Julius is the Acting Director of GCITD and has over 17 years’ consulting experience in auditing and financial management both in the public and private sectors. He is a fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with a post graduate qualification in Advanced Information Technology. As a Member of Institute of Management Consultancy in United Kingdom, he is a problem solver with a high rate of achievement and has an appetite for new challenges. Over the years, Julius has coordinated and facilitated over a number of international programmes organized by GIMPA in collaboration with the World Bank and other international agencies. One of such programmes includes capacity building for Ghana Education Service on Financial and Operational Strengthening. Areas of training that he has distinct competences include: financial management, project management, budgeting and resource allocation, governance and leadership, auditing and advocacy.
Julius has also been consulting for both public and private sector institutions; including NGOs. Some of the consultancy assignments he has executed cover: institutional assessment, organizational restructuring, project audits, evaluation of programmes and projects, preparation of strategic/corporate plans, preparation of business plans, conducting feasibility studies, design of management systems and procedures. He has coordinated majority of these assignments.
He has also offered and delivered technical assistance and advisory services in implementing financial management systems in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies. Currently, Julius was a member of a team of consultants tasked by the European Commission and Government of Ghana to improve trade related capacity and performance of Ministry of Trade and Industries and related agencies. He has also provided strategic advice on public sector reforms, carried out efficiency, impact and value for money reviews for public and private sector organisations.
His areas of expertise include Public Financial Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Sector Accounting, Forensic Auditing and Investigations, Design and Installation of Cost Accounting Systems, Design and installation of Budgetary Control Systems, Designing Internal Control System, Organizational restructuring, External and Internal Auditing, Performance Auditing.
Dr. Asiedu is currently the Chief Consultant at GCITD. He is an Institutional Economist and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Society of International Development, Sector and District Development Plan Committee of Ghana and the Ghana Association of Consultants. He has undertaken numerous consulting assignments at the senior level for a large spectrum of clients in both Public and Private Sector Organizations. Dr. Asiedu has worked as a Process Consultant, Management Consultant, Change Management Analyst, Financial Analyst and a Policy Research Analyst for organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, DANIDA, the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, State Enterprises Commission and Ardelle Associates Inc. of the USA. Until September 2017, he was the Managing Consultant at the GIMPA Consultancy Services.
Dr. Asiedu holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences: Economics, from the Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, 2002; MBA in Business Economics, Marymount University, Arlington, USA, 1995; MPA in Development Management, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 1991; and BA in Economics and Sociology, University of Ghana, Legon, 1984). He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Training Methodology and Curriculum Design from the ILO Centre, Turin, Italy and his teaching and research interests include economic business environment; impact of development agency policies on health and poverty; household adoption behavior and sustainability; business development and entrepreneurship, corporate strategy and micro savings and credit in developing countries. Apart from several technical reports produced, Dr. Asiedu has also published several working papers as well as publications in World Development, Global Water Initiatives (IUCN/IIED, London), GIMPA Journal of Leadership, Management and Administration, Internal Journal of Auditing, and others forthcoming in the Journal of Development Studies.
Dr. Donatus Ayitey is currently an Associate Senior Consultant and Team Leader at the Innovation Unit within the GIMPA Consultancy, Innovation and Training Directorate (GCITD). Donatus is an Economist-Statistician with key strengths and know-how in economics of innovation and intellectual property rights, international trade and economic development. He has over 15 years of progressive professional experience working in various capacities with international and local organizations including the: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva; International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva; Economics & Statistics Division, Regional Bureau for Africa, and Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva; and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana. Dr. Ayitey has had the opportunity to undertake fact-finding missions, capacity-building activities and to work with experts to advance subjects of innovation, intellectual property, trade and development in African and Asian countries including the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Maldives, and the Republic of Zimbabwe. His core competencies include vision, professionalism, planning and organizing, teamwork, commitment to continuous learning and respect for others.
Dr. Ayitey holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands; MSc. Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom; MPhil. in Economics from the University of Ghana; B.A. degree in Economics with Geography and Resource Management from the University of Ghana; and a Certificate in Professional Training for Social Scientists from the Said Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Dr Afele is an international consultant with over 20 years in consulting in the agricultural sector , capacity building, institutional development, policy and strategy development, fragile states policy and operations, project concepts and preparation/appraisal for multilateral development finance institutions, African Diaspora in nation building, knowledge generation and management and partnership building. Working experience also spans across diverse areas.
Dr Afele has worked for several International organizations like the World Bank for 5 years and African Development Bank for 4 years. In 2004, he led the design and delivery of technical assistance and capacity building to support Nigeria’s National Fadama (II) Development Program and its beneficiary groups financed with a facility of $120 million from the World Bank-African Development.
As a result, the project disbursed to agricultural groups in 18 States, which led to increased production, improvement in management of wetland resources, and consensus among competing resource user groups such as nomadic cattle herders and crop farmers. He also led a World Bank team in 2007 to prepare the World Bank Institute’s response to the 2007 Independent Evaluation Group’s Report on the World Bank’s agricultural sector operations in Africa (1997-2007).
Post-doctoral activities (development studies, 1997-2002) include: Participated in several learning programs including the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and Global Knowledge for Development (GKD) organized by the development institutions to make career transition to development studies.
Post-doctoral programs (cell and molecular biology): Japan’s Science and Technology Fellowship (1994-1996);
McGill University (1996-1997); University of Guelph (1990-1993)
Ph.D., 1990 (Crop production and biotechnology), University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M.Sc., 1986 (Tropical agriculture and biotechnology), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
B.Sc., 1984 (Crop production), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Mr. Paul Nartey has over 35 years active practice in Human Resource Management and Development. He is a Human Resource Expert with extensive international experience in the practice. As a Human Resource Management/ Development Lecturer, he has trained numerous civil/public servants and NGOs across the world.
He served as the Managing Consultant (Head of Consultancy Division of GIMPA) from March 2009 to 21st January 2011 and carried out a number of consultancy assignments for the public and private sector organizations in Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
He possesses strong experience in organizational reviews, restructuring and redesign, development of performance management systems, development of HR strategy, job analysis (job descriptions and job specifications), job evaluation, training and consulting advisory services, training and development (needs identification, training assessment, training program design, delivery, implementation and projects evaluation).
Mr. Eric Worlanyo Deffor holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Administration and Bachelor’s in Agriculture (Economics) from the University of Ghana Legon. He has certificates in Project Cycle Management and Ghana Securities Course (GSE). He is a highly motivated and focused professional and has practiced in diverse areas (Agriculture, Microfinance, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)); most of them not directly related to his core area of training and qualifications. He has expertise in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of social intervention programs aimed at improving livelihoods, income and food security in rural Africa (especially Ghana) and excellent report writing skill.
Mr. Deffor has hands on experience in the design of electronic questionnaires using Open Data Kit (ODK) for electronic data collection among rural farmers. He also has excellent knowledge of relevant econometric modelling and analysis techniques. He has over the past 10 years developed the capacity and skill to carry out independent economic and social research and surveys. He has undertaken the following consultancies jobs: Baseline study on Adolescent/Maternal Reproductive Health survey Ajumako Enyan Essiam District, Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District in the Central Region and Saboba District in the Northern Region of Ghana – for Hope for Future Generation (HFFG) (NGO) under the SAMVI project. Baseline Survey on “Enhancing maternal mental health and livelihoods of vulnerable pregnant women and mothers and their children to realize maternal and child health in Ghana”, Baseline survey for CARI Ghana project – Assin-Fosu. Baseline survey for Women and Agriculture Development (WIAD) of the Ministry of Agriculture on gender and agriculture of selected communities in Ghana and Evaluation of the Impact of Farmer Field Fora (FFF) on beneficiaries In Ghana under the Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Program (RTIMP), Evaluation of TRIAS Ghana project “Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Access to Microfinance for Family Farmers and Micro-Entrepreneurs in the three Northern Regions of Ghana” sponsored by European Union (EU). He also has the following academic publication to his credit: “Fighting Corruption by Means of Effective Internal Audit Function: Evidence from the Ghanaian Public Sector”, “Assessing Project Management Maturity in Africa: A Ghanaian Perspective”, “Corporate Responsibility in Ghana: An Overview of Aspects of the Regulatory Regime”. “Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Foods in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana”.
Mr. Deffor has an excellent practical knowledge in the use of Predictive Analytic Software (PASW, aka. SPSS), STATA and E-View for quantitative data and other analyses.
Samuel is a Strategist and Organisational Development Expert, with considerable experience in providing strategic, financial management and business management consultancy services to public and private sector institutions. Samuel currently works as a Consultant for GIMPA Consultancy, Innovation and Training Directorate (GCITD). Before his current role, he worked as a consultant for Due Diligence Company (2) years and as a Finance and Business Advisor for Hays Accountancy in UK for four years (4) delivering Technical Assistance and Advisory Services to clients in all sectors. He has capabilities and experience in developing Strategic and Business plans and implementing financial management reporting systems, designing and implementing projects, and monitoring and evaluating projects against implementation plans. At GIMPA, Samuel has been involved in institutional assessment, organizational restructuring, economic analysis, project planning and management, gender audit and analysis etc. Samuel is result–oriented and well-disciplined with ability to manage multiple assignments.
Mr. Awuah has been involved with projects such as the Food Security and Environmental Facility Project (FSEF) of the Ministry of local Government and Rural Development of Ghana being funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and currently, he is the Project Manager for the United Nations Population Fund/ Government of Ghana sixth country programme as well as the fund Manager for the Ghanaman Trust Fund.
Samuel holds a MSc. in Money, Banking and Finance from University of Birmingham and a B.A (Hons) degree in Economics and Law from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has a practical knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and Eviews in data analysis.
Paul Rex Danquah is a Public Policy Analyst and a member of the World Bank Institute Delivery Partners Development Program (DPDP). This program seeks to reform teams across the world to realize high impact, sustainable reforms and high-impact, sustainable programs. Paul has undertaken numerous consulting assignments at the senior level for a large spectrum of clients in both Public and Private Sector Organizations. He has worked as a Policy Research Analyst for organizations such as the World Bank Institute (WBI), European Union (EU), USAID, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Local Government Services and the Ministry of Defence.
He holds two Masters Degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Research (pre-doctoral Postgraduate programme) at the University of Ghana, Legon (2008) and University of East London, United Kingdom (2010) respectively. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Combined Honours (Law & Sociology, 2nd Class Upper) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), 2005. Mr. Danquah is also a product of top-ranked Mfantsipim High School in Cape Coast (Ghana), 1999. Paul has also had training in Adaptive Leadership, Political Economy, Rapid Results Management, Strategic Communication and Negotiation, and Stakeholder mapping organized by World Bank Institute, 2012 & 2013 in Accra and Washington respectively.
He also lectures Business Research Methods and Strategic Management & Leadership as an adjunct Lecturer at Centre for Management Development, GIMPA. Paul is currently pursuing his PH.D at the University of Groningen, Netherlands; the research is Public Private Partnership as a Policy in Infrastructural development in an Emerging Economy: A Case study of Ghana.
Mr. Emmanuel Abokyi is an Agricultural Economist (MPhil UG, B.Sc. KNUST) and a PhD candidate with hands on experience in results based management and reporting. His working experience spans through research, banking, teaching and consulting.
Mr. Abokyi has practical experience in agricultural finance and marketing as well as credit analysis. He developed and trained several farmer-based
organizations (FBOs) in the three northern regions of Ghana. At GIMPA Consultancy Services, he is involved in Economic Research and Analysis, Project Planning and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation of projects, Gender Assessment, Baseline Survey etc.
He has been engaged in the designing, planning and conducting of surveys for collecting both quantitative and qualitative data at the household level. He has developed several survey instruments for many projects. Mr. Abokyi has also been lecturing Business Research Methods at the GIMPA Business School.
Mr. Abokyi is a key consultant of the team implementing the Food Security and Environmental Facility Project (FSEF) of the Ministry of local Government and Rural Development of Ghana being funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
He was a key member of a team of consultants that was hired by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-USA) to conduct evaluation of four special initiatives for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana. The four initiatives were: National Fertilizer Subsidy Program, Block Stabilization of Output prices via the establishment and operation of the National Food, Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) Program. He has an excellent practical knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel, SPSS, STATA and E-View econometric softwares for quantitative and qualitative data analysis. He has hands on experience in econometric modeling.
Mr. Adjei possesses MSc. in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development from the University of Turin and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO), Italy; a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from GIMPA (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Integrated Rural Art and Industry (First Class) from KNUST. He won a Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) scholarship in 2005 to study Webmaster and Interactive Visualization at the University of Ghent, Belgium.
He has participated in several training programmes, seminars and workshops both in Ghana and abroad. These include; World Bank/GIMPA: “Goods and Equipment Procurement Management”; “Selection of Consultants”; “Works Procurement Management”. SETYM International, training programme on Contract Management and Disbursement Monitoring held at Kuala Malaysia Lumpur. E-commerce and Logistics for Developing Countries training course sponsored by the government of P.R. of China in Beijing. He has also attended other courses such as “Fraud Detection and Prevention”, “Risk Management (Customs)”, “Evidence Based Policy Making” amongst many others.
Mr. Asafo Adjei has over 8 years work experience in public procurement, especially in the area of goods, consulting and non-consulting services. Between 2008 and 2015 Mr. Adjei worked in the Civil Service, specifically at the Finance and Administration Division of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI). He played a key role in procurement and contract management activities of the Ministry in accordance with Act 663 as amended.
He once severed as the Secretary to the Entity Tender Committee and the Ministerial Tender Review Board of the Ministry respectively. Apart from procurement management, he was very instrumental in the development of the Scheme of Service for the Industrial and Commercial Occupational Classes, Organizational Manual and Structure for the Ministry.
Prior to joining GIMPA as a Consultant, he was the Procurement Advisor at the Takoradi-based Enterprise Development Centre, where he provided advisory services to Ghanaian Small and Medium Enterprises (GhSMEs), to enable them bid and win contracts with international oil and gas companies (IOCs) operating in the upstream sector of Ghana’s oil and gas industry.
Currently, Adjei is a full time Consultant with the GIMPA Consultancy, Innovation and Training Directorate (GCITD). He has been involved in consultancy assignments such as “Training Needs Assessment of Procurement Practitioners and Professionals in Ghana” and “Review of the Training Modules to Include Amendments to the Public Procurement Act 663 as Amended and Delivery of Training” for the Public Procurement Authority (PPA). He is a key resource person on the GIMPA/World Bank training courses on Goods and Equipment Procurement Management, Works Procurement Management, Selection of Consultants and Financial Management. Mr. Adjei has been a member of procurement audit teams commissioned by the PPA to carry out special audit of Procurement Entities in the public sector.
Mr.Anthony Anyane Sackey is a consultant at GIMPA Consultancy, Innovation and Training Directorate (GCITD) of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He holds Master of Philosophy in Public Administration and Bachelor of Management Studies. His experience in management, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multifaceted and complex consultancy assignments. He has an excellent and significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, and ability to cope with multiple interests and challenges in every endeavour.
Mr. Anthony Anyane Sackey has been involved in the execution of consultancy assignments such as baseline survey for TREE AID Ghana. He has also been involved in the execution of a USAID Feed the Futrue (FtF) Agric. Policy Capacity Building programme for the staff of MoFA under the Ghana FtF Agriculture Policy Support Project. Anthony has been involved in a number of consultancy assignments for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture such as assessing the Impact of the Distribution and Commercialization of Improved Planting Materials Under RTIMP, assessing the Impact of Farmer Field For a on Beneficiaries-Under RTIMP, assessing the Impact and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Processing Equipment-Under RTIMP, assessing the Impact of the Cost-Benefit Analysis of ESOKO Subscription to Beneficiary Farmers and Processors-Under RTIMP, assessing the Impact of the Effectiveness of the Micro-Enterprise Fund in Enabling Private Sector Investment in Root and Tuber Value Chains-Under RTIMP and Baseline Survey for Women in Agriculture Development.
Gilbert Agyeman is currently Assistant Finance Officer attached to GIMPA Consultancy Services. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession with over five years post qualification experience. He has also pursued his Masters in Business Administration (Finance Option) at the Wisconsin International University College. (Awaiting Graduation). He is Financial Management Expert who provides financial management services to the Food Security and Environmental Facility project, a five year Canadian Project aimed at reducing poverty while taking into consideration environmental issues and gender. This project is operating in the three Northern Regions of Ghana. The financial management services provided include the selection of qualified applicants, training of sub-project implementing partners, conducting financial monitoring, assisting the organizations to prepare Activity-Based Budgets and Financial Statements. He is also in charge of the preparation of financial proposals, and other accounting related issues in the GIMPA Consultancy Services. He has served in various positions at GIMPA as the Project Accountant for the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Accountant for the Centre for I.T. Professional Development, and the School of Technology. He has also been teaching the Computerized Accounting System programme in the Centre for Professional I.T. Development for the past five years on part time basis.