Executive Board

Kirby Amponsah Manager, Ph.D

Kirby Amponsah-Manager, Ph.D, President & Director of Administration

Kwabena has a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida

He spent his early years in a rural area in the Techiman District of Ghana. He therefore has a good taste and an eye-witness account of all the challenges GBAF intends to tackle.

Kwabena has a strong passion for childhood education and special concern for the issue of malaria and HIV that are robbing millions in Sub-Saharan African of hope, and he believes his educational background as a scientist and cultural roots place him at an advantage point to be able to speak about these issues in a way the makes sense to the communities. He writes on these issues on his blog at http://www.talkafrique.com

Joseph Gyamfi, MBA, PE

Joseph Gyamfi, Director of Accounts & Operations, Dep. Vice Pres.

Joe is a Professional Engineer currently working with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality since graduation from Duke University with a master’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He also has a diploma in Project Management from NC State University and has received an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, NC.

Joe was born and raised in a little town in Ghana, about 10 miles from Lake Bosumtwi – arguably one of the most beautiful natural Lakes in the world. He has lived through and experienced many of the issues GBAF has proposed to tackle for underprivileged communities in Africa.  He has long cherished such an opportunity to team up with other professionals for a cause that gives hope to, and uplifts the spirits of many people, particularly children in underprivileged communities back in his native country and others in similar situations across the African Continent

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Jed Record, Vice Pres; Director of Strategy

Jed Record, MBA

Jed is a strategy and marketing consultant located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He helps Fortune 500 firms improve their marketing operations and develops innovative strategic plans for growth. Jed has a passion for helping under-privileged communities, especially in Africa.
Jed has an MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Susan Barnes, Director for Public Engagement and Partnership

Dr. Susan Barnes

Susan is a senior scientist with GlaxoSmithKline in RTP, NC. Susan was born in the North East of England and moved to the USA 8 years ago.  She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Bradford. Susan enjoys travel and photography and has journeyed extensively to developing countries and has had an eye-witness account of most of the problems GBAF wants to tackle. She has a passion for helping under-privileged communities and is interested in using her interpersonal skills and knowledge of project management to help achieve the mission of Give Back Africa Foundation

Chris Richter, Business Development & Promotions
Chris Richter, Fundraising & Promotions

Chris Richter, MBA

Chris is a marketing and communications consultant at Railinc, Cary, N.C.-based IT Company that serves the freight rail industry. He has worked in communications positions in higher education and as an editor at newspapers and magazines. He’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina and UNC-Chapel Hill, received his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Chris has had a longtime interest in international affairs. He traveled to the Cordoba region of Argentina in 2008 as part of Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange program.

Michelle Staben Wobker, Ph.D
Executive Secretary
Michelle is an Investigator at GlaxoSmithKline, RTP, NC.

Bridget Munger,

Outreach Coordinator

Bridget works for the NC Division of Water Quality. She is the Stormwater Outreach & Education Coordinator.


Shareef Alshinnawi,

Director for Marketing

Shareef Alshinnawi is a graduate of Michigan State University currently working at IBM as a Solution Architect.  He enjoys volunteer work and has extensive experience helping immigrant communities in the area of education.  He is currently enrolled in the Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive MBA program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Anne Keyworth,

North Eastern US Representative

Anne is a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied Community Health Education and Women’s and Gender Studies and currently works with City Year Boston, tutoring and mentoring in inner city schools. She’s enthusiastic about service and is passionate about global human rights and gender issues.



Board of Advisors

Megan Cole

Cert. Relationship Banker

BB&T Bank, Raleigh, NC

Abby Asem

Associate Director

MBA Career Management Center

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Larry Chavis
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Dafnie Driscoll


Scotland Manufacturing, Inc.

Cyndi Karoly

NC Division of Water Quality

Amy Jackson Keyworth

Hydrogeologist, NC Division of Water Quality


Foundation for the Under-privileged