Our team in Ghana

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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.

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Salima Abdulai

Project Coordinator and Tutor

Salima is the project coordinator and a tutor who helps the kids improve their reading comprehension, as well as other life skills. She holds a Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Education from the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, Ghana. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching movies and engaging with kids.

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Sarata Saadu

Administrative Secretary and Tutor

Sarata doubles as an administrative assistant and a literacy tutor. She focuses on helping some of the kids who have difficulty identifying letters and their sounds. Her educational background is a Diploma in Development Education from the University for Development Studies (UDS) with a Diploma in Development Education. She loves watching movies and caring for her young siblings.

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Abdul-Matin Osman

Literacy Tutor

As a literacy tutor, Abdul-Matin works with the kids to help them improve their reading skills. 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 working experience in the field of education.

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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.

 

Our team in Germany

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Christiane Wimmer

Co-founder

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

Co-founder

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. www.drgz.org

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. 

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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.