Board Members

Jed Record, Vice Pres; Director of Strategy & Finance

Jed is a North Carolina business leader and entrepreneur always looking for opportunities to take a business or project to the next level. He is the President of Ocean Elite Marine Products Corp. and Eye Catcher® Lures in Edenton, NC. Jed has a passion for helping under-privileged communities, especially in Africa.



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

Joseph Gyamfi (Joe) is a Business Analyst and currently works at AAA Club Alliance, Wilmington, DE. He grew up Ghana and came to the USA to further his studies. He started his career as an Environmental Engineer with State of North Carolina and then went on to work as Financial Data Analyst with a healthcare consulting firm in Durham, NC after graduating from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
It was during his business school education that his long-held passion and vision for giving back to the town where he grew up, Piase and its surrounding communities materialized when he teamed up with his friend Kirby and few other friends in the MBA program to establish Give Back Africa Foundation (GBAF) in 2012. To date, Joe continues to find ways and opportunities to donate educational materials – backpacks, K-12 books, computers, school supplies and other learning materials to help underprivileged kids in the targeted communities in Ghana.
Ultimately, he would like to see a community library and a playground for kids – his dearest two projects completed and commissioned for the Piase Township and its nearby communities in future

Dr. Susan Barnes, Director for Public Engagement and Partnership

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



Kwabena Amponsah-Manager, PhD

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

Kwabena, also known as Manager or Kirby, was born in Ghana but has spent a significant part of his adult life in the US.

He’s a Principal Scientist with GlaxoSmithKline at the Research Triangle Park, NC

Kirby loves Soccer and Chemistry but thinks mosquitoes suck.

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Shareef Alshinnawi

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


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