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Joana Chemel

Joana Chemel

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

Young Expert at NABC/GNBCC - Ghana

First position after YEP

Agrofood Design Expert at GNBCC Ghana, Ghana

YEP Role


Project Officer, AgroFood Design


My YEP role in Agriculture and Design will focus on innovativeness in our food sector, dealing with scarce raw materials, food waste and animal welfare. Through YEP, I will be exploring the business and market potential in bringing farmers, designers, policymakers, scientists and other stakeholders together to explore Ghana’s food sector and food future.


This role gives me the opportunity to build more content-based (sub) networks, in the field of Agrofood and Design. These sectors are important strongholds of Dutch knowledge and Ghana offers opportunities for them. Also, the relevance of innovative ideas in applying Design (or Design Thinking) to Agrofood is an essential but untapped market in Ghana. With Creative sector being a top sector in the Netherlands, Agrofood Design is a great balance to explore new and innovative business opportunities in the Agrofood sector.

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Project Management, International Relations, Stakeholder Analysis, Business Development, Market Research, Creative Network Management, Design Thinking, Agribusiness, Eagerness to Learn, Networking, Negotiations and Creative Problem Solving, Curiosity



Nationality: Ghanaian

  • Public Policy Management, Young African Leaders, West Africa Region
  • Diplomacy, International Relations and SDG Advocacy Training, Young Diplomats of Ghana
  • Creative Enterprise Training, (British Council & Nesta UK) Abuja, Nigeria
  • BSc. Business Administration, Central University, Ghana


Experience before YEP

  • Fellow- Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)
  • SDGs Advocacy- Young Diplomats of Ghana
  • Creative Network Management – British Council Sub-Saharan Training (Nigeria, Scotland, England)
  • Program Coordinator- Ghana Design Network (GDN)
  • Agribusiness - Liko Household Farm (Fruits, vegetables, Poultry, Piggery, Goat Farms)
  • Administrative Assistant- Central University
  • Business Development for Water Payment Systems (Student Consultant)- Susteq/ Sustainable Motion (NL, GH)
  • Accounting Intern- Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)
  • Finance Director- Central University Students Chaplaincy Committee
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Organisation: NABC/GNBCC
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