Our Roster of Trainers, Facilitators and Consultants

We are currently building our network of trusted Facilitators and will keep adding to this list.

Simon Eyram Tsike-Sossah, Netherlands

Simon has more than 10 years of experience working for and with youth, decentralisation and local councils, peace and security issues, governance and elections (in the context of ECOWAS) and has been trained as a “Civilian Peace Consultant” at the Academy for Conflict Transformation in Bonn, Germany. His academic interests are Youth Development, Youth in Local Government and Youth in Conflict and Peace. His most recent publication is: ‘Youth Participation in Local Governance: Bringing Youth to Decision Making in Sierra Leone’ [Paper Back, September 2012].
Simon has facilitated trainings for Youth Development Practitioners, Bankers and Engineers, Computer and Software developers, Politicians etc in Project Management, Negotiation, Team Building etc.

Simon has consulted for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), ECOWAS and the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) among others.
He is currently the founder and executive director of ACIPP West Africa, based in the Netherlands.


Marshall William Conley, Canada

Dr. Conley has conducted training in a variety of venues from Africa (The Gambia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Namibia, Rwanda), Europe (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Paris, San Remo Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, United Kingdom), Asia (Japan, South Korea) and North America (Mexico, Washington,Hawaii, Illinois, Baltimore, Alberta, Ottawa, Nova Scotia) on subjects ranging from rebuilding war-torn societies, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration, Early Warning, Democratic Development and Governance, Rule of Law, Pre-deployment Training, Training of Trainers, citizenship development, human rights reporting and teaching, to ethical and rights issues on the human genome.

Dr. Conley has also consulted widely for the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS, The Kofi Anna Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra among others.


Bernarda Perez, The Netherlands

Bernarda Perez was a social development specialist at the Social Development Department at the World Bank in the Africa Region. Bernarda’s work focuses on providing strategic as well as practical, on-the-ground advice to internal and external clients on issues of Resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, stakeholder engagement and community driven development. She has knowledge undertaking social baselines and social impact assessments as well as developing indigenous peoples and resettlement plans to ensure compliance with international best practice.  Bernarda possesses in-depth knowledge of the multi-laterals; IFI safeguards policies and the different phases in the project cycle.

Prior to joining the Bank, Bernarda worked in CARE-Ecuador, the Organization of American States, and the Latin American Development Corporation and in the private sector. During this time she worked directly with indigenous and peasant communities and government stakeholders.

Currently Bernarda is a freelancer based in The Netherlands.


Marc-André Boisvert, Dakar

Marc says of himself: “I am a passionate communicator and a researcher based in West Africa. I am fluent in French and English. My goal: be real. Journalism and media is there to communicate a message, and has to adapt to the ones you want to reach.

You need to be creative. You need to be bold. You need to be pragmatic. This is what I can bring to you.

I believe in the strength of social media, blogging, cyber-activism and citizen-based media (so should you!). This is what I can help you with.


S. Benedict Dossen, Liberia

Benedict currently serves as the administrator for the Liberian Center of Outcomes Research in Mental Health (LiCOMRH) and the Carter Center Liberia Mental Health Programme. I have over 12 years of working experience including 5 years of field experience in post war psychosocial interventions while leading the Catholic Church Archdiocesan Trauma Counselling Programme. I have served as a faculty member of Mother Patern College teaching a range of courses in Social Work, Sociology, Conflict Resolution and Psychology.

Benedict is a certified Harvard University and Mother Patern College of Health Science’s practitioner.

At present, he serves as the local component lead for the psychosocial component development of a comprehensive community based mental health package as part of a study with the theme: mental health beyond facilities, supported by Grand Challenges Canada.


Emmanuel Orlind Cooper, Liberia

Orlind is a Freelance Liberian Video/TV Journalist, Feminist and Social Worker. He strings for the Associated Press and works on documentaries that talk about CSR projects of extractive industries in Liberia. Working with very limited quipment in Liberia Orlinds’ middle names are Innovation  and Creativity!


Samuel Yaw Appiah-Marfo, Florida, USA

Dr. Appiah-Marfo is a scholar of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Co-Founder and CEO of Quantitative Research Assistance in Florida and specializes in international peace and conflict, international law and human rights, humanitarian intervention operations, transnational security studies, Mediation, trauma, Negotiation, and International Development Research.


Phil Tarpeh Dixon, Liberia

Phil Tarpeh Dixon is a Liberian attorney-at-law, better known as a writer, rights advocate and consultant. His roster of past and current clients include American Institutes for Research, Action Aid, Plan, OSIWA, and various agencies of the government of Liberia including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National AIDS Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture. Additionally, he has a wealth of voluntary experience including serving as a past Vice President of the Federation of Liberian Youth, a founder of the Liberian Children’s Parliament and current Secretary General of the Liberia Child Rights NGOs Coalition.