Sammy Obeng is a parliamentary practices and
procedures specialist with many years of experience working with Parliaments
and parliamentary monitoring organisations across Africa. He specialises
particularly in West African parliamentary systems and have developed many
projects that have partnered with parliaments, parliamentary institutions,
members of parliament and other civil society organisations to implement.
He is a leading trainer who has successfully developed and facilitated training sessions for 1,000+ people across the World on how parliaments work and ways to effectively engage with legislative assemblies. He is passionate about parliamentary openness, open governance, access to information, anti-corruption and press freedom. He has worked with multiple stakeholders including CSOs, journalists, legislators, public servants as well as private sector players and business associations in advancing these themes.
Before taking up this role as founding Executive Director of PNAfrica, Sammy worked as Editor-In-Chief of the Parliamentary Newspaper of Ghana, after over a decade of corporate leadership in the private sector and working stints with the Parliament of Ghana, Development Gateway International (DeGAIN) and the Greater Accra Regional Students Representative Council. He is an alumnus of the Canada World Youth (CWY) initiative – an educational exchange program that saw him work as a volunteer with the Center for International Studies of the Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the campus newspaper and radio station of the same University. He also offered voluntary services to the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton and the Sekyere East District Assembly in the Ashanti Region of Ghana through the District Environmental Sanitation Strategy Action Plan (DESSAP).
Sammy has an education in Economics with Human Resources Management. He also holds an Advance Certificate in Communication and Governance.