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Ghana

WILLIAMS AMOAKO
DRIVER

Williams is a driver for the AgDevCo team. He has experience in the transportation, civil engineering and mining sectors. Prior to joining AgDevCo, Williams worked with companies including Sky Hawk Logistics Ghana, Golden Falls Mining South Africa and Crystal Premier Services Ghana. He has also worked with the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). He has a Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering from Takoradi Polytechnic and Proficiency in Mineral Engineering, Drilling and Blast from Tarkwa School of Mines.

Joined AgDevCo: 2015
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Francis Amoyea
Agronomist

Prior to joining AgDevCo, Francis completed National Service with Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Before this, he worked for a private company called Wienco Ghana Ltd which focused on cotton production where he worked for three years. Additionally, Francis also worked with Masara who focused on Maize production.

Joined AgDevCo: 2018
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Barbara Ghansah
Associate Director

Barbara is Associate Director and Country Manager of AgDevCo's Ghana office.  Before joining AgDevCo, Barbara worked for Root Capital for almost 6 years, and was responsible for growing and managing the loan portfolio in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Prior to that she worked with the US African Development Foundation in the role of Program Coordinator and Development Specialist and with Deloitte and Touche Ghana as a Manager with the Consulting Unit. Barbara also has 5 years’ development banking experience with the National Investment Bank in Ghana and has also practiced as an independent consultant, providing advisory services to SMEs. She has a B.A. Degree in Economics with Political Science and M.A in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana. She also as a professional accounting qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK

Joined AgDevCo: 2017
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Paul Greaume
Intern

Paul, a native French speaker, is a member of the West Africa team as an intern to support the francophone West Africa expansion. He is an undergraduate at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées ParisTech and is completing a Master’s Degree in Finance.

Joined AgDevCo: 2018
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Ibrahim Iscandar
Community Liaison Officer

Prior to AgDevCo, Ibrahim was a Field co-ordinating Officer for EXIM Bank Ghana as well as a consultant for Presbyterian Agric. In this role, he aided in preparing a 5-year strategic plan for the organization.

Joined AgDevCo: 2018
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TOM PHILLIPS
Associate Director

Tom is Associate Director within AgDevCo's Ghana team.  Prior to joining AgDevCo Tom spent five years with McKinsey & Company where, as an Engagement Manager and Sustainability Fellow, he worked on economic development and sustainability projects, primarily in developing countries. This included supporting public and private sector clients in infrastructure finance, energy sector planning, climate change mitigation and water and natural resource management. Tom previously worked in the agriculture sector in Kenya for Technoserve and at Vodafone as a product developer. Tom has a MEng in Engineering from Durham University.

Joined AgDevCo: 2012
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ELSIE QUAYE
Office Manager

Elsie provides full administrative support to the Ghana team. Before joining AgDevCo, Elsie was office manager at a supply firm dealing with companies including VRA, Ghacem, Coca Cola Ghana and Nestlé. 

Joined AgDevCo: 2012
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ANTHONY SELASE SABAH
Associate

Selase’s role is to scope and assess SME proposals and associated documentation, and coordinate client training in financial planning, forecasting and reporting. Before joining AgDevCo, Selase worked as Financial Services Facilitator for the USAID-funded ADVANCE programme implemented by ACDI/VOCA.  He was also a Client Advisor for ProCredit Savings and Loans, where he monitored and recovered agricultural loans. Selase holds an MBA in Finance from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and a BSc Agriculture (Hons) from the University of Ghana, Legon

Joined AgDevCo: 2014
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ISMAIL SENTISSI EL IDRISSI
Senior Investment Manager

Ismail manages AgDevCo’s investments in West Africa and leads AgDevCo's greenfield development at Babator in Ghana. Ismail has over 9 years experience in banking, investment and project management, with an extended period living in Ghana. Prior to joining AgDevCo in 2014, Ismail spent four years with BNP Paribas in Paris, where he was involved in setting up financing for large corporates in the metals and petroleum sectors in Europe and Africa. He previously worked at the World Bank in Washington DC on transportation projects in West Africa. Ismail has a double Masters in Finance from École des Ponts ParisTech and in Energy Economics from IFP School in Paris.

Joined AgDevCo: 2014
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ERIK WIERSMA
Commercial Agriculture Director

Erik is the Senior Commercial Agriculture Director, responsible for commercial and agronomic advice and analysis of agribusiness opportunities across all current and potential investments. Before joining AgDevCo, Erik was CEO at a farming operation in Ghana, where he implemented mechanised agriculture and managed outgrowers farming operations. Previously he worked for a plant science company, with agronomy teams across India, Indonesia, and Southern Africa. He has also extensive experience of farm supply chain management with (export) horticulture. He started his career working in plantation management in West Africa. Erik has a BSc (honours) in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture from International Agricultural College Larenstein, the Netherlands.

Joined AgDevCo: 2012
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