OUR TEAM

The Zaina Lodge Leadership Team

1CEO Andy Murphy: Andy first came to Ghana as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in 1998. He worked in the Upper East from 1998 until 2004, initially as a researcher with Nature Conservation Research Centre (where he met his future business partner John Mason). Returning to the United States, Andy earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University in 2007. Following graduation from Harvard he joined the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., where he was Deputy Director for the Global Market Transformation Initiative. He left WWF in 2012 to become the full-time CEO of Ecolodge Mole Operating Company, Ltd., the legal entity behind Zaina Lodge.o.

2Chairman of the Board John Mason: John is the executive director of the Nature Conservation Resource Centre in Ghana, an organization he founded in 1995. NCRC focuses on rural tourism development that is rooted in the premise that conservation will be effective when communities affected by it receive tangible economic and cultural returns. A Canadian citizen schooled in Nigeria, John has worked in West Africa for more than 30 years. He is a member of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and a pioneer in developing the model of Community Resource Management Areas, which deliver community benefits through conservation..

The Zaina Lodge Team


Araba Aikins-Dodoo

(Sales and Marketing Manager) has led the marketing and promotion of Zaina Lodge in Mole National Park since February 2015.  Prior to joining ECGL she was the Marketing Manager at Cheki Ghana, Ghana’s largest car sales website, part of the One Africa Group of Companies, and she also served for six years as the head of customer service for Amal Bank.  Araba also brings to ECGL experience with Anders Buss Denmark and Barclays Bank.

 


Food & Beverage Manager Prasanta Kumar Sarmah: From 2012 until joining Zaina, Prasanta was the assistant manager for Food & Beverage Service at Terrace Greens Munmar in Kerala, India. Previously Prasanta also worked as a Food & Beverage executive at Alila Hotel & Residence in Bangalore.

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Chef Jove Ansah: Chef Jove has an 18-year working experience in production of colander (salads and its sauces), hot dishes (soup, accompaniment and sauces) and diverse handicraft at desserts and bakery. His dexterity extends to African and world class Gourmet production skills. He is an Executive member of the Ghana Chefs Association as National Programs Director.

Chef Jove has been worked as Junior cook from La Palm Royal Beach hotel, Junior Sous Chef at Rhapsody (South Africa), Head Chef at Hillburi Resort and Executive Sous Chef at Oak Plaza-Accra. Presently, Chef Jove is the Executive Chef at Zaina Lodge responsible for artistic selection and combination of food ingredients for production and delivery for gourmet experience.