Learn more about our staff below, or learn about our founding story.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kailan is a native of Tamale, who holds 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 and have volunteered as a Management Consultant with SME and with Challenge Worldwide and International Service. Kailan is passionate about skills training and employment and working towards self-sufficiency and economic growth.
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 as a trainer 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 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.
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 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.