TEERE Board Members

Sumaila S. Saaka

Board Chair

Sumaila holds an MSc in Public Health from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and a Diploma in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). He has about 20 years’ experience in development communication, training, public health, and quantitative and qualitative social science research methods. About ten years journalism career with the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

Sumaila previously worked as an Independent Hygiene Behaviour Change Advisor to the former US-based Academy for Educational Development (AED)/ Center for Global Health Communication and Marketing. From March 2007 – October 2008, he served as USAID/ARD/AED-Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP) Regional Hygiene Behaviour Change Specialist (Consultant) to the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI)/Ghana Partners. Sumaila is currently an independent development consultant. He brings his many years of experience in development work across many sectors and organizational development to the board leadership.

Christiana Akpilima-Atibil


She has several years of professional experience in the public and private nonprofit sectors, in international development, and in academia. She received her MA in French Language & Literature from Purdue University, USA, where she also received an MA in Political Science, with specializations in Public Policy, Public Administration, and Women’s Studies. She equally holds a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), with a specialization in Nonprofit Management.

Dr. Akpilima-Atibil earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, USA. Her international development experience includes her tenure as the Staff Liaison for Sub-Saharan Africa at Kiwanis International, a US-based international voluntary service organization, where she was responsible for coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the organization’s clubs and programs in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. Her most recent position was with the Northern Development Authority (NDA) (formerly known as the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA)), where she was the Director for Research, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (RPMS&E) from 2016-2018. She has since retired from public service.
She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations and the Journal of International Politics and Development. Her areas of expertise include African civil society and nonprofit organizational development, philanthropic institutions, and local resource mobilization, among others.

Ephraim Nsoh Avea


Professor Avea Nsoh is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TEERE. He has a PhD in linguistics and a B.A Linguistics and French. As a University don, he has 25 years’ experience in teaching, research, university administration, academic counselling, academic leadership and mentoring of young academics. Again as a former minister of state, he has gained extensive insights into government particularly local governance and a very good understanding of development work. In development work has led the implementation of several community development projects both TEERE, government, at the community and the University. As a result Professor Nsoh, has worldwide networking in the academia, government and the development world. He has hands-on practical experience in strategic planning, some investment training skills, and a commitment to developing the creative potential of young people. Revitalising, preserving and promoting Ghanaian and African cultures and languages are a serious concern to him.
Professor Avea is married to Ms Alice Aniah. Ms Aniah is a school counsellor at the Winneba West circuit in the Central region. We have three wonderful children: Ataabasum Patience, Avea-Avea Prosper and Asira-Soh Avebire Avea.

Destina Samani


Destina Samani has about eight years of corporate board and advisory experience with organisations in diverse industries. She has spent nearly twenty years in community mobilisation, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and eco-tourism and conservation management in the West African sub-region. She is noted for her innovative thinking and personal drive during her time with WaterAid and Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) among others. Perhaps, Destina is most cited for her lead role in facilitating the decision of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female President, to take up the role as the goodwill ambassador for Water and Sanitation in Africa.

Now, Destina is a West Africa Regional Specialist of the United States Forest Service – International Program (USFS-IP). Up until then, she was the Director for the Sustainable and Thriving Environment for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD) Program, also a creation of the US Government and implemented in the Mano River Union Member States (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and, Cote d’ivoire). With an MS in International Conservation and Development and a post graduate Diploma in Project Management, Destina is a believer in grassroots action and the power of community development.
She is pleased to lend her support to the sustainable growth and development of TEERE

Felicia Esinam Pufaa


She holds a PhD in Social Studies from UEW, MSc. Development Planning and Management from (KNUST) Kumasi; B. A. Integrated Development Studies-UDS, Post Graduate Diploma in Education-UDS and several Certificates in Planning, education, Leadership, Financial Management, among others. She is a Development Specialist and a Social Epidemiologist with Fifteen years extensive experience of working in academia, national and international Non-Governmental Organizations including Oxfam. She has held varied positions and consulted for several organizations in the area of Research, Child Nutrition, Child Labour, Maternal and child Health, Women Empowerment and Grant Monitoring. Esinam is currently a Lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Department of Social and Business Education, Wa Campus and an Independent Consultant. She has published articles in Shea Butter Production and Financing, Mentoring Student Teachers, among others

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TEERE started initially as a non-registered community mobilization organization. It provided remedial education, counseled youth on educational opportunities and facilitated the admission of many others. Starting 2011, it has been working with low-income...

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