Issah Seidu

(Founder and Team Leader)

Issah Seidu is a young conservation leader who has special interest in both marine and freshwater biodiversity conservation. Issah is currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Wildlife and Range Management. Issah holds MPhil. Wildlife Management and BSc. Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He has a certificate in Tropical Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation from the Tropical Biology Association, UK. He has served as a principal researcher on a number of projects including; ‘ecology and conservation of dragonflies and endemic catfish in Pra Basin’ and ‘aspect of ecology, biology, socio-economic and supply chain characterization of elasmobranch fisheries in West Coast, Ghana’. Issah is among pioneers spearheading the conservation of dragonflies, sharks, rays, dolphins, billfish and freshwater fishes in Ghana. Issah is a member of IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (IUCN FFSG). He is also an active member of Worldwide Dragonfly Association (WDA), The Oceanography Society (TOS) and Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). He has produced three quality scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals on Odonata and aquatic ecology and conservation.

Prince Agyei

(Deputy Director)

Prince is an experience conservation leader, with passion for rivers and inland fisheries conservation. Prince has a track record of using alternative livelihood options such as aquaculture to stimulate the interest of local communities in biodiversity conservation. He has MSc. Aquaculture and Environment and BSc. Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He also holds diploma in Education and has taught for 12 years in several Senior High Schools in Ghana.

Rapheal Nsiah-Gyambibi

(Director of Research)

Raphael has a keen passion for environmental conservation. He holds BSc. Natural Resources Management and MPhil. Aquaculture and Environment from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate focusing on Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management at KNUST. Raphael has acquired experience in environmental waste management and wastewater treatment plant to facilitate waste-fed aquaculture through working as a field assistant in the International Water Management Institute. He was also a research assistant on the Aquafish project which seeks to assess the adaptation of Tilapia species to climate change, sponsored by Virginia Tech University. He has been an active team member on a number projects including; ‘saving the threatened catfish and endemic limbochromis robertsi from extinction’. Raphael is an active member of the World Aquaculture Society.

Nana-Esi Hanson

(Administrative Officer)

Nana-Esi is a young Wildlife Conservationist. She holds BSc. Wildlife and Range Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. Nana-Esi has interest in freshwater biodiversity and has spearheaded several local projects in rivers conservation in her Districts. She has volunteered with several NGOs including Save the frogs, and Arocha Ghana where she acquired experience in biodiversity conservation and ecological surveys. She is currently a teaching assistant in the Department of Wildlife and Range Management (KNUST), where she is working as a teaching and research assistant.

Bukari Sophianu

(Program Coordinator)

Sophianu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management with specialty in Fisheries and Watershed Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is currently pursuing Master of Philosophy degree in Aquatic Resources Management at KNUST. Sophianu has played active roles in several community-based projects in southern Ghana. He has gained relevant experience in aquatic biodiversity research and conservation through his work as service person at the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency and Fisheries Commission.

Moro Seidu

(Project Manager)

Moro Seidu holds Bsc. Natural Resources Management with specialty in Fisheries Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is currently pursuing MSc. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Management at the University Felix Houphouet Biogny, Abidjan. He also holds a certificate in Project Management and has managed several projects on climate change and coastal sanitation at the local settings in Ghana.

Sumaila Haruna Acheriga

(Research Fellow)

Haruna has MSc. Geo Information Science in Natural Resource Management (GISNATUREM) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and BSc. Renewable Natural Resources Management from the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Haruna has specialized in spatial data management and analysis. He has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency and Fisheries Commission in Ghana, where he acquired experience in community and coastal sanitation. Haruna is also a trained teacher and has taught Senior High schools for more than 10 years. He has a rich background in community education.

Razak Antwi

(Community Liaison Officer)

Razak is interested in applying GIS in aquatic biodiversity monitoring and water quality assessment. He has BSc. Geomatic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He is pursuing Master of Philosophy Degree at KNUST where his thesis is focusing on applying GIS to assess freshwater quality and biodiversity monitoring. He has applied this protocol to assess water quality of the Barekese Reservoir and is keen in applying it at the larger scale. Razak has vast experience in community work and livelihood programs (i.e mushroom and beekeeping) and has built the capacity of several local personnel in these regard. He has also volunteered with relevant organizations including Water Resources Commission, Environmental Protection Agency and several NGOs in Ghana.

Kubra Yakubu

(Public Relation and Communication Officer)

Kubra is a final year student pursuing BSc. Ecotourism from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She has a keen interest in community engagement and education on biodiversity conservation. Her thesis is focusing on assessing impact of conservation programs on local community livelihoods. Through her project work and volunteering with NGOs including Arocha KNUST chapter, she has spent considerable time educating locals in biodiversity conservation. She holds diploma in Education and has been trained as a facilitator. She also has special interest in Wildlife Photography.

Isaac Assefua

(Research Assistant)

Isaac Assefua is a research assistant who specializes in fisheries management. Isaac has a rich background in sharks, rays, tuna, billfish and other teleost landing survey. He has served as team member on several projects focusing of marine mega-fauna. Notable among them are NOAA sponsored project which focused on billfish and sharks. He has volunteered with the Fisheries Commission for six years and has interacted and educated several fishermen and coastal communities in fisheries and marine ecosystems conservation. Issac holds diploma in Fisheries Management from the University of Cape Coast.