Dr. Felicia S. ODAME
Gender Specialist and President of the Board
A professionally qualified Sociologist/Social Worker, Rural Developer,Teacher and Senior Lecturer at the University of Development Studies with extensive knowledge and skills in gender studies, community development, research work and expertise in workshop training programmes. She also has many publications in Peer Review Journals. This qualification has been gained through academic training and a wide range of positions with both government and non- governmental organizations.
She holds a PhD in Endogenous development, her doctoral studies was on Non-Formal Education and Social Change in Northern Ghana. Her motivation for this research is based on her exposure in community work in rural areas in Ghana. She has witnessed the extent of poverty in the rural areas due to high illiteracy rate. With her knowledge in Endogenous Development Studies, she is motivated to review concepts and policy frameworks designed to deliver a variety of NFE Programmes aimed at transforming the lives of people.
Vice President of the Board
Vienna Macleod has an MSc in International Relations and Global Issues from Nottingham University. She has worked on development projects here at AFAWI in Ghana and in East Asia. With managing director Philip, she helped set up a project to enrol vulnerable children into education and health schemes.
Vienna currently works in the media sector for Guardian News and Media where she has worked on marketing campaigns to promote a sustainable future for independent journalism and now manages strategic business development projects.
Philip Kwesi AGYEI
Founder, Executive Managing Director of AFAWI and Secretary of the Board
Philip has over 15 years of working experience in the Non-Profit sector, promoting gender equality focused sustainable development. He further possesses great experience in community management, social research, and monitoring and evaluating. He strongly believes in citizenship engagement, behaviour change communication strategy, mobilizing communities through education and gender equality, to achieve sustainable development.
Dr. Lily YARNEY
Public Health Expert and Member of the Board
Lily Yarney holds PhD, MBA, and BSc. Degrees from the University of Ghana. She is presently a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, of the University of Ghana Business School. She has many years of experience in the NGO sector, covering Health and HIV/Aids in Ghana.
Member of the Board
Charlotte Young is a Doctoral student at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. Her PhD research explores priority health concerns of members of the sub-Saharan African Australian community in Greater Melbourne, that will inform appropriate community-based health interventions.
In 2012/13, Charlie worked with AFAWI on a variety of development and research projects. She completed her Honours research in this time, which sought to understand how social attitudes affect the delivery of sexual health education in Ga East, Accra. Over the past four years Charlie has continued to work on the Kids’ Fund, a project she established with the help of managing director Phillip and previous volunteer Oscar Laurie Wynne. The Kids’ Fund is a child sponsorship program with two beneficiaries who are financially supported through their education.
Charlotte is passionate about supporting Ghanaian communities to affect social change through capacity building and people-centred approaches to development.
Member of the Board
Carly Clark is a Director of Operations for a US based, Israeli clothing company and has over 10 years of experience in business operations including co- founding two online retail business and acting as the right hand to the CEO for Ruti Inc. for the past 2 years.
Carly has always been involved in service of some kind, whether it be volunteering for local events in her own neighborhood, working with terminally ill children at a family hospice facility , or moving her whole life to Ghana for two months to work hands on with AFAWI. Carly currently lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband and young son.
Sanitation Expert and Member of the Board
Dr. Albert Ahenkan has been a member of the board since AFAWI started in 2006. He is a senior lecture at the University of Ghana Business School. His PhD is from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium in 2011 and his areas of expertise include Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Climate Change, Public Administration, Public Policy, Grant Proposal Writing and Project Management.
Yaw Adu DARTEY
Financial Director and Member of the Board
Yaw also has over 15 years of working experience in the Non-Profit sector, promoting gender equality focused sustainable development from the financial side. He is an expert at preparing budgets, internal audits and maintaining financial and internal controls.
Member of the Board (late).
Esther was with AFAWI from the beginning, holding various positions within the organization. She was an expert at sewing and designing clothing, and was looking at using business to support social programs within AFAWI. Esther sadly passed away. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.