After completing his National Service in Accra, Nana completed his MBA in Marketing in 2015. During this period, he founded the Play and Learn Foundation to help address Ghanaian societal issues, which lacked youth empowerment, leadership and mentorship among the less privileged.
Working full time as a Marketer and selling luxury apartments for West Hills Ridge Company Limited did not bring him as much fulfillment as the impact that he was making on children who were a part of the Foundation. This led him to devote his life and follow his calling by working full-time as the Executive Director of Play and Learn.
Overtime, he realized that his skill sets, professionally and socially, were better suited for what he was aiming to achieve through his NGO. Nana wants to become a social activist that will continue to build on his current efforts. This will lead to establishing community youth centers throughout various regions in Ghana, and eventually parts of West Africa.
MS. SHEILA OTU-BOATENG
Ms. Sheila Otu-Boateng
Sheila is a Management and Operations executive with over 10 years of experience in executing financing, budgeting, operations and contracting mandates in the US and Ghana.
She is currently the General Manager at Ostec Ltd, a leading IT Infrastructure & Managed Services company which is the only indigenous technology company with both ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certifications in Ghana. She previously worked with the USAID-Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (FinGAP) as the Operations Manager and prior to that was the Deputy Director of Management & Operations with the United States Peace Corps in Accra.
Sheila has an MBA in Finance from Coventry University, UK and a BA in Economics with Management Concentration from Ohio Wesleyan University, USA.
She is also a member of the Institute of Directors-Ghana.
Sheila is passionate about children and teens and has been actively involved for the past 7 years in an outpost outreach that caters to inner-city children and teens.
Lesley is an astute professional with over a decade’s experience in the petroleum sector and has a knack for breaking new frontiers.
Her in-depth understanding of the industry enabled her to contribute immensely to the growth of Ebony Oil and Gas from its inception, where she exited as Head, Sales & Marketing. Prior to that, she worked with Eco Petroleum; a subsidiary of the Quantum Group.
She is currently the CEO of Cubica Energy, Executive Producer and host of Energy Quest Talk Show and an advocate for Women in Energy.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Ghana, Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Coventry University, and certificates in Oil and gas management from Oxford Princeton. She also holds a certificate from the CEIBS Women in Entrepreneurial Leadership program, with knowledge in e-commerce platforms and digital economy from Alibaba Business School.
DARYL EBO LAING
Daryl Ebo Laing
Daryl is the youngest member of the team at R.S Agbenoto & Associates. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science & History) and an LLB from the University of Ghana, Legon. He was engaged as a legal intern in the firm for two years before his call to the Ghana Bar in 2013.
Ebo’s legal interests lie in the seemingly opposing areas of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has high energy levels and dedication to his work.
He is a member of the Public Education & Outreach Committee of the Ghana Bar Association.
Daryl shares a close bond with members of his family, close friends and his BMW vehicles.
BENEZER SAKA ADDO-MENSAH
Ebenezer Saka Addo-Mensah
Ebenezer is the Managing Director of SAKA Homes, a leading residential and commercial property company in Ghana working across local, national and international markets, delivering beautiful, comfortable homes and working environment through the commitment and aspiration of its trustworthy staff. SAKA homes has lived up to its billing and has rapidly transited from a daring curiosity to a recognized household name, with notable estates to its name including the Richies Court, Hill View Court and the Akua Nyamoah Court all located at Oyarifa.
Ebenezer is also the Executive Chairman of Knetic Oilfields Services ltd, which is an indigenous Ghanaian company that pools the services of very experienced and exposed international partners and other professionals to provide complete services in Procurement and supply of Offshore/Onshore labour services to Companies in the Oil and Gas Industry.
He believes being a lone ranger successful person is stressful but pulling up many on the ladder of success takes off pressure on you and makes the world a better and happier place. He is a philanthropy freak, presently catering for over 25 students at various levels of education and additionally mentoring over a half dozen real estate start-ups. He enjoys binge travelling abroad during holidays, swimming or spending time with the family.
Philip is a chartered accountant and a chartered tax professional with over 12 years’ experience in Taxation, Customs & Immigration and Global Mobility in the extractive sector (Mining and the upstream Oil & Gas). He managed the tax affairs of some big multinational companies and was involved in some projects in the Shipping, Consumer & Industrial Markets sector during his 9-year spell at KPMG. He was also a key resource during the implementation of Ghana’s Petroleum Local Content Regulations by the Petroleum Commission of Ghana in 2014.
Currently, Philip is the taxation manager at AngloGold Ashanti for both Obuasi and Iduapriem Mines. He was a key member of the team that secured the Development and Tax Concession Agreements in 2018 for the Obuasi Mine Redevelopment Project and a member of the Finance & Budget Committee of the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
Philip is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK), an affiliate member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts (Ghana) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (Ghana). He holds an Executive MBA(Finance) from the University of Ghana Business School and a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics from the University of Ghana. Philip also holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Business from ACCA (UK).
PROFESSOR REGINALD OCANSEY (PHD)
Professor Reginald Ocansey (PhD)
Reginald graduated from the Specialist Training College, Winneba, Ghana (now University of Education, Winneba, Ghana) with a 4-Year Teacher’s Diploma Certificate in Physical Education. He also received a Master of Education Degree in Teacher Education and Physical Education from Alabama State University and a doctorate in Teacher Education, Physical Activity Education, and Behavior Analysis in Sport and Physical Activity from Ohio State University. He is now Professor Emeritus and a specialist in physical activity, teacher education, curriculum/instructional design and evaluation.
He was the Director of Teacher Education in Physical Education at the University of Virginia from 1986 to 1989 and the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He spent the bulk of his years in tertiary education (1989 to 2007) at the College at Brockport. During these years, Professor Ocansey maintained mutually beneficial international relationships between the US and Ghanaian universities. For example, he created the College at Brockport-University of Education Collaborative initiative, and he is the architect of graduate level study at the University of Education.
He is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), founder of the Ghana Physical Education and Sport Thinktank (GPEStt™) and the Director of Active Living and Wellness Alliance Group in Ghana (ALWAG™). He is a Principal Investigator and Ghana Representative for Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Global Observatory for Physical Activity, and Walkable Communities and the Built Environment for Physical Activity. Several peer-reviewed publications have emerged from his leadership.
Francis Kofi Ansong (Head of Marketing and Business Development)
Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Partnerships for Peace Project
Sidney-Rich Acquaye (Head of Football Development)
Finance Consultant, MSc (Sports Management) at Loughborough University
Vincent Ashong-Quartey (Head of Branding (Graphic Design))
Online Presence Engineer, GET Systems
Deladem Amenyaglo (Events and Programs Manager)
National Service Personnel, Ghana Cocoa Clinic
Jennifer Afua Asiedu (Events & Programs Manager)
Executive Director, Karfafa Foundation & Manager, Veelage Crafts
Play & Learn - Internationally
In order to facilitate fundraising and volunteer mobilization globally, Play & Learn entities are being established in several countries. To date, Play & Learn sister organizations have been registered in the USA and Norway, while registration in Canada is currently underway.
Play and Learn Foundation, Incorporated (USA)
Play and Learn Foundation, Incorporated (USA) was established in 2017 to support the mission of the Play and Learn Foundation in Accra, Ghana. Play and Learn Foundation Incorporated’s main purpose is to raise funds and solicit donations in order to provide materials and equipment for the athletics and academics program; to support the recruitment and organization of volunteers for coaching and tutoring programs and to help with the development of curriculums. In addition it provides organizational structure and monitoring programs in support of the growth of the Play and Learn Foundation in Ghana.
Play and Learn Foundation, Incorporated (USA) is a Maryland Private Foundation, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to this entity are therefore tax deductible for American tax-payers; charitable receipts will be provided for all donations, beginning in 2018.
Board of Directors
Nana A. Owusu (President)
Nana A. Owusu is a Finance & Accounting Professional with expertise in non-profit accounting and grants and compliance.
Niisha K. Butler, Esq. (Attorney and Consultant)
Niisha is the CEO and Founder of We Global Arts Festival, LLC.
Isaac Dwamena (Board Member)
Isaac is currently the head of business intelligence for REV Group.
Prince Nuamah, M.D. (Board member)
Dr. Prince Nuamah is a medical doctor in Baltimore, Maryland
Mohammed Ali (Board Member)
Mohammad is a project manager and risk management consultant.
Hannah is currently an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She is also a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Education.
Menbereselassie Kebede (Executive director)
Menbereselassie is an analyst at BGMI.
Brenna Jordan (Board Member)
Brenna Jordan works for a local business in Oakland California.
Phillip Adadzie (Board Member)
Phillip is a tax Manager at AngloGold Ashanti, Ghana.
Nana Kwasi Ohene (Executive Director/ Co Founder of PAL)
Nana is the founder and Executive Director of PAL Ghana.
Board of Directors
Live Vedeler Nilsen (Chair)
Currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying history and working part-time as a journalist. Live took part in a semester abroad in Accra, Ghana in 2015, where she began her collaboration with PAL.
Martin Sorge Folkvord
Currently living in Bergen, studying to be a teacher. Works part time as a journalist.
Mette Bjørnsdatter Hafskjold
Currently living in Trondheim, working in a café. Mette studied geography and participated took a semester abroad in Accra, Ghana.
Play and Learn Norge (Norway)
PAL Norway was founded in February 2017 in Trondheim, Norway. The organization aims to spread information about the Play & Learn Foundation to students considering an exchange semester in Ghana, and to engage Norwegians in funding campaigns aimed at improving the life of children in Ghana through PAL programming.
Play and Learn Norge is registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO). Contributions to this entity are therefore tax deductible for Norwegian citizens; charitable receipts will be provided for all donations, beginning in 2018.
The Play & Learn Foundation works to empower Ghanaian youth through a combination of academics, athletics, mentorship, and community contribution to develop the skills needed to become leaders in their local and global communities.