Board of Directors
Alexander Peal ………....... Chairman
Amelia A. Ward ………….... Co-Chairman
Samuel W. Thompson ………….... Member
Patrick Alix …………… Member
Annie Jones-Demen …….......... Member
John Brownell ………....... Member
Esther Paegar ………...... Executive Director
Mrs. Paegar holds an MSc. in Computer Systems Applications from the American University, Washington, D.C.; a BSc in Business Administration from Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Bong County, Liberia; Diploma, Economic and Social Policy Consulting, The Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, Beijing, China; a Certificate in NGOs Management & Development, Galilee International Institute of Management, Nahala, Israel. She has over twelve years field and management experience related to donor funded projects and has worked in eleven (11) of the fifteen (15) political sub-divisions of Liberia .
Ms. Paegar has been the Executive Director of the Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (ÆDE) since 2008. Under her aegis, several concept notes, project proposals, surveys and projects have been developed, implemented, supervised and monitored for a number of international and national organizations, including the World Bank, Oxfam GB, European Union, the International Labor Organization, and Shorebank USA. She was instrumental in the formation of two women led cooperatives, comprising of disadvantaged, underprivileged, grassroots, women and girls from slum communities around Monrovia. Prior to ascending to that post, she was the Deputy Executive Director responsible for Programs Development, Project Implementation and Supervision for AEDE and Business Development Officer of Wudarbo, Inc, a not-for-profit affiliate of (ÆDE).
From 2003 to 2006, she served as the single female Team Leader for the European Union’s Small Scale Project Scheme, implemented by a French Company, LINPICO (ex Geomar International). Under her guidance and supervision, 63 community-based Social Services and Income Generating projects were funded across Liberia. Total budget for this initiative was US$808,334.
Ms. Paegar’s other previous work experience include Deputy Managing Director, CENFOD (May 2006 to May 2007); National Coordinator / Team Leader of the UNDP/UNOPS Micro Credit Project in Liberia (2003 to 2005); Database Specialist/Field Monitor, UNDESA Microcredit Program (1998 to 2001); Vice President, Credit & Marketing, National Housing & Savings Bank (1993 to 1995); Acting President (1993); Assistant Vice President, Credit & Marketing, National Housing & Savings Bank (1991 to 1992), Manager, Data Processing Department, National Housing & Savings Bank (1987 to 1991).
She has extensive knowledge in Microfinance and is a member of the advisory board of the Foundation for Women (FFW), an affiliate of the California based FFW.
She recently, under a European Union ACP funded project (ACP Fish II – Strengthening fisheries management in ACP states, 9 ACP RPR 128,Project No. WA- 4.1- B18), co-authored a Handbook on Small Business Management for Small Scale Fish Sellers and Processors and a Handbook on Fish Quality Control and Processing Technology for Small Scale Fish Sellers and Processors. Subsequently
, she used the materials in these handbooks to train 36 female fish processors and sellers from the nine coastal counties of Liberia.
Finally she has actively encouraged and promoted an awareness of women’s economic empowerment by screening and selecting target women groups mainly in rural communities to take part in project activities.
Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Implementation
John Yedeba Brownell
He holds a Masters of Arts degree with emphasis in Leadership from the Augsburg College located in Minnesota, the USA in 2005. He holds a BSc in Management Information Systems with distinction (Cum Laude) from National American University, Minnesota, the USA IN 2003. Prior to that Mr. Brownell earned a BSc. in Economics from the Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Bong County, Liberia. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in Leadership Education at the St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, USA.
Mr. Brownell has served in several capacities in both the public and private sectors locally and in the USA. In the private sector he served on the senior executive level as General Manager, President/CEO for SERAB Corporation and SEBPA Mines respectively. During the interim administration of Liberia National Transitional Government (LNTG) he served in the public sector as Assistant Minister of Finance for Debt and Expenditure. In the USA Mr. Brownell has served several private capacities including Homeward Bound MN, as On-Site Supervisor, Teksystems, as Computer Analyst, and Eagle Employment Inc. as Vice President-Recruitment.
Mr. Brownell assisted in the development of 8 enterprises under the USADF projects and exercised oversight and mentoring for program delivery and implementation. This framework assisted small medium enterprises through financial and governance systems formulation, institution and testing of business models. He has demonstrated strong community mobilization and cohesiveness skills through livelihood projects initiatives with Oxfam GB in 3 Counties (Montserrado, Margibi & Grand Gedeh) in Liberia including program management for the multi-million Euros commercial value chain rice production in Zleh Town, Grand Gedeh County under his watch. He has managed major livelihood and infrastructure projects over the past 6 years with strong inter personal, managerial and communications skills.
Deputy Executive Director for Research, Training & Gender Issues
Annie Jones - Demen
Mrs. Demen earned a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development with emphasis in Development Management from the School for International Training (SIT), USA and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and Accounting from the University of Liberia (1987). She had also earned a Diploma in Population and Sustainable Development from the University of Botswana, under the UNFPA Global Program in Population and Sustainable Development.
Her previous work experience include Deputy Minister for Research and Technical Services, Ministry of Gender and Development, National Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation - Results Focused Transitional Framework, Project Assistant YWCA, USA, Project Officer, United National Population Fund – Liberia, and various positions in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. She has also conducted series of short term consultancies for several UN agencies (UNDP, FAO), and INGOs World Vision, Save the Children, ActionAid, the AGEG Consultants in Germany, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Health Institute and BLE Solutions respectively in the United States of America.
Mrs. Demen has successfully supervised the conduct of several research, training and surveys including the African Governance Report III. She is also a certified International Finance Cooperation (IFC) Business Edge Trainer. She exhibits a high degree of efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of her duties by being thorough, and paying close attention to details.
Samuel W. Thompson
Mr. Thompson holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Syracuse University and a BA degree in Economics from the University of Liberia. He was Co-founder and former Executive Director of ÆDE, and is currently owner of Miyamoto International Liberia. He has served as former Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Member of the Board of Governors and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Deputy Managing Director of Ecobank Development Corporation in Ghana which evolved into Ecobank Capital, and Vice President - Citibank, N. A. in Abidjan, la Côte d'Ivoire.
Mr. Nimely holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the Cuttington University Masters Program in Monrovia. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Biology and chemistry from the Cuttington University Undergraduate. He joined AEDE as a Researcher in 2010. Prior to joining AEDE, he served as research consultant for AEDE in several assessments under the ILO, Oxfam GB, MOA and Shorebank consultancies.
In November 2010, Mr. Nimely earned an online certificate in research from Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) in collaboration with International Center for Research on Women in Washington, D. C. The research curriculum is a social/behavioral research course on human subjects. The course contains 16 modules including the Belmont Report and CITI introduction, Defining Research with Human Subjects, The Regulations and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Privacy and Confidentiality, International Research, Internet Research amongst others.
His previous experiences include a classroom instructor in the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics) for two different academic years from Susan Berry Institute (2005/2006) and Phebe Community School (2008/2009). He excelled to lecturer in 2006 at the Cuttington University in the Natural Science College; position he held for four consecutive years before joining AEDE.
With a background in health, Mr. Nimely served as voluntary health practitioner and continues to promote healthy practices in various communities; generally providing basic health education and health promotion to include water & sanitation, disease control and prevention, especially malaria, HIV/AIDS and other STDs, environmental protection (air, water and land), best nutritional practices, drugs abuse and healthy behavioral practices.
He also served as Independent Monitor & End process Evaluator for the Supplemental Immunization Activities (SIA)-June 2009, Bong County, and Field Monitor for the Caterpillar Emergency Response (CER) - February & March, 2009 in Bong County. Since joining AEDE, he has participated in several research/assessment activities both conducting research and analyzing quantitative and qualitative research data including recent research on African Governance Report III, Small Tree Crop Rehabilitation Support Project and Result-based Initiative (RBI) Endline Qualitative Data.
Mr. Nimely acquired trainings in building evaluation capacity, performance-based capacity building, data analysis and institutional Assessment from the USAID/FORECAST Sponsored program. He participated in data quality assessment (DQA) training from the Liberia Monitoring and Evaluation Program. He earned the first level of a certified International Finance Cooperation (IFC) Business Edge Training towards being certificated as a Certified B. E. Trainer.
In addition to the above staff members, ÆDE maintains a very active roster of technical consultants who are hired part time for specific project development and implementation activities requiring specialized skills. They are all Liberian citizens, computer literate and include the following:
Andrew G. Paygar-Flangiah, Sr.
Mr. Flangiah holds a MBA Degree in Business and Finance from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, USA (2003), a MBA Degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1997) and BBA Degree in Business and Management from the University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia (1989).
He is presently a Researcher/ Senior Tax Consultant at the Strategic Consulting Group, Inc.
Randall and Broad Streets, Monrovia where he is providing financial and tax consultancy service to businesses and individual clients, conducting baseline surveys, midterm evaluation and end of project evaluation, and designing, monitor and evaluate projects for SMEs and large project. In addition, he is an Instructor at the University of Liberia teaching a course in International Marketing & Small Business Management.
Further, he has over the years served in several positions international and national including Assistant Minister for Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Liberia (May 2006 to Feb 2012); Adjunct Faculty, Rasmussen College, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, USA (Dec 2005 to April 2006); Account Specialist III, US Bank, 200 South Sixth Street, MPLS, Minneapolis, USA (2000 – 2006); Professional Assistant/Special Assistant, Office of the Minister of Finance, Monrovia, Liberia (1998 -1999); Part-time Instructor, University of Liberia (1997 -1999); Research Assistant, Economic Management Unit, Ministry of Finance, Monrovia, Liberia (1997-1998).
Finally, Mr. Flangiah has computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Hogan, SAR-1, Window XP Professional, Claims Manager, ITAS, ASYCUDA
Mr. S. Aaron WEAH-WEAH, Jr.
S. Aaron WEAH-WEAH, Jr. holds an MBA from the Cuttington University Graduate Program, Monrovia, Liberia, and a BBA in Business Administration (Accounting and Public Administration) from the University of Liberia. He has acquired several certificates and diplomas in Finance and other related disciplines.
Mr. Weah-Weah has held various positions, nationally and internationally over the past twenty (20) years including Finance Officer/Attaché/Special Assistant at the Embassy of the Republic of Lib., Berlin (Federal Rep. of Germany) 2007-2010; Associate Statistician/Data Analyst, Independent Statistics Office (ISO), Bonn, Federal Rep. of Germany (2010 -2012); Treasurer, Victory Mission Association (VMA) (2006); Operations Associate, United Nations Volunteers , Bonn, Germany (2002); Administrative and Finance Officer, UNV/UNDP Liberia (2000 – 2002); Acting Senior Finance Assistant, UNDP, Liberia, (1989 – 1997); Assistant Manager for Finance/Acting General Manager, National Drug Service of Liberia (1987 – 1989).
He is computer literate with advanced training in Microsoft/Windows: Windows 7, Windows XP (series), Vista (series), Millennium and Windows 95/98 & 2000. Microsoft-Office 97, 2000, 2007, and 2010, Word, Excel, PowerPoint Presentations, Portable Document Format (PDF), Data entry and Web Browsing; QuickBooks, UNDP Field Office Account System (FOAS), WINFOAS.
Mr. Andrews has immense experience in the area of finance. He earned a BSc. in Accountancy from the University of Liberia, and a MBA in 2007 from the Cuttington University Master program in Monrovia. Areas where he has worked include the United States Recreation Association-US Embassy, Monrovia, VOSCON Inc. CPAs, Monrovia, the Liberia National Port Authority, and the International Resources Group (IRG). He has extensive knowledge in various accounting software to include ACCPAC, and Quickbooks.
Mr. Andrews has also been extensively involved in financial audits which included investigative and balance sheet audits for various organizations including airlines, banks and manufacturing industries.