Kwame Ansah Baffour is an Agricultural Economist, Social Entrepreneur, Educationist, Management Consultant, Researcher, Climate Activist, Ecovillage Ambassador and a promoter of the Sustainable Development Goals. A product of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, Kwame studied MSc. in Agricultural Economics and returned after graduation to contribute to development programs in Ghana and Africa. Upon his return to Ghana, he contributed to the successful implementation of the 1st and 2nd Ecovillage Design Education in Ghana at the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the Ghana Permaculture Institute respectively in the year 2016. Kwame’s leadership as a national coordinator for the Global Ecovillage Network – Ghana (GEN – Ghana) since 2016, GEN Ghana has made rapid progress and now serves as a model for emerging national networks in Africa. Kwame has many years of international experience in organizational development, project management, product development, research, facilitation skills and fundraising through his work for the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Global Ecovillage Network Ghana, Ministry of Food and Agriculture / Kwadaso Agricultural College, Institute for Sustainability, Germany and the Global Ecovillage Network Africa. Kwame is currently the Regional Coordinator for the Global Ecovillage Network Africa.
Sonita Mbah has been serving as the Executive Secretary of the Global Ecovillage Network Africa since 2015. She is undergoing her Masters in World Heritage Studies and a passionate food grower, Permaculture designer and facilitator. For over 10 years, she was the Administrator of Better World Cameroon and co-initiator of Bafut Ecovillage, an off-grid learning center North West of Cameroon. In GEN Africa, she brings regenerative community and social enterprise development to several African communities. Sonita received the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award by the Women and Gender Constituency for empowering women on the earthen cook stove technology and the One World Award for her work with the Global Ecovillage Network.
Charles Katere was born in New Longoro, Kintampo North District in Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. He is a bookkeeper and a Permaculturist. He has 5 years of experience in bookkeeping from 2014 to 2018. He attained his permaculture diploma in Ghana permaculture institute, in the year 2015 and Ecovillage Design Education Certificate in 2016 and he currently holds a BSc in Accounting, etc. He is a conscientious and hardworking individual and has proven skills in conducting, teaching, facilitating and handling financial issues, conservative agricultural research, community participatory and development, teaching permaculture principles and designing, facilitator of Eco-village modules, and assisting general agricultural crop and livestock production efforts. He takes delight in projects that have the potential of sustaining the natural environment whilst improving the living standards of most people, especially the poor in society.