Management Profiles

Mr. Martin Eson-Benjamin, CEO

Mr. Martin Eson-Benjamin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) in November, 2006, continuing a distinguished career of more than thirty-four years in both the public and private sectors.Prior to his appointment, Mr. Eson-Benjamin was the Chief Executive Officer of Empretec Ghana Foundation, a business services development company.Martin held several senior management positions in various multinational companies including Kumasi Brewery Limited and Ghana Breweries both subsidiaries of Heineken International and Unilever Ghana Limited. He has both local and international work experience, having worked in managerial capacities in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Martin has served on several Boards, including CFAO, Enterprise Insurance Company, Kama Group of Companies and Ningo Salt Company Limited. He has also served as Chairman of Multi-Media Broadcasting Company Limited and Ghana Agro Foods Company Limited (GAFCO) and was a Member of the Presidential Commission on Pensions as well as the Ghana Investment Advisory Council, set up by the H.E. President J. A. Kufuor. He was educated at Opoku Ware Secondary School and the School of Administration, University of Ghana. Martin is married with four children.


Mr. Mathew Armah, COO

Mr. Matthew E. Armah was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MiDA in November 2006. An Agricultural Economist by training, Mr. Armah holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana, an MPhil in Economic Development and a Post graduate Diploma in Development Problems and Policy from the University of Glasgow.Prior to his appointment, Matthew was the Project Manager for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Compact Proposal Development Team, and worked as a Business Development Consulting Director at Management Support Technologies Limited, Ghana.He has over thirty years professional experience covering both the public and private sectors.The Organizations and Institutions he worked for include Deloitte and Touche Consulting, the USAID funded Trade and Investment Reform Program (TIRP), Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), United Nations Development Program, African Development Bank Group, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana and Ghana Food Distribution Corporation.


Mr. Vidal Creppy, Procurement Director

Mr. Vidal Creppy joined MiDA as Procurement Director in March 2007. Vidal is a Chartered Buyer and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Ghana, a Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), U.K and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Ghana. He is also a Corporate Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply U.K and Ghana branch. He has played a key role in the development of the Supply Chain Management profession in Ghana. He was a member of the Executive Council of CIPS Ghana branch in the years 2002-2004.
His areas of specialization include Procurement of Goods, Services and Works, Materials Management, Projects and Contracts Management, Procurement for diverse Services, and Management Training among others.
Prior to joining MiDA, he was a Senior Procurement Consultant for the Education Sector Development Project of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports and also a key member of the team that developed the First Procurement Manual for Ministry of Education. He has worked on several projects funded by World Bank and the African Development Bank. Some of the projects include the Basic Education Sector Improvement Program (World Bank), National Functional Literacy Program (World Bank), Vocational Skills and Informal Sector Support Project (World Bank) and the Development of Senior Secondary Education Project (African Development Bank).
Vidal has served on several Tender Boards, including the then Ministry of Education, Science and Sports Tender Review Board where he was the Member/Secretary. He was also a member of the University of Education, Winneba Tender Board.
Vidal has attended and benefited from many seminars and workshops. He participated as a resource person in the workshops and public discussions on the development of Ghana’s Public Procurement Act, Act 663.


Mrs. Abigail Abandoh-Sam, Director, M&E

Prior to her appointment as the Director for Monitoring and Evaluation at MiDA, Mrs. Abigail Abandoh-Sam was the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)-Ghana, where she had worked in various capacities since 1990.Mrs. Abandoh-Sam holds a general Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Economics and Education from University of Cape Coast and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with Development Studies as an option from the Andrews University, USA.She has over fifteen years extensive experience and skills in Research, Program Planning, Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation in rural Food Security Program including various components of Development Practices such as Strategic Planning, Proposal writing, Food Security Project Implementation and Project Supervision and Monitoring.A seasoned educationist, Mrs. Abandoh-Sam has excellent training skills and has been involved in numerous programs as a trainer and trainer of trainers. She has also been a key personnel in developing proposals including those on education and food security. Mrs. Abandoh-Sam has attended and benefited from many local and international seminars and workshops.

 


Mr. John Boakye, Director, F&A

Mr. John O. Boakye became Director for Finance & Administration of MiDA in 2007. Prior to this appointment, he had been the 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 (1987), and has a Master’s degree from George Mason University (2003). 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 are the President’s Superior Honor Award for Lead Role in the Implementation of the Overseas Regional Financial Management System, Award for the design of a based system that helped the Finance group prepare separate sets of P&L accounts by segments, LCI/QWEST Circle of Excellence award as a top performer of the Finance Group and a Performance Award for helping to implement a People Soft Asset Management System under nine months and within budget.


Dr. Robert K. Akuamoah, Director, ESI

Dr. Robert Akuamoah is the Director for Environmental and Social Impact for the Millennium Development Authority.
Robert holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghana.  He was a Commonwealth Scholar in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from October 1990 and obtained a PhD from this institution in May 1994. In addition, he has had training in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana.
Dr. Akuamoah has over twenty years experience in researching into natural products as well as Environmental and Pollution studies at the Department of Chemistry, University of Ghana where he was a Senior Lecturer and subsequently the Head of Department.
Robert has been engaged in Environmental and Social Assessment, Monitoring and Auditing for over ten years and has considerable experience with various local companies and in a variety of projects with various organizations including the African Development Bank.


Mr. Yaw Brantuo, Manager, Financial Services

Mr. Yaw Brantuo, a Financial Systems Development Specialist, has been MiDA’s Agricultural Financial Services & Bank Capacity Building Manager since March 2007. Mr. Brantuo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance and two Master’s degrees in Finance and Development Studies from the University of Ghana. He is also a Professional Banker, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).
Yaw has been involved in the in the Financial Services Industry since 1991 and has worked in various capacities including Commercial Banking, Discount House Services, Stock Brokerage, Asset and Investment Management Services, Management and Corporate  Finance Consulting, Development and Public Policy Management, Enterprise Development, Small Business and Micro-Finance among others. He has taken on both the public and private sector roles and with bilateral and multilateral development agencies, including projects and activities funded by GTZ, Danida, USAID and the World Bank Group.


Mr. J.B. Koranteng-Yorke

Mr. J.B. Koranteng-Yorke, Project Manager, Transportation

Mr. J.B. Koranteng-Yorke is MiDA’s Project Manager for Transportation and Agricultural Infrastructure.A qualified Civil Engineer with further specialization in Highway Engineering, Mr. J.B. Koranteng-Yorke has work experience in both the public and private sectors. His eighteen years of professional experience can be categorized into three. These are Road, Water Supply and Social and Agricultural Infrastructure Developments.Before taking appointment at MiDA, he was the Deputy Programme Coordinator for the current Road Sector Development Programme (RSDP) with responsibility of coordinating and preparing consolidated Programme Reports and was one of the advisors to the Chief Director of the Ministry of Transportation on Programme Disbursement Conditions.Mr. Koranteng-Yorke rose through the ranks from an Assistant Engineer to a Principal Engineer at the Ministry of Transportation. His expertise includes road infrastructure planning, programming and budgeting, strategic planning and development, project management and donor coordination. He also has considerable knowledge in procurement of Works, Goods and Services and the World Bank, African Development Bank and European Union Procurement Guidelines.He is also experienced in Project Management & Community Administration, having carried out training, feasibility studies, construction supervision and management of water supply and sanitation, agro-processing schemes for both rural and urban communities.Prior to joining the MiDA team, Mr. Koranteng-Yorke was part of the Engineering Team responsible for the Transport Infrastructure component of the MCA in Ghana.


Mrs. Elsie Bunyan, Internal Auditor

Mrs. Elsie Bunyan is a Chartered Accountant with extensive expertise in Audit, Financial and Project Management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, ICA, Ghana. Prior to joining MiDA, Mrs. Bunyan was the Country Internal Auditor for Action Aid Ghana. Some of her key achievements were preparing Procurement Guidelines for the Engagement of Consultants and Terms of Reference for Audit Committees and Action Aid Country Review Team. She was also part of the management team engaged to review Action Aid’s structures and systems. Elsie also provided internal audit support for Action Aid Sierra Leone, Liberia and performed special audit engagements in the Gambia, Uganda and Kenya. She also developed strategies to safeguard the resources and assets of the organization.Elsie’s previously held positions include Project Accountant, Community Water and Sanitation Agency (Danida Project), Senior Audit Assistant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Ghana, Company Secretary, Abacus Services Ghana Limited among others


Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari, Manager, Land Adminstration

Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari is the Land Administration Project Manager of MiDA.,He holds a Diploma in Estate Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology, a Master’s Degree from the ITC, Enschede, Netherlands in Geo-Information Systems for Urban Applications, Netherlands and a PhD from the University of Leeds, U.K. Isaac was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) in 2006. In 2007 he became a Member of the Governing Council; and until 2008, was the Chairman of the Board of Examiners, Estate and Valuation Surveying Division. He began his career as an Assistant Lands Officer for the Greater Accra Regional Office, Lands Commission in 1989 and rose through the ranks to become the Regional Lands Officer for the Volta, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions. He became the Land Commission’s Team Leader of the World Bank’s Supported Land Administration Project in 2004. In 2005 he became an Advisor on the Land Component of the MCA Ghana Program. Dr. Karikari has jointly contributed to Book Chapters and Case Studies on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land and has contributed a number of publications in International Journals. He has attended various workshops and has been a resource person on a number of issues related to Land and in application of the GIS in Ghana. He has also been a resource person in many seminars and workshops organized internationally. Dr. Karikari’s interests are Christian evangelism, writing, reading and sports.


Mrs. Dorothy Djokoto, Legal Counsel

Dorothy Djokoto has been MiDA’s Legal Counsel and Board Secretary since February, 2007. Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ghana and a Post Graduate Law Diploma from the Ghana School of Law.She also holds an M.A in International Relations from the Center for International Affairs, University of Ghana, Legon, as well as a Certificate in Commercial Law and Practice from the Crown Agents Training Center, U.K. Prior to her appointment as Legal Counsel for MiDA, Mrs. Djokoto came from a background rich with fifteen years post-qualification experience in cross border transactions spanning project finance, engineering construction, employment, aviation and gold mining. She began her career with the Ghana Airways Company Limited, and later joined Awoonor Law Consultancy as an Associate Barrister and Solicitor. She then joined the mining industry as in-house counsel first for Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited now AngloGold Ashanti Limited and then for Newmont Ghana Gold Limited.Dorothy is a Member of the Ghana Bar Association, Federation of Women Lawyers and a Commissioner of the Securities & Exchange Commission, Ghana.

 

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