FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Founder/Executive Director of the Let's Go Africa Foundation is Kwasi Bosompem. Born in Ghana, he received a B.S. in Urban Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds a Master's degree in Planning from the University of Maryland.
He has an extensive international urban planning experience in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa from 1981-1989 with Rosmarin and Associates, Infraplan and Plan Africa.
Mr. Kwasi Bosompem served on the Technical Forecasting Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments in 1994 and has worked on several development projects in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. He worked as an Urban Planner for Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, Fairfax County Arlington County and with land use Attorneys between 1990- 2010. Mr. Bosompem currently works as a Managing Planner and a Consultant for the firm of TPPI Inc, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,
In his 28 years of Urban and Regional Planning practice, he has employed Sustainable Development to influence decision making in regards to natural resources, social inequality and the environment. His work has improved the long term social and ecological health of cities and towns from South Africa, Nigeria and in the United States. As a strong advocate of sustainable built environment, his work is concentrated on, efficient land and resource uses; less pollution, restoration of natural systems; good housing and living environments; a healthy social ecology; a sustainable economy; community participation and preservation of local culture.
Mr. Kwasi Bosompem is a devoted Christian, the author of four books and with professional certifications. He has two children.
INTERIM CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND
Dr. Atobrah is a proven innovator with over 20 years of extensive experience in the corporate environment. He has had experience as the Manager for the Privatization of State (Country) Owned Enterprises in more than 20 Countries involving World Bank-Financed ventures and also has over 20 years big company experience with Americom Government Services, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, AGS, Booz Allen and Hamilton and with several major vendors. This extensive background prepared him as one of the foremost experts in systems engineering and integration in the United States and Internationally. In this regard, he has been an expert witness in five of the most significant national Superfund Cases in the United States, such as Ottati and Goss, Kingston Drum Site; Price’s Landfill at Atlantic City, New Jersey; General Electric Site at Fort Edwards, New York; and at Woburn, Massachusetts on behalf of Beatrice Food Inc.
For more than a decade, Dr. Atobrah conducted engineering audit assessment as part of the privatization of utilities in more than dozen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for The World Bank. In carrying out these projects he has developed a uniquely designed audit index systems for evaluating surveys and inspections that The World Bank considers as example of best practices in assessing the privatization of the national Communications Services, Electrical Power Generation and Distribution Services, National Airways, Ports and Harbors, and many more in emerging economies. Prior to 2000 date change, The World Bank retained Dr. Atobrah to carry out “Assessment of Y2K Risk Exposure of World Bank-Financed Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”. His technical contributions have included: developing system engineering and integration guidelines (guidance documents) for national command and control centers, designing facilities environmental management protocols, operations and maintenance procedures, and training programs.
As the national Vice-President for Program Development for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Consortium for National and International Programs, a non-profit organization set up in 1998 at the Elizabeth City State University following an HBCU Peer Review at Hilton Head, SC, he has worked assiduously with US Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop “Health Knowledge Network (HKN)” involving over 30 nursing and allied health historically black colleges and universities and large Corporations in setting up Twinning Programs for HIV/AIDS with African counterparts through the Association of African Universities (AAU). In that regard he visited Namibia and Southern Africa sponsored by USAID and edited conference proceedings in 2004 at Lincoln University on “Engaging the HBCU in Global Response to HIV/AIDS: Execution and Management of International HIV/AIDS Projects by HBCU/MI Institutions”. Furthermore, Dr. Atobrah has been an invited guest speaker at many of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) annual meetings addressing the role of minorities in the global sustainable development programs.
Dr. Atobrah has earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts from Princeton University; Master of Sciences from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Bachelor of Sciences (Honors) from University of Ghana, and has numerous Professional Certifications and Accolades, including member of Sigma Xi, a prominent Scientific Honor Society in the U.S. and serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Word Harvest Church, Fairfax, Virginia. He is married with four children.
Program Director- West Africa
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Accra, Ghana has responsibilities in West Africa. With an MBA Finance from University of North Texas (May 1987) and BBA Finance, University of Minnesota, Duluth (May 1980) Nana, popularly called Afrique Nana has been a motivator, trainer and entrepreneur. As a women’s advocate, Nana has invested in women and in communities in Accra Ghana, training and employing over twenty skills young girls and focused on providing access leadership training, and justice to enable women to assume local entrepreneurial or leadership roles. Nana was the only and first woman to undertake an assessment of the impact of the AGOA trade policy and law on Ghanaian women entrepreneurs.
Program Director- South Africa Vusi Majaja
of Johannesburg has been with Lets Go Africa Foundation for ten years. Vusi Majaja was born in Eastern Province of South Africa and studied Commerce (BCom) and a Postgraduate Diploma in business. He has worked in Development Corporations and the Oil Industry. Vusi has been a facilitator to work study programs in South Africa. He has been ab advocate and worked on youth programs for the Foundation in South Africa
Ariel Heifetz is Senior Coordinating Secretary of the Foundation's programs. She studied at Columbia University in New York , in Philosophy and International Relations. She spent two months living in Ghana 's capital city, at the home of a family, and went on study tours, including the Parliament and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Ariel recruits interested Americans and plans, with them, what type of experience they want. Based on her experience as a recent first time visitor to Africa , Ariel advises several project areas.
SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Kwasi Boadi is a Senior Policy Advisor of the Let's Go Africa Foundation . He holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a Ph.D. in African Studies from Howard University, Washington D.C., with specialization in public policy and development in Africa . He has previously taught in Ghana , Nigeria , and Canada . Dr. Boadi is currently a Humanities Instructor at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington D.C. His research interests include culture and public policy in Africa and African cultural transmission in the Diaspora.
Mr. Oti Manager is a Programs Director of the Lets Go Africa Foundation. He holds Master’s Degree in Economic and Statistics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Bachelors in Economic and Statistics from the University of Ghana, Legon.
His expertise are in Management of Accounts, Planning, Budgeting and Supervision of Projects. Mr. Oti was the head of Management Control, Planning and Budget, Operations and Research of SSB Ghana. He is focus strengthening the use of management science in projects such as in global health to improve communication between operational research workers and development. His responsibilities are in Policy and Planning Financial Planning and Management, Managing performance through information and Planning and Management of Service Provision.
Health Programs Advisor
Beatrice Howard is a health advocate and a Healthy Eating Entrepreneur, She trained as a nurse at Korle-Bu Nurses Training College and worked a practising nurse in Accra and Bolgatanga Hospital in the Upper West Region in Ghana. She has worked at Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK and at the West Middlesex Hospital based in London. As a Health entrepreneur, Beatrice treats catering and health as a lifestyle and has made nutrition and catering central to health and productivity among communities in Ghana. This is an effort to eliminate hunger, improve maternal health and nutritional status of a population and helping the less privileged in preparing wholesome and nutritious meals.
Agricultural Technical Advisor
Albert Boaitey holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. His areas of expertise and research interest include: assessing the impact of large-scale resource extraction on rural farming communities, the adoption of new agricultural technologies, agricultural commercialization and climate change policy design. He was part of researchers who worked on a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project on the interface between livestock and biofuel production and Teaching Fellow at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. Albert is a recipient of many awards and scholarships including: has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at major academic conferences. He undertakes projects on Health risks for farmers and farm workers.