Project Country Director, Ghana Improving Food Safety Systems Project
How long have you been involved with IESC’
Since June 2016
What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most’
Creating an environment that motivates staff to go the extra mile. I am constantly on the lookout for factors that demotivate staff so I can attend to them. I therefore try to keep an active line of communication between myself and my staff so I can find out quicker when something is negatively affecting the work environment. In my management career, I have always maintained that I consider it a failure if I only find out about a staff’s genuine feedback at the point when they are exiting the organization.
Tell us about your most memorable moment at IESC, or about a beneficiary you’ve met who you were particularly moved or inspired by.
My most memorable moment at IESC was when at a very early stage in the project, and with just two other staff hired, we had to organize a major stakeholder forum with our donors in attendance. Behind the confident/bold leadership I displayed was a sublime feeling of uncertainty. Being just a little over a month in the job, it felt like a final part of the interview process, but this time with the funder of the project. The expression of satisfaction that I received from everyone at the end (especially from USAID) had a humbling effect on me and I was very quick to share this with everyone on the team, which included two volunteer experts. It was definitely a team effort, with some support from HQ staff. It was Thursday, July 21st and the date never goes out of my mind.
What’s something you couldn’t live without, and why’
Sports and physical fitness. I play football (soccer), I watch football and I used to run a sports bar a couple of years ago. I try to jog a few times a week as well as take my family out to run and play before dinner and going to bed. That’s how I take care of my stress. I guess this kind of addiction is good for the football industry.
What’s the best book you’ve ever read’
I don’t like fiction. I feel there are so many ‘real’ things I don’t know that I need to find out about. And instead of reading, I prefer watching documentaries. So the one about Nelson Mandela is one of the best ones.
If you had unlimited time and resources, what’s a skill or hobby you’d want to learn’
Improve on my French and find out about various religions. There is a philosophical side of me that keeps asking a lot of questions about life. I may end up doing something in relation with religious research. Waiting for the right time.