The Board of Directors of Penplusbytes has appointed Mr Jeremiah Sam as Acting Executive Director of the Organisation effective, July 1, 2022.
He takes over from Ms Juliet Amoah who led the Organization from 2019 till date.
A statement signed by the Board Chair, Dr Charity Binka, said, “the Board is very excited to welcome Jerry to take over affairs of Penplusbytes.”
“Jerry brings a wealth of experience from occupying various managerial roles in the Organisation for over the 13 years he has worked for the Organization,” she added.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Sam said, “any new chapter is always an exciting one. I am honoured to take the reins of Penplusbytes from Juliet who leaves the Organisation in a strategically strong position, in spite of the shrinking civic space and the myriad of challenges facing the sector.”
“I am optimistic that as the new ED, my team and I will continue to drive the execution of a strategy that will see Penplusbytes realise its vision of becoming the leading institution for promoting effective governance using technology in Africa,” he said.
Jerry is a trained journalist and civic development practitioner.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and an M.A. in Local Government Administration and Organisation.
He is currently a Fellow and Columnist at AudienceScapes (The InterMedia Knowledge Center), a member of the Ghana Journalists Association.
The Acting Executive Director, also chairs the Civil Society Implementation Committee on the Right to Information in Ghana.
He has presented several papers on civic engagements, freedom of expression and social accountability at various national platforms.
Until his appointment, Jerry was the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Programmes and also held the position of the Project Manager of the African Elections Project (www.africanelections.org), where he led in the coverage of 16 elections across the African continent.