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Our team in Ghana


Mubarak Alhassan

Managing Director

Mubarak is a peace trainer and youth activist who focuses on empowering young people to help them live more fulfilled lives. He is responsible for the overall management of PANKO and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University for Development Studies (UDS), as well as other professional training certificates. In his spare time he loves reading and watching documentaries.


Abdul-Matin Osman

Center Facilitator

As a facilitator, Abdul-Matin works with the kids in various ways to help them improve their reading and digital skills. He is also in charge of logistics. Married with a child, he has interests in youth activism and sports, and also loves listening to news, music (reggae) and making new friends. Abdul-Matin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dagbani with Linguistics Education from the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana. He has work experience in the field of education.


Alhassan Abdulai

Sports Trainer

Alhassan is a sports enthusiast with many years of engagements in sports such as football, volleyball and handball, as well as as a manager of a female football team. He is our sports trainer, helping the kids to learn skills in the various sports, as well as to stay fit and healthy. Alhassan is dreaming to become a professional coach and enjoys volunteering for his community and engaging in communal activities.

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Fuseini Mohammed Hashim

Programs Coordinator

As Programs Coordinator Hashim implements policies and programs, oversees employees for various programs and organizes activities for the center. He is a youth activist and a trained citizen journalist. Hashim holds a degree in business administration with a major in marketing from Valley View University, Ghana. He enjoys writing and reading in his spare time.

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Lydia Akumbisa

Center Facilitator

As a facilitator and also in charge of the children’s welfare, Lydia’s goal is to see children and young people improve on their reading and speaking skills. She also has a responsibility for the care, well-being and safety of the children at the center. Lydia got a formal training from Kpembe Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Ghana. Her hobbies include exercising and reading.


Abdul-Latif Shahadu


Abdul-Latif is one of our facilitators who focuses on helping the children improve their literacy skills. He also takes care of the health related needs of the children. He has previously worked with St. John Ambulance and Ghana Health Service as a volunteer. Abdul-Latif holds a Highest National Diploma (HND) in Agricultural Engineering from Tamale Polytechnic, Ghana. He is a husband and father and loves caring for and engaging with children. He enjoys playing football as hobby.

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Christiane Wimmer


Christiane met Mubarak, Ibrahim, and Gitta in 2019 and was immediately excited about their idea to found PANKO. Toghether with them, she conceptualized the specifics of the project and supports its day-to-day operations. In addition, she is in charge of fundraising. Christiane holds a Master's Degree in Business from the Technical University Berlin and used to work as a senior manager at a global IT company. A Berlin native, she now lives in Bavaria where she enjoys spending time at the lakes and mountains with her husband and two sons.

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Gitta Zimmermann


Since 2003 Gitta has managed projects in various countries, supporting children from low income families, some of whom live on the streets. 


She is a trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and conducts the seminar „First call for children“ every two years in Ruhpolding, Germany, from 2007 onwards with the focus on communication and on empowering children and mothers.

During these seminars Gitta develops ideas for new projects in direct connection with the participants. Two of them are Ibrahim Zukpeni, who sadly passed away, and Mubarak Alhassan from Ghana, Africa: PANKO was founded.  


Now Mubarak, Christiane and Gitta are structuring this project for children in Tamale to "give them a voice". The project helps rural children in high-poverty and low-performing areas to succeed in school and beyond. 


Felix Wimmer

Development Officer

Felix has been enthusiastic in supporting PANKO. He focuses on optimizing the project's operations, developing outreach and fundraising efforts, and devising the project's longer-term strategy. He holds a Master's in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge and works as a management consultant.

Center Facilitator

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