About Amend

Since Amend’s founding in 2005, our aim has been to use science, evidence-based programs and advocacy to help ensure safe, healthy and equitable journeys in developing countries as they grow and mobilize.

We have offices in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania and run programs in more than a dozen countries in the developing world at any given time, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Developing countries are doing just that: developing. And the increased mobilization that comes with it opens new horizons in business, education, healthcare, and other areas of opportunity.

But currently, cities and transport systems are not being planned and built with the safety and well-being of the vast majority of citizens in mind. For instance, Africa has the highest road traffic injury rates in the world, and at schools around the continent, more than 1% of students are injured in road traffic every year. In many cities, three-hour commutes to work on overcrowded, unsafe public transport are the norm.

The solutions to challenges like these are well-known: safe infrastructure that accommodates and facilitates the ways people actually live and move, evidence-based laws and regulations, and political will.

These are enormous issues, and their trajectory is not going to be changed overnight. This is why we work to save and improve lives in developing countries today via the implementation of proven-effective programs, while helping to build a safer, healthier future through research and advocacy.

OUR TEAM

Staff
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Ângela Ernesto

Senior Program Assistant

Ângela Ernesto is a senior program assistant at Amend Mozambique. She joined Amend in 2017 and is currently based in Maputo. Ângela has studied public administration, commerce, and finance. She started her career working as a road safety instructor at Amend, teaching road safety classes in primary schools in Maputo city and province. She currently works as a program assistant and coordinator of all programs implemented in Mozambique by Amend. This has included community awareness campaigns, our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI), Kids’ Court, and road safety training for children in primary schools, teachers and instructors, community leaders, and motorcycle taxi drivers.

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Ayikai Poswayo

Program Director

Ayikai is a program director for Amend. She joined Amend Tanzania in 2015 and is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ayikai has a background in civil engineering, with a specialization in transport planning and traffic engineering. She started her career working as a traffic/highway engineer for consultancies in the United Kingdom and Ghana. She began work with Amend as a program manager for our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program. Ayikai currently directs Amend’s infrastructure programs across the organization and travels to project countries. Some of her current assignments include pedestrian assessments on World Bank–funded roads in Tanzania and infrastructure improvements around schools in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia.

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Edna Nortey

Program Officer

Edna is an office manager / program officer with Amend. She is based in Ghana and joined the Amend team in 2016. Edna has a civil engineering background and is acknowledged as an expert in road safety in Ghana. She began her career as an assistant civil engineer during her National Service and joined Amend as a road safety instructor. She has worked to design, develop, implement, and evaluate road safety programs to help thousands of students in Accra. Edna currently works on Amend infrastructure programs in Ghana and road safety education programs there and in other African countries. Her projects have included our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program, infrastructure trials, and road safety education for schools in Ghana, Tanzania, Guinea, and Togo.

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Enock Andoh

Office Assistant

Enock is the office assistant for Amend Ghana. He has been with the organization since 2018 and is based in Accra. Enock has a Managing Safely certificate from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. He is part of Amend’s team of road safety instructors and serves as a research assistant for road surveys, along with assisting Amend Ghana’s other ongoing projects and operations. Enock is pursuing a degree program in information technology and is focused on technology-driven innovations to create safer roads.

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George Malekela

Program Officer

George is a program officer with Amend. He joined Amend Tanzania in 2015 and is based in Dar es Salaam. George has a background in statistics, with a specialization in demography. He has solid experience in conducting road safety researches and working on improvements of infrastructure around schools. George worked on the implementation of our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. He also worked on Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP), a World Bank–funded project to assess pedestrian safety and provide road safety recommendations around primary schools in five growing cities in Tanzania.

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Jeffrey Witte

Executive Director

Jeffrey is Amend’s founder and executive director. He established Amend in 2005. Jeffrey is responsible for leading the development and delivery of all of Amend’s work.

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Juliet Adu

Country Manager

Juliet is the country manager for Amend Ghana and a road safety engineer. Juliet has a civil engineering background, with experience working as a traffic engineer on infrastructure-development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, at the planning, design, and implementation phases. She is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) and an International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) accredited supplier. Juliet currently manages Amend’s work in Ghana and provides technical input as a road safety engineer on infrastructure programs across the organization. Since joining Amend, she has undertaken road safety assessments on World Bank–funded road projects in Tanzania and led investigations into safe infrastructure for nonmotorized road users in African cities.

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Moisés Camela

Administrator

Moisés is the administrator with Amend Mozambique. He joined in 2019 and is based in Maputo. Moisés has a background as an accountant, with a specialization in audits. He started his career working as a university teacher of accounting. Moisés provides advice and assistance to Amend Mozambique, supporting accounting and regulatory issues on a consultancy basis.

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Neema Swai

Senior Program Officer

Neema is a senior program officer with Amend. She joined Amend in 2012 and is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Neema has a background in community economic development. She started her career working on community development with social institutions in Tanzania and Uganda. She started with Amend as a program assistant for the school road safety education (RSE) program in Tanzania. Neema currently manages Amend’s road safety education program with a focus on building road safety consciousness and leadership behavior among young generations and communities around schools. Her projects have involved developing, implementing, and evaluating road safety education activities for schools, suitable for the African environment.

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Providence Klugan

Head Accountant

Providence is the head accountant for Amend. He joined Amend in 2017 and is currently based in Accra, Ghana. Providence has a background in international accounting with more than five years of experience working with accounting firms in diverse countries, both batching numbers and guiding organizations to achieve their objectives. Providence established Amend’s current accounting system and works closely with each country office manager and other staff members, to ensure that all of Amend’s finances are well managed and represented transparently. He is also a team member of our School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSAI) program, wherein he provides implementation support in Francophone countries.

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Ramadhani Nyanza

Program Officer

Ramadhani is a program officer for Amend. He joined in 2011 as a road safety instructor and become a program officer in 2020. He is currently based in Tanzania. Ramadhani is experienced in training, supervising, and managing road safety instructors; he has also led a team of project and research assistants and acted as the master of ceremonies at many of Amend’s events. Ramadhani currently heads the first satellite office in Tanga as the Tanga project coordinator, leading Amend’s work in the city of Tanga for the Safe and Healthy Journeys to School for Children and Adolescents project with Fondation Botnar.

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Simon Kalolo

Country Manager

Simon is the country manager for Amend Tanzania. He joined in 2012 and is currently based in Dar es Salaam. Simon has a background in project planning and management. He is a trained road safety advocate with experience in facilitating workshops at global road safety events. Simon has managed Total Foundation’s VIA program and motorcycle taxi riders training in Togo and Guinea. His other work has included implementation of safe infrastructure around schools in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. He led a traffic conflict analysis study around schools in Ghana and delivered road safety training to NGOs and local government authorities in Jamaica and Morocco.

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Texel Cossa

Country Manager

Texel is the country manager for Amend Mozambique. She joined Amend in 2016 and is based in Maputo. Texel has a background in marketing and management. She started her career in Mozambique as a marketing and sales representative. She began work with Amend as a program assistant for road safety education in Mozambique. Texel currently develops and manages programs in Mozambique. Her projects have included Amend’s road safety Kids’ Court, motorcycle taxi rider training, and community road safety awareness campaigns in Inchope, central Mozambique. Texel also advocates for speed reduction up to 30 km/hr around schools in Mozambique.

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Theodora Mabada

Administration Manager

Theodora is the administration manager for Amend Tanzania. She joined in 2010 and is based in Dar es Salaam. Theodora has a background in administration. She started her career working as an administrator with an NGO that provides legal assistance to victims of traffic accidents. She began work with Amend as the office manager. Currently, Theodora is responsible for the overall management of Amend’s office in Tanzania, including managing statutory reporting and human resources. She also works closely with our head accountant in day-to-day management of accounts and finances and provides operational support to program activities.

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Tom Bishop

Program Director

Tom is a program director for Amend. He joined in 2009 and since then has been based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tom’s background is in transport planning. He began his career as a consultant for the UK Highways Agency, working to reduce the need to travel and dependency on the private car. He has led our Tanzania office since establishing it in 2009. Tom is currently leading a number of projects and initiatives, including the development of a motorcycle taxi training program, the development and implementation of a road safety action plan for the city of Tanga, and the incorporation of people-centered design into World Bank–funded roads projects. He has directed projects in more than ten countries on the African continent.

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Yusta Mgaya

Administration Assistant

Yusta is the administration assistant for Amend Tanzania. She joined the organization in 2012 and is based in Dar es Salaam. Yusta provides assistance in the overall management of Amend’s office in Tanzania, including office cleaning, maintenance, clerical work, bill payments, and other assistance as well as managing petty cash and reconciling expenses with the administration manager.

Board of Directors

Andreas Lazar

Board Member

Leila Kazemi

Board Member

Alex Guerrero, MD

Board Member

Chloe Teasdale

Board Member

Chloe Teasdale, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The focus of her work is on evaluating the implementation of HIV care and treatment programs, with a specific interest in assessing outcomes of children, adolescents, and pregnant women living with HIV in resource-limited settings.