Gertrude Bibi Annoh-Quarshie joined AWDF in July 2007 as the Finance Manager. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) of the United Kingdom, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG). She has a B.S. degree and an Executive MBA in Finance from the University of Ghana. As Finance Manager, she ensures her knowledge in financial management is applied effectively in the planning, implementation and monitoring of all AWDF’s activities for organisational effectiveness and sustainability. Prior to joining AWDF, she worked with KPMG Ghana, an international audit, tax and advisory firm and also with INDEPTH Network an international NGO.
Archana Pandya is a multilingual manager and researcher with extensive experience working on human rights and international development initiatives. She is currently Program Development Lead at Spring. In recent years, she has overseen the creation and expansion of a multilingual, global forum on human rights issues called OpenGlobalRights. Collaborating with researchers at the University of Minnesota, Archana has also conducted research on local human rights organizations as well as coordinated and helped-analyze large-scale public opinion surveys on perceptions of human rights in India, Mexico and Morocco. Drawing from this research, she has co-authored several articles on resource mobilization challenges and opportunities for local human rights groups in the Global South.
Elizabeth Seja Min has helped hundreds communicate with heart, raise serious capital, collaborate, lead and develop people and the systems that bring out their best. She’s been at the helm of four organizations, built signature projects from the ground up, and guided leaders and teams in NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and companies. Elizabeth cut her teeth working with teams as a music director and conductor—founding and conducting a professional symphony orchestra, running a record label (two Grammy nominations!), and bringing unlikely partners together to create magnificent work on the stage. She met Ellen Sprenger while consulting in the world of women’s funds, and thus began a multiyear conversation about how whole people working in whole systems can, without a doubt, spring missions forward. Elizabeth is an associate with Spring Forward.
Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice and since 2004 the founder and Chief Exploration Officer of Spring Strategies. She is a believer – especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. She is a curious, energetic and impatient optimist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor meeting facilitation, future-scenario development, accompaniment of Civil Society Organizations in building greater financial strength, and executive coaching. Previously, she was the executive director of Mama Cash, a foundation based in Amsterdam, and held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Ellen holds a Masters in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator®. She has published about the future of women’s rights, organizational transformation, and global funding trends. She does her most creative work listening to Baroque music. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States. Her home base is Toronto and KLM seat 12C.