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Board of Directors

AEDE Board of Directors

Alexander Peal – Chairman

Alexander Peal – Chairman

About our Chairman

Alexander Louis Peal is a Liberian conservationist who won the prestigious international Goldman Environmental Prize in 2000 for his efforts to protect and preserve the biodiversity and natural heritage of his home country Liberia. Since the mid-1970s, Alexander Peal, has been a primary champion of that nation’s forest conservation and wildlife preservation efforts. As president of the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL), an organization he founded in 1986, Peal heads the country’s first and only non-governmental environmental onservation group. Peal’s first major achievement in conservation work occurred a year after Liberia’s Forestry Development
Authority was created in 1976. The agency was charged with the management and protection of Liberia’s forests. Peal organized the agency’s Wildlife and National Parks section and then led the unit from 1977 until 1990. In 1983, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), he organized the creation of Sapo National Park, Liberia’s first and only national park. He then spearheaded efforts to draft and enact the country’s wildlife and national park laws, and was responsible for Liberia’s ratification of
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Peal returned to Monrovia in 1998 where he is now working to resume the country’s conservation activities. Thanks to his efforts, in November 1999, the Liberian Senate ratified the United Nations’ agreement on
biodiversity.


Amelia A. Ward – Co-Chairman

Amelia A. Ward – Co-Chairman

About our Co-Chairman

Madam Ward is a Development Economist with many years of professional working experience. Madam Ward served in many positions at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. These positions were the following: Director, Economic Cooperation and External Assistance Coordinator;
Economic Cooperation and Integration; Senior Research Officer for Economic Cooperation, Research Officer; Planning Officer, Statistician
of the Miscellaneous Statistics Division, and Statistician for Coding and verification, Foreign Trade Division. She served as Governor or Alternative Governor for Liberia for the African Development Bank (AfDB), World Bank, ECOW-Mano River Union (MRU) Ministerial Council Meeting ECOWAS Ministerial Meeting etc. She rose form the level of technician to the level of Minister on the Ministerial council in the MRU and ECOWAS. She also served as Focal Person for International Cooperation dealing with international partners, as well as the UN System, eg: UNDP, UNFPA, UNCEF, and UNIFEM now UN Women etc. she significantly contributed to raising the UNICEF Liberia from a program headed by a Program Officer under the supervision of UNICEF Ivory Coast to a full-fledged UN Agency headed by a resident Representative now referred to as Country Director. Madam Ward is a strong advocate for women’s rights and equality and was very instrumental in the establishment
of various women organizations, including the Ministry of Gender and Development. She underwent several women leadership trainings including Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution, and Peace and security and trained other women. She served as Focal Person for the Mano River Women Peace Network (MARWOPNET)- Liberia) for many years. She is presently 2nd regional Vice President. Under MARWOPNET’s election program,
she participated and led observation teams in Election held in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. From training received she trained other women to participate in the electoral process. Her involvements in the process enable her to work closely with the National Election Commission (NEC) in the three countries, particularly Liberia.


Samuel W. Thompson – Member

Samuel W. Thompson – Member

About Mr. Samuel W. Thompson

Summary of Experience:

Banking/financing and monitoring of commercial and investment banking activities in Liberia, West and Central Africa, capable of working effectively as a part of a multinational/multicultural team; Strong organizational, leadership, and coordination skills with ability to adapt easily to new environment.

Education:

Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Syracuse University and a BA degree in Economics from the University of Liberia

Work Experience:

Co-founder and former Executive Director of ÆDE and is currently owner of Miyamoto International Liberia.  He has served as former Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Member of the Board of Governors and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Deputy Managing Director of Ecobank Development Corporation in Ghana which evolved into Ecobank Capital, and Vice President – Citibank, N. A. in Abidjan, la Côte d’Ivoire.


John Yedeba Brownell – Member

John Yedeba Brownell – Member

About Mr. John Yedeba Brownell

Summary of Experience:

Knowledgeable and detail-oriented Business Management Leader; proven track record in managing global business budget and operations while driving critical project initiatives. Experienced leader recognized for building strong business/community relationships while leveraging superior financial management and personnel negotiations focused on cost containment strategies to achieve project success. Skilled in impacting the visibility, profitability, and performance of the project through orchestration of industry intelligence and project positioning.

Education:

Master of Arts degree with emphasis in Leadership from the Augsburg College located in Minnesota, the USA in 2005. He holds a BSc in Management Information Systems with distinction (Cum Laude) from National American University, Minnesota, the USA IN 2003. Prior to that Mr. Brownell earned a BSc. in Economics from the Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Bong County, Liberia. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in Leadership Education at the St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, USA.

Work Experience:

Deputy Executive Director, General Manager, Programs Development/Implementation and Supervision, AEDE; Business Development Manager, WUDARBO/USADF; President/CEO for SERAB Corporation and SEBPA Mines; Vice President / Recruitment, Eagle Employment Inc., Minneapolis; Computer Analyst; Teksystems/3M, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Assistant Minister of Finance / Debt and Expenditure – LNTG, Monrovia, Liberia.

Patrick T.G. Alix – Member

Patrick T.G. Alix – Member

About Mr. Patrick T.G. Alix

Patrick Alix has provided support to ÆDE right from its inception in 2006, when at the time he was a Program Manager for Oxfam GB in Liberia. He is married to a Liberian and presently lives with their three children in France. Patrick is currently serving as a Senior External Auditor in the International Public Sector. Prior to that, Patrick was on the on the Audit Board of the European Space Agency. He was also Chief of mission at the French Supreme Audit Institution (Cour des comptes), and was in charge of external performance and financial audits of international organizations such as OECD, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization, UNESCO and the International Criminal Court. He has also been an active participant of the United Nations Panel of External Auditors. Whilst working for Oxfam GB, Patrick designed, fundraised and implemented projects in the fields of economic development and employment creation in the sectors of education, agriculture and environmental health, funded by the World Bank, DFID, the European Commission and UNDP. Patrick coordinated emergency response and disaster preparedness programs in Central America and the Caribbean for Oxfam GB. Responsibilities included coordination of approximately 10 country-operations, preparing strategies and developing policies. He set up, implemented and led the support functions (Finance, Human Resources, Logistics and IT) and internal control systems during large-scale first phase emergencies following a natural disaster. Patrick is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University and a BA (Hons) in Economic and Social History at Liverpool University. Patrick is the owner of PTGA Capital Ltd, which is a co-owner of DMP Inc. (33% share) and promoter of ÆDE Microfinance Company Inc.

Esther Paegar – Executive Director

Executive Director

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Paegar has been the Executive Director of the Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (ÆDE) since 2008. Under her aegis, several concept notes, project proposals, surveys and projects have been developed, implemented, supervised and monitored for a number of international and national organizations, including the World Bank, Oxfam GB, European Union, the International Labor Organization, and Shorebank USA. She was instrumental in the formation of two women led cooperatives, comprising of disadvantaged, underprivileged, grassroots, women and girls from slum communities around Monrovia. Prior to ascending to that post, she was the Deputy Executive Director responsible for Programs Development, Project Implementation and Supervision for ÆDE and Business Development Officer of Wudarbo, Inc, a not-for-profit affiliate of (ÆDE).

Education:

Mrs. Paegar holds an MSc. in Computer Systems Applications from the American University, Washington, D.C.; a BSc in Business Administration from Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Bong County, Liberia; Diploma, Economic and Social Policy Consulting, The Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, Beijing, China; a Certificate in NGOs Management & Development, Galilee International Institute of Management, Nahala, Israel; two certificates and a diploma in Public Procurement from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, United Kingdom. She has over fifteen years field and management experience related to donor funded projects and has worked in fourteen (14) of the fifteen (15) political sub-divisions of Liberia.

Work Experience:

Ms. Paegar’s other previous work experience include Team Leader for the European Union’s Small Scale Project Scheme, implemented by a French Company, LINPICO (ex Geomar International); Deputy Managing Director, CENFOD (May 2006 to May 2007); National Coordinator / Team Leader of the UNDP/UNOPS Micro Credit Project in Liberia (2003 to 2005); Database Specialist/Field Monitor, UNDESA Microcredit Program (1998 to 2001); Vice President, Credit & Marketing, National Housing & Savings Bank (1993 to 1995); Acting President (1993); Assistant Vice President, Credit & Marketing, National Housing & Savings Bank (1991 to 1992), Manager, Data Processing Department, National Housing & Savings Bank (1987 to 1991)