We are Water for Rural Africa. Even though young, we’ve impacted thousands of lives in rural Africa through the provision of potable water, advocacy and policy directions. With our country coordinators across the African continent, supported by a dedicated team, ambassadors and our strategic Advisory Council, we are poised to launch into the deeps and affect many other lives with strong presence, passion, determination, and love for humanity.
We are challenged to change lives across Africa under the leadership of our Founder and President, Dr Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu.
Meet the team making a change for millions around Africa.
Dr Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu
Founder and President
Dr Agumenu is the Founder and President, Water for Rural Africa (WRA), a development organization dedicated to providing clean water for rural communities in Africa. He is the President, International Association for People and Performance Development, IAPPD in charge of Africa (48 Countries in exception of the MENA Region); International Advisory Council Member, International Cities of Peace; Peace Ambassador, and the President of Direct Leadership Institute. The lead Consultant and Facilitator for UniBank Ghana Ltd. Banking School in Leadership and Management Master Class and Executive Management Development (Series) Program for Senior Managers and Supervisors since 2012.
Dr Agumenu holds a PhD in Leadership and Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master Project Manager, Certified International Project Manager Certification, Trainer of Trainer in Quality Export Marketing Management, Certified Manager CM, Certified HR Expert, Fellow to the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management, Fellow Chartered Management Institute UK and a Global Advisor and Chartered Fellow to the American Academy of Project Management.
Dr Agumenu has received and built capacity in the area of Conflict Management, Labour and Employment Law and many others. Coupled with that, He is the Coordinator for Certified Manager Certification Program for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, James Madison University, USA for West Africa.
Joachim Cupid Kumapley
Projects and Programs Coordinator
Joachim is the Projects and Programs Coordinator for Water for Rural Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe drinking water. He was part of the team that developed the Organization’s scheme. After an early career in the Refinery industry and with mathematical background, Joachim has worked for more than 7 years in diverse roles in national and private sector. He joined us after previously working for SNV Netherlands Development Organization, a non-profit, international development organization as a researcher.
Joachim has also worked with several organizations such as the Commodity Clearing House, a Finance House, the National Identification Authority, Eakaza Limited, and Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Ltd. among others in various supervisory roles. He received professional trainings in Project Management from the TU – Bergakademie in Freiberg Germany, Financial Management from the ICM-UK, an Executive Diploma in Credit Risk Management from the Graduate School of Leadership and Governance, Occupational Health and Safety Management from the ICM-UK among others.
Joachim’s educational credentials includes two degrees, an MBA in Resources and Environmental Management from the Techniché Universitát Bergakademie in Freiberg Germany, BSc in Mathematics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana.
Director, HR and Admin
Asiwome Amegbletor is a seasoned HR practitioner with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (HR Option), BSc. Mathematics & Statistics, Professional HR certifications from IHRMP Ghana with over 7years Human Resource Generalist experience within Africa. With strong and proven abilities in developing and implementing Human Resource Strategy, he guides corporate executives and senior leadership teams to optimize and retain high potential talent. Asiwome offers business solutions that help to motivate employees, track performance and measurably improve on staff engagement & productivity. He has demonstrated success in handling projects, meeting deadlines, championing change, leading teams, writing corporate policies, job descriptions, newsletters and management reports, organizational setup. Prior to joining WRA, Asiwome worked with Philips Africa, Schlumberger, Millicom Ghana (tiGO), Ghana Statistical Service, and CSIR.
Marvin Senyo Adonu
Marvin is the administrator of Water for Rural Africa. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) and a Chartered Marketer from CIM UK. Marvin is also a Certified Professional Trainer with the International Association for People and Performance Development (IAPPD), a leading international professional body in people and performance enrichment. Prior to joining WRA, Marvin was the Head of Administration at Midrain Royale Limited. He has vast and remarkable knowledge in the Direct Selling industry across Africa. Marvin has deep passion for empowering and affecting the lives of the rural folks and the marginalized in Africa. He has extensive traveling and working experiences across Africa and Asia.
Accounts and Finance
Bridget is a highly motivated and hardworking member of the WRA team, she is responsible for the Accounts and Finance department. Bridget is creative and innovative, very responsive and pays attention to details. Bridget has received professional training in office automation and CMI level 5 Certificate in professional consulting from the Chartered Management Institute (UK). Bridget has worked in the public sector of Ghana since 2014 in varying capacities. Prior to joining Water for Rural Africa, She was the research assistant with the Parliament of Ghana, a position she held for two years. Her academic credentials includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Diploma in Public Administration all from the University of Ghana, Legon
Ambassador Babalola Omoniyi
Regional Coordinator, PR and Development Communications – West Africa
Babalola Omoniyi is a visionary entrepreneur, a Brand Strategist, expert in strategic communications, Marketing and Brand management consultant, Peace advocate, a social worker and a Google certified Digital Marketer. He is the Principal Partner at Fiscal Business Innovation Ltd. (FBI) and Founder of the Pan African Humanitarian Project – organizers of the Pan African Humanitarian Summits and Awards; Male – Child Education For Peace (MCEFP) which is the first male – child education campaign aimed at stopping crisis and promoting peace in Africa and the Nigerian Child Summits and Award which celebrates outstanding Nigerian children between the ages of 4 – 13 who have recorded tremendous and remarkable achievements in various fields. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member to several organizations and NGOs across Africa including Africa – Indian Economic and Investment Conference, Development Times Africa, The Nigerian Heritage Forum, African kids in Business, West African Youth Forum, to mention but few. Babalola Omoniyi has certifications in Public Relations, Industrial and Labour Relations and digital marketing. He also obtained a diploma certificate in Business and Administrative Management from the London Academy Business School. In 2015, Babalola became a United Nations Messenger of Humanity and was also honored as a Peace Ambassador. Babalola Omoniyi is also the Publisher of FBI Africa Magazine, a life style magazine which has featured lots of powerful stakeholders from various African countries. Further, Babalola is the Executive producer of the Mentors Talk show and My Hero Nigeria Kiddies Talk – show, an half-hour magazine style program with recurring and unique feature segment featuring celebrity interviews interspersed with human – interest, experiences and educative dialogues by the hosts who are children between the ages of 7 to 13.
Kizito Mpuswin Akudago
PR & International Relations
Legendary International Boxing Referee Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) Certified Muay Thai Referee Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) Certified Boxing Referee
AWARDS – FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, ARIZONA
Achievement Award for Special Act of Service 1990, 1994, 1998 Sustained Superior Performance Award for Improvement of Operations 1993 Special Achievement Award for Improvement of Operations 2000, 2001, 2002 Voted one of 10 Best Boxing Referees, Ring Magazine
Organized and conducted Referee Seminars in South Africa, Nicaragua, United States 2013 – 2015
Federal Bureau of Prisons, Phoenix, Arizona Recreation Supervisor1989 – 2013
– Developed and managed rehabilitative and developmental programs for inmates:
– Competitive Boxing Program
– Musical Study, Development and Performance Amateur Boxing Match Referee 1995 – 2000
He has established a long and distinguished career as a referee in the Boxing ring. Professional Boxing Match Referee 1995 – Present.
As a professional, he has called over 570 matches, with more than 50 of those being World Championship bouts. Notable fights include:
2005 – Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo
2008 – Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar DeLa Hoya
2010 – Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones, Jr. II
2012 – Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto
2014 – Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo
World Championship fights include:
2014 – Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II
2015 – Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury
Nevada Athletic Commission – 2000 – Present
Aurelia Abena Attipoe
Dr. John Saviour Yaw Eleblu
Dr. Eleblu holds a PhD degree in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Paris Sud, Orsay in France where he learnt how to speak French and became aware of French Culture. He was trained as an Agriculturist at the undergraduate level with specialization in Crop Science at the University of Ghana. At the post-graduate level, he specialized in Genetics and Breeding at the University of Ghana. He won the African Scientist Award and served as a Visiting Research Scientist under the African Research Fellowship of the Institute for Genomic Diversity (IGD), Cornell University where he managed a research project on the genetic contributions of PINNOID genes in Maize plant and kernel architecture development (Cornell University, 2007 – 2008). In 2014, After John was awarded the PhD in France, John worked as a post-doctoral scientist in the lab of his PhD supervisor, Dr. Abdelhafid Bendahmane. His post-doctoral studies involved analysis of gene expression to understand the molecular basis of parthenocarpy (seedlessness) in tomatoes at the famous Crop Genomics laboratory (located at INRA, URGV in France).
Before leaving Ghana for studies at Institute for Genomic Diversity in the USA, John helped in the development of the curriculum and the innovative 5-year Plant Breeding programme, the re-design of an abandoned house that later served as the offices and lecture rooms of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI). Upon his return to Ghana in 2014, he was appointed a Visiting Scientist at the WACCI. In February 2015, John became a Lecturer at the Biotechnology Centre, University of Ghana where he continues to teach and impact the next generation of future leaders, the youth. Currently, John is the Coordinator of Research Programmes, Francophone Africa for WACCI. As a scientist John has contributed to the publication of scientific research works in internationally recognized journals with a book chapter to his credit. He has aided in the wining of four grants at WACCI. He has personally also won four outstanding grants/fellowships [USDA Norman Borlaug Fellowship, Alcorn State University, 2016; French Government Scholarships, France 2009; University of Ghana Faculty Development Grant, 2009; African Scientist Fellowship Programme, Cornell University (IGD) 2007] that have greatly aided and quickened his career development and progression. Dr. Eleblu has been involved in the establishment of WACCI as a world class African Centre of Excellence in training Plant Breeders and Seed Scientists. As the Coordinator in charge of Resource Mobilisation, Partnerships and Visibility of WACCI in 2015, John led the development of a Centre commissioned 10-year Resource Mobilisation Strategic Plan currently functional at the Centre. He was also part of the drafting of a 5-year Strategic Action Plan for WACCI. John was instrumental in the structuring, planning and the development of the curriculum and academic programmes and a review of the facilities for the newly launched Eastern University of Sustainable Development in Somanya, Eastern Region of Ghana.
The genetic improvement of crops is a pivotal issue for the fight against food insecurity in Africa if the continent is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Having been trained to use the techniques of Biotechnology in crop improvement, I have set out to help develop tools for the genetic enhancement of crops through the use of chemical mutagenesis complemented by genomic approaches and advance phenotyping. Collaborative efforts will aid the development of my research themes in the area of:
- Genetic improvement and breeding of cucurbits
Legume and Cereal breeding for higher productivity and nutrient content