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Management Team

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)

John Yedeba Brownell – Deputy Executive Director for Programs & Implementation

Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Implementation

John Y. 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.

Samuel W. Thompson – Senior Consultant

Senior Consultant

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.

Roosevelt G. Jayjay

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Research/Training/Public Administration/ Economic Management/Political Specialist/Local governance & decentralization specialist/Public Policy Expert.

Education:

Master of Science, Public Affairs (Public Services Management and Policy Planning), University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Cuttington.

Work Experience:

National Program Director, National Decentralization Implementation Secretariat (NDIS), Ministry of Internal Affairs, Liberia; Associate Vice President, Cuttington University Graduate School and Professional Studies for Academic Affairs; Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Republic of Liberia; Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia; also served as Deputy Chief of Mission, and on numerous occasions, as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Special Representative; CEO/National Director, Habitat for Humanity Liberia, a subsidiary of Habitat for Humanity International-South Africa and USA; National Project Officer UNDP/UNOPS Project LIR-99/001-Capacity Building for Economic Management; Assistant Professor of Public Administration, University of Liberia; Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Liberia; Vice Chairman and Chairman, Board of Director Liberia Telecommunications Corporation; Director of Local Administration Programs, Liberia Institute of Public Administration with oversight for Ministry of Internal Affairs Activities.

Adanta Q. Lymas

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Research/Training/Public Administration/Management/Political Specialist/Local governance & decentralization specialist/Public Policy Expert.

Education:

MPA, Univ of California, Sacramento; Diploma, HR Management, Univ. of Sussex Brighton;
Master, Dev Planning & Management, Univ. of Jose; Diploma, Public Personnel Admin, Calif State Personnel Board, Calif.

Work Experience:

Chairperson, Department of Public Administration, Cuttington University Graduate School, Monrovia, Liberia; Consultant: Governance Commission/MIA, Monrovia, Conduct Local Revenue Assessment for Local Government
in Liberia- A survey commissioned GC & MIA to undertake a nationwide local revenue assessment exercise in all fifteen counties of Liberia aimed at building a stronger Liberia through sustainable fiscal decentralization in the country; Consultant: Liberia Revenue Authority Formation Office, Ministry of Planning, Monrovia, Liberia-Developed the HR systems needed for the LRA and establish the HR Department of the Authority; Consultant: UNDP/MIA Developed the Communications Strategy and the First Year Work Plan for the Five-Year Liberia Decentralization Implementation Program; Consultant: Ministry of Internal Affairs R.L, Monrovia, Liberia Developed the 5-year Liberia Decentralization Implementation Plan for the Republic of Liberia; Consultant: Governance Commission, Monrovia, Liberia, Research on “The Financial and Administrative Implications of Civil Service Decentralization

Sizi Subah

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Agronomy/Researcher/Trainer/ Professor/Evaluator able to work effectively as a part of a multinational/multicultural team; strong organizational, leadership, and coordination skills with ability to adapt easily to new environment.

Education:

Ph.D. Plant Breeding, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA; M.Sc. Plant Breeding, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA; B.Sc. General Agriculture, University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia.

Work Experience:

He is the immediate past Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Liberia where he served from June 2010 – Jan 2017. Prior to that he served as General Manager/Senior Consultant, Greenstar Inc. which was involved in providing Improved Rice, Maize and Cowpeas Seed Production, Community Agricultural Production and Development and Advisory Services in Liberia. Other positions held are General Manager/Senior Consultant, Greenstar Inc. – Agro-Consultants, Liberia; Mar 2002 – June 2010; Associate Consultant, Subah-Belleh Associates, Management Consultants, Monrovia; Jan 2002 – May 2010; TCDC Lead Consultant and Facilitator – FAO/FSCA Liberia: TOT Training for DAOs and CACs as Farmer field School Facilitators: February 24 – March 7, 2009; TCDC Consultant – FAO/OPeH (Pulukpeh) Liberia: TOT Training for Peri-Urban and Women, Women and Youth in Agriculture: Dec 8 – 22, 2008; Agriculture Program Manager, World Vision Liberia: July 1, 1999 – December 31, 2001; Deputy Agriculture Manager, World Vision Liberia: November 15, 1997 – July 30, 1999; Senior Associate Consultant; TADBOK Associate; July 1995 – November 14, 1997; General Manager, National Lumber Corporation; Liberia: 1988 – 1992; General Manager, Inland Products Enterprises; Liberia: 1989 – 1995; Board of Trustees; West African Rice Development Association (WARDA), Bouake, La Code D’Ivoire: 1987 – 1993; Agricultural Consultant; Subah-Belleh Associates, Monrovia, Liberia; August 1988 – 1990; Department Head; Crop Science and Propagation Department Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Suakoko, Liberia: 1980 – 1988; Visiting Instructor; College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia: Second Semesters – 1982, 1988; Graduate Research Assistant; Maize Breeding, Agronomy Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA: January 1980 – August 1980; Research Fellow; Cereal Improvement Program, IITA, Ibadan, NIGERIA: August 1978 – December 1979; Graduate Research Assistant; Maize Breeding, Agronomy Department, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA: August 1975 – July 1978; Research Assistant; Central Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), Suakoko, Liberia: December 1974 – July 1975.

Francis Trent Wayne

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Public Sector Management/Financial Management; Monitoring and Evaluation/Administration/Educational Administration.

Education:

(M. Phil) (Educational Administration), Cuttington University of Graduate School of Professional Studies Monrovia, Liberia 2007; (BSc), General Science (Science Education) with Emphasis in Chemistry, Cuttington University College, Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia 1988.

Work Experience:

1.Policy Analyst/Consultant, Governance Commission, May 2015-April 2016; Consultant/Coordinator for the Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (AEDE), Margibi County, Global Partnership for Education (GPE) School, October 7-December 7, 2014; Lead Consultant, development of a Long Term (2013-2017) Local Capacity (Human Resource) Development Strategy for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Liberia Decentralization Support Program, August- December 2013; Short term Consultant, Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (AEDE), study commissioned by the Liberia Monitoring and Evaluation Program (LMEP) with support from USAID, July- September, 2013; Assistant Consultant, Development of Teacher Career Ladder Structure and Processes for Liberian Teachers, Liberia Teacher Training Program (LTTP), Ministry of Education with support from USAID from July- October 2012; .Research Consultant, (ÆDE), First African Governance Report on Elections, Management of Diversity in Liberia, April –July 2012; Short-term Consultant/National Researcher, Columbia Group of Children in Adversity (CGCA), Co-authored, Liberia Education Reform Report for the 58th Annual meeting of the West African Examination March 2010; Editor of Supplementary Readers for Grade 1-6 for Public Primary Schools in Liberia, February – March 2010; Consultant, World Bank assigned to the Ministry of Education, Instruction for the Liberia Primary Education Recovery Program (L-PERP) August 2008- March 2010; Director for Policy, Ministry of Gender and Development, Monrovia, Liberia, May-August m 2008;

Maxwell Nimely

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Researcher, Certified Trainer, Instructor, Evaluator able to work effectively as a part of a multinational/multicultural team; strong organizational, leadership, and coordination skills with ability to adapt easily to new environment.

Education:

MSc in Public Health from Cuttington University Graduate School; BSc in Biology & Chemistry, Cuttington University.

Work Experience:

Junior Researcher, AEDE; Research Consultant, AEDE; Certified International Finance Corporation Business Edge Trainer.

George Willington Cooke

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Specialized in Financial, Business Administration Management and planning and Administration of Public Health. Equipped with Programming, Leadership, Logistics, Communication, Inter-personal Negotiation and Managerial skills. Have adequate exposure and training in humanitarian principles, right based programming, fund raising, proposal writing and analysis; have ample experience in Rights Based Integrated Programs Development and Evaluation; possess adequate experience in Industrial Relations and knowledge of work laws and ethics in diverse work places. Experience in supply chain management and deliveries methodologies.

Education:

Bachelor of Business Administration (BSc), Cuttington University College, 1981, Suacoco, Bong County; post graduate Diploma in Financial Management, University of Connecticut, Institute of Public, Service, 1987; Master of Public Health (planning and administration (MPH), University of Hawaii, School of Public Health, 1986.

Work Experience:

Part Time Lecturer, Cuttington University Graduate School of public Health; Deputy Representative, UNICEF Malawi; Chief of Field Office, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan; Assistant Representative/Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Enugu, Nigeria; Supplies & Logistics Management Officer- Health, UNICEF, Nigeria; Officer-in-Charge, Rumbek, Zone Office, Operation Lifeline, Sudan; Field Programme Coordinator Loki Operations Lifeline Sudan; Health Officer (EPI), UNICEF, Nairobi, Kenya; Health Officer (EPI), UNICEF, Freetown; Project Officer, Health (Essential Drug Management) Monrovia, Liberia; Assistant General Management, National Drug Service, Monrovia, Liberia; Administrator, Industrial Relations, Firestone, Harbel, Liberia.

Arthur Cassell

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Has excellent Programming and Data Management skills Programming Skills: COBOL, JCL, .BAT, Visual Basic.Net, Java, and SPARC assembly language Database Skills: IDMS(DMLO & OLQ), SQL, DB2, Oracle and MS Access Basic Computer Skills: Technically proficient in MS Office Suite, Network setup and troubleshooting Software: CICS, Minitab, DBVisualizer, Toad, MS Windows (95-2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8), MS DOS, Mac OS.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, 2008; Student, Cuttington University, Suacoco, Bong County, 2002-2006.

Work Experience:

Data Manager, AEDE , NORC at The University of Chicago (USAID/GEMS) – Midterm Survey, 2014; SR Developer, IT Applications, Nationwide Insurance, 2014; Student Assistant & Orientation Leader, Undergrad Admission & International Affairs, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA; Customer Database Administrator, Partners in Empowerment.

Moses B. Jackson

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

A career program manager, researcher and statistical analyst, educator, social worker, and demonstrated achiever with exceptional knowledge in designing and operating monitoring & evaluation systems (M & E), and grant writing facilitation. He has experienced in data management, proposal design, project design, construction of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. programming, administration and finance. Has strong background in leadership, and strategic planning facilitation, and quantitative and qualitative analysis, and reporting methods.

Education:

Master of Education Leadership (Ed.M) 2009, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA 02138; Master of Education (Ms.Ed.) 2008, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mathematics & Economics, 1988,University of Liberia, Science College, Monrovia, Liberia. Specialized training in Monitoring & Evaluation System Design & Management, 2008, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. YALE Fellow having completed one-year fellowship at the National Teachers Initiatives of Yale University and produced a curriculum and training manual in Mathematics. At the University of Pennsylvania, he completed one-year fellowship as research fellow and produced a curriculum unit in Physics.

Work Experience:

Former Deputy Minister of Education for Teacher Education, Liberia. Evaluation of CESLY Education Projects, Liberia Monitoring & Evaluation Project, Mamba Point, Monrovia, 2011; Math Teacher, School District of Philadelphia, Overbrook High School, 2005-2010; Math Teacher, P.G. County Public Schools, MD, USA, 2004 – 2005;Therapeutic Staff Support Worker, Children Crisis Treatment Center, PA, USA, 2004; Assistant/UNHCR & UNOPS-Lofa Operations, 1993-2001; Supervisor of Schools & Mathematics Teacher, Ministry of Education, Monrovia & Gbarnga, Liberia, 1981 – 1990.

John N. Brownell

Affiliate Consultant

Summary of Experience:

Professional accredited Trainer in Leadership, Social Enterprise, Community Development, Numeracy, Confidence Building, Equality and Diversity, IT, Health and Safety and other skills for life courses. Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation. My scientific interest is in Condensed Matter with specific interest in Biophysics, Environmental Physics and Superconductivity; Thermal and Atmospheric Physics (Weather and Climate Change); Renewable Non-Conventional Energy, Quantum & Statistical Mechanics. Windows / Microsoft Office, C++ Programming, Linux, Web designing.

Education:

B.Sc.; Physics / Mathematics, University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia, March 8, 1994; Advanced M.Sc. Condensed Matter Physics, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP) Trieste, Italy / University of Trieste August 25, 2000; Certificate in Understanding Social Enterprise (Train the Trainer); National Open College Network (NOCN), UK, February 2009; Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, UK May 2009; Professional Trainer Certificate; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, UK, June 2009; Certificate in Financial Management & Control, European Social Fund / NCISE Training Project, UK May 2012; Certificate in Introduction to Research Design and Qualitative Methods; European Social Fund / NCISE Training Project, UK July 2013.

Work Experience:

Senior Lecturer of Physics, University of Liberia; April 2015- Present. Research Consultant, AGENCY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & EMPOWERMENT (ÆDE) July 2015 – present President, European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA); August 2009- July 2015. General Manager, Suneeta General Services Ltd, 2014. Regional Manager, New Communities in Social Enterprise East Midlands (NCISE)/ NCISE Northamptonshire Project Manager; June 2008- March 2015
Lift Systems Instructor, Howdens Joinery Co; Dec 2010- January 2014. Diversity Officer, the Castle, Wellingborough Ltd; June 2006 – June 2008. Secretary General for African Affairs, Special Adviser and Ambassador for Liberia Advisor to the Bishop Primus of the International Free Protestant Episcopal Church® headquartered in Germany. Research Associate, Bookham Technology UK; January 2003 – 2004. Instructor, Department of Physics, University of Liberia; Sept. 2000- 2002. Research Associate, Laboratory for Epitaxy and Nanostructure ; Nova Gorica University; Nova Gorica, Slovenia, March – August 2000 http://www.p-ng.si/en/ Secretary General, Planning and Development Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Liberia; 1997 – 2000 Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Liberia; March 1994 – 1999. Duties: Lecture Introductory Physics courses and supervised Laboratory sessions www.universiryliberia.org