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 Jim Niquette, Founder / Board Member / Managing Director

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Jim Niquette worked for the Carter Center from 2002 to Sept. 2011 as a consultant with the Guinea Worm Eradication Program and then as Country Director for Ghana from 2006 until 2011. Ghana was the first Country in Sub Saharan Africa to bring Trachoma below levels recommended by the WHO for antibiotic distribution.  It also eradicated guinea worm during his period as Country Director, reducing cases from 4,282 in 2006 to 0 in 2011.  The last case was reported in May, 2010.  Guinea Worm and Trachoma were the only health projects the Carter Center had, so in August, 2011 he closed the Carter Center offices in Ghana and began a full time effort with WATER.  Prior to the Carter Center, he was a private business person working for a variety of technology companies, including his own in the United States and Australia for a 15 year period. During his time in technology, he was a sought after international speaker, having authored a book on converting minicomputers to Unix and LAN technology. He was also a consultant to organizations such as the New York Transit Authority, Hewlett Packard and the US State Department. His original African experience came as a result of being a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, Africa. He is the founder of W.A.T.E.R. and a graduate of Notre Dame University with a degree in Business Finance. He resides in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana.

 

 Minta Aboagye, Board Chair

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Mr. Minta Afosa Aboagye, Chairman of WATER, is an accomplished Hydrologist and Water Resources Engineer who has garnered wide experience in the water sector in Ghana.  He reitred from pulic service as the first Director of the Water Directorate of the Ministry of Water Resouces, Works and Housing in December 2010 after 34 years service in the water sector.  As the Director for Water, he was responsible for policy formulation, coordination and monitoring of WASH activities at the national level involving both bilateral and multilateral development partners, NGOs and civil society operating in the sector in Ghana.  While there, he oversaw the development of a comprehensive National Water Policy and also the Sector Strategic Development Plan. He served on many important committees including the Ghana Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GGWEP) which spearheaded the eradication of guinea worm with support from the Carter Center, UNICEF, WHO, the European Union, World Vision, Rotary International and others.  He was Ghana's representative on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Africa Ministers Conference on Water (AMCOW). He holds a bachelor degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Ghana and a Masters degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  His is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (MGhIE). He is married with one son.

 

Lamisi Mbillah, Board Member

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Lamisi Mbillah was Miss Ghana in 2005 and became the first African woman to ever be awarded the Miss World Beauty With a Purpose title at the 2006 Miss World pageant in Poland. She won the award and was named a semifinalist in the pageant as a result of her work with the Ghana Health Service, Carter Center and UNICEF in the eradication of guinea worm and promotion of the distribution of iodized salt during her reign as Miss Ghana. The award is given to the contestant who contributes the most to humanity and society during her reign. Following this she has continued to give her time to humanitarian work and in 2008 Rotary International awarded her the highest honour in the organisation as a Paul Harris fellow.  Lamisi holds a Bachelors degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Ghana.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in International Development at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom    

 

Dr. Andrew Seidu Korkor, Board Member

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Dr. Andrew Seidu Korkor, a medical doctor, is a consultant for the World Health Organization on Guinea Worm eradication.  Prior to taking on this role he was the National Program Manager for Guinea Worm eradication in Ghana, and has been working with WATER in Ghana for the past several years. He brings his considerable skillset with eradication and control of neglected tropical diseases to the WATER board. Ghana announced the break in transmission of guinea worm in July, 2011, a feat accomplished under the leadership of Dr. Korkor as Program Manager. His addition is consistent with WATER's desire to couple the provision of water and sanitation with disease control.  

 

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