Members of the Board of Directors of INDESEEM, today, elected few officers of the Board who are charged with the authority to lead and govern the operations of the organization. The officers elected include President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Other officers yet to be elected shall include Vice President and Associate Vice President.
Members of the Board of Directors that were in elected as officers include:
Samuel Jacobs-Abbey, President, PhD., MBA., Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
Samuel is a Conflict Analyst and a Director of the International Centre for Conflict and Human Rights Analysis (ICCHRA). He is founder and CEO of Health Wings LLC. Samuel has a background in International Humanitarian Law with in-depth knowledge and extensive study in Conflict Management and Peace Building processes. He became involved in several international projects from which he learned firsthand that other cultures also struggle with how best to resolve differences and conflict in a mutually beneficial way. After much experience in his career as a Conflict Analyst, he served with United Nations missions in several parts of the world and then worked with the West Africa Youth Network as its liaison officer to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and then worked for several years as a peace trainer, conflict analyst, human rights activist, social entrepreneur and social change activist in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Far East and South America.
In August 2005 he was made an Honorary Peace Ambassador by the Apeadu Peace Centre at a ceremony witnessed by Audrey Kitagawa, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Children associated with armed conflict.
In 2007, he was awarded International Human Rights Hero by Artists for Human Rights at a ceremony held in Los Angeles, which was witnessed by high profile United Nations staff. He recently graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Samuel became a member of the Board of Directors of INDESEEM in 2017 and was elected President of the Board of Directors in September 2017.
Mr. Anthony Oduro, Vice President, MBA, MA, & Msc., Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Anthony recently received his MBA from Clark University and a Master of Arts in Community Development & Planning. Prior to his academic works at Clark, he earned a Master of Science in Development & Innovation from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University Cape Coast, Ghana. He currently works in Milford at the Commercial Credit Analyst at the Milford Federal Savings and Loans Association.
I have known Anthony for over 6 years and we shared similar interests in development, agronomy, and food security in developing countries. Having Anthony as a member of the Board will further our goal within the nonprofit sector. Anthony is originally from Ghana. Anthony became a member of the Board of Directors of 2017 and was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors in September 2017.
Mr. Afrifa Mensah, Associate Vice President/Treasurer, BS, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Afrifa is originally from Kumasi Ghana and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Development. He is the Founder of Afrimens Academy – an educational nonprofit organization based in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The vision of his organization is to provide quality education to rural communities in Ghana with a specific focus on math, science, technology, and cultural studies. Afrifa is currently in Ghana to ensure that the building of the school is completed as scheduled. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Jenkins Macedo, Secretary, Dual Bsc., MA., Msc., Westborough, MA, USA
Macedo holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development and Social Change and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States of America. He holds a double Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Geography with Concentrations in Environmental Studies and Forced Migration from Worcester State University.
His research interests include climate-smart agriculture, forced migration and refugees, environment, climate change, global food security, youth development, cultural exchange, and creative arts. He has conducted field research projects in the United States of America, Ghana, Lao PDR, Indonesia, and Liberia. He has written and contributed to several publications and presented at major conferences in the United States, Canada, France, Laos, and Ghana.
Macedo has over 10 years of combined professional experience working with various institutions and agencies including Children’s Aid Direct UK (CAD), European Economic Community (EEC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), RESPECT International & RESPECT Ghana, Unite for Sight, Regional Environment Council (REC), Commonwealth Corporation (CommonCorps), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and Road Scholar. He’s a member of several professional organizations including the Project Management Institute, Association of American Geographers, American Sociological Association, and the International Geographic Honor Society. Macedo started INDESEEM in 2014 while in Laos. You may access his full curriculum vitae at CV.