Board of Directors
Mmofra’s all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of professionals who have general oversight of our programs, development planning and fund raising. We are fortunate to have retained several board members who personally knew our founder or are closely acquainted with her work and vision.
Esi Sutherland-Addy is associate director of the African Humanities Institute Program at the University of Ghana. She has held portfolios as Deputy Minister in Higher Education, Culture and Tourism. Esi has conducted studies in various aspects of education for the governments of Ghana, Namibia, Ethiopia as well as UNESCO, UNICEF and the Commonwealth. She is also a member of the Forum for African Women Educationalists and the African Literature Association. Esi is our board secretary and the supervisor of our programs. She loves to dance!
Nana Becky Ayebia Clarke is a Ghanaian-born publisher currently resident in the UK. A graduate of the University of Oxford, she was Submissions Editor of the highly acclaimed Heinemann African and Caribbean Writers Series for 12 years where she published and promoted prominent writers and Nobel Prize winning authors. She founded Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited with her husband David in 2003. Nana Ayebia was awarded an Honorary MBE on the Queen’s New Year Honours List in 2010 for her services to the UK publishing industry.
Nii Osah Mills is a senior lawyer in Ghana and a past president of the Ghana Bar Association. Nii Osah Mills developed an interest in child rights from the 1980s, serving on the legal sub-committee of the Ghana National Commission on Children. He is currently a human rights activist with specialized skills in child rights and a consultant to the Department of Children in the Ministry of Women and Children and to the Ghana office of UNICEF. He also serves as chair of the Child Research Centre in Accra.
Chris Reindorf is an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Accra. He currently serves as the chairperson of our board. Amongst other interests, his company, CRA Ltd, has been a successful local distributor of educational materials for children including LEGO, DUPLO, and several overseas book publishers. In addition, Chris has for many years been a very strong promoter of training for early childhood educators. A long-time Rotarian, he is committed to active, hands-on community engagement.
Amowi S. Phillips serves as our international representative, commuting between Ghana and her current base in Spokane, USA, where she is an adjunct professor at Whitworth University. A lawyer by profession, she authored the first collation of laws on children in Ghana and was an early advocate of legal aid for women and children. She has been the driving force behind several of our signature initiatives, including the language club, the book collection, the Bell Photo Archive, and currently the Mmofra Centre project. In addition, she has designed and produced two audio books for us.
Karen Akiwumi Tanoh is a chartered accountant. She has worked with Ecobank since 1990 as Financial Controller, Chief Investment Officer, Managing Director of Ecobank – Sierra Leone and currently Project Manager, Ecobank Transnational Inc. in Angola. Before that, she worked as a Consultant/Audit Manager of Jarvis Irving in New York, USA and for Coopers and Lybrand in Manchester, UK . Her interests include languages, literature, history, and education.
Ralph Sutherland, an architect and artist, is an honorary member of the Board and the project lead for our Playtime in Africa design team.
John Budu Afful has been our administrative assistant from the beginning, as well as our accounts manager. He holds a degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Ghana as well as a certificate in Valuation. He is also chief of Gomoa Onyadze near Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana. As Nana Kobina Gurah IV, he serves in many capacities on the Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Council.
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