RESPONSE BY MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MiDA) TO MYJOYONLINE ARTICLE: “MiDA DIRECTED TO HALT PRIVATISATION OF ECG”
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The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 702, 709 & 897 as amended). The objectives of the Authority are:
To oversee, manage and implement the Programmes under the Millennium Challenge Account for poverty reduction through economic growth as set out in each agreement between the Government of Ghana and the Millennium Challenge Corporation acting for and on behalf of the Government of the United States of America and for any other national development programme of similar nature funded by the Government of Ghana, a Development Partner or both and to provide for related matters.
Vision, Mission and Values
“The preferred national development organization implementing public and donor funded programs to reduce poverty through economic growth”
“To oversee, manage and implement national development programs funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Government of Ghana and development partners in an effective and sustainable manner”
We embrace excellence in fulfilling our mission.
In working to advance our mission and vision, we conduct all our affairs with integrity.
We are guided by transparency in all our dealings, ensuring upward and downward accountability to our stakeholders.
We are committed to inclusion, ensuring that vulnerable groups, including women, have equal rights and that there is no discrimination.
We value collaboration with our stakeholders to promote a culture of continuous engagement.
|Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa - Baidu||Chairperson|
|Hon. Boakye K. Agyarko||Minister for Energy|
|Hon. Ken Ofori - Atta||Minister for Finance|
|Hon. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen||Minister for Trade & Industry|
|Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal||Minister for Business Development|
|Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba||Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection|
|Hon. Gloria Afua Akuffo||Attorney General & Minister for Justice|
|Ing. Owura Kwaku Sarfo||Chief Executive Officer, MiDA|
|Dr. Samuel Kobina DeSouza||Representative of Private Enterprise Federation (PEF)|
|Mr. Humphrey Ayim-Darke||Representative of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI)|
|Member||Representative of Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organizations in Development (GAPVOD)|
|Chairman of ECG Board|
|Mr. E. Antwi - Dankwa||Chairman of NEDCo Board|
|Ms. Deidra Fair James||Resident Country Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)|
Management and Key Staff
- Ing. Owura Kwaku Sarfo - Chief Executive Officer
Ing. Owura Kwaku Sarfo has over three decades of outstanding public and private sector senior executive, managerial, technical and administrative experience with demonstrable achievements. He has indeed, over those years acquired and exhibited excellent competencies in company management, engineering projects development, organizational development and re-structuring, financial management, project management, contract and construction management, people management and procurement.
Ing. Sarfo started his career as an Assistant Civil Engineer of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana. By dint of hard work, he rose to become Chief Executive of the Authority where he was Head of the power utility organization of 3,200 personnel. In his role as Chief Executive, he had technical, financial, legal, administrative and overall responsibility for generation of reliable and safe electrical energy for use in Ghana and West Africa and distribution of power in the four northern regions of Ghana. The total installed capacity of VRA’s holdings then was 2,000MW comprising two hydro plants and three thermal complexes.
As Chief Executive of the VRA, he pursued the restructuring of the organization including the hiving off of the transmission function as a separate utility and instituted arrangements for the setting up of VRA’s distribution function as a subsidiary company. He undertook various measures towards re-engineering of the Authority and financial resuscitation and introduced interventions towards improving organizational cost effectiveness and restoration of financial viability. Other positions he held in the organization included Manager of Projects; Acting Director, Engineering Design & Construction; Director, Real Estates and Director, Procurement.
Ing. Sarfo also worked as Managing Director, Rofas and Braga where he led a team of professionals to provide engineering projects development advisory services; works, services and goods procurement services; management consultancy and allied services. Additionally Ing. Sarfo was Managing Director for the Accra Compost & Recycling Plant limited where he led a staff of 300 persons to provide effective state of the art integrated processing, management and recycling of solid and liquid waste, for social and economic good and in an environmentally sustainable manner thereby providing compost and other products for the African market.
Ing. Sarfo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. He also has a Certificate in Energy Economics & Finance from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA. Ing. Sarfo, who is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, has attended numerous courses, seminars and workshops in Ghana and abroad. He is married and has four adult children.
- Julius Kwame Kpekpena - Chief Operating Officer
J. Kwame Kpekpena is the Chief Operating Officer of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).
Mr. Kpekpena joined MiDA in May 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the successful management and implementation of the Compact Program and operations at MiDA. Mr. Kpekpena is additionally the Leader of the ECG Private Sector Participation Project Delivery Team.
Mr. Kpekpena is an Electrical Engineer with over Twenty-three years (23) of experience in the electric utility business. He previously held various senior management positions in the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), including the Director of Engineering position before moving to MiDA. At ECG, Mr. Kpekpena oversaw the preparation, appraisal, negotiation and implementation of numerous development projects. He led the ECG team in negotiating a number of development credits with the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), etc. His experience at ECG covered areas such as; capital investment planning and project execution, procurement of engineering systems, project management, power system planning, power system protection and control, network operations and maintenance.
Mr. Kpekpena holds an MSc degree in Energy from the Norwegian Business School – BI, Oslo, a B.Sc. (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and a Diploma in Theology from the Trinity Theological Seminary, Ghana.
Mr. Kpekpena has served variously as Chairman of Electrical/Electronic Technical Committee of Institution of Engineers; Council Member of the Energy Foundation, Member of the Technical Committee of the Energy Commission, and Council Member of the Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
He is also a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers.
- John Boakye - Chief Financial Officer
John Boakye is the Chief Financial Officer of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). John worked as Director for Finance & Administration on Compact 1. Prior to joining MiDA in 2007, he had been working as Program Chief, Resource Management Bureau at the US Department of State since 2001. John has a vast experience in the accounting field, consisting of general accounting, financial statements, auditing, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Accounting as an option from the University of Ghana, and has a Master’s degree from George Mason University. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. John has worked extensively with many foreign companies since 1988. These include Touche Ross & Co., Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, MCI Telecommunications Incorporated, QWEST Communication Incorporated, Winstar Communications Incorporated and the United States Department of State.
Throughout his career, John has received many honorary awards among which is the President’s Superior Honor Award for Lead Role in the Implementation of the Overseas Regional Financial Management System.
- Yvonne Fiadjoe - General Counsel
Ms. Yvonne A. Fiadjoe is the General Counsel and Board Secretary at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). She holds an LL.M. Degree in International Legal Studies from Washington College of Law, United States. She also holds an LL.B from the University of the West Indies, Barbados.
Yvonne has had a diverse and rich legal career spanning over a decade. Prior to joining MiDA, she worked extensively on various national and international legal assignments. She has lived and worked in several countries having previously worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. (2004-2008), and African Development Bank in Tunisia (2008-2014). She was the first Legal Manager at the Ghana National Gas Company (2014-2015).
Yvonne has three Bar qualifications from: Barbados, the State of New York in the U.S.A. and the Republic of Ghana.
She is currently the Co-Chairperson of the Africa Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law amongst several other leadership positions which she holds.
- Angelo Habib - Director Internal Audit
Angelo George Habib is the Director Internal Audit at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) He is responsible for providing an independent and objective internal audit service to the Board and senior management of MiDA, designed to add value and contribute to meeting the goals and objectives of MiDA’s Compact goals.
Angelo is a Chartered Certified Accountant with extensive experience in financial accounting, both external and internal audit provision as well as project management assurance and strategic risk profiling at board level.
He holds a BA Hons. degree from the University of Ghana, and a Master of Science (MSc) qualification in audit management and consultancy from the University of Central England.
Angelo is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and a chartered member of the Institute of Internal Auditors- UK and Ireland (CMIIA). He is also a counter fraud specialist (CFS).
- Fuseini Abu - Director Procurement
Mr. Fuseini A. Abu is the Director Procurement at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). He is in-charge of all procurement in the Ghana Power Compact.
Mr. Abu is an International Procurement Professional and a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), UK with considerable work experience in procurement. He holds an MBA from the Leicester Graduate School of Business, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply from CIPS.
He has procurement expertise in the Health, Education and Energy sectors. Prior to joining MiDA, he worked in four (4) World Bank-funded Project Procurement in Ghana and Liberia, namely, the Ghana HIV/Aids Response Fund Project, the Ghana Multisectoral HIV/Aids Project, the Liberia Global Partnership for Education Project and the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project. Apart from the World Bank, Mr. Abu also has procurement experience of the Global Fund and the European Union. He was the Project Accountant of the World Bank-funded Agricultural Sector Investment Project (Tamale Office).
In the energy sector in Liberia, he procured goods, works and services for power generation, transmission and distribution in the Liberia Electricity Corporation.
Mr. Abu has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degree and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast. He has benefitted from procurement training organized by the Crown Agents in the United Kingdom and he has also trained staff, implementing entities and the private sector in procurement.
- Dr. Kofi Marfo - Director Monitoring and Evaluation and Economics
Dr Kofi A. Marfo was appointed to the position of Director, Monitoring & Evaluation and Economics in June, 2015. He is responsible for the implementation of the overall M&E strategy to periodically measure, report and communicate the performance, results and impacts of the Compact, which will inform implementation decisions and help the Compact achieve its objectives.
Dr. Marfo worked with MiDA under Compact 1 as the Research Economist from August 2007 to January 2013. His roles included determining and advising on relevant socio-economic indicators to measure results, updating the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, and working with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) counterparts in designing and executing rigorous impact evaluation studies. In between the two Compacts, Dr. Marfo worked with the Christian Service University College (CSUC) School of Business, Kumasi as Senior Lecturer, and was the Head, Department of Management and General Studies from August 2013 until he left to re-join MiDA.
Prior to joining MiDA in August 2007, Dr. Marfo had worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana for a period of 25 years. He started as Assistant Research Officer at the then CSIR-Industrial Research Institute in September 1982, and transferred to the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) in February 1984. Dr. Marfo played a pioneering role in establishing socio-economics research within CSIR-CRI, which culminated in the creation of the Socio-Economics Division in 1990. He was the Head of the Division during the periods 1990-1994 and 1998-2006, and also the Lead Scientist/Coordinator for a number of GOG and donor-funded projects implemented by CSIR. Dr. Marfo was the Senior Economist at the CSIR-CRI at the time of his departure from the Council in July 2007.
Dr. Marfo holds BA (Hons) degree in Economics with Sociology from the University of Ghana (July 1981); and MSc (December 1988) and PhD (December 1997) in Agricultural Economics from The University of Reading in the UK. He has participated in a number of international courses and workshops on statistics, project analysis and management, and impact evaluation.
- Pamela Djamson-Tettey - Director Communications & Outreach
Pamela is the Director Communications and Outreach at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) she is responsible for the successful management and implementation of all communications and stakeholder engagement strategies under Compact 2.
Pamela is an experienced Corporate Communications Executive with over 25 years’ experience, 18 years in senior management and 9 years’ experience in the mining industry.
Pamela's areas of expertise include: Stakeholder Engagement, Strategic Communications, Branding, Media and Public Relations, Investor Relations, Government, Diplomatic Relations and Sustainable Development Management.
Prior to joining MiDA, Pamela was the Head of Corporate Affairs at Gold Fields Ghana, where she led the Public policy, Sustainable development, Government Relations, Communications, Media and sponsorship objectives of the company. She had earlier worked at Ashanti Gold Fields Company Limited where she held the position of Senior Public Affairs and Investor Relations Officer.
From 2001 - 2009 Pamela was the Executive Director and Director Corporate Relations at Diageo Ghana- Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL). As a member of the Board of Directors of GGBL and a key member of the GGBL Executive team her responsibilities included a wide range of business critical agendas including; Corporate Communications, Public Policy, Stakeholder Engagement, Strategic Planning, Corporate Brand Reputation Management , Sustainable Development and key Spokesperson for GGBL.
Pamela holds a BA (Cum Laude) degree in International Relations from the United States International University Herts. UK, and San Diego California, USA (1982-1985), Postgraduate Diploma (Merit), Politics & Diplomacy, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (1985 - 1986) and an MA degree in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (1986-1987).
Additionally, she has attended several courses; Investor Relations for Senior Managers - NYSE, Strategic Leadership , Stakeholder Engagement & Networking Strategy, Sustainable Development Management, Brand & Corporate Reputation Management, Change Management, Mergers & Acquisitions among others.
She is an ‘Accredited’ member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana.
- Eric Asare - Director Distribution Projects
Mr. Eric Asare is the Director, Distribution Projects at the Millennium Development Authority MiDA. He’s responsible for Program Management of the Distribution Projects in ECG and NEDCo and serves as the contact person and lead Representative of MiDA to all Stakeholders in the Distribution sub-sector projects
He is an experienced Professional in Electrical Transmission, Distribution, Automation and Industrial Control Application. He is a project manager with over 21 years of continuous experience and expertise in managing complex Turnkey Power projects such as the flagship Kintampo and Mim 161/34kV Bulk Supply Stations, Generating Stations Protection Relay Replacement Project at VRA Akosombo among others.
Eric completed his MSc. in Electrical Engineering in the USSR in 1993 and has since worked with the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd, BAE Ltd. as authorized Rep/Distributor of Schneider Electric International, Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) in Compact 1 as a Project Support Consultant, Rural Electrification Projects.
Prior to joining MiDA, he was the Project Manager for Weldy/Lamont Associates Inc & Technology Management Group Ghana Ltd implementing in Ghana, a US$350million Turnkey Project under the SHEP IV Electrification Project, US Exim Bank Credit facility.
- Mawunyo Rubson - Director Generation Projects
Mr. Mawunyo Rubson is the Director, Generation Projects at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).
With over twenty (20) years of diverse engineering experience including the management and supervised implementation of various power plants (hydro and thermal) and the development and rehabilitation projects, Mawunyo is a highly experienced engineer.
Prior to becoming MiDA’s Director for Generation Projects, Mawunyo worked as a consultant for the combined MiDA and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact II preparation teams on a Volta River Authority (VRA) seconded assignment.
While at the Volta River Authority, (VRA) Mawunyo played a key role as Project Engineer in the development and construction of the first block of 330MW at the Takoradi Thermal Power Plant and also other major VRA projects including the rehabilitation of 30MW Tema Diesel Power Station, construction of 1.5MW Wa Power Station and the rehabilitation of 10MVAR Prestea Synchronous Condenser. He also managed the development and construction of the erstwhile VRA 100MW Strategic Reserve Power Plant, which was to provide reserve capacity in meeting Ghana’s peak demand during the power crisis in 2003. He provided valuable technical and engineering input as well as critical solutions in the operational management of VRA’s hydro/thermal mix.
Between 2005 and 2010, Mawunyo was seconded to the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) as the Project Engineer in the development and implementation of the West African Gas Pipeline project. He worked closely with the Project Consultant, Globitech-Chevron and also at the US offices of the Contractor, Willbros on the detailed designs, and played a critical role in the successful implementation and completion of the project. The gas pipeline facility currently provides competitively priced gas from Nigeria to complement Ghana’s domestic gas reserves for power generation.
Mawunyo holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana (KNUST), and an MBA degree in Oil and Gas Management (Merit) from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.
- Benjamin Opoku - Director Environmental and Social Performance
Mr. Benjamin Opoku is the Director of Environmental and Social Performance at the Millennium Development Authority MiDA. He’s responsible for leading efforts to integrate environmental and social considerations in project design and implementation of projects and activities under the Ghana Compact II.
Benjamin is an International Development Practitioner with Specialization in Environmental Sound Design and Management of development interventions. He's experienced in applying both local environmental and social laws and regulations as well as international best practice standards in environmental and social performance in development projects.
Prior to joining MiDA, he was the Regional Environmental Compliance Advisor for USAID/West Africa. He was responsible for ensuring all funded programs and projects by USAID within West Africa complied with the Agency’s environmental regulations i.e. 22CFR216 (Reg.216). He has had working experiences with the Environmental Protection Agency EPA and the Water Resources Commission of Ghana.
He holds a Master of Science MSc. Degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm Sweden. He is also a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology KNUST with a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering.
He’s travelled extensively both for short term official assignments, trainings and conferences in West Africa, UK, Sweden, USA and Afghanistan.
- Dr. Cherub Antwi-Nsiah - Director Social and Gender Inclusion
Dr. Cherub Antwi-Nsiah is the Director Social and Gender Inclusion at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). She has had over 25 years of extensive and varied international experience with civil society organisations, government institutions, universities and research institutions in delivering capacity enhancement services to individuals, teams and organisations.
Cherub has experience developing and managing gender programmes & projects; conducting gender assessments (audits); conducting research into social, gender and women’s rights issues; assessing the impact of development projects; and reviewing and evaluating programmes. She has facilitated programmes, trained diverse groups and lectured in universities on gender and has a track record of engendering organisations. She has also worked in intercultural and multicultural settings and she is able to work with groups and organisations at all levels (micro, meso and macro).
She is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Psychometric Practitioner, a Change Management Practitioner; and is also certified to administer and facilitate DISC assessments. Cherub has experience with facilitating leadership development programmes, coaching executives, mentoring experience placement; organisational context analysis and strategising, supporting organisations to improve their effectiveness; managing inter-organisational relations; and influencing and effecting institutional change.
Cherub is client oriented, actively focused on achieving results and objectives as well as learning from the process. She has good interpersonal and communication skills and is a team player. She has a passion for and is committed to promoting social justice, gender equality and women’s rights; poverty reduction and good governance.
- Michael Awuah - Reform Unit Manager
Mike Awuah is 52 years and is the Reform Unit Manager at MiDA.
Mike is responsible for interfacing with the public sector agencies responsible for the delivery of the Power Compact on matters of policy reform. The role requires him to be the lead interlocutor on all aspects of the introduction of private sector participation (PSP) in ECG and NEDCo. He also provides strategic guidance and support to ensure efficient coordination with Government and utility officials.
Before joining MiDA in July 2015, Mike worked with the Ministry of Finance PPP Team as the Capacity Building Specialist. Previously he worked in the telecommunications sector in Ghana, Liberia, and Hong Kong. His last role in the sector was Chief Technical Officer at Kasapa. Between 1998 and 2000, Mike worked at E&Y as a consultant on projects in Ghana, and Uganda.
Mike graduated from the College of Engineering at KNUST in 1990 and has practiced as an electrical engineer ever since. Twelve years into his career Mike combined his schedule with learning and obtained an executive master of business administration from University of Ghana Business School in project management. In 2009 he went back to obtain an MPhil in Finance from the same business school. He has also obtained professional certificates in public-private partnership project management practice from global institutions.
A project management professional (PMP) since 2007, and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Mike has served on a number of industry and public boards.
- Samuel Asare Afram - ECG FOT Project Manager
Samuel Asare Afram is the ECG Financial and Operational Turnaround (EFOT) Project Manager at MiDA.
He has close to twenty-four (24) years post qualification experience in managing development projects in different thematic areas. He has expertise in local governance and community management, social policy, training and institutional development.
Prior to joining MiDA, Samuel worked as the Project Manager for the World Bank-funded Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project implemented by the then Ministry of Energy (and currently Ministry of Petroleum). In this position, Samuel managed the day-to-day project activities, participated in procurement and financial management, and coordinated project implementation involving eleven (11) beneficiary institutions, including KNUST, Regional Maritime University, three (3) Technical Institutes, GNPC and Petroleum Commission. Others were the Attorney-General’s Department, COTVET, EPA, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ministry of Finance and EOCO. Samuel played a key role in the procurement and installation of modern equipment and tools for the institutions, and also managed the local and overseas training of staff in short courses, Master’s and PhD programs.
Samuel is also the former Team Leader/Cluster Manager of Ghana’s Millennium Villages Project (MVP), an international integrated development project jointly implemented by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the UNDP and the Millennium Promise Incorporated in more than 10 African countries, including Ghana.
He successfully led a multi-disciplinary team of experts to implement a comprehensive, and integrated development program with demonstrable evidence that the MDG targets were achievable. The Project was implemented in the Bonsaaso cluster of communities in the Amansie West District of Ghana.
Samuel has also worked as a (Rural) Institutions Development Specialist with the World–Bank funded Village Infrastructure Project, a US$60million intervention which economically empowered District Assemblies, rural communities, farmer groups and individuals through the transfer of financial and technical resources, for the development of rural infrastructure investments and small businesses.
He has also worked as Training and Management Expert with a TREND Group, a Water and Sanitation Consultancy Group, and also with Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency.
Samuel has a Master’s Degree in Development Planning and Management, Certificate in Human Resources Management and has attended training courses in Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation.
- Sylvester Ashong Ayayee - EEDSM Project Manager
Sylvester Ashong Ayayee is the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management Project Manager of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA).
Sylvester has extensive senior management and technical expertise in large private organizations with operations around the globe, a track record of proposing multiple solutions for complex projects with over fifteen (15) years of experience in the energy sector with key strengths in strategy, improving efficiency of operations and energy management. He is an experienced electrical engineering professional in electrical building installations, medium and low voltage systems, energy efficiency building management systems and renewable energy, and automation and industrial control.
Sylvester started his career as a Field/Design Service Engineer for Park Lifts Ltd, in London, UK and later joined Lift Specialist Ltd also of London, UK as a Project/Lift Engineer. He was part of the project design teams from concept through detailed design, installation, refurbishment and maintenance of old and new electrical traction and hydraulic elevators for social housing, over-ground railway/underground stations, retail, public, private and commercial sector clients in the UK.
In 2008, Sylvester joined Plessey International Ghana as Principal Electrical Engineer and Head of Electrical Engineering and part of the project management team that constructed hundreds of telecommunication cell sites for various telco’s such as Zain (now Airtel), Tigo, Vodafone and MTN across the length and breadth of the country. By virtue of hard work, he joined Infratech/IHS Ghana (Managed Services Passive Infrastructure, Airtel Ghana Operations) as a Project Engineer rising to Regional Manager and delivering successful communication infrastructure solutions across multiple technological platforms and applications. He was also part of a team with great experience in consulting, building and managing Data Center Infrastructure Solutions.
Prior to joining MiDA in June 2015, he was the Operations Manager of FOA Consult Ghana, a private consulting firm with expertise in electrical engineering, telecommunications, energy infrastructure, building and construction, project management services, design and consultancy services, providing turnkey solutions for diverse engineering works.
Sylvester holds an MSc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Greenwich, London, UK, a BSc. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, and a Higher Diploma in Management of Information Systems at the City of London College, England, UK. He is also a Graduate Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a Member, EnergyCPD Professional of the European Energy Center, UK, and a Member, Institute for the Management of Information Systems, UK.
- Patrick Oppong - Access Project Manager
Patrick Oppong joined the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) in July 2015 as the Access Project Manager. He is responsible for leading the Access Project in ensuring provision of reliable electricity among Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in markets and economic enclaves in urban and peri-urban areas and social institutions within the Compact Target Areas.
Patrick is a professional contracts management and procurement specialist with circa 17 years of experience in managing complex contracts, procurement and supply chain strategies associated with critical capital expenditures for diverse industries such as mining, energy, construction, consultancy, and major capex project among others across Africa and Europe.
Prior to joining MiDA, he worked with Gold Fields Ghana Limited as the West Africa Regional Contracts Manager where he led a procurement transformational strategy for managing a spend of circa US500m. Patrick also worked with EDF Energy in UK as Senior Contract and Procurement Specialist for West Burton and Cottam Thermal Power Stations and was a Contract Specialist for Skanska for the UK £750m AMP4 water project for the Anglian Region.
Patrick holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying from the Nottingham Trent University and MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management from University of Birmingham all in UK. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) and a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) all in UK.
- Ernest Appiah - Human Resource & Administration Manager
Ernest Appiah is the Human Resource & Administration Manager at Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). He holds an MBA degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management by the HR Certification Institute as well as Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) both of the USA.
Ernest has had a diverse and rich working experience in both the public and private sectors in Ghana. He worked at KNUST and later at the University of Ghana as an Assistant Registrar before moving to the private sector. He joined Granites and Marbles Company Limited as the first Human Resources Manager and helped in setting up the Human Resource Department. He subsequently joined Anglogold Ashanti where he held various senior positions as Compensation & Benefits Manager, Human Resource Manager, Senior Human Resource Manager, Divisional Staffing Manager and finally as Manager, Human Resource from 1999 to 2013. Ernest joined USAID in 2014 as the Supervisory HR Specialist and left in July 2015 to join the MiDA Management team.
- Kwame Amanfo-Boateng - Finance and Budget Manager
Mr. Kwame Amanfo-Boateng is the Finance & Budget Manager at the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). His experience in the accountancy profession spans over 20 years, having worked in various capacities as Assistant Accountant, Accountant, Project Accountant, and Finance & Admin. Manager in organisations like the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (Head Office), Water Research Institute, Water Resources Commission, Social Investment Fund and Frimps Oil Company. He was first employed as Management Accountant at MiDA (Compact 1) in June, 2008.
Kwame’s role as a Project Accountant in the implementation of donor-funded projects in most of the organisations enumerated above has given him rich working experience in the use of fiscal and procurement guidelines of Development Partners like the IDA/World Bank, UNDP, AfDB, OPEC Fund, DANIDA and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant (Ghana), Kwame holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and BSc. Administration (Accounting), both from the University of Ghana, Legon. He has received training in a lot of areas including; procurement of goods and services, procurement of works, project & funds management and software/applications like Oracle, Navision Financial and SAP, at both international and local levels.
- Tanko Mohammed - IT Manager
Tanko Mohammed is the Manager for Information Technology at the Millennium Development Authority MiDA. He is responsible for implementing and maintaining the organization's technology infrastructure and strategy.
His professional experience in the IT industry spans over 20 years covering the vast roles and responsibilities across information communications technology.
As Head of IT at DHL, in collaboration with regional teams from Kenya and South Africa and Germany, he oversaw the successful implementation and rollout of strategic applications significantly impacting clients. At the Bank of Ghana he managed the pioneer World Bank project, the Collateral Registry system successfully resulting in the award of a similar project at the Central Bank of Liberia. As a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young he provided strategic IT and business advice to a variety of clients. At SW Global, as Director for Innovative Solutions he managed a large team of developers from several countries across Africa and India.
In Washington DC, at the World Bank, he was an advisor to the CIO and VP for the Information Solutions Group, assisting in aligning IT with the strategic themes of the Bank. In Denver, Colorado, at Qwest Communications as the Lead IT Analyst, he managed and led several initiatives and was instrumental in Qwest's successful bid for the $40billion Networx project. He also assisted in creating a financial standard to present $1BN in investment proposals per year.
His earlier work years included responsibilities in project management, IT sales, software development, database management and network infrastructure.
He obtained an MBA in IT & Business Transformation from MIT Sloan, an MS in Computer Engineering from Manhattan College, and a BA in Math from Lehman College.