Chartered Economist (ACE).
HELEN NTI
HELEN NTIDeputy Managing Director

HELEN NTI (Deputy Managing Director)

Helen is the Deputy Managing Director of PDA and was one of PDA’s first employees, joining the organisation in 2001. She joined the Board in September 2012. Helen has worked for PDA for 15 years, serving as Administrative and Finance Manager before assuming her current role in August 2016. Since joining PDA in 2001, she has played an integral role in the finance, human resource and administrative functions of the organisation. Helen is currently based in PDA’s Kumasi office and is in charge of managing the administrative and financial issues of the company’s Accra and Kumasi offices. She also has an oversight responsibility over the management of PDA enterprises. Helen holds an MA in Human Resource Management and a B. Ed Arts from the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
CLEMENT SEFA-NYARKO
CLEMENT SEFA-NYARKOResearch Manager

CLEMENT SEFA-NYARKO (Research Manager)

Before joining the PDA team as Research Manager in August 2015, Clement has been involved in a number of security-related research activities. As consultant for the African Leadership Centre he provided research and advisory services in an IDRC-funded assessment of Kenya's post-election violence and potential prospects for sustainable peace. He presented papers in a number of international conferences, the latest of which was the European Conference for African Studies (ECAS), in Paris in July 2015.
He also presented a paper on the creation of collective memory in post-conflict societies at the international Summer School at the George Eckert Institute of international Textbook Research in Germany. Clement worked as a visiting scholar at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town, where he was involved in archival search to appraise security sector reforms in post-apartheid South Africa.

He has won a number of fellowships and scholarships. Prior to his engagement in conflict and security discourses, he assisted in other research activities, including anthropological and gender-based research at the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (TICSS) in Tamale. He completed a second Master of Arts at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana whilst his first Master of Arts was in Conflict, Security and Development, obtained at King's College London, University of London. He is located in the Accra office.
ANGELA DIYUOH DAKORAH
ANGELA DIYUOH DAKORAHBusiness Management Associate

ANGELA DIYUOH DAKORAH (Business Management Associate)

Angela has worked as the Business Management Associate with PDA, since the restructuring of its business support unit in 2016. Prior to joining PDA, Angela was Corporate Operations Manager and later Corporate Credit Operations Manager at MGI Investments Ltd, a top 20 non-banking sector institution in Ghana. Here Angela was responsible for managing 200+ staff, 22 branches across 5 regions of Ghana and providing financial support in various industries within the SME sector.

She has also worked on the Allanblackia Partnership/ Novella Africa Initiative with Novel Development Ghana Ltd, established as an extension of the project Novella, Unilever Ghana. As Assistant Operations Manager-Supply chain, Angela was responsible for the Allanblackia supply chain in Ghana (involving up to 270 communities, 270 buying agents, 4,500 seed collectors, 16 full-time and contract staff, 3rd Party service providers and logistics/resources).

Angela attained a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology from the University of Hull (UK) and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management. She has completed a number of courses in organizational development, project management, training facilitation, and internal auditing and assurance. She is currently working on completing her PhD with research focused on climate change and food security in the Agroforestry Department in KNUST.
ETHEL SEIWAA BOATENG
ETHEL SEIWAA BOATENGGhana Coordinator, Youth Forward Learning Partnership

ETHEL SEIWAA BOATENG (Ghana Coordinator, Youth Forward Learning Partnership)

Ethel is a development practitioner with lots of experience in socioeconomic research, community engagement, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and learning. Her technical expertise is in designing and implementing social research, baseline and evaluation studies, beneficiary assessment, policy planning, multi-stakeholder and community engagement and monitoring and evaluation.

Currently, she is the Ghana Coordinator for Youth Forward Learning Partnership. The Youth Forward programme is being implemented in Ghana and Uganda with support from MasterCard Foundation to improve the capacity of youths to get jobs, grow their businesses and access finance. PDA, Development Research Training (DRT) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are the Learning Partners of the programme.

She is passionate about mitigating poverty and inequality, and promoting sustained social development. She has been involved in consultancy services for organisations such as Global Communities, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Ghana Water Company Limited, Challenging Heights International, Institute of Development Studies, Kuapa Kokoo and TWIN amongst others.
Ethel holds MPhil Planning and BSc. Development Planning degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
ALEXANDER AFRAM (Programme Coordinator)
ALEXANDER AFRAM (Programme Coordinator)Programme Coordinator

ALEXANDER AFRAM (Programme Coordinator)

Alex has 5 years local and international experience in research and consultancy in development related assignments focusing on poverty reduction, decentralisation, education, health and climate change. He combines both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and is familiar with the use of statistical/analytical tools such as SPSS, STATA, and NVivo.

Since joining PDA in November 2016, Alex has successfully worked on many research and evaluation projects, including Root Capital’s Impact Evaluation of Agribusiness Enterprises in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Challenging Height's Child Forced Early Marriage in fishing communities in Ghana, University of Bath's Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP) in the Upper West region of Ghana, British Council's Connecting Classrooms 3 evaluation in Ghana and Free The Slaves’ Growing Up Free baseline evaluation in fishing communities in Ghana.

Before joining PDA, Alex also worked in a consortium for Action Aid in the UK and contributed to developing an assessment methodology for climate change-induced loss and damage in South East Asia-Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. Alex holds MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK and BA in Geography and Rural Development from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He is a Standard Bank, Derek Cooper Scholar and Leadership Fellow and a One Young World Global Ambassador.
BRIGHT OSEI BADU
BRIGHT OSEI BADUAssistant Program Coordinator

BRIGHT OSEI BADU (Assistant Program Coordinator)

Bright Osei Badu joined PDA Agro-Industry and Social Enterprise (PASE) as a farmer liaison officer in June 2017 but his hard work promoted him to the position as the PASE coordinator where he is in charge of the day to day activities of PASE.

Before joining PDA, Bright worked with both Crops Research and Soil Research Institute. He also has a vast experience in banana production when he worked with Musahamat farms in Aveyime as a Supervisor. Bright holds a Bsc Agriculture Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
BEATRICE SARPONG
BEATRICE SARPONGAssistant Programmes Coordinator

BEATRICE SARPONG (Assistant Programmes Coordinator)

Beatrice has worked extensively with PDA over the past five years in undertaking most of their high profile national studies. Notable among them are the Millennium Village Project , the Ghana Adolescent and Reproductive Health study for Palladium in 2015, the PIALA impact evaluation of RTIMP for IFAD in 2015, a Situation Analysis of Adolescents and Young (10-24 years) People for UNICEF in 2013, the UNICEF Baseline Study on Child Protection in 2013, Qualitative Research in Child Sexual Abuse and Economic Exploitation of Children in Small Mining Communities for Free the Slaves in 2012, UNICEF study on the Impact of the Global Financial, Fuel and Food (3Fs) Crises in Ghana in 2010, Assessment of SOS Netherlands Farmer Livelihood Improvement Project in 2010.

She is very skilled and experienced in coordinating field activities, doing qualitative and quantitative data collection, facilitation of focus group discussions, data analysis, report writing, community mobilisation and engagement processes. Beatrice is currently an Assistant Programme Coordinator at Participatory Development Associates Limited and holds a BSc. in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
RAYMOND HODOR
RAYMOND HODORSenior Project Officer

RAYMOND HODOR (Senior Project Officer)

Raymond is a versatile researcher who has keen interest in research work. With a solid quantitative and ICT background, Raymond is proficient in the design and use of various statistical tools such as ODK, Stata, E-Views and SPSS. He has successfully demonstrated this ability in a number of local and international studies engaged in before and after joining PDA as a Senior Project Officer with the Research Unit.

Raymond has played lead and supporting roles on a number of high-profile study and evaluation projects. Some of these include the Institute of Development Studies’ Nutrition Impact Evaluation, University of Bath's Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP) and British Council's Connecting Classrooms 3 baseline and endline evaluation. His capability cuts across various sectors; he is conversant with the mixed-methods approach and has expertise in data collection, cleaning and analysis, report writing, and facilitation. Raymond holds a bachelor degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from University of Ghana, Legon.
VICTORIA AMPIAH
VICTORIA AMPIAHSenior Project Officer

VICTORIA AMPIAH (Senior Project Officer)

Victoria is a project officer at Participatory Development Associates (PDA) Ltd with three years’ experience in both qualitative and quantitative research in areas such as human behaviour, health and education.
She worked as a research assistant on Assessing the Effectiveness of Educating Caregivers to Recognize Early Clinical Signs of Pneumonia in Children less than 2 years in Ghana: Proof of Concept Study sponsored by University of Copenhagen, Building Stronger University Initiative (BSUI) and also as an associate of PDA on several projects for two years before joining as a permanent staff in May, 2017.

Additionally Victoria served both as a graduate and teaching assistant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in (2015-2016) and (2013-2014) academic years. Since joining PDA, she has worked on high profile study evaluation projects including Free the Slaves’ Growing Up Free (GUF) project and British Councils’ Connecting Classroom 3 baseline and endline evaluation projects in all the regions in Ghana. Victoria holds Mphil Sociology from KNUST and BA Sociology and Social Work also from KNUST.
JONATHAN ANTWI HAGAN
JONATHAN ANTWI HAGANProject Officer

JONATHAN ANTWI HAGAN (Senior Project Officer)

Jonathan is a Senior Project Officer with the Research Unit at PDA. His research interests span poverty, rural development, sustainable human wellbeing and agrarian change. Jonathan has over two years’ experience in community development and advocacy and has been involved in a number of poverty and wellbeing research in Ghana. This includes World Vision International and Rural Research and Advocacy Group’s Community Voice Articulation project. He has also worked at the Geography Department of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as a Teaching and Research Assistant, assisting a course on Rural Development Issues in Ghana.

Jonathan holds an MSc. International Development from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a BA Geography and Rural Development from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
BREFO KWAKU TUFFOUR
BREFO KWAKU TUFFOURProject Officer

BREFO KWAKU TUFFOUR (Project Officer)

Brefo is currently a Project Officer at PDA. Previously, he worked with BASICS International as a Project Facilitator where he coordinated projects tackling Poverty, Illiteracy and Child labour in impoverished communities in Ghana. Brefo has also worked with organizations such as the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, World vision Ghana, Technoserve and the African Centre for Economic Transformation.

He is enthused about Child empowerment and development. He holds certificates in Advanced Teaching and Learning for Children from The Educators Network (TEN), Ghana. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in Development Planning.
GADDIEL MENSAH YAMOAH
GADDIEL MENSAH YAMOAHProject Officer, Advocacy and Communications

GADDIEL MENSAH YAMOAH (Project Officer, Advocacy and Communications)

Gaddiel Mensah Yamoah, Project Officer with the Advocacy and Communications Unit is a Communication Designer who for the past years developed his potential not only in creating visual concepts by hand alone but also with computer related software to convey ideas that will inspire and also captivate clients. His produce includes developing layouts, Audio and Video advertisement, brochures magazines, corporate reports and other related designs.
He is professionally trained as a multimedia person under the Communication Design department of the Faculty of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST. He has a great sense of creating motion graphics, handling both photography and videography, professional editing and also creating interactive User Interface for websites.
VICTORIA AMPAH
VICTORIA AMPAHSenior Finance Officer

VICTORIA AMPAH (Senior Finance Officer)

Victoria is an HND holder (accounting option) from Cape Coast Polytechnic and is currently pursuing a degree programme in Commerce at the University of Cape Coast (UCC). She is presently the Senior Finance Officer at PDA, after having joined the organisation in August 2008 as National Service personnel. She is mainly responsible for maintaining accurate financial data and reporting on PDA and all project activities. She also maintains accurate and up-to-date financial filing and book keeping of all accounting records. She is based in the Kumasi Office.
CHRIS EMPSON YEBOAH
CHRIS EMPSON YEBOAHAssistant Finance Officer

CHRIS EMPSON YEBOAH (Assistant Finance Officer)

Chris joined PDA as a service person in August, 2016 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science and Communication (BSc) in Accounting at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA). He is currently a final level (three) professional student at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG). He championed his group project work as a group leader for the award of the BSc. certificate. Chris also worked with ICAG as an intern at the Finance Department. He has also worked as a Logistic Personnel at Mayfair Estate Dev't Ltd. He has an extensive background and knowledge in Accounting.

Chris currently works under the Finance and Administration Unit of PDA as an Assistant Finance Officer. He is responsible for bank transactions, assisting in the preparation of financial statements, pre- auditing retirement, petty cash and expense claims. He is also responsible for daily posting of transactions into Sage accounting software, monthly Bank reconciliation, projecting expenses and other assigned duties. Chris is much focused, results-oriented, proactive and has a lot of ambitions for common goal achievement. He loves to take advantage of new opportunities as well as new challenges.
KWAKU ABORAH JUNIOR
KWAKU ABORAH JUNIORIT Assistant

KWAKU ABORAH JUNIOR (IT Assistant)

Junior joined PDA in November 2010. He holds a Diploma in P.C System Technology (Hardware & Software), a Professional Diploma in Software Engineering and is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering. Junior works at PDA’s Secretarial Support Unit as a Graphic Designer and also assists the administrative officer in issues relating to IT.
STELLA TAKYI
STELLA TAKYISecretarial Support personnel

STELLA TAKYI (Secretarial Support personnel)

Stella joined PDA in November 2000 as a part time worker. She holds an NVTI certificate in Secretarialship. Prior to joining PDA, She worked at Catholic Graduate for Action (CAGA) as professional secretarial personnel. She is currently works at PDA's Secretarial Support Unit as a full time secretarial support personnel and oversees the daily up keep of the PSS office in Kumasi,Tech- Junction.
GODSWAY DZATO
GODSWAY DZATOAssistant Project Officer

GODSWAY DZATO (Assistant Project Officer)

Godsway is a self-motivated worker and a good team player, ready to learn and undertake assignments to achieve expected results. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana where he studied Bsc. in Administration. He was with PDA as intern and an associate before joining as a service person. Before then, he worked with AGT Microfinance also as an intern in the position of a Relations Manager as well as an assistant to the Operations Officer.
At PDA, Godsway has worked on projects such as the Research into School Governance from the Gendered Perspective for CAMFED/GEU and also Connecting Classrooms Baseline and End line studies. Integrity, discipline and commitment are his hall mark.
SEFAKOR AMUYAW
SEFAKOR AMUYAW National Service Personnel

SEFAKOR AMUYAW (Assistant Finance Officer)

Sefakor is an energetic, ambitious person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she undertakes. As a graduate with a Bachelor in Business Administration, Accounting from the Valley View University, She is excellent in working with others to achieve objectives on time and with excellence.
Her personal objectives are to work in a result and growth oriented financial institution, were knowledge, skills and abilities are required with integrity, sincerity, hard work, discipline and reliability well utilized to the fullest to achieve the institution's objective.
BREH JIMAH
BREH JIMAHAssistant Administrative Officer

BREH JIMAH (Assistant Administrative Officer)

Jimah worked with PDA for about six years as a Logistics Assistant from June, 2007 to 2012 before taking a leave. He re-joined the team again on June 1st 2015. He currently provides logistical support for administrative and programmes staff. He also sees to the records of movement, maintenance and road-worthiness of the vehicles in the Kumasi office.
CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYE
CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYEAssistant Administrative Officer

CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYE (Assistant Administrative Officer)

Charles joined PDA in August 2009. He manages program logistics and provides general administrative and programmatic support to PDA Accra staff. He is also the head driver at PDA’s Accra office. He maintains inventory of office supplies, monitors the use of vehicles and also serves as a translator and assists in community entry during PDA field research.
JANET ADU
JANET ADULogistics Assistant

JANET ADU (Logistics Assistant)

Janet is a logistics Assistant at PDA, formally a Metro Mass Transit bus driver. She assists the administrator in the day to day management of the office. Janet has special interest in traveling and interacting with people. She wants to contribute to development through research while engaging with community members.
ISAAC ELVIS QUANSAH
ISAAC ELVIS QUANSAHLogistics Assistant

ISAAC ELVIS QUANSAH (Logistics Assistant)

Isaac Elvis Quansah is a Logistics Assistant at PDA with rich experience in professional driving across the country for over 20 years. Before joining PDA, Isaac worked with Aboso Glass Factory, Tarkwa Goldfields Limited, State Mining Corporation, Tarkwa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minconsults Limited, Achesco Press as well as CENCOSAD.
RANDA FRIMPONG
RANDA FRIMPONGLogistics Assistant

RANDA FRIMPONG (Logistics Assistant)

As a logistics assistant, Randa Joined PDA in 2017. She assists the administrator in the day to day management of the office.

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