Think Africa Institute is made up of dedicated and experienced management, fundraising, policy, training and M&E consultants from around the Globe – all with years of proven experience in the international development sector in Africa. These folks are pros, and we’re pleased to have them on our roster.
Ariane is a Certified Fund Raising Executive™ with over nine years in the international development sector. She works tirelessly with organizations to help them systematize and innovate their fundraising and communications programs, integrating new approaches while building the foundations they need to succeed. Ariane has created donor databases from scratch, she has created documentary films and acted as a media spokesperson and she has raised millions of dollars for non-profits through grants, major gifts, special events and monthly donor programs.
Maryam Darwich is both founder and lead consultant at Afriqia HR Solutions. She has been leading the business working with and consulting a number of clients advising them on their various HR related needs. She has worked with clients in the government, NGO, medical, trading, FMCG, security, mining, construction and hospitality sectors, to mention but a few. Over the past 5 years, she has led Afriqia in adding to their array of services a portfolio that focuses on personal development integrating local context with international best practice. Throughout her career she has developed and led trainings and has recently, in Sierra Leone, been involved in curriculum design and training implementation for a multiple of clients including Grow Salone, GIZ’s Employment Promotion Programme- Employability, GIZ’s Mines to Minds Project and various other trainings for private sector clients. Maryam is also a certified Psychometric Assessor.
Marrickeis a Senior Finance Manager – Grants, Donors & Development Projects with 13+ years experience covering Donor Funds/Grants Management, Auditing, Accounting, Diplomacy, Financial Management, Bilateral and Multilateral Operations, Overseas operations, Internal Controls, Due Diligence, Risk Management and Training.
Marricke brings strong financial management,programmetechnical expertise plus a rich set of problem solving skills to International Development roles.
Simon is Think Africa Institute’s Founder and Managing Director. He has more than 15 years of experience working in international development sector and is a certified “Civilian Peace Consultant” from the Academy for Conflict Transformation in Bonn, Germany. He has facilitated trainings for countless iNGOs, civil society organizations and government aid agencies such as UNEP, Oxfam, Action Aid, IRN Sierra Leone. And has consulted for the Open Society Initiative, West Africa Civil Society Institute, ECOWAS and the West African Civil Society Forum among others.
Dr. Conley has conducted training in a variety of venues from Africa (The Gambia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Namibia, Rwanda), Europe (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Paris, San Remo Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, United Kingdom), Asia (Japan, South Korea) and North America (Mexico, Washington,Hawaii, Illinois, Baltimore, Alberta, Ottawa, Nova Scotia) on subjects ranging from rebuilding war-torn societies, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration, Early Warning, Democratic Development and Governance, Rule of Law, Pre-deployment Training, Training of Trainers, citizenship development, human rights reporting and teaching, to ethical and rights issues on the human genome. Dr. Conley has also consulted widely for the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS, The Kofi Anna Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra among others.
Andrew is an accomplished communicator/trainer and mentor with over 15 years’ experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a strong background in communications, advocacy, media production and journalism. Andrew has trained and mentored journalists with little or no prior journalistic experience in resource poor and humanitarian context, improving their skills in human rights, democracy and governance reporting. He has also served in communications, media and information capacities with various international development organizations.
Vivian Amanquah, is a Ghanaian Phd Student (Strategic Management) with the University of Nairobi, Kenya and is a Consultant in Strategic Business Management and M&E by profession. Vivian is a fellow of the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) – Carleton University & World Bank, Ottawa – Canada and a trained Multi-Stakeholder Processes (MSP) and Social Learning Facilitator from the Wageningen University Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) in The Netherlands.She has a passion for the promotion of womens’ human rights and volunteers with the Innovative Gender Foundation (IGF), a registered NGO under the laws of the Republic of Ghana where she offers her skills and expertise for the advancement of womens’ rights in Africa, together with a team of other dedicated young African women. She also serves as a board member for the Dignity International Africa Network and is a member of the UK Gender and Development Network (UK GADN), the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and the International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management in South Asia (IOCOMSA).”
Kangwa is based in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. She is an independent Proofreader and Editor with an MBA. Kangwa has extensive knowledge in the fields of enterprise, microfinancing and administration. She has 10-years of experience in mentorship and tutoring in the language of English gained from Windhoek University, Namibia.
Kangwa as worked with the ILO as a facilitator and with the Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Centre for Africa as programme officer.
Peter is an Education Economist and Data Analyst with more than eight years of experience in data modelling and management. His professional work involves handing big data, modelling and analyzing them. He holds a degree in B.Ed. (Social Sciences) with a major in Economics and an M.Phil. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Cape Coast. He has an MSc in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics Education at the University of Cape Coast.
He also has professional certificates in Data Modelling and Measurement and Evaluation, and is an Associate member of Association of Certified Chartered Economist and American Academy of Financial Management, USA.
Peter has worked for various institutions across the globe in his line of work including Newcastle University (UK), the DFID Girls Education Challenge (GEC) project involving Coffrey (UK) and PwC (UK) and currently the National Research Consultant for German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and Centre for Evaluation (CEval) all based in Germany. He is a Researcher with the Education Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA), the Executive Director for the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Strategic RG, a data modelling, analysis and management firm in Ghana. He has written extensively on issues of education in Ghana.
Anthony Maada Mansaray empowers institutions to manage data to generate strategic information that is used to influence decision making for programmatic changes. Anthony has supported institutions in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya and the UK to develop and implement Research, Monitoring and Evaluation systems in health, education, social protection and livelihoods for both non-governmental organisations and the public sector for almost ten years.
One of his accomplishments is the nation-wide scale up of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Infants (IPTI) in Sierra Leone based on results of an evaluation he led and stakeholder engagement to influence change in programmatic activities and immunization policy.
Anthony strongly believes that the presence of a robust monitoring and evaluations system empowers the staff in any institution to generate interventions that will provide the right outcomes from program activities to impact and transform human life. This belief informs the passion for his work.
Consolata is an independent certified trainer and coach with five (5 years) experience in leadership development services, career guidance, personal and performance development coaching. She has Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration and Diploma in Social Work and Community Development. She has facilitated trainings and coaching sessions for different organizations in Kenya and Ghana. Consolata is a member of Ghana Coaches Association and an associate of Busara Africa based in Ghana.
Paul is a Sierra Leonean Academic, Development Practitioner & Public Policy Analyst. A former lecturer at the Department of Sociology & Social Work, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; Paul taught courses in Public Policy, Social Development, Community Practice and Social Justice. Paul served as Program Manager for Global Connection Partnership Network in Sierra Leone an International NGO,.
At present, he serves as Lead Consultant for Princess Project Sierra Leone. He regularly writes commentaries on Politics, Culture, Justice, Social Policy & Development for several media outlets in Sierra Leone through his writing lab – Octopus Lab.
Paul has ten years’ experience in the Development Sector. He has engaged the sector through teaching, consultancy, policy and practice. He regular consults with NGOs and academic institutions around this discipline.
FAUSTINA OFORIWA BESSEY: With the passion to contribute her efforts to making individuals and communities better— studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Psychology and sociology at the University of Ghana and Hohai University respectively. She has been involved in many community health, educational support, and general community development programs in various parts of rural Ghana; she also has an extensive knowledge base on issues bordering on human right abuse, gender and gender based issues such as violence against woman, children and other vulnerable groups, economic marginalization etc. She is also an entrepreneur with interest in small scale business growth and development as tool in alleviating poverty.