Position: Executive Director
Position: Head, Administrative Unit
Katherine joined WACSI in July 2006. She has several years of experience in Administration and Human Resources. Prior to her appointment to WACSI she worked with a few INGOs and UN agencies in Ghana. Katherine holds BSc. degree in Business Administration and an MA in Organisation Development.
Position: Head, Capacity Development Unit
Charles currently serves as the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). Charles has over 10 years of experience working in international development and social justice issues in Africa. Charles has expertise in strengthening civil society and public agencies including the design and implementation of governance and leadership programmes, development of knowledge pieces and policy advice. Charles was the founding Board Chair of Innovation for Change (i4C)-Hub Afrique, as well as the founding member of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon), an initiative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. Charles currently serves as the Member of the Governing Board (Coordination Collective) of Africans Rising. He is a Member of the Development Studies Association, United Kingdom. Charles is a 2017 Stanford University Fellow for Nonprofit Leaders and a certified Change the Game Resource Mobilisation Trainer.
Position: Head, Finance Unit
Position: Head, Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit
Omolara is a development practitioner and advocacy strategist with over 10 years progressive experience in development programming targeted at strengthening civil society in West Africa. She joined WACSI in November 2009 as an Advocacy Consultant. And later became the first Policy Advocacy Officer in 2010 and Head of Policy Influencing and Advocacy unit in 2015. As head, she offers strategic direction to the institutes’ ambitions to connect and convene groups of organized and organic civil society actors; and influence regional and global discourses on crosscutting policy issues including—civil society regulations, sustainable development goals, civic space and enabling environment, aid effectiveness, gender equality
Previously, Omolara served as a Service Development Marshal at TVQ Consulting Group, a customer service firm focused on designing strategic customer relationship and business growth plans for private and public financial institutions in Nigeria. She also served as a Programmes Associate with the Women in Peace and Security Network-Africa where she teamed up to design and implement two programmes on—multidimensional peace support operations and gender mainstreaming in security sector reform in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Omolara is a facilitator/trainer, social advocate and an African feminist. Her primary interest is to see a vibrant, responsive and autonomous civil society with requisite skills to engage diverse development actors in a safe civic space. She holds a MA (Hons) in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of Ibadan; BA (Hons) in International Relations and History from Obafemi Awolowo University both in Nigeria, and Certificates in Advocacy and Citizen Engagement from Coady International Institute in Halifax and in Behavioral Insight into the Design of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA.
Position: Head, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit
Country: Ivory Coast
Franck Sombo is a development practitioner with the drive to lead self and others to influence productivity and efficiency. His work involves supporting organisations to develop strategic plans, design monitoring and evaluation systems, develop and use relevant performance measurement tools to track progress, assess organizational growth and institutionalise learning. Franck has eight years of experience working with WACSI where he currently serves as the Head, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. His academic qualifications include Masters in Organisations’ and Projects’ Management, and in Business Sciences and a High National Diploma in Finance and Accounting.
Franck is a Fellow of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and a graduate of the Graduate Training Institute (GTI) - Ghana with specialization in Strategic Management and Corporate Leadership.
He has a rich experience in Project Management, Capacity Development, Strategic planning, Data Analytics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Facilitation, Mentoring and Coaching among others.
Position: Head, Knowledge Management Unit
Jimm Chick Fomunjong, Cameroonian, joined WACSI in May 2018 as the Head of the Knowledge Management and Communication Units of the Institute. He has over ten years’ experience as a journalist and a development communications expert. He has a vast experience in supporting African organisations to strengthen their internal and external communications, building and sustaining relationships with the media and, leveraging on the power of social media to promote their mission. He is also excellent at supporting organisations to set up and operationalise functional communications and knowledge management systems. He has a deep passion and expertise in supporting Africans and African civil society organisations to document their praxis, share and learn from experiences documented from the African civil society sector.
Position: Project Officer, Mandela Washington Fellowship Project
Position: Programme Officer, Finance and Administrative Unit
Position: Programme Officer, Capacity Development Unit
Leandre Banon, Beninese, joined WACSI in September 2014 as Capacity Development Programme Assistant. Since then, he has worked in various units within the Institute to support operational and institutional capacity strengthening programmes for civil society in the region. Currently serving as Capacity Development Programme Officer at WACSI, his main responsibilities involve designing, planning, implementing and monitoring capacity development programmes for civil society constituents and grouping across the West Africa. Leandre is a certified Change the Game Academy Programme Trainer. His background lies in the areas of economics and development planning.
Position: Programme Officer, Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit
Regina works with civil society organisations to influence policy issues through the creation of spaces for dialogue, networking and capacity strengthening. She is a development actor with experience working on issues of public policy, policy advocacy, governance, gender, human rights, communication and sustainable development. Prior to working with WACSI, she worked with the Institute of Economic Affairs Ghana as a communication and programmes officer. She has equally worked with the Harvard University’s Women and Public Policy Program, International Rescue Committee, UN Women and the Ghana Revenue Authority. Regina is bilingual in French and English. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a specialisation in Gender and Development from Tufts University, Boston, as well as a Master’s in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.
Position: Programme Officer, Knowledge Management Unit
Christian Elongué is an Afropolitan and bilingual professional in knowledge management who joined WACSI in September 2018. Prior to that, he has over 7 years’ experience as an instructional designer, debate trainer and communications professional with leadership experience in both the public, private and civil society sectors, experienced in developing and implementing innovative and effective training programs. As a talented and savvy edupreneur, he has been able to develop and showcase initiatives that drove policy change and represented significant role in supporting educational and policy research activities. He also worked tirelessly with Africa-oriented professionals and international brands on social impact projects that changed positively the narrative of the continent. His research interests are in women & youth leadership, gamification, civil society sustainability and Children literature. He obtained his 3rd master’s degree with honours, in “Instructional Design” from Lille University of Technology. Resiliency, creativity and innovation are his mantras.
Position: Project Officer, Child Marriage
Country: Burkina Faso
Position: Programme Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit
Gervin has extensive international development experience, including 5 years of policy advocacy and capacity building of grass root organisations. He has implemented over the years a combination of agriculture value chain, livelihood, food security and governance and rights programmes.
Prior to joining WACSI, Gervin worked on two USAID projects focusing on agriculture value chain development and governance in northern Ghana
Gervin holds a master’s degree in development & Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany as well as a Masters in Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna (Austria), Leipzig (Germany) and California (Santa Barbara), USA. He is passionate social justice and inclusion.
Position: Programme Officer, Communications & Information Unit
Chamrid currently serves as the communication and Information officer at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). Chamrid is passionate about social justice, communication and graphic design. He has a variety of experience in running advocacy campaigns for the protection of human rights, civic space issues and capacity building in west Africa. He has good knowledge in managing technically complex projects and possesses a forward-thinking approach to the coordination of International conferences and training. He holds an MBA in Project Management, is a 2016 fellow of the West Africa Executive Course on Human Right and Drug Policy and is a certified IFC-LPI Trainer. Chamrid is bilingual and passionate about storytelling.
Position: Executive Assistant
Nana Ekua joined WACSI in July 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She holds a Masters degree in International relations and a first degree in french and psychology from the University of Ghana as well as an international Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF C1). Prior to her appointment in WACSI, she worked as a project officer at Africa 2000 Network, a project office of the UNDP. She has experience in community development and sensitization work, planning and coordinating conferences, meetings, events and trainings, advocacy planning, project management and partnership development. She is result driven, has good facilitation skills and a great ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
Position: Project Assistant, Mandela Washington Fellowship Project
Position: Project Coordinator, TechSoup West Africa Project
Position: Project Coordinator, Civil Society E-Directory
Position: Receptionist/ Bilingual Secretary
Position: Technical Assistant
Position: Office Assistant
Position: Communications Assistant
Mawuena is a dynamic, energetic and an inspiring young man with demonstrated history of working in media production, advertising industry as well marketing research fields with an excellent understanding in I.T, graphic designing, marketing, digital marketing and online advertising. He has worked with multinational companies such as Millward Brown Ghana, Ringier Africa, IPSOS Ghana Ltd. amongst others. Mawuena is a strong business development professional who holds professional diploma in Management studies (ICM-UK) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Development Communication from the African University College of Communications.
Position: Programme Assistant, Translation Unit
Stella Yawa Wowoui is a reliable and dedicated professional with keen attention to detail. Her academic background and professional experience have strengthened her interpersonal and communication skills. She has a perfect grasp of both French and English, as well as an intermediate level in Spanish.
Position: Programme Assistant, Knowledge Management Unit
Position: Programme Assistant, Capacity Development Unit
Position: Programme Assistant, Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit
Marguerite is passionate about development work especially in West Africa. She has worked actively with women association across the region to advocate for women emancipation and gender equality. Her advocacy aims at contributing to a world where women are empowered and actively involved in decisions making processes. She holds a bachelor in sociology from the university Lansana Conte of Sonfonia and is bilingual.
Position: Protocol Assistant/Driver