Board of Directors
Mrs. Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo is an experienced Ghanaian Public Health Nurse, a midwife and a social worker with an unwavering passion for upholding the rights and well-being of the vulnerable, especially women and children. Her career objective has been to manage an organization with the ultimate aim of uplifting the image of women and girls through transformational processes that will empower and put them in the lime light of social development and decision making. Cecilia’s “passion is to see a stronger and sustainable CSO platform in Africa, very independent representing the voices of underserved and marginalized in society, advocating for social justice, gender-based violence and gender programming, transparency and social accountability to our people.”
She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health, Studying Social and Bahavioural Sciences at the University of Ghana, Legon. In 1984, she enrolled at the Holy Family Hospital Nursing Training School where she was certified as a State Registered Nurse.In a bid to better contribute her quota to the reproductive health of women, she studied midwifery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, after which she was certified as a State Registered Midwife in 1990. Cecilia is also a certified Public Health Nurse after undergoing a one-year training programme at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. In 2002, Cecilia enrolled at the University of Ghana for her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology. By dint of hard work and dedication, she completed the programme in 2004. She also holds an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Ghana and professional certificates in HIV/AIDS Management and Gender and Development from the University of California and GIMPA respectively.
Cecilia is skilled in national and international advocacy, gender programming and has over 25 years expertise in NGO management, Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) strategies and interventions, psychosocial counseling, HIV and AIDS programming, competency-based trainings, participatory learning for action with strong advocacy skills, project development and implementation. She has worked on numerous successful state and multinational funded social interventions designed to bring relief to the lives of the vulnerable across the country. Cecilia’s special interest areas include training and workshop facilitation, social and resource mobilization, women empowerment programmes, Gender mainstreaming, HIV and AIDS, gender and girls’ education, advocacy, designing and managing people oriented programmes as well as research for evidence-based programming.
She was the National Vice Chairperson of the Coalition of NGOs in Health and a founding member of the MamaYe MNH Advocacy Coalition in Ghana. As the founder and Executive Director of HFFG, Cecilia is very committed to achieving results, building excellent teams with clear goals and objectives. Under her leadership, HFFG has spread out into many corners of the country identifying and addressing social needs of many women, youth, children and families. Cecilia served as the President of the Society of Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) between 2004 and 2009 where she successfully led professionals and activists to work towards curtailing the spread of the disease and its social impact on communities and families.
Mrs. Donkoh is the Chair of the Board. She studied nursing / midwifery and Tropical Diseases Medicine in the United Kingdom. A lifelong family planning advocate, Ms. Donkoh is a qualified nurse practitioner who is a key actor in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ghana.
As a trained reproductive health specialist, she has been involved in both clinical and programmatic work. She has worked for high profile reproductive health focused organisations such as West Cheshire Group of Hospitals (UK), Shroddells Maternity hospital (now known as Watford Maternity hospital), Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the Christian Council of Ghana, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), University of Ghana – School of Nursing and Marie Stopes International Ghana (MSIG). She has also had work experience in Ghana, Kenya and Jarkarta in the Indonesia. She is also a certified marriage counsellor trained by Christian Council of Ghana
Rev. Nyako is a Reproductive Health and Organisational Development Specialist. Since 1999, he has been involved in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Programme Management and Institutional and organisational capacity building of reproductive health institutions
As a highly self-motivated and results-oriented person, Rev. Nyarko has over the years provided leadership for increasing program effectiveness, organisational impact and sustainability, through institutional and management capacity development among several government, non-government and international development agencies. These include the Ghana AIDS Commission, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, JICA, IPPF, SNV, ILO, IOM, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nubeke Foundation, FHI360, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, ActionAid, DFID, GTZ, the Ghana Network of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (NAP+), and the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health.
Mrs. Lucy Owusu-Darko nee Osei-Ntem, is the Executive Director of the Youth Support Foundation. She is an experienced Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in international development. Skilled in non-profit organisations, project development and management, and coaching, Mrs. Darko is also an astute and experienced trainer. She is a strong consulting professional with an Executive Management Course from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.
Mrs. Lucy Owusu-Darko received her first degree at the University of Cape Coast and followed up later with her Master’s degree in Population Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She has pursued a post-graduate Certificate in Project Management and Gender Education from the University of Sussex, England and an Advanced Management Course at Wharton’s Arresty Institute of Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania USA.
She is a Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV Advocacy Specialist and has more than 30 years experience in policy dialogue and development on gender and reproductive health issues. With her wealth of experience in advocacy, Lucy has engaged extensively as a Consultant providing technical support and capacity building of different categories of people, including women’s groups and organisations on advocacy skills and also women’s leadership. The organisations include, UNFPA New York, UNFPA Ghana, Plan USA, CEDPA USA, Futures Group, Ghana AIDS Commission, Johns Hopkins University and Opportunities Industrialization Centres International (OICI)
Ms. Anku is a positive, proactive and results-driven professional with a background in Accountancy and auditing. She is a Chartered Accountant and has skills in preparing books of accounts for all types of organisations and is experienced in auditing business and activities of NGOs, helping small scale organisations keep proper books of accounts, budgeting and cash flow preparation for funds sourcing as well as developing accounting manuals, business plan and salary scales. She is the Global Assurance Senior at Plan International West Africa and had previously taken on roles as the Operations Support Manager and Country Internal Auditor for Plan Ghana.
From 1986 to 1997, Ms. Anku served as the Audit Manager for the State Enterprises Audit Corporation where she led a team to Leading team of auditors to audit and prepare final accounts of State Enterprises for the Government and for publication. Prior to this, she had worked with in the finance departments of Deloitte & Touche, Ghana Airways Corportation, the IBM World Trade Corporation White Plains in New York.
Ms. Nancy Ansah is a native of Larteh Akuapem. In 1997, she gained admission to the University of Ghana, Legon, where she studied English and Russian Languages. After her National Service as a Teaching Assistant at the Russian department, University of Ghana, she gained admission to read MPhil in International Affairs at the Legon Centre for International Affairs, where she researched into gender in international politics. She worked briefly with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) Ghana and then in 2007 joined Regent University College of Science and Technology, McCarthy Hill, Accra, as a Public Relations Manager.By 2013, Nancy had risen through the ranks to become the Registrar of the University College. Nancy became the Vice President of SWAA Ghana in 2006-2010 and President from 2010-2014.
Nancy is the Secretary to the Regent University Council, a member of the University Council of Mountcrest University College and a member of the Advisory Board of the Kayayei Association. She is a member of the Methodist church Ghana and a leader in her Society-Grace Methodist Church, Sakaman, Accra. In addition to BA in English and Russian languages and MPhil, Nancy holds MBA in Management Information Systems. She is now a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, UK researching into the role of women rights advocacy groups in reproductive health policy formulation and implementation in Ghana. Nancy is a conference speaker, a reproductive health and gender advocate and an educational administrator.