Nicolas Jørgensen Gebara is a seasoned Danish Business Development Consultant and Trainer. Nicolas holds a Master degree in Economics and has over 20 years of experience in management consultancy, private sector development and Monitoring and Evaluation. He has worked for private sector enterprises and for development partners including DANIDA, EU and IFC, focusing on SME development, private sector enabling environment, trade promotion and capacity building of business organisations. His competence covers all phases of the project cycle from programme design, planning, management and implementation to monitoring and evaluation.
He has worked seven years as a Business Development Consultant for the Confederation of Danish Industries. As team leader, he has solid experience in the implementation of international assignments in Africa, Asia and Russia. Throughout his career, he also worked as Programme Director and Quality Assurance Manager on several international projects, offering business development services to private sector organizations in India, Vietnam East and West Africa.
Nicolas's involvement in the Ghanaian business environment dates back to 1995, when he embarked on a number of short term business missions to assist in building the capacities of various Ghanaian private sector organizations and promoting cooperation between Ghanaian businesses and their Danish counterparts.
Nicolas was also heavily involved in the Business Environment Strengthening For Tanzania-Advocacy Component (BEST-AC) in Tanzania, a sister programme to BUSAC Fund.
His professional goal is to use his skills and experience to contribute in improving the business environment of enterprises in Africa and help in professionalizing business organisations in servicing their members.
Until his appointment as the BUSAC Fund Manager, he worked as the Project Director for the BUSAC Fund and BEST-AC at the headquarters of COWI A/S, the Danish Consulting firm responsible for the management of the BUSAC Fund. Nicolas replaces Dr. Dale Rachmeler, who served as the Fund Manager from 2007 to October 2012.
Mrs. Victoria Lyubytska-Hewlett is currently the Finance Manager with BUSAC Fund. Her role is to implement financial management procedures, supervise of accounting and reporting systems of Management Unit and the Fund, oversight the disbursement of grants funds to contracted grantees and service providers, monitor the operational spending; prepare and monitor project budget, review and analyze funding documents.
Although she is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, her Finance and Administrative career started in Odessa, Ukraine and London,UK, where she worked and obtained a lot of Financial and Administrative experience. In Ghana, she has worked with Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE) an NGO in Kumasi for six and a half years before joining BUSAC Fund team in Accra in 2007.
Victoria is goal-orientated and equipped with powerful communication, coordination and analysis skills. She is fully committed to providing and implementing dynamic, compelling solutions to the ongoing objectives of BUSAC Fund.
Her genuine desire to achieve, excel and evolve has made her accomplish several projects. She has the ability to work in a team and has excellent time management skills. Email: email@example.com
Ebenezer Holyson Kpentey Communications and IT Specialist
Ebenezer Kpentey is currently the Communications and IT Specialist of the BUSAC Fund; his role involves the production and issuance of communications to the Fund’s multi stakeholders and the provision of IT related support to the Fund Management Unit. He is also responsible for liaising with the media to enhance the visibility and impact of the Fund on the Ghanaian private sector.
Ebenezer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies (with specialization in Journalism) jointly awarded by the University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Journalism. Ebenezer has over nine years of experience as a communication and media specialist working for a number of donor-funded programmes supporting private sector initiatives in Ghana. Endowed with good oral and written communication skills, Ebenezer has written a number of published articles and grant-winning proposals. He also has capabilities in the use of graphic design and video editing software. Before joining the BUSAC Fund in March 2012, Ebenezer worked as a Programmes Communication Manager for FACA VOTECH in Accra. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Asante is currently the Grants Officer at the BUSAC Fund. He has extensive project planning and implementation experience with a focus on private sector development. His role at the Fund requires that he works closely with team members and grantees in ensuring that the desired results are achieved in the advocacy action of the grantees.
Prior to joining the BUSAC Fund, John was the Programme Officer at the DANIDA/Apex Bank Rural Finance Programme where his role included overseeing the disbursements of loans to Rural and Community Banks (RCBs) across the country. He was also responsible for monitoring activities under the project, particularly verifying the accounting and credit delivery processes used by the RCBs in receiving funds and disbursing it to the clients. In this role, John also verified that clients used the funds for the purposes intended and also made payments to the RCBs. John is particularly competent in the areas of financial reporting and financial management.
He also worked with the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) from 2007 to 2011, where he worked with various business associations and Farm-Based Organisations (FBOs) on a drive to increase their membership. John holds an MBA in International Business.