We’re pleased to welcome four new staff members who joined us in May 2015. Kimberley, James, Priscilla and Klara represent a new generation of young professionals working to empower young people to contribute to and benefit from development processes. Here are brief bios:
Training and Capacity Building Manager
Kim is responsible for managing training and capacity building activities across all projects delivered by YES-Ghana. She is also responsible for devising targeted and relevant training and learning opportunities for YES-Ghana Staff.
Kim brings to YES-Ghana, 4 years of professional experience in global youth development and capacity building activities. She has worked with organisations such as the British Red Cross, VSO and UN Women where she empowered youth from Zimbabwe, India and Nigeria to mobilise around issues such as gender equality, HIV/AIDs, sustainable livelihoods and active global citizenship.
Kim has an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Prior to this, Kim obtained a BA in English Literature and German from the University of Manchester, UK.
Marketing and Public Relations Associate
James Anquandah is responsible for supporting YES-Ghana in developing and maintaining high-impact marketing partnerships, lead and guide the organization’s PR strategy for campaigns, products and launches and develop new relationships with talent for year-round support. He will also lead talent brokering on behalf of YES-Ghana and be the face of YES-Ghana’s youth social action work in the talent world.
James brings to YES-Ghana his experience in Education, Integrated Marketing and Behaviour Change Communication. Prior to joining YES-Ghana, he was the Behaviour Change Communication Officer at Hope for Future Generations, working on several behaviour change interventions in different parts of Ghana. James also worked as a Communication Project Officer at Yankah & Associates, an Integrated Marketing Communication Consultancy, where he specialized in branding, publicity and the development of communication materials. James is also a professional English language teacher who has spent some years teaching in schools such as Sekondi College, St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS, Tall Oaks International School and North Ridge Lyceum.
James has an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana and a B. Ed in Arts (English) from the University of Cape Coast.
Finance and Administration Manager
Priscilla is responsible for planning and management of finances and operations at YES-Ghana. She plays a critical role in managing organizational resources effectively as well as maximizing the organisation’s focus on results internally and externally.
Priscilla brings to YES- Ghana six years of experience in financial and donor fund management. She has managed funds from multiple donors both on the local and international front. Working with Theatre for a Change Ghana, she has contributed to empowering women and girls and improving sexual reproductive health among vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Project Manager – YIEDIE
Klara is Project Manager for the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE). The project aims to create economic opportunities in the construction sector for disadvantaged youth in five cities across Ghana. Delivered over five years by a consortium of six partner institutions, including YES-Ghana, the project seeks to achieve increased employment of young people as well as increased coordination of stakeholders in the construction sector.
Klara brings to YES-Ghana, five years of experience working for NGOs on issues relating to youth empowerment, community development, and social inclusion. Prior to joining YES-Ghana, she worked as a Youth Campaign Coordinator in the Caribbean and as a Team Leader for the International Citizen Service, managing a youth development project in Cape Coast, Ghana. Her experience in the UK includes managing a leadership project for migrant women and working in policy research for a think tank focusing on race equality.
Klara has a BA in Social Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Manchester and an MA in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex.