Mr. Cletus Baalongbuoro is the Founder/ CEO of Ponaa Briquettes. He holds a degree in Energy Management with specialization in Biomass Renewable Energy from the University of Stirling UK. Mr Baalongbuoro has obtained a number of certificates in entrepreneurship and business management training.
He has completed a six months intensive entrepreneurship program with the Adansonia group in Millan Italy in 2017. He completed another six month business incubator training with the Ghana Climate Innovation Center in 2018, the SEED Catalyzer training in 2019, and the Land Accelerator program 2021.
Mr Baalongbuoro is an alumnus of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship program. He is also a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative in Entrepreneurship. He has five years working experience in the renewable energy industry in Scotland before he returned to Ghana to start Ponaa Briquettes. He creates, communicates, and implements the company’s vision, mission, and overall direction and strategy.
Madam Soriah Biereba is a co-founder and also responsible for training the human resources. She brings a wide range of skills to the company, having worked with women groups in rural communities for 8 years. Her engagement with all stakeholders within the business value chain is great. She recruits and trains particularly the women groups in preliminary biomass processing process. Her determination, organization skills, and keen eye for details allow her to accomplish targets even with limited resources. She manages project implementation, and oversees daily operations.
Miss Charity Diata is the marketing and sales manager. She has over ten years marketing experience. She combines the traditional and digital marketing skills to attract new customers and also retain and maintain our existing customer base. She uses digital tool such as social media to advertise our company and the product in a more effective and less expensive way.
She has been able to develop a database for all our customers and potential customers. Due to her outgoing personality and talented management style, she is able to attract new customers to the company and also retain the old ones. Since she joins the management team, sales have been increasing steadily.
Mr. Mohammed Yakubu Suhiyini is responsible for the operation and production department of the company. He has over ten years working experience in the renewable biomass energy prodution. He is well knowledgeable in his field and does not compromise on quality.
Ponaa Briquettes is a for-profit social enterprise established to provide clean cooking solutions designed to transform cooking practices in Ghana. The company recycles agricultural waste such as rice husks into clean smokeless charcoal briquette as alternative to wood fuel for cooking.