Dr Esther Ofei-Aboagye- Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye is the chairperson of ARHR’s Advisory Board. She is a seasoned researcher with a solid track record as a policy analyst and a development management expert. Over the years, she has played lead roles in training policy/law makers, as well as the development of research and policy guidelines in a range of areas including local economic development, gender mainstreaming, natural resources and environmental management.

Dr. Ofei-Aboagye was the Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) from January 2005 to January 2015. Prior to joining ILGS in 1999, Dr. Ofei-Aboagye was a senior lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She has worked as a consultant on programme design and evaluation exercises for both international and national organizations.

Dr. Ofei-Aboagye has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa Canada; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

She serves on a number of other boards in the public and non-governmental sectors including the University of Ghana Council and the National Development Planning Commission. She became a member of the College of Research Associates of the United Nations University Institute of Natural Resources in Africa in 1999; and is a member of the international action-policy-research network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

Mr. Ernest Tay Awoosah- Member

Mr. Ernest Tay Awoosah is the Director Finance and Administration of ISODEC. He holds a Master of Science Degree in International Development from University of Bristol UK. He has over twenty five years of working experience and had worked as consultant in the field of Water and Sanitation, Small Business Development and Strategic Planning. He has an immerse experience in local NGO development and management.

Mr. Tony Dzidzinyo Dogbe- Member

Mr. Tony Dzidzinyo Dogbe is one of the founders of PDA and its former managing director (2008-2012) and co-director (2001-2008). He is an experienced social and community development worker, trainer, researcher, manager, consultant and workshop facilitator/moderator. He has worked with government, non-government and private sector institutions in various areas of human development endeavour.  For nearly nine years he was the Executive Director of one of the leading Ghanaian NGOs, Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) and thereafter served on its Board from 2000 to 2009.  Prior to this he worked for VSO as a programme officer responsible for social and community development as well as managing its office in Tamale.  From 2000-2004, he was on VSO’s Board of Trustees in the U.K.  The experience he now draws on as a consultant and advisor is thus based on a broad but in-depth experience of governmental and non-governmental organisations, working from village to national policy level.

As well as working as a freelance consultant, Tony is currently spearheading a number of new initiatives including PDA’s Agro-industry and Social Enterprise (PASE). Tony holds an MSc in Community Organisation for Rural Development (Manchester UK, 1991), and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Sociology (University of Ghana 1982).

Ms Aba Oppong- Member

Mrs. Aba Oppong is an avid advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights for all women and men irrespective of their age and sexual orientation. She has been working in development since 1995 and currently the Anti-Corruption Champion of Local Accountability Network (LANet) in Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA). The key thematic areas of Aba’s development interest include social accountability, good governance, prevention of maternal mortality and basic education for all children.

She believes that men and women hold the sky hence both men and women should be given equal opportunities in health, education and governance.

Ms. Justina Anglaaere- Member

Ms. Justina Anglaaere is an experienced and dedicated development practitioner with over 20 years practical work in the development field, spanning the areas of education, school feeding; health, water and sanitation, gender in development, micro-credit, governance and rights based/people centered advocacy. She is well versed in program design, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

Ms Anglaaere has expertise in capacity development, process facilitation and advisory services delivery. She has worked with, and managed partnerships with diverse development actors ranging from community based organisations, national and international NGOs, donors, networks, government institutions and development consultants. She has equally carried out a wide range of consultancy assignments including project evaluations, needs assessments and trainings within consultancy teams for funders such as CIDA, CEBEMO (now Cordaid) and OXFAM.

Ms. Anglaaere is a Master’s Degree holder in Educational Psychology and has undergone varied professional trainings including Organisation & Systems Development (OSD) Practitioner Formation, NGO Management, Rural Projects Design and Management, Gender and Development and Rights-Based Development Approaches. She is fluent in English and French.

Dr Sylvia Deganus- Member

Dr. Sylvia Deganus is a fulfilled Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and Public Health physician with over 27 years of experience in safe motherhood and in other Reproductive health issues. She is a national and international reproductive health researcher and trainer and have assisted in various research in the development of numerous national and international safe motherhood and reproductive health policy documents, service delivery guidelines, training tools and materials.

In the field of mobile health, she has been working with WHO/AFRO and GLOWM in the development of a Mother Initiative; a mobile phone based tool, which seeks to facilitate the monitoring and care of pregnant women in low resource settings. Her skills and experiences have been shared with various international agencies such as the WHO, UNFPA, WAHO, USAID, PRIME II, JHPIEGO Corporation, IPAS and FHI for whom she has worked for on many occasions as consultant. She is a tireless advocate for quality maternal and Neonatal Care.

Vicky T. Okine- Executive Director

Vicky is a Development Policy and Management specialist with thirty years of extensive experience in gender and rights based advocacy, organisational development particularly for CSOs, programme design and management, qualitative research as well as monitoring and evaluation. She is a human rights advocate with experience in HIV, reproductive, maternal and newborn health as well as adolescent’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has worked at policy and programme levels in government and non – government sectors and with international NGOs.

She has provided mentorship and coaching for a number of organizations and individuals’ engaged in gender related policy and programming.

Vicky is a human rights advocate and also a founding member of the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR), which she has led since the organisation’s establishment.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.