GADeF Board of Directors:
1. Emmanuel Marfo (Co-founder, GADeF)
Emmanuel Marfo is a social entrepreneur and a philanthropist with a passionate commitment to helping empower youth and young innovators through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainable project development. He is a youth mentor and coach.
He is the Founder of the Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF), a youth philanthropy and social entrepreneurship network that supports innovative young people and community-driven development efforts and promotes sustainable community development through capacity building, network building, social investment and grant-making. He has been a workshop leader and mentor for UNEP’s TUNZA Children and Youth Conference and the coordinator at the 4th African Youth and Governance Conference. He represented the youth at the 4th World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent and the 2nd, 3rd and 5th African Youth and Governance Conference.
He is also a co-founder of Phinklife Institute, a social enterprise that focuses on next generation of social entrepreneurs in Africa and disapora. The Institute works to create sustainable economic and social entrepreneurship and personal development opportunities for young social entrepreneurs through innovations, start-up supports and incubation.
Emmanuel has a BA in Publishing Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds diplomas in Public Relations and Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management (UK). He holds a certificate as a Project Management Professional. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree programme in Development Management (specialising in Monitoring and Evaluation)
He is the co-chair and convener of the African Youth in Philanthropy Conference and Nexus Ghana Summit. Emmanuel sits on the IDEAS for Us board, serving as African Regional Director.
His experiences in engaging youth in sustainable development, philanthropy,social impact investment, climate change and environmental campaigns has enabled him to create a global network of stakeholders and youth working to make an impact in their communities, nationwide, and worldwide. Connect with Emmanuel at linkedin.
2.Rhoda Mahama (Executive Director,GADeF)
Rhoda is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF). Prior to joining GADeF, she managed projects on youth development and participation in public policy decision-making processes in Ghana, Transparent Pricing Initiative for Microfinance Institutions in both Ghana and Rwanda. In addition, she worked as a Research Analyst, for selected African countries whiles working with MFTransparency. Rhoda has a Masters in International Development Studies from Wageningen University, The Netherlands and over four years coordinating and development management experience, specializing in child and youth development, and women empowerment through socio-economic initiatives. Rhoda loves to travel and learn different and innovative ways of doing things, is passionate about working to develop special and inclusive education in communities and generally on social development and philanthropy.
3. Ralph Nyadu-Addo (Bus. Development Officer, Centre for Business Development,KNUST)
Ralph is the first Business Development Officer of KNUST and first Manager of the Kumasi Business Incubator. He personally developed Centre for Business development Concept. Ralph is a self motivated person with a high consciousness for time and business ethics. He is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Small Business and has since 2005 held the position of Liaison Officer for Industrial and Professional Relations in the College of Art and Social Sciences (CASS).
He holds a B.A Arts degree in Book Industry (KNUST) in 1993 where his thesis on the topic "Entrepreneurship: A viable option for today's graduate" was adjudged the best for that year. Ralph enrolled at the University of Leipzig, Germany in 2000 (on Catholic scholarship) where he obtained his Masters degree in Small Business Studies. His thesis on the Growing Printing Industry in Ghana was adjudged the most innovative thesis (2002 Year Group) in his university. The university has since published this thesis as a working paper. He started his Ph.D in 2002 in International Marketing in SMEs at the University of Leipzig but had to suspend it when he was asked to return home and serve as a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and SME management.
The "German Machine" as he is affectionately known (because of his ability to perform any task excellently with little or no resources/support) is the immediate past representative of the College of Art and Social Sciences, on KNUST Academic Board; Member, The Small Enterprise Promotion Network (SEPneT, Worldwide); Member, Steering Committee on KNUST Technology Park, Member, Ghanaian-German Alumni Network (GGAN) and German Trained Professionals Association among others.
Ralph is a consultant to a number of institutions in Ghana and abroad. He is a motivational speaker, coach and mentor. He speaks English, German, Twi, Ga and Guan (Okere) and is married with children.
4. Vida Korang (Consultant/Lecturer- Catholic University College of Ghana)
Vida is a Consultant and the Enactus Faculty Advisor at the Catholic University. She is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Economic and Business Administration at The Catholic University College of Ghana.
She was adjudged the best faculty advisor of the year during the Enactus 2013 National Competition. The award is given to faculty advisors who have contributed immensely to the growth of the society on campus which has led to the initiation of sustainable social businesses which are helping the communities in their areas.
5) Ama Bartimeus (Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Care International )
As the M&E Advisor Ama’s work with care focuses on supporting evidence gathering and reporting processes for CARE International UK's PPA with DfID, developing and implementing strategies for M&E support to country offices, program and thematic teams and for reporting on CARE's contribution to change.
She has over 14 years’ experience in managing development projects, leveraging operational and strategic expertise in the education, HIV/AIDS, SME development, agriculture/natural resources, and social protection sectors; and the humanitarian sector. She has managed and supported project design, baselines, on-going monitoring and learning processes, mid-term/final evaluations, impact measurement and capacity building activities with teams in East, West, Central and Northern Africa; Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
She worked as Business Development & Clients Relations Manager/CIDA Management Assistant at GRATIS Foundation (SME Development, Micro Finance, Youth Skills Development). She has also worked as Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator with CARE USA - Gulf of Guinea (Ghana, Togo, Benin)
Ama has worked as Regional Technical Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) at Family Health International, AWARE-HIV-AIDS (West & Central Africa). She also worked as Global Monitoring & Evidence Advisor with HelpAge International (Global) and currently the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor of CARE International UK
She is particularly interested in personal and economic empowerment of young women.
1. Kwami Edem Senanu(UNDP/A2N)-Technical Support
2. John Kelly (Youth Climate Report)-Legal and International issues
3. Rick Wallace (Director & Lead Consultant,Peacebuilding Consulting International)-Conflicts and Peace