IMANI Africa’s New Fellowship Announcement: Casely Ato Coleman

IMANI Africa is pleased to announce that Casely Ato Coleman has been accepted as Fellow with effect from 17th January 2017. Ato joins IMANI with over twenty-two years’ experience in Leadership, Human Resource & Organizational Development from the International development, profit and public sector.  

Ato Coleman has held senior leadership roles including Country Director, Plan International Sierra Leone; Senior Director of Operations for World Vision International for West and Central Africa where as deputy to the Regional Vice President, he provided oversight for Grants and Resources Mobilization, Humanitarian Emergency and Affairs Sponsorship, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Security, Gender, Advocacy Communications, Investment & Strategy Alignment and Implementation. He also served as Regional Director of HR for World Vision, West and Central Africa; Regional HR & Organizational Development Partner for Plan International, West and Central Africa, Director of HR, Plan International Senegal, and HR Manager, Plan International Ghana. He previously worked with Western Telesystems (Westel-now Airtel) as Organizational Development Analyst as well as SGS Group of Companies as Personnel Officer and the World Bank Desk, International Economics Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Ghana.

Ato Coleman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Ghana, a Master of Philosophy degree in Public Administration from the University of Bergen, Norway and a Master of Science in Industrial Relations & HR from the London School of Economics, UK and a Certificate in HR Excellence from the Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK.

Casely Ato Coleman
Casely Ato Coleman

He has published over 20 articles on Leadership, International Development and HR.

In 2016, he was awarded the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) leader of the year by the Sierra Leone Council of CEOs for the leadership and excellence he displayed during the Ebola crisis in that country.

 He is an Adjunct lecturer in Human Resource Management, International MBA Program, International School of Management, Dakar, since 2007 and currently consults for a number of organizations within and outside Ghana and is Editor-In-Chief & Member of the Editorial Board of the Pentvars Business Journal, an international refereed publication of the Pentecost University College, Ghana. 

IMANI came to the decision that Ato will be a worthy addition to our corp of Fellows whose relentless pursuit of excellence, public-spiritedness and insightful ideas for Ghana, can be tapped to further our progress as a nation. IMANI (which means HOPE in Swahili), believes that Ghana is a reservoir of great intellect, which, too inadequately tapped, has not been allowed to impact on mainstream political activity, economic management and civil society leadership. This is the situation IMANI seeks to reverse, and the context in which we carefully select the likes of Ato to join us, by bringing their knowledge and experience, to help our community of thought leaders and practitioners speed up progress, reduce poverty and create wealth and a better life for Ghanaians and Africans

As part of his fellowship, Ato will give a public lecture on a subject reflective of his expertise in March 2018.


Franklin Cudjoe

Founding President & CEO, IMANI Africa

P.S: IMANI’s other Fellow, Franklin Asare a director at Oracle Corporation responsible for Industry Solutions Architecture for the Financial Services Industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa will give a lecture on ‘’The Present and Next Revolution: How digitization is redefining Everything’’ on February 22, 2018. Details on that shortly.

  • Kwame Owusu-Baafi

    Great addition to your organization.
    As Resident Pastor of the International Baptist Church of Dakar (IBC), I have worked closely with Ato in his capacity as President of Personnel Committee, the Music Ministry, and member of the Church Council for many years. Despite his move to Ghana, Ato continues with the church as a member of the Personnel Committee and as Council member – first time we have done that in the church’s 35-year history.
    He is humble, forthright, has integrity, and immensely knowledgeable.
    I am so delighted for this appointment, knowing the value he is bringing to your organization and the opportunity it opens to him to bless our nation with his expertise and experience.
    Reverend Kwame Owusu-Baafi

  • Roeland Monasch

    Congratulations to IMANI & Casely Coleman – A perfect match.

    I worked closely with Casely in Sierra Leone in my capacity as UNICEF Representative. Casely was the Country Director for Plan International in Freetown where he was highly efficient and effective in leading the Plan International team to ensure vulnerable children and youth were able to continue their education and be empowered to build their own future. Under his leadership Plan was the most respected INGO in the country with a very extensive reach. Impressive work! It was always a pleasure to coordinate and collaborate with Casely.

    Roeland Monasch, CEO
    Aflatoun International
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