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Project Manager

New York, New York, United States
October 29, 2016

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Kwesi Selassie

New York, NY ***** • Cell: 347-***-**** •


A rising project manager with experience in SMEs, business Development, Insurance, Agile, PMO Standards, Private Equity and Investments and Global application development and Connectivity Project, Offshore and Onshore Global projects


Business Analysis Training

Cyber Security and Its 10 Domains

Life Insurance license NY

Business Model Canvas

Technical Skills

SQL, Agile, French

VLOOKUPs, Investments

Basic C# knowledge

Pivot tables,Outlook


MS Visio & MS Project, Clarizen, Jira

Work History

Senior Project Coordinator July 2016 – to date

International Rescue Committee

Communicated, negotiated, and managed the scope of the assigned project to ensure that expectations are set concerning the project deliverables, timeline and costs.

Coordinated project plan updates, maintaining plans, weekly deliverables to project teams, tracking the status of deliverables while tracking issues, updating status, creating reports

Ensure and maintain the currency of all project documentation in the central file repository and provide project coordination and support to the IT PMO team all the while managing budgets and vendor relations.

Conducted project meetings and post meeting follow-ups including meeting notes, cliff notes, and action items.

Assisted Training managers with training documentation and translation in both English and French for various technical operational correspondence and documents including e-learning materials.

Provided project management leadership for a variety of business and technology initiated work efforts, ranging from small to large, successfully delivering them on-time and within budget including reconciling project budget expenses submitted by staff with appropriate accounting and T codes

Monitored and tracked project change requests and defects, production enhancements and defects, and resource management and financial budgets while developing and maintaining databases.

Prepared communications management plan while coordinating, testing and training material distribution, tracking and reporting statistics to the key stakeholders according to the communication management plan.

Identified assessed and monitored risks and made risk mitigation strategy recommendations.


Managed multiple stakeholders during the Project- Project teams, users, and junior teams and Technical team

Updated Clarizen and Jira with high level documentation and requirements.

Facilitated WebEx conference calls with Offshore teams, Vendors and Country Directors

Performed browser content testing on webpages for GO-live and performs in user testing to ensure successful launch in multiple countries.

Coordinated and communicated in French training and event logistics with Country & Regional Directors and their staff in West Africa such as Chad, Mali, Niger and Cote d'Ivoire

Assisted Chinese Professor in teaching Chinese mainly focusing on pronunciations and phonetics.

Africa Empowerment Fund (Private Equity Firm) July 2016 – to date

Business Development Assistant (Internship)

Support management in product development, branding and oversight of the organization's Communications, Investor Relations and sourcing deal leads through investment and international donor organizations.

Support the team in creating financial models, analyzing historical and projected financial statements, conducting industry and market research, reviewing portfolio company information and preparing internal memos for senior management review. Conducting research on business services sub-industries for investment suitability

Assist with operational side of a private equity fund management company and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (sourcing, due diligence, structuring, capital deployment, value creation and post-investment monitoring.

Gathering information across work teams, compiling and distributing documentation and reports

Business Strategist (Internship) Dec 2015 –July 2016

V V Patchouli New York City, NY

Collaborated with HR, Design and Marketing teams to prepare a proposal to prospective client

Supported manager in executing recommended strategies across social media platforms (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook etc.) including budgets, forecasts, and strategic plan

Negotiated business relations between the VVP and investors

Built and maintained investor relations leading to new negotiated deals 80/20.

Client Relations/Project Coordination Analyst April 2013 – Feb.2015

Family Care Plus – Connecticut

Assisted in creating and transforming business requirements into functional requirements and designing business models using UML diagrams - Context, Use Case, Sequence, Activity diagrams, MS Visio.

Conducted research into project-related issues and products, JAD and JAR sessions.

Documented business requirements and also defined its scope and objectives.

Business Development Assistant Jan. 2012 - March2013

Heninjaka Limited (Automobile Company)

Identified and helped to develop strategic relationships with partners or potential customers

Wrote and presented reports of product outcomes and potential product development ideas.

Reviewed both the content and look of official reports.

Developed key ideas or modules to attract potential clients.


MBA International Business (private sector and energy) Aug 2014 – Sept 2018

New York University

Business Analytics

University of Pennsylvania June 2015 – March 2016

Bachelor of Arts: French, Economics, Political Science Aug 2008 - June 2013

University of Ghana

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