Designation: Lead Environmental and Process Consultant

Educational Qualification:
Marine Eng.; Class 2-Ghana
Marine Eng.; Class 1-UK)

Brief Profile:
Environmental Specialist and Marine Consultant involved in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Auditing and Monitoring and various aspects of Marine Environmental Pollution prevention and control, mainly, compliance with MARPOL Protocols, IOPP regimes and Health and Safety in ships, port environments and in industry.

Ing. Darko-Mensah, a Corporate Member (Senior Member) of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, trained as a Marine Engineer and has nearly 30 years working experience in engineering and management positions.  Being the Lead Environmental Specialist in WasteCare, he has supervised several EIAs for the EPA, environmental sanitation assessments and audits, SEAs as well as other specific assignments involving environmental management and monitoring, policy review/development, capacity development and training planning.  Evans Darko-Mensah has also worked as the Engineer Superintendent and Chief Engineer for the Black Star Line (Ghana) and Pacific International Lines (Singapore) respectively

As a private SEA/EIA consultant/Team Leader he has been involved in the following projects among others:

  • Revision of National Environmental Sanitation Policy
  • Preparation of Environmental Policy Framework for ECG and Ministry of Energy for Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP) World Bank funded
  • support to EPA on SEA of National Energy Policy and National Transport Policy
  • SEA of Water and Environmental Sanitation Policies, Plans and Programmes under DANIDA WSSPS II
  • EIA for proposed Tema Landfill Project, funded by World Bank
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for Tema Export Processing Zone funded by World Bank
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Thermal Power Plant at Tema, financed by KMR Power Corporation, USA.

Evans Darko-Mensah’s current passion and vision is implementing practical aspects of planned projects to reduce the degrading impact of the poor management of environmental resources and to earn benefits in the value-chain of wastes.

Designation: CEO

Educational Qualification:
MSc. (Eng.) Tropical Public Health Engineering, U.K.
BSc. (Hons) Civil Engineering, Ghana.

Brief Profile:
Lukman Y. Salifu, a corporate member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, has over 22+ years’ experience in the water and environmental sanitation sector and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WasteCare Associates since 2003.  In the capacity of the Team Leader/Project Manager, he has supervised many assignments/projects undertaken by WasteCare and other Joint Venture Partners including: Preparation of national Environmental Sanitation Policy (Revised 2010), the National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (NESSAP) and accompanying Strategic Environmental Sanitation Investment Plan (SESIP) to guide the incremental but rapid progress of services; Preparing Concept Paper for the Establishment of EHSD in MLGRD; Preparation (principal author) of SEA Practical Guide for Water and Environmental sanitation Sector including Training Modules for sector training and facilitating Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop; Drafting of consolidated National Water Policy and Preparation of World Bank sponsored-Phase II of Second Community Water and Sanitation Project, Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project.  He has worked as staff of the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program -Africa, during which he worked on various projects across eastern and southern Africa including Urban & Rural Water and Sanitation Programs (Rwanda) and Urban Large & Small Towns and, Rural Water and Sanitation Programs (Uganda), as well as Water and Sanitation programmes in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Designation: Lead Financial and Business Development Expert

Educational Qualification:
Final Certificate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana)
Parts I & II Certificate of the Institute of Data Processing and Management (London)

Brief Profile:
Mr. James Akonor Afari holds a Final Certificate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana and Parts I & II Certificates of the Institute of Data Processing Management, London, IDPM, now IMIS. Mr. Afari  is a Chartered Accountant with well over thirty –one  (31) years post qualification experience in Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Finance, Local Governance and spanning from the public service, commerce, industry, education, private practice, consultancy and local governance.  He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana).

He was an Audit Manager with KPMG and has more than twenty-eight (28) years’ experience in the Audit of large Private and Corporate firms.  He has enormous experience in computer system based auditing and review of internal controls.  He has consulted for many organizations on Accounting, Financing, etc as well as organizing training programmes particularly for local government personnel.   From 1985 to 1987, he lectured in Accountancy at The Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana).  He has worked with the Ghana Internal Revenue Service as the Assistant Inspector of Taxes as well as an internal auditor for Food Specialist Ghana Limited.

He has also been involved in many projects in various managerial positions/capacities.  A selected few include:

  • Northern Region Poverty Reduction Programme, Tamale (Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Environment) -Financial Controller
  • Project Accountant – Urban Environmental Sanitation Project (Urban IV), Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly, Sekondi (Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Environment)
  • Financial Adviser, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) under the (Urban II Project)
  • Finance Manager – Promoting Partnerships with Traditional Authorities Project (PPTAP), Manhyia Palace, Kumasi. An IDA Grant of US$ 5.0 MILLION to Asanteman Council to build the capacity of Traditional Authorities in Asanteman to be responsive to development

Between 1988 – 1992, he was a member of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee of The

Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana. He was also part of a team that did the preparatory studies and work which led to the formation of the Ghana National Accounting Standards Board.

He has been associated with WasteCare as the business development and finance expert.  He has played a leading role in the preparation of the Strategic Environmental Sanitation Investment Plan (SESIP) – a first attempt at providing a financing plan for environmental sanitation services in Ghana.  He has also been involved the Youth Engagement in Service Delivery (YES)/ Value-Chain Analysis (VCA) of Solid Waste Management in Accra, Ghana project by Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF)-Ghana.

James Afari’s current vision is to institute a sustainable financial performance monitoring and evaluation systems for all environmental sanitation services and to spur micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises to engage in the re-use, recycling, and recovery business.

Designation: Waste Management Systems and GPS Specialist

Educational Qualification:
Master of Science
(Environmental Engineering), Denmark
Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering), Ghana.
Certificate (Computer Studies), Ghana.

Brief Profile:
Kodwo Beedu Keelson is a member of the Ghana Institute of Engineers and Civil and Environmental Engineering Lecturer at Kaaf University College.  His research interests are in the general areas of solid waste and urban drainage engineering.

His main fields of expertise include the development of decision support tools and information systems for engineering design of water and sanitation infrastructure.  He is a regular contributor to international and local journals such as the International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation, Journal of Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Management and the Ghana Engineer Magazine.

Some the information technology projects he has been actively involved include MINTESAA, Ghana Hydro-Database and the WastePro Software which won an award in the 2011 Ghana Development Marketplace completion organized by the World Bank/Government of Ghana.

Over 17 years’ experience in computer aided design of civil and environmental engineering systems, he has been involved in short and medium-term assignments such as feasibility studies, detailed engineering design, contract management, construction supervision and post construction monitoring of civil/environmental engineering projects in Ghana.

He is proficient in the use of various environmental engineering modelling packages including:

  • US EPA software – EPANET, SWMM 5, BASINS
  • USACE software – HEC RAS, HEC HMS, HEC SSP
  • University of Kentucky software – PIPE 2010
  • FOSS GIS software – MapWindow GIS, gvSIG
  • Solid Waste – VISUAL HELP, LandGEM

His key skills include:

  • Water distribution network design
  • Sanitary and storm water sewer design
  • Wastewater treatment plant modelling
  • Solid waste management planning

Environmental impact assessment