Director, Aduna Ghana
My dream is to protect the environment and create livelihoods for women in rural Africa by creating value for our neglected and under-utilised wild savanna fruits. To achieve my dream I set up a not-for-profit organisation called ORGIIS (Organisation for Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability Ghana) which promotes the value of these resources where I live in Upper East Ghana and the surrounding areas. Fortunately, some years ago my path crossed with Aduna - an impact-driven business which shares our mission to use under-utilised resources like baobab to create sustainable incomes for African women. Since we partnered in 2014, we have created value for the baobab tree and brought livelihoods to women in Northern Ghana. We are building our project year by year by increasing the supply of baobab to the global market, creating jobs for rural households in the dryland areas of Africa.
Julius started his career working as a Field Officer for a local environmental NGO in Northern Ghana called GNADO where he rose through the ranks to become Programme Manager. From here, he joined an American NGO called International Development Enterprises. These roles gave him a wide range of experience and in-depth understanding of the development needs of his people – knowledge which he used to found ORGIIS, a women focused organisation focused on facilitating and supporting the application of indigenous knowledge for sustainable human development, poverty alleviation, climate change mitigation and environmental degradation. Julius holds a BA in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies in Ghana.