Designation: Assistant Civil Engineer

Educational Qualification:
BSc Civil Engineering, Ghana

Brief Profile:
Richard Boabeng as an assistant engineer has been mainly involved in field engineering design surveys & drawings and construction supervision.  He has been involved in the design of household toilet facilities and development of sanitation facility guidelines.

Designation: Legal Expert

Educational Qualification:
Master of Laws (LL.M)-USA/ Master of Laws (LL.M)-Canada
Barrister-at-Law (BL)-Ghana/ Bachelor of Law (LL.B)-Ghana
Diploma in Journalism-Ghana 

Brief Profile:
A Legal Expert with expertise in development and review of legal instruments, conventions, protocols, statutes of operation, bye-laws, drafting of legal frameworks  and policy implementation plans and development of internal procedures for issuance of permits

With over 20 years experience as a legal expert, Maxwell Opoku was involved in the drafting of the revised national Environmental Sanitation Policy as well the National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan. He was responsible for:

  • Review of legal framework for environmental sanitation laws in Ghana (colonial and post-colonial)
  • Outlining of Policy Implementation Plan that will lay the basis for preparation of national sanitation strategy and strategic environmental sanitation investment plan for comprehensive and sustainable financing for environmental sanitation services in Ghana.

Also as private legal consultant, he was been involved in several projects in the water and sanitation sector. These include:

  • Ministry of Works and Housing/DANIDA, Legal and Institutional Review of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency
  • Water Resources Commission/DANIDA, Study on Harmonisation of Water Legislation in Ghana
  • EVORAP/GTZ, Legal and Institutional Framework Study on Community Water and Sanitation Systems in the Eastern and Volta Regions of Ghana

He doubles as a Lecturer of Constitutional Law and the Law of Torts at Ghana School of Law. He is a Legal advisor to the Water Resources Commission.

Designation: Sanitary Engineer

Educational Qualification:
MSc. Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation, Ghana
BSc. (Hons) Civil Engineering, Ghana

Brief Profile:
Michael Owusu Agyapong, a member of the Ghana Institute of Engineers and the sanitary engineer of WasteCare and has been responsible for the design, construction supervision and management of all assignments carried out by WasteCare involving the provision of water and sanitation facilities especially at the District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assembly level.

With over 20 years’ experience in civil/water supply and sanitary engineering.  Has worked with many well-established public and private consultancy and construction firms on projects in many small towns, districts, municipalities and metropolis across all the regions in Ghana on project funded by international development agencies such as, World Bank/International Development Association (IDA), Canadian Development Association (CiDA),  European Union (EU), USA-Millennium Challenge Accounts (MCA/MiDA), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), African Development Bank (AfDB), etc.

Area of expertise is in the design, construction supervision and project management services for:

  • Rural, small and urban towns water supply and pipe reticulation improvements and training of WASTANS/DWSTs/WSDBs in O&M of facilities and Private Management of Water Supply Schemes
  • Household, public and institutional latrines and training of latrine artisans in O&M of latrine facilities, development of SANIMARTS and Latrine Construction in MMDAs (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Towns) and liquid and solid waste treatment/disposal systems
  • Markets facilities (i.e. sheds, stalls, butcher shops, lockable shops and market access roads and drainage works, toilets and skip pads etc.)
  • Educational Infrastructure (i.e. basic school 6, 3, 4 unit classroom blocks with office and store, libraries and toilet facilities)
  • Healthcare facilities (community clinics with access roads and parking lots, cafeterias, drainage etc.) in District Capitals and Urban Settlements)

He has also been involved in some Environmental Sanitation and Assessment Audits (ESAA) and development of subprojects and their respective financing packages.

As a private engineer, and in the capacity of Team Leader/Project Manager, he supervised many projects. These include:

  • Second Urban Environmental Sanitation Project in Tema Municipality
  • Second Urban Environmental Sanitation Project in Tamale Municipality
  • Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project (STWSSP) –Brekum District Assembly;

all involving the carrying preliminary field studies, design and prepation of tender documents for the construction of sanitation facilities for the district assemblies

Also as a civil engineer, he has been involved in the Nobekaw-Gambia No.2, 52 Km Asphalt Road Project and the Geo-Technical Survey for Preliminary Design of Tailings Dam for Obenemase Goldmine in Konongo-Ashanti Region among other assignment.

Mchael Agyepong’s current interest is in providing one-stop shop designs and costing systems for the various water and environmental sanitation facilities used in Ghana.

Designation: Project Costing and Measurement Expert

Educational Qualification:
MSc. Construction Project Management, Ghana
BSc. (Hons) Building Technology, Ghana
Advance Certificate in Marketing-CIM-UK

Brief Profile:
With over 20 years of experience and a member Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GIS), Kofi Obeng Ayirebi has been involved in Costing, bid preparation and tendering process and management and technical auditing and remediation, and works measurement for related assignments in WasteCare. Prominent among these assignments is Provision of sanitation facilities and services in Sabon Zongo, Accra under WaterAid-Ghana/UN-Habitat Water for African Cities Phase 2 (WACII), Component 2 project. He has also been involved in the costing of proposed interventions in the National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (NESSAP).

As a private consultant, he has carried out many pre-contract and post-contract Quantity Surveying Assignments. These projects include:

  • Refurbishment and Construction of Offices and Banking hall for S.G-S.S.G. at Tema Harbour-Tema
  • Construction and completion of the following projects at Ghana National Manganese Corporation in Tarkwa
  • Construction of 1000 tonne capacity facility for Limbrest Foods Limited at the Motorway, Accra (now Kunesh)
  • SSNIT Housing at Sakumono. Phase 1 and 2 (1500 Units)

Also as a Marketing/Sales and project management expert, examples of assignment carried are

  • Development of Marketing Plan for Messrs Geowags Ltd., Oakfarm Ventures, and Obturk Limited
  • Development of Cluff Mining at Ayamfuri (now AG – Ayumfuri Mines)

Marketing of Real Estate Houses developed by Optimum Shelter Home Finance Company GREDA Houses at Teshie-Nungua and Houses for Private Individuals

Designation: Institutional Development Planning and Results-Based Monitoring & Evaluation Expert

Educational Qualification:
MPhil Population Studies, Ghana
MA Population Studies, Ghana
BSc. Development Planning, Ghana

Brief Profile:
Kwasi Poku, a senior member of Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP) and Union of African Population Studies (UAPS) has over 30 years’ experience.  His specialty is in Institutional Capacity Building and Project Management.  He has worked as a Project Monitor / Technical Advisor to EU Micro projects with BIRD (KNUST, Kumasi); National Training Coordinator for Christian Youth in Tertiary Institutions; Research Fellow, Land Administration Research Center (KNUST, Kumasi) and with FAO as a Farmer-based Group Development and Organization Specialist on the Presidential Special Initiative, Ghana. He is now a Director of JEAVCO Associates Ltd, a Project Management firm engaged in Events Organization and Moderation, Results –Based Monitoring and Evaluation, Institutional Capacity Building, Socio-economic studies, Strategic Planning, Impact assessment and Manpower planning. He has been a key Consultant for Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana on Urban II, III & V projects and VIP/CBRDP between 2000 & 2006. In, July – September 2011 Kwasi was the co-team leader in the Socio-economic study of the Small Scale Tree Crop Rehabilitation Project in 7 Counties in Liberia

As a private consultant, he has worked as a Project Monitor / Technical Advisor to EU Micro projects with BIRD (KNUST, Kumasi); National Training Coordinator for Christian Youth in Tertiary Institutions; Research Fellow, Land Administration Research Center (KNUST, Kumasi) FAO and now a Director of JEAVCO Associates Ltd, a Project Management firm engaged in Institutional Capacity Building, Socio-economic studies, Project design, Impact assessment, Manpower planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.  He has been a key Consultant for Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Urban II, III & V projects and VIP in Institutional Capacity Building on the Decentralisation concept. He has also helped several Districts, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies in the development of the Medium Term Development Plans.

As the Development Planning and R-B M&E expert of WasteCare, he has been involved in the preparation of National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (NESSAP) and Strategic Environmental Sanitation Investment Plan (SESIP) for Ghana -responsible for developing R-B M&E sections and costing of M&E packages among other assignments undertaken WasteCare.

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: Secretarial and Projects Support Assistant

Educational Qualification:
BA, Secretaryship and Management, Ghana
Diploma Secretaryship, Ghana

Brief Profile:
Samiratu Alhassan has over 12 years’ experience in general office management, data/database management, organization and management of workshops, training seminars and conferences, field surveys.

As the secretarial and project support assistant (S&PSA) has been responsible for the general office upkeep and management of the operations and activities of WasteCare since its establishment.  She has provided secretarial and event management support during major conferences and workshops.  Notable ones are the Regional consultations on the use of District Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (DESSAP) Handbook as part of the preparation of DESSAPs and the 1st National Environmental Sanitation Conference  (NESCON) 2010- Building Partnerships to Scale-up Improved Environmental Sanitation Services.  Also as a projects support assistant, she has been invovled in projects such as the Traininng of District Environmental Health Officers (DEHO) on Enabling Elements for Effective Environmental Sanitation Management – 4E+ Sanitation Management.  She has also been involved in projects to gain hands-on experiences such as survey assistant in Environmental Sanitation Assessment and Audits for small owns as as value-chain analysis (VCA) of solid wastes in Accra.

Designation: Environmental Specialist

Educational Qualification:
MSc Water and Environmental Management, UK
BSc. Environmental Science, Ghana.

Brief Profile:
Selasi is a member of Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, UK and has 8 years’ experience in environmental sanitation assessment and auditing, field operation/surveys, pre and post WASH related contracts management, construction supervision, development of facility operation and maintenance management plans and community (mainly urban poor, rural areas and small towns) WASH infrastructure upgrading schemes; WASH data (primary and secondary) collection and analysis; preparing of proposals, organizing and presenting papers and research findings.

He has undertaken a research study on the Analysis of Refuse Generation and How to Improve Collection at Household Level and Communal Container Transfer in Sabon Zongo.  He carried out environmental sanitation assessment and audits for small towns in Greater Accra and Central Regions of Ghana leading to the development of Town Environmental Sanitation Development Plans (TESDPs) and accompanying financing packages for the identified project interventions.  He has been involved preparation of National Environmental Sanitation Strategy and Action Plan (NESSAP) in which he supervised data (collected from the DESSAP field survey) capture onto the WasteCare MIS-MINT*ESAA programme.  He was also engaged by Water, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University, UK to analyse USAID’s Demographic Health Survey (DHS) Country Data for Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda to determine access to services including- Electricity, Water, Sanitation, and Mobile Phones as part of EU Commission’s Rurban Africa – African Rural-City Connections Project.  The analysis involved determination of access by rural/urban settlement, geo-political regions and wealth indices/quintiles.

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.