CHARLES T. NORNOO - DIRECTOR

Charles has over twenty four years experience as a development practitioner and a businessman. A blend of experience that is unique and accounts for the successful DSC story. Charles started his career as an Evaluation Specialist with TechnoServe Inc and rose in 8 years to become the Ghana Country Program Manager. Before establishing DSC, Charles helped to set up the West Africa Trade Hub of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Accra-Ghana, the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) of the Rivers State in Nigeria, and the Newmont External Affairs Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (NEAMU) for Newmont Ghana. His core competence is in projects development and management, quality assurance, negotiating deals, establishing strategic linkages, mentoring SMEs, and credit delivery, establishing systems, monitoring and evaluation. Charles has work experience in all 15 ECOWAS countries and additional seven (7) countries in East and Southern Africa. He also has business linkages with companies in Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA.



Sebastian Deh - Programs Manager

Sebastian is a Banker, with strong development bias background. Presently, he works as the Programs Manager/ Consultant with Development Solutions Centre. Prior to this engagement he had a 13-year career in Banking and Finance, where he played key roles in the establishment and growth of three financial institutions in Ghana, namely Metropolitan and Allied Bank, now UT Bank, Procredit Savings and Loans Company and United Bank for Africa (UBA). Across these institutions he held managerial positions in Business Development, Credit Management, Project Analysis, Portfolio Management, Sales and Marketing, Banking Operations, Administration, Corporate Strategy and Branding, as well as design and implementation of Microfinance and SME finance schemes. He has offered consultancy services in these areas to numerous clients and authored a number of high profile business plans and feasibility studies leading to the establishment of a number of non-bank financial institutions in Ghana. Sebastian was a member of the dynamic management team at UBA, then Standard Trust, which introduced spectacular innovations which changed the Ghanaian banking landscape in the last 6 years. His experiences in Business Development Services (BDS) and financial service delivery, covers a wide range of clientele ranging from table-top vendors to multi-national corporates. On the job, he stands out as an astute leader, a team player, a skillful portfolio manager and a talented risk manager. He has passion for managing businesses and projects that impact positively on the economic well being of people, especially the marginalized. He has traveled to the remotest parts of Ghana and worked with businesses and people at the grassroots level. In addition to a BSc (Hons) Degree in Agriculture, from The University of Ghana, Sebastian holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Micro-Enterprise Finance from the University of Reading – United Kingdom and a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance from the Giordano Dell’Amore Institute (Milan, Italy). He has attended numerous short courses either as a participant or as a lecturer.



FRANCIS OFOE KONU - DEPUTY PROGRAMS MANAGER

Francis Konu is a Business Development Specialist with over thirteen years experience in NGO work and SME development. The majority of his professional work has been in the fields of Monitoring and Evaluation of development projects; business advisory services to SMEs; credit delivery and financial data management, and capacity enhancement of SMEs. Francis Konu is a Senior Analyst and the Deputy Programmes Manager at Development Solutions Centre (DSC). His core functions cover design of new client projects for USADF support; viability assessment of client projects; advise to clients on project implementation; training of clients to develop financial goals and performance indicators and targets to validate project progress and results; monitoring of ongoing projects. His services manifest in the adoption of sound business practices and improvements in client portfolios. Mr. Konu worked for seven years as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist with Technoserve Ghana, a USAID- sponsored American PVO engaged in rural economic development. He designed and managed a progressive M&E system to provide reliable result information to donors on three successive programmes that Technoserve implemented. He was key in preparing an M&E component of a proposal bid that won Technoserve a US $10million USAID Multi-Year Assistance Programme. His prior work was three years engagement as Credit Manager with Empretec Ghana Foundation on a UNDP-sponsored rural finance program for SMEs, where he managed one of five national credit units. His work output achieved three main successes: increased access of rural SMEs to financial services; improved capacities of SMEs; and increased adoption of best practices by entrepreneur managers. He had earlier tutored for four years at Achimota Secondary School, one of Ghana’s renowned second cycle institutions where his work aptitude turned out over 85 percent of his students to tertiary-level education. Mr. Konu worked as Agribusiness and Financial Services Manager on a USAID-sponsored West Africa Seed Alliance (WASA) project in Ghana and led to undertake first-ever survey and mapping of rural agro dealers in Ghana. He built agro dealer capacity on structured business training modules and collaborated with public and private institutions to mainstream agro dealer activity in Ghana. Mr. Konu has strong data processing and spreadsheet skills, analytical abilities, and the intelligence to analyze data for systematic and objective reporting. These qualities have blended well with his oral and written communication skills. He has a gentle outlook that translates into pleasant interpersonal skills, making working with him enjoyable. In work functions, he exhibits an unflinching commitment to quality and deadlines. Mr. Konu holds distinction in MA in Development Evaluation and Management from the University of Antwerp in Belgium (2007), and BSc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana (1991). These are in addition to short- tailored courses on business development and topical M&E, including one attended on ‘Health and Agriculture Monitoring Tools’ organised by Food Aid Management (FAM) in Johannesburg, South Africa.



PEACE SAGOE(MRS) - SENIOR ANALYST

Peace has sixteen years experience in development work with eleven years hands-on experience in microfinance project start up and management. Managed DFID/EDIF and ENTERPLAN UK funded projects in Ghana. Has extensive experience as a trainer, in conducting market researches and have expertise in proposal writing. Peace Sagoe has an International MA in Peace and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I, Spain and a Bachelor of Science in Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon. Started and managed the DFID/EDIF funded INSURANCE Project with CARE International, Ghana and ENTERPLAN UK funded ANIDASO Insurance Project with Gemini Life Insurance Company (GLICO). Also assisted in the implementation and monitoring of the EU, CARE Denmark funded Micro-SMART Project with CARE, Ghana. Currently part of a team of seasoned development and finance practitioners managing USADF projects in Ghana. She has considerable expertise in micro-credit and micro-insurance project management with and through rural banks and rural community income generating groups throughout the ten regions of Ghana. She has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Ghana Microfinance Institutions Network (GHAMFIN). Peace Sagoe has good interpersonal skills, a self-starter, an effective communicator, a team player, a highly dedicated, committed and results-oriented person.



FIDELIS BANKPEGLUU - FINANCE MANAGER

Fidelis Bankpegluu has over 20 years of experience as an Accountant/ Administrator, a Management Consultant and development worker. He has extensive experience in providing leadership to organizations in financial operations, as well as overseeing and providing practical managerial guidance on the financial and contractual management of international development projects. This experience includes, but not limited to: accounting, financial reporting, procurement, budgeting, contract negotiations, performance measurement, human resources management, internal audit, and activity-based costing/management. He is also experienced in developing financial and procurement policies and procedures, human resource development, training, and administrative systems and policies. On the trail to gathering these extensive experiences, Banks worked with Cowater International Inc. a Canadian International Development Agency, programme Implementing Partner, in the Community Water Project (COWAP). While with Cowater International Inc. he played the role of an Accountant/ Administrator where he led a team of accountants to develop the accounting policies and procedures. Fedelis served as the international link in finance and administration in the execution of the USD$8.0 million (7 years) project that ultimately transformed part of the Ghana Water Sector into the Community Water and Sanitation Agency. Fedelis joined CARE International, at the expiry of the COWAP project, in the Gwira Banso Forest Management Project as the Accountant Administrator in Takoradi Office. He was a member of a strong team in this 5 year project that, within 2.5 years, worked to achieve all the results required and 75 percent of the workers lost their job as a result of ‘victims of success”. He was the finance and Administrative hub of the project and played a key role in budgetary execution, smooth inflow of project funds, training of farmer groups in farm management, developing contracts and Service Level agreements in Soil suitability research, hybrid cocoa seeds and germinated palm nuts trial and pilot farm development and case studies; and planting of rejuvenating forest trees. In his recent job environment, Fedelis joined IBIS West Africa Tamale office as an expert in setting up new office administrative and finance systems. He later assumed the position of the Financial Controller for IBIS West Africa and played leading roles in setting up of IBIS new offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone and provided training to accountants and Administrative staff in these offices. As the Financial Controller in IBIS, he led audit teams in auditing SMEs and NGOs throughout Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He participated actively as a key team member in the review and development of finance and administrative policy manuals, audit guidelines, IT policies, HIV/AIDS policies, Security Policies, travel policies among others. Currently, Fedelis works as a Finance Manger with DSC, where he plays an oversight role in accounting and supporting his colleagues as a financial analyst in the DSC/ADF project. Further in his cup of experiences, Fedelis in partnership with other experts, through JMACS Consult, provided Management Consultancy, financial and administrative training, Baseline surveys, Project evaluation and appraisal to organizations that include; Village Infrastructure Project ( VIP), Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), SOFIDEV, Kaleo Baptist Women Group, Plan Ghana (Tumu), ActionAId, Tumu; and IBIS Good Governance programme in Wa West. Fedelis in his leisure times, taught Financial and Costing accounting to Level 100 and 200 students at the Pan African Christian University College (PACUC), Winneba and provided guidance to students in academic research proposals and writing. Fedelis holds Diploma in Accounting, Lego; LCCI (group diploma in Finance), CIMA III and MA Human Resources Development. He is committed to creating and building opportunities for Self-Development of the under privilege and the youth especially women.



MAWUFEMOR A. TAMAKLOE - ANALYST

Emor works as a Business Development Analyst with Development Solutions Centre on the USADF, Ghana project. Joining the DSC team, she worked on various other projects including implementation of community development programs for West Africa Gas Pipeline in impacted communities, livelihood enhancement projects for Heifer Projects International (HPI) and the design of Monitoring & Reporting System for Agriculture/CDFO component of the Ghana MCA compact before joining the ADF team as an Analyst. Currently, her job schedule includes developing new projects, providing business advisory support to clients whiles monitoring their activities to ensure progress and compliance among other tasks. Mawufemor is a development planner by training and by profession. She holds a BSc Degree in Development Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and is a member of Ghana Evaluation Network and African Evaluation Association. She has work experience in project development, planning, research, monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment. She aspires to combine finance and strategic management to develop her career in project management. She enjoys reading and singing. One of her satisfactions in life is to know that her efforts bring smiles to the faces of others especially the poor and marginalized.



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