Meet the Team: Accra, Spring 2017

Welcome to our new cohort of Challenges Worldwide International Citizen Service volunteers, or more formally our new team of “Business Support Associates“.  Over the following 3 months, they will be learning professional consulting with Challenges Worldwide and using their new skillset to give support to SME’s across Accra, the capital of Ghana.

Let’s take a few minutes to meet team Accra:

Catherine McNally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age 28
From Wales, UK
Work Counterpart Eunice
Work Enterprise n/a – team leaders
What were you doing before placement? Working in front office for a charity investment fund in London.
What qualifications/experience do you have? Ba (Hons) Combined Social Sciences

Professional Study: IMC and CFA Level 1 passed.

Tell us a fun fact about you? I swam with a pod of dolphins in the wild

 

Eunice Masoperh

Age 25
From Accra, Ghana
Work Counterpart Catherine McNally
Work Enterprise n/a – team leader
What were you doing before placement? Searching for a job.
What qualifications/experience do you have? BSc Environment and natural resoures management.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I love listening to music and completing colouring work.

Richard Mair

Age 26
From Glasgow, Scotland
Work Counterpart Eric
Work Enterprise n/a – team leader
What were you doing before placement? I worked 3.5 in Financial Services Audit for KPMG LLP.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I am a qualified chartered accountant, and also have a degree in Accounting with Finance from the University of Glasgow.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I have been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider. The spider is small but their bite is extremely venomous!

Eric Asamoah Awuah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age 28
From Kumasi, Ghana
Work Counterpart Richard Mair
Work Enterprise n/a – team leader
What were you doing before placement? Volunteering
What qualifications/experience do you have? BA English & Geography
Tell us a fun fact about you? I played table tennis for my university in South Africa.

 

Flora McDougall

Age 21
From London, UK
Work Counterpart Josephine
Work Enterprise Alkandros Enterprise
What were you doing before placement? I was working for a property company in London.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a degree in ancient history and archaeology. I also have worked with small buinesses in the UK and have helped some with marketing campaigns.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I have an irrational fear of human statue street performers.

Josephine Agbeko

Age 24
From Ghana
Work Counterpart Flora
Work Enterprise Alkandros Enterprise
What were you doing before placement? Web Content Curator, Volunteering
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a BSc in Agriculture Economics and I have experience in  Community Development.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I used to be clumsy – I pretty much still am! I also hate cakes and chocolates.

Mia Clausin

Age 21
From Paris, France
Work Counterpart Priscilla
Work Enterprise Africa Internship Academy
What were you doing before placement? I just graduated from university with a BSc in Economics and International Development.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I hold a degree in Economics and International Development and have previously worked for a start-up.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I can touch my nose with my tongue.

Priscilla Armah

Age 23
From Kumasi, Ghana
Work Counterpart Mia Clausin
Work Enterprise Africa Internship Academy
What were you doing before placement? Managing a Printing Press
What qualifications/experience do you have? Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana, Legon 2014 (Economics & Geography)
Tell us a fun fact about you? People call me Miss Dimples because I have dimples on both cheeks – nevertheless you might get hypnotized with my smile so you better watch out when meeting me.

 

Akila Silva

Age 22
From London, UK
Work Counterpart Jean-Luc
Work Enterprise Pejrock Enterprise
What were you doing before placement? Studying
What qualifications/experience do you have? BSC Genetics
Tell us a fun fact about you? I have been to circus school.

 

Dokly Kossi Jean – Luc

Age 23
From Ghana
Work Counterpart Akila Silva
Work Enterprise Pejrock Enterprise
What were you doing before placement? I was working at Kaneshie Polyclinic as an assistant disease control officer. This was a voluntary work though and I was looking for other job opportunities.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have Diploma in Telecommunication System from City & Guilds and Mastech Advanced Institute of Technology.  Also, a Diploma in Information Technology from Rlg Institute of Technology
Tell us a fun fact about you? I’m amazing to be with, very outgoing.

 

Mohammad Raees Surti

Age 19
From UK
Work Counterpart Nathaniel
Work Enterprise BYF Recruitment and Consultancy
What were you doing before placement? Prior to my placement I had dropped out of university; I wanted to partake in a more hands-on subject – I would like to call this year a sabbatical.
What qualifications/experience do you have? GCSEs – 2 A’s 7B’s 3C’s. A Levels – 3 B’s and 3 Distinction stars. Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and NCS award. An array of different life experiences.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I am an ice cream man with additional traits.

 

Nathaniel Otu

Age 24
From Ghana
Work Counterpart Raees
Work Enterprise BYF Recruitment and Consultancy
What were you doing before placement? Actively searching for a job.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I hold a degree in culture and tourism.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I love to sing.

 

Josie Lundmark

Age 25
From London, UK
Work Counterpart Richard Ali
Work Enterprise Unique Flavours and Fragrances
What were you doing before placement? Working in the events industry.
What qualifications/experience do you have? A degree in Fashion Business & Promotion, work experience in marketing, sales, retail and events.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I was Tinkerbell in my school’s nativity play.

Simone Turner

Age 20
From Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Work Counterpart Mark, Richard and Josie
Work Enterprise Unique Flavours and Fragrances
What were you doing before placement? Working full time at law firm in Newcastle.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have over 4 years experience working within the legal sector as a office manager/legal secretary.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I have 2 pet tarantulas!

 

Atta-Owusu Mark

Age 25
From Accra, Ghana
Work Counterpart Simone Turner
Work Enterprise Unique Flavours and Fragrances
What were you doing before placement? Working with Accra High School as an administrative staff.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Ghana and I worked as an understudy to a Marketing Executive at Ghana Oil Company Limited for a year and worked with Accra High School.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I am passionate about Economics and spend my leisure watching a good game of football with my friends.

 

Sophie Bizley

Age 22
From Bath, UK
Work Counterpart Bismark Odum
Work Enterprise Native Juice and Wholefoods Enterprise
What were you doing before placement? Finished uni, went travelling and ended up in Ghana.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I studied economics at the University of Birmingham – focusing mostly on economic development and policy.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I have cuddled Akon – topless

 

Tanmeet Panesar

Age 23
From Glasgow
Work Counterpart Ibrahim Abdul Rahman
Work Enterprise Skin Gourmet
What were you doing before placement? I was hunting for a graduate job.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a Masters in Chemical and Process Engineering.
Tell us a fun fact about you? Since coming to Ghana I have discovered that I can pass for many ethnicities. So far I’ve had Brazilian, Mexican, Philippino, Arab, Indian and Caribbean. For the record my parents are both Indian – in case you were curious

 

Bismark Odum

Age 24 years
From Around Hohoe in the  Volta Region
Work Counterpart Sophie Bizley
Work Enterprise Native Juice and Whole Food Enterprise
What were you doing before placement? Teaching SHS remedial students
What qualifications/experience do you have? Bachelor of Science (HONS) Chemical Engineering
Tell us a fun fact about you? I love to cook some popular local Ghanaian dishes (like Banku, Akple and Okro soap, Fufu, Konkonte etc) and eat until I am well satisfied.

 

Jack Dunn

Age 19
From Pembrokeshire, wales
Work Counterpart Samuel Ofori Kyere
Work Enterprise Forward Thinkers Farms
What were you doing before placement? i was studying carpentary and working as a second chef
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a LVL 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I’ve been tattooing since I was 14 years old.

 

Samuel Ofori Kyere

Age 25
From Obuasi, Ghana
Work Counterpart Jack Dunn
Work Enterprise Forward Thinkers Farms
What were you doing before placement? National Service Extension
What qualifications/experience do you have? I completed my National service with Techiman Municipal Assembly and I have a Bachelor of Science in Development Planning from the University for Development Studies.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I like singing and dancing.

 

Emmanuel Acquah

Age 22
From Accra, Ghana
Work Counterpart Rhidian Price
Work Enterprise Jekora Ventures
What were you doing before placement? I was a student, running my foundation (Cajole foundation) and studying at the British Council.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I am still pursuing my degree. I have a qualification in Planning and Consulting (CMI) and I have also recieved training in IT skills, Business Process Outsourcing and Customer Service. I have also  worked as a Teacher and Sales Executive at Dalex Finance.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I am very purposeful and passionate about development.

 

Rhidian Price

Age 18
From Caernarfon, North Wales, UK
Work Counterpart Emmanuel
Work Enterprise Jekora Ventures
What were you doing before placement? Working in recruitment in the City of London.
What qualifications/experience do you have? Currently on a gap year between finishing school and starting my BSc in Politics and Economics at LSE in September.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I won the silver medal in the 2006 British Karate Championships.

 

Maria Green

Age 24
From Cockermouth, UK
Work Counterpart Vivian
Work Enterprise Doughman Foods
What were you doing before placement? Working in  a café.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a degree in BA Human Geography.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I lived in a car for a month in New Zealand.

 

Vivian Antwi

Age 25
From Cockermouth
Work Counterpart Maria
Work Enterprise Doughman Foods
What were you doing before placement? Seeking employment.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a degree in BSc Accounting.
Tell us a fun fact about you? The first time I used a landline telephone I turned the handle upside down.

 

Sandy Marr

Age 18
From London
Work Counterpart Lexis
Work Enterprise Golden Cottage
What were you doing before placement? Bartending at corporate events.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I studied Economics, Physics and Maths at A level.
Tell us a fun fact about you? My 3 favourite things in life include Dogs, Yoghurt and Fire.

 

Alexander Anim Adjorvor

Age 23
From Accra, Ghana
Work Counterpart Sandy Marr
Work Enterprise Golden Cottage Industry
What were you doing before placement? Before placement I was working in an enterprise that deals in crude oil import and also gold mining.
What qualifications/experience do you have? IPMC Professional in Software Engineering / Professional Certificate in Information Security.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I was a dancer but I dance only in my bedroom.  I love travelling
I like computers and I like to sing a lot especially when I’m emotional. I’ve played basketball, table tennis,  volleyball, baseball, golf, frisbee, soccer, handball.  Hmm, I think that’s it for my “interesting” sports list.

 

Jessa Thorpe

Age 18
From Brighton, UK
Work Counterpart Rosemond
Work Enterprise Amba Manufacturing
What were you doing before placement? I am on my gap year, although I have been applying to university.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I completed the International Baccalaureate at college, majoring in French, Visual arts and Biology. I am also a good waitress and babysittter!
Tell us a fun fact about you? I love making pieces of art, which came in very handy when fundraising to join the programme.

 

Rosemond Tindow

Age 25
From Ghana
Work Counterpart Jessica
Work Enterprise Amba Manufacturing
What were you doing before placement? Helping my mom in her Shea Butter business and performing my duties as a youth coordinator at church.
What qualifications/experience do you have? I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with English from the University of Ghana. I have been able to help my mom in a shea butter startup business.
Tell us a fun fact about you? I believe I have a good sense of humor which most times helps me make friends easily (as confirmed by my counterpart Jessa).

 

Thank you Team Accra, good luck with your work to support these exciting enterprises!