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Our Team


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Our Team


 
 
 
 

OUR TEAM


 

Learn more about our staff below, or learn about our founding story.

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SHANNEN O'BRIAN
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For the majority of her adult life, Shannen has been working to solve gender inequality, specifically in Ghana’s northern region.  Upon seeing the corruption, inefficiency, and lack of participation of people living in poverty in development, she decided to start a charity dedicated to transparency that would include the views of young marginalized women in its program design. Based on this mandate, Create Change was founded in 2008.  Read more of Shannen and Create Change’s founding story here.

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JESSE CATHCART
PROJECT MANAGER

With a passion for design and a diverse background working with government, in the construction sector, and as a policy analyst for non-profits, Jesse Cathcart assists in turning programs and enterprise concepts into reality.  Jesse has an aptitude for designing systems that ensure the smooth implementation of programs and enterprises based on his extensive experience working with our team in Ghana

 
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Our Team in Ghana


Our Team in Ghana


 
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CARINA KANBI
COUNTRY DIRECTOR

Carina Kanbi joined us in 2018 to take up the post of Create Change Ghana’s  Country Director.  Over the past five years Carina has managed and coordinated skills partnership programmes across the world. Working with further education colleges, sector skills councils, awarding bodies and employers, Carina has coordinated more than 50 skills projects supporting TVET development and innovation. Carina holds a Master’s of Science in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, and is passionate about youth skill development, job creation and inclusion within West Africa.  

ZAKARIA SHAIBU
HEAD OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Zak is the Finance and Administration Director for Create Change in Ghana, and is in charge of ensuring every donor dollar is spent efficiently and correctly. His passion has always been for his work in finance to help people climb out of poverty and he has a strong track record of assisting organizations stand out among their peers in the area of fund management.  

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RUKA YARO DELIMAN
RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Ruka is in charge of Create Change’s Rural Community Development department and has mentored over 5,000 youth in career guidance, business development and leadership. She holds a degree in Integrated Development Studies from University for Development Studies and has worked with organizations like ACDI/VOCA – Zambia, CAMFED and Northern Girl Initiative (NGI). Ruka participated in the maiden edition of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Fellowship, 2014. She is the National Chairperson for Camfed Alumni, Ghana.

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YVONNE PETERS ASAMONING
GIRLS EDUCATION OFFICER

Yvonne is currently the Girls Education Officer at Create Change. She is an advocate for education who has for the past three years worked to create opportunities where young people can thrive. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ghana, an Alumni of Teach for Ghana and an Alumni of Global Girls Education Fellowship.

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KAILAN ABDULAI MOHAMMED
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kailan is a native of Tamale, who holds a Higher National Diploma in Accounting at the Tamale Polytechnic and a level 5 management Consultancy Certificate. He is very passionate about entrepreneurship and business development. Kailan volunteered as a Management Consultant with SME, Challenge Worldwide and International Citizen Service. Kailan is passionate about skills training, employment and working towards self-sufficiency and economic growth.

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ABDULAI ALFRED BOHIMDIMBANDA
CAFÉ AND BAKERY SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MANAGER

Abdulai A. Bohimdimbanda, Create Change’s cafe and bakery manager is a caterer by training and holds a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management from the Tamale Technical University. He has worked in the hospitality industry in different capacities for over ten years. Before joining Create Change Alfred was teaching for the Ghana Education Service. He has worked for World Vision, USAID,  Electoral Commission of Ghana, Bonvi Ghana and VectorLink.

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GANIU ABDUL
BAKING & CULINARY ARTS TRAINING MANAGER

Abdul Ganiu is in charge of Create Change's culinary and bakery training programs.  He holds a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management from Tamale Technical University where he finished first in his class and has experience of working in the catering industry within Tamale.  Ganiu’s passion is to see people excel through technical skills and his focus is to ensure that every student leaves Create Change ready to lead and also to promote the value of technical and vocational career pathways.

MARY DRAMANI
ASSISTANT FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (PROGRAMS)

Mary has worked with Create Change for many years, initially as an intern with the Girls’ Education program.  She now holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and plays an important role bridging the gap between the Girls' Education program and finance department, ensuring girls receive support when discussing tough topics like financial aid.  

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GLADYS SHAIBU
ASSISTANT FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (SOCIAL ENTERPRISE)

Gladys is one of the participants from Create Change's “For our Daughters” Vancouver Speaking tour in 2011.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance from the University for Development Studies and is now overseeing the financial management Create Change's Social Enterprises.  Once a sponsored student herself, Gladys has a passion to help girls get to be educated like her.

 

MEET OUR GHANA YOUTH TEAM 

 Meet the inspiring young women who are leading Create Change’s programs in Ghana, empowering rural communities and girls living in poverty to help themselves, their families and communities to climb out of extreme poverty.