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.
Olufela is a performance and change management expert with proven top leadership experience in post conflict and fragile settings. Critical experience in human capital management, performance management, and capacity building. Olufela has extensive knowledge of and experience with the key issues and actors in the sub-region’s public, private and international cooperation sector, having been involved in high level analysis and program management in the health, education, finance, security, judicial and correctional systems. She has hands on experience with reforms systems, including education reform and training, functional literacy assessment, EGRA/EGMA, tax and systems modernization, revenue recognition and mobilization and related advocacy. Olufela is currently the Executive Director at Ascendant & Company Ltd, a key judicial and rule of law consulting and research, organisational development, consulting and diversified outsourcing service.
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).”
Bernarda Perez was a social development specialist at the Social Development Department at the World Bank in the Africa Region. Bernarda’s work focuses on providing strategic as well as practical, on-the-ground advice to internal and external clients on issues of Resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, stakeholder engagement and community driven development. She has knowledge undertaking social baselines and social impact assessments as well as developing indigenous peoples and resettlement plans to ensure compliance with international best practice. Bernarda possesses in-depth knowledge of the multi-laterals; IFI safeguards policies and the different phases in the project cycle. Prior to joining the Bank, Bernarda worked in CARE-Ecuador, the Organization of American States, and the Latin American Development Corporation and in the private sector. During this time she worked directly with indigenous and peasant communities and government stakeholders. Currently Bernarda is a freelancer based in The Netherlands.
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.
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.