Sunday, 23 July 2017



Helen NtiActing Managing Director

HELEN NTI (Acting Managing Director)

Helen is the Acting 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).
EDEM AGBEGhana Programme Coordinator

EDEM AGBE (Ghana Programme Coordinator, Youth Forward Initiatives)

Ghana Programme Coordinator for Youth Forward Initiatives (YFI) Learning Partnership

With over 7 years experience working in development organisations, Edem brings extensive expertise in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, research, community development, education and policy planning. He has worked as a team member and an advisor in the management, monitoring and evaluating of a number of local, national and multinational funded projects in Ghana by institutions including: STAR Ghana (Coffey International), African Union, UNESCO, Pamoja West Africa, Actionaid International, International Growth Centre (IGC), ISSER – University of Ghana, Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI), Ghana National Education Campaign Collation (GNECC), etc.

Edem holds an M.A in Development Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, both in Ghana. He joined PDA in April 2015 as the Ghana Programme Coordinator for the Youth Forward Initiatives (YFI) Learning Partnership. The YFI aims to improve the capacity of youths to get jobs, grow their businesses and access finance. The programme is being implemented in Ghana and Uganda with support from MasterCard Foundation. PDA, Development Research Training (DRT) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are the Learning Partners.

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-Cultrual Studiess (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.
BEATRICE SARPONGAssistant Programmes Coordinator

BEATRICE SARPONG (Assistant Programmes Coordinator)

Beatrice joined PDA in 2010 and is currently a Project Officer in PDA’s Kumasi office. In this capacity, she leads teams to carry out field research and community engagement processes which seek to empower individuals, communities and influence policy. She also leads in writing field reports for designated areas or regions and also manages finances during field research. Beatrice has a BSc. in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She is currently the secretary of the PDA Staff Welfare Association and also assists in convening team meetings in the Kumasi office.
KOBBY OPTSONProject Officer

KOBBY OPTSON (Project Officer)

Kobby joined PDA as an intern in December 2010 after completing his National Service programme. He has over 5 years’ experience of extensive work in development research. He has worked as a project coordinator, team leader, research assistant, and facilitator in various policy-influencing social and community development researches. He has been actively involved in research tools development, data collection, qualitative analysis, report writing, facilitation, logistical coordination and support, community mobilization among others in major studies embarked on by PDA for local and foreign institutions such as Unicef, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service (GES), Foresight UK, Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank, International Budget Partnership and Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Kobby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon and an advanced certificate in Business and Communication Skills from NIIT.


Bismark is an Assistant Project Officer at PDA’s Accra office. He joined PDA as an intern in July 2012 after completing his National Service at the Institute of Social Statistical and Economic Research (ISSER). He is responsible for assisting in trainings, data collection, writing reports and logistical support.
He is also in charge of the day to day management of PDA’s social and digital platforms - updating the PDA website and engaging PDA’s online community of supporters to promote programs - as well as handling technological issues in the Accra office. Bismark holds a B.A. in Social Work with Archaeology from the University of Ghana, Legon.
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 a 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.

GLORIA ELORM KPELI (Finance Officer)

Gloria joined PDA in April 2011 as Administrative officer, managing the day-to-day logistics in PDA’s Accra office. Currently as Finance Officer, she manages bank accounts, pre- audit retirement, petty cash and expense claims. She is also responsible for daily posting of transactions into Sage accounting software, monthly Bank reconciliation, projecting expenses and handling workshop imprests. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Koforidua Polytechnic and is currently pursuing a BSc. in Accounting from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
SAMPSON ADOTEY JNR.Associate/Service Person

SAMPSON ADOTEY JNR. (Associate/Service Person)

Sampson joined PDA as an intern in July 2016 after his Bachelor of Arts Integrated Development Studies (Development Communication option) programme at the University of Development Studies, and currently works under the Advocacy and Communications Unit.

He has 4 years’ experience working as a broadcast journalist with a community radio in WA, Bishara,and Joy News on MultiTv. He has worked as a Public Relations Officer for the Student Rep. Council of UDS, project supervisor with Water Resources Consultancy, Campus Ambassador of Ghana Student Discount Card and President of a number of student organizations and councils. He has been actively involved in volunteering with the GhanaThink Foundation as a marketing lead for Barcamp Wa and Social Media lead for Agribootcamp16 organized by DAIN Network.

As a writer and blogger, he has several features published both in a national daily and online to his credit. He is very passionate about issues on leadership and governance, climate change indigenous and international development.

Sampson also holds a certificate in Management Strategies for People and Resources from the YALI Network.
CHRIS YEBOAHAssociate/Service Person

CHRIS YEBOAH (Associate/Service Person)

Chris joined PDA as an intern in August, 2016. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science and Communication (Bsc) in Accounting at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), he is currently a Level Two (2) 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 intern, viewing it as an opportunity to learn the practical aspects of his study. Chris is very 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.
CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYEDriver/ Logistics Assistant

CHARLES KWADWO ANOKYE (Driver/ Logistics Assistant)

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.
BREH JIMAHDriver/ Logistics Assistant

BREH JIMAH (Driver/ Logistics Assistant)

Jimah worked with PDA for about six years as a Logistics Assistant from June, 2007 to 2012 before taking a leave. He rejoined 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.
DEBORAH DSANIELogistics Assistant

DEBORAH DSANIE (Logistics Assistant)

Deborah is a logistics assistant at PDA. She joined the organisation in July 2012. In her role, she manages finances and inventory regarding office supplies. Deborah also coordinates the logistics for workshops and other PDA programs and oversees the routine cleaning of the PDA Accra office.


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.
ETHELProgramme Coordinator

ETHEL (Programme Coordinator)

Ethel is the Programme Coordinator for Youth Forward Learning Partnership and also supports the PDA research unit. Her technical expertise is in social research, baseline and evaluation studies, policy planning, beneficiary assessments, community engagement and preparation of community development plans. She has worked in the capacity of a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Planning Department KNUST, as a Research Associate with Social Development Network and a Field Coordinator in TREND Group.

In the past 4 years, she has been involved in consultancy services for Global Communities, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Ghana Water Company Limited and Challenging Heights International. Her passion is in mitigating poverty and inequality, and promoting social development. A planner by training, she holds MPhil Planning and BSc. Development Planning degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
ALEXANDER AFRAMProgramme Coordinator

ALEXANDER AFRAM’S (Assistant Programmes Coordinator)

Alex is Assistant Programmes Coordinator at Participatory Development Associates. He has over 4 years extensive local and international experience in research and consultancy service with specific interest rural development, decentralisation, education, health, environment and climate change.

Since joining PDA, Alex has worked on a number of projects, including Challenging Height's Child Forced Early Marriage in fishing communities in Ghana, University of Bath's Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP) and British Council's Connecting Classrooms 3 baseline evaluation currently ongoing in Ghana.

Before joining PDA in November 2016, Alex worked as a research consultant for Action Aid’s International Humanitarian Action and Resilience Team on climate change induced loss and damage, leading the development of an assessment framework for relief programmes in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam. He also served as teaching and research assistant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and supported research on climate change, waste management and renewable energy options.

Alex holds MSc. in Development Management from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK and BA in Geography and rural Development from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
RAYMOND HODORYoung Researcher

RAYMOND HODOR (Young Researcher)

Raymond is a young researcher who has keen desire in research work and with his affection for Information Communication Technology makes him blend the affection into the exploration of many statistical packages notably, Stata, E-Views and SPSS.

These statistical packages he has applied in a number of studies he has worked on before joining Participatory Development Associate Ltd (PDA). He first joined PDA as an associate then an intern in 2016 and currently a Senior Project Officer at the Research Unit in PDA.

Raymond has worked on a number of high profile study and evaluation projects, including Institute of Development Studies’ mNutrition Impact Evaluation, University of Bath's Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP) and British Council's Connecting Classrooms 3 baseline evaluation enabling him handle both qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, report writing, facilitation of focus group discussions, conducting in-depth interviews and coordinating logistic support. Raymond holds a bachelor degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from University of Ghana, Legon.

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