Our Team

JayJay D. Segbefia; General Partner & Expedition Leader

'JayJay' is the General Partner of BraveHearts Expeditions and doubles as the firm’s Expedition Leader on Experiential Leadership, Outdoor Learning, Corporate Team-Building and Adventure Expedition programmes. In the first year of the firm’s registration, he led out on a business competition drive that won the 2013 Ghana StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. He was personally honoured with the Ghana Angel Investor Network’s coveted Most Promising Entrepreneur 2013 Award. The firm placed second in the subsequent World StartUp Cup Business Model Competition hosted in Armenia to a Pakistani company, and compensated with winning the Enablis Business Launchpad Competition in 2014.

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ayJay is a Mandela Washington Fellow of the US Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The Mandela Washington Fellowship embodied President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in the US in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC.  Through this initiative, he and other young African business leaders gained the skills and connections they needed to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. 

JayJay trained as a journalist at the Ghana Institute of Journalism and acquired his business management education from non-degree Fellowships run by Dartmouth College and Ohio University, all in the United States. He is currently pursuing postgraduate education in International Business at the University of Ghana Business School.  Before founding BraveHearts Expeditions, he worked as Public Relations Officer of the Kings University College in Accra and briefly as Junior Communications Adviser to the African Cashew initiative (ACi) of GIZ, Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation.

JayJay holds the rank of Expedition Navigator, and has worked as a naturalist, outdoor educator, mountain guide and adventure sports instructor since 1999. His expedition leadership experience exceeds 500 individual adventure expedition operations and programmes in jungle, mountain, ice, coastal, lacustrine, desert, and alpine terrain across 4 continents, including 16 successful assaults of Mount Kilimanjaro. Through his unparalleled adventure leadership, BraveHearts Expeditions is the first indigenous company to introduce commercial abseiling and kayaking into Ghana’s adventure tourism sector.

JayJay lives in Accra when he isn’t leading an expedition or running debriefs for corporate adventure programmes. 
 

Karen Selasi Kpodo; Junior Manager, Administration

Karen joined the firm at the completion of her Senior High School education, in January 2015, and has since proven herself to be an indispensable team member. From having no business experience whatsoever, she has learnt quickly as Executive Assistant to the General Partner, developed the technical competencies in the operational aspects of the firm’s business and rose up to the challenge of Customer Services Manager in 2017.

Karen is a diligent employee. She started by organizing the administrative documentation of the firm, managed the General Partner’s archiving modules and assisted in customer care and support. Dependable to a great extent, she can be counted upon on short notice, and has a willingness to go to any length to see the firm succeed. She’s brave, unafraid to do all it takes if it gets the job done, and has a perceptive sense of urgency to most operational tasks.

Karen does not only manage Field Base but assists the Expedition Leader to run expeditions across the country. She and the Senior Manager run campaigns on adventures that has consistently increased the corporate customer numbers of the firm over the past 2 years.

Karen holds the rank of Expedition Ranger and has participated in close to 50 expeditions in various outdoor terrain since joining BraveHearts Expeditions. 
Karen spends most of her time shuttling between school and Field Base. In her spare time, she loves a good book and a movie. She is currently in her final year as an undergraduate student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and works as the firm’s Junior Manager in charge of Administration.


Dennis Senyo Ahlibi; Junior Manager, Expedition Operations

Dennis has served as an expedition operations expert with the firm since January 2012. His love and passion for adventure and the Ghanaian outdoors is one of the first things customers see shining through his friendly personality.
 
In his position, Dennis oversees the preparatory logistics and field adventure operations of BraveHearts Expeditions. These include risk assessment and mitigation responsibilities for kayaking, biking, jungle hiking and abseiling operations in all adventure locations. These include the Kwahu Ranges, Afadjato and the Togolese Highlands, the Shai Hills Reserve, the Klowem Hills, and Survival Island in Lake Volta.
 
During his tenure the Outdoor Operations department has focused on international safety compliance, casualty evacuation route developments and enhanced customer comfort in extreme environments. His vast adventure experiences include close to a hundred expeditions in varied terrain. Apart from the Expedition Leader, he has the most firsts in tracking down, finding, verifying and engaging new abseil adventure locations throughout Ghana. 

In spite of his seemingly tough, implacable jungle exterior, Dennis has a soft spot for young adventurers, children and first-timers, and goes out of his way to make them comfortable and ready for their first heart-stopping experiences. There isn't a single expedition adventurer that easily forgets his name.
 
Dennis holds the rank of Expedition Guide and is a graduate of the Bishop Herman Senior High School, where he studied General Science. He plans to further his education this year.

He resides with his family at Ashaiman and does not discriminate in his love of music.

Emelia Asante Yeboah; Junior Adviser, Community Development

Emmy is the firm’s local engagement strategist and designs our innovative community development programmes. These strategies help to transform rural communities in our expedition locations using a plethora of economic interventions that encourage rural community residents to stop the environmental degradation that result from the use of unsustainable farming and fishing practices and prevent biodiversity and ecosystem loss.

Emmy first came into contact with BraveHearts Expeditions in May 2013 when she signed up for the Odysseus Cadet II Challenge where she found there was more to her talents than she had originally believed. She later joined the team in a number of hiking and mountaineering expeditions and conquered her fears to rise through the ranks. 15 expeditions later, she holds the rank of Expedition Ranger.

The BraveHearts Expeditions’ Community Development Office was created in 2014 to safeguard the firm’s expedition locations by providing economic incentives in the form of scholarships, jobs for locals, provision of farming, fishing, water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as fishing safety equipment. We demand, in exchange for these incentives, the abolition of all fishing and farming methods that destroy the environment in all our expedition locations. Chiefs, traditional rulers and heads of families enforce these memoranda in ways that guarantee the conservation of the rich cultural, environmental and physical resources of our locations. So far, more than 20 communities are beneficiaries of our programme.

Emmy is currently an undergraduate student of the Presbyterian University College in Akropong, where she pursues a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Development Studies, and works as the firm’s Junior Community Development Adviser when school goes on recess.


Solomon Obeng Affum; Junior Adviser, Expedition Operations

Solomon joined BraveHearts Expeditions in early 2017 just when the firm was working to introduce lacustrine kayaking operations on Survival Island. He and the Expedition Leader were the first to machete their way through the island, survey it and initiate the painstaking process to rid the island of its thorny weeds while leaving all live trees standing.

The current layout, and the present sustainable infrastructure on the island, all owe their existence to important inputs and supervisions rendered by Solomon. The locals at Labolabo, from where the initial island operations were launched, hold him in high esteem following his engagement with them for their assistance and environmental sustainability compliance.

Solomon was the firm’s Junior Operations Manager from January 2016, and brought to the job several years of experience in a variety of prior logistics, construction, micro-finance and agri-business jobs. He holds the rank of Expedition Ranger and has contributed to a total of 30 successful expeditions, including the establishment of ridge-line trails in the Klowem Hills of the Krobo Odumase area.

His technical expertise with our biking expeditions contributed to establishing commercial biking operations at the Shai Hills Reserve, Ghana's last replica of what the coastal savanna ecosystem used to be before urbanization.

Solomon was admitted to a Bachelor of Science programme in Chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in June 2017 and has since been working with BraveHearts Expeditions when school is in recess as a Junior Operations Adviser.

Solomon lives in Accra and loves reading in his free time.


Barima Kwadwo Oduro; Adviser, Social Media Assets

B. K Oduro, is a photographer and the firm’s Social Media Assets Adviser. He is a conscientious, positive, self-motivated professional photographer, and specializes in outdoor and extreme action photography. His cameras capture every moment of each expedition adventure so our customers can immortalize their amazing experiences one expedition after another.

B. K creates, manages and analyses content for the firm’s social and other media platforms, and contributes to BraveHearts Expeditions’ marketing and business development operations with cutting edge presentation templates and relevant tools. His know-how of photography gadgets and equipment ensures that customers do not have to miss the capture of any important part of their journey with us into the unknown.

B. K’s work experience also spans the transport and logistics sector. And he brings the same versatility to the outdoors. While shooting through his lenses, he assists with the logistics components of adventure deployment. He has, at various times, worked as restaurant accountant, and was later promoted as Assistant Manager while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Ghana. He joined Ghana’s Produce Buying Company as a Depot Clerk until his appointment as Transport Officer, also during the process of securing an Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport (CiLT). He further holds an Advanced Certificate in Project Management. B. K lives in Accra, takes up photography gigs in his free time, and loves to simply have fun.


Caleb Nyarkoh; Adviser, Wilderness Medicine Operations

‘Kayleb’ works as the firm’s Expedition Medic. He is a Registered Nurse with close to 10 years’ working experience in clinical practice. He has experience in both rural and urban healthcare delivery set ups. Although a busy person, Kayleb loves nature and adventure, and joined BraveHearts Expeditions as a Medical Adviser in 2017. He is responsible for the emergency preparedness of the firm, handles all medical emergencies and educates and guides adventurers on basic and lifesaving techniques in Casualty Evacuation and First Aid.

Kayleb currently practices with the West African Rescue Association, an international emergency and primary healthcare organization for the expatriate and corporate community in Ghana as Nurse Manager, where he serves as the team lead for the nursing team in planning and implementing quality nursing care. He is a strong safety and quality improvement of healthcare advocate, and a team player with immense and dynamic team leadership skills. He is able to comfortably adjust his personal goals to suit organizational goals to achieve maximum organizational success.

He is a devout Christian and has a strong desire to make an impact in society through voluntary service, especially with his expert knowledge in health and nursing care. He also currently serves as the Business Development Manager of Paraklete Health Services, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in medical outreaches and mobile clinic services. He also volunteers for the Diabetes Youth Care of Ghana, the Network for Young Professionals in Development and also the Dream Believe Achieve organization; a young people mentorship group. A Rotarian in the making, he has volunteered for several projects, and other health outreaches.

Kayleb started his nursing education in 2005 at Berekum Nursing and Midwifery Training College, where he studied Registered General nursing. His first work station was the Catholic Hospital in Asankrangwa in the Western Region as a Staff Nurse in 2008. His career saw a quick hype and recognition from his supervisors because of his commitment to his professional responsibilities and delivery. He furthered his education in the field of Public Health from the Catholic University of Ghana, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Public Health, and majored in Health Management, as well as at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Accra for an intense course in Health Administration and Management, a pre-requisite qualification for all healthcare managers in the public and private sector in 2013.

Kayleb believes in living life one step at a time and offering back to the world the skills and gifts God has given him.


Paul Ofotsu; Chief of Security, Survival Island AND Kojo Nsunwaa; Head, Grounds & Maintenance, Survival Island

Chief Ofotsu is an employee-beneficiary of the firm’s community development programme and is responsible for Island security. He ensures this by helping ensure customers wear the right caliber of safety equipment before boarding kayaks and water-based equipment, supervising the maintenance of island trails to avoid accidents involving reptiles and customers, and ensuring that all technical infrastructure are maintained to continue guaranteeing the safety and preparedness of the operations team.

Chief is the caretaker-lord of the lacustrine Labolabo community, and his friendly, calm demeanour helps to ensure local residents keep their sides of the environmental sustainability bargain. He has experience working security and maintenance jobs in agribusiness and on commercial aquaculture farms.

Chief lives with his wife and four children in the Labolabo village.

Kojo Nsunwah, mostly known as Uncle Joe is also an employee-beneficiary of our community development programme and works primarily as the Head of Grounds & Maintenance. Uncle Jo provides logistic support to Operation Managers and Advisors, and takes care of island infrastructure to ensure seamless and effective kayaking operations in Lake Volta. He also operates the firm’s motorized fleets on the Lake and assists the Operations team in risk assessment and management tasks.

Uncle Jo also lives in the Labolabo village, with his wife and six children.


BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD

Gregg Fairbrothers, Chair
Mr. Gregg Fairbrothers brings to BraveHearts Expeditions more than 22 years’ business experience in almost all operational and investment-related aspects of the upstream oil and gas industry, including exploration, exploitation, production, marketing, acquisitions and divestment, joint ventures, and corporate finance through banks, multi-lateral institutions, limited partnerships and public markets (including IPOs and unsolicited purchases). 

Mr. Fairbrothers is the founding director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network and an adjunct professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of business at Dartmouth College.  Prior to returning to the New Hampshire Upper Valley area of the United States in 1999, he was President and founder of a mid-sized international oil and gas producer, Samson International, Ltd (SIL), as well as president of Samson Resources, Inc., and a director of the companies’ parent holding company, Samson Investment Company.
 
Within Samson International, between 1987 and 2000 Mr. Fairbrothers managed, founded and built exploration and production companies on three continents. The International companies had operations in Venezuela, Canada and Russia, a combined staff of over 150 employees, and annual revenue exceeding $US 100 million. 

Mr. Fairbrothers came to the Samson companies in 1980 from Texaco, Inc., and held a variety of management positions in exploration, production, and acquisitions.  From 1998 Mr. Fairbrothers was President of Samson Resources Company, the US subsidiary of the Samson Companies, which operated in all the major producing areas of the US. Samson Resources grew from a company of fewer than 100 employees in 1980 to a maximum employment of over 1,000 during that period.
 
Upon leaving Samson in 2000, Mr. Fairbrothers became involved in a number of startup initiatives, some in cooperation with faculty of the Tuck School.  Out of that activity grew the proposal that became the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network a department within the Office of the Provost at Dartmouth College which supports entrepreneurial initiatives and facilitates integrated efforts toward entrepreneurship education and commercial implementation.  In 2004 he founded the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center (DRTC), Inc. a free-standing New Hampshire non-profit corporation which operates a 55,000 sq. ft. technology incubator facility developing technology-based innovations with the potential for significant social impact.  Mr. Fairbrothers continues to serve as director of the DEN program and on the board of Trustees of the Center, and in addition, as a professor of business administration at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, he teaches three courses in entrepreneurship at the Tuck School and a fourth at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. 

Mr. Fairbrothers graduated Dartmouth magna cum laude in 1975 with a B.A. in Earth Sciences (high distinction). He also earned an M.S. degree from Rutgers University in Geology in 1977, and an MBA from the University of Tulsa in 1983.

Brian F. Kunz, Senior Advisor - Outdoor Leadership & Experiential Education

Mr. Brian Kunz is a skilled and experienced educator and administrator with forty years of experience working in the field of experiential education, primarily with university outdoor programs and Outward Bound schools.  He has extensive experience lecturing and providing practical sessions on experiential learning internationally, and brings the same level of international expertise to BraveHearts Expeditions.  

Brian has designed and delivered experiential learning programs for Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business since 1987.  In addition, Brian designs and delivers the outdoor learning component of the Tuck Bridge Program, the Tuck MBA First Year Orientation, the Dartmouth Medical School First Year Orientation, and oversees the undergraduate outdoor orientation program for over a thousand new students at Dartmouth. 

Brian introduced adventure education to Russia during a two month lecture series at Moscow State University in 1990. Subsequently he helped foster the growth of adventure education in the Moscow Region, in the Mari El Republic, in the Black Sea area and in the Altai Region of Siberia.  

Brian provides management training sessions for corporations including Lucent Technologies, Hewlett Packard, the Bank of America and the Dartmouth Medical Center. Brian started his career in outdoor education with the Boston University's SURGE program in the early 70's and then worked for Outward Bound Schools in North America, Great Britain and Germany for ten years before moving to Dartmouth in 1984. 

Brian has skied the length of Norway and was the first American to complete the Euroloppet ski series in 1976.  He is a mountain guide who has climbed the Matterhorn, spent 36 days on Denali and climbed to the 23-thousand-foot Pik Kommunisma in Tajikistan.  He is also an avid canoe tripper and whitewater kayak instructor.  

Brian lives in the New England area of the United States on a property on which he built a log sauna from logs he harvested on his property in Norwich, using Swedish scribe technique.


Nana Adjoa D. Darko; 1st Limited Partner

Nana Adjoa Darko employs her new role in the firm to introducing corporate organizations in Ghana to the enormous benefits of outdoor leadership and team-building adventures, with particular interest in female business leaders.

She joined BraveHearts Expeditions at its start-up stage in 2012 and has since taken on many challenging roles, including competing alongside the Expedition Leader in the World StartUp Cup Business Model Competition in Armenia, January 2014; and leading BraveHearts Expeditions' participation in UKAID’s ENGINE drive to enhance growth in new and emerging enterprises.

Before her induction as a Partner, she was deputy Expedition Leader assisting in outdoor operations. Nana served as Head of Corporate Relations between 2012 and 2014, turned BraveHearts Expeditions' corporate policies around and grew the firm’s multinational customers and revenues to include high profile companies. 

Nana's experience includes business-to-business strategy, sales and new business development, and strategic business planning. In her new role she hopes to empower and involve more corporate institutions in the firm’s Corporate Outdoor Leadership & Teambuilding Expeditions programme and increase the long-term sustainability of their businesses by providing them with innovative leadership training and world class service.

Nana Adjoa has earned the rank of Wilderness Explorer, and is the first West African female to rise to that prestigious rank. She has participated in more than 150 high-grade African expeditions and led ten full-scale international mountaineering expeditions in the Togolese highlands and on the escarpments along Ghana's eastern edge. She facilitated the staging of the Lucozade Icarus Challenge II Wilderness Survival Expedition in the Kwahu Mountain Ranges in April 2011 and endeared herself to expedition clients by her impeccable client services skills and hands-on approaches to client comfort.


Sampson Afrifa, Jr., Limited Partner

Ellen Lokko, Limited Partner.

Kusi Appiah, Limited Partner

Keith Sperre, Limited Partner