Research, Strategic Planning, Management and Business Development, Founder/CEO
Kakraba is a Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Philanthropist. He established the Social Enterprise (SE) Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd (Krinsol Ecotours) in the year 2015. The company's strategic business units include and not limited to Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Solutions, Events Management and Organizing, Career/Professional, Business and Entrepreneurial Development. Earlier, his passions and desire for higher academic laurels necessitated traveling to Austria where he pursued and successfully completed a degree in Business (Innovation and Management in Tourism) at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg, Austria. He crowned the studies with a research into Rural Ecotourism Development as part and in fulfillment of his degree study program. Whilst in Austria, he worked at the Jufa Hotel and G4S International in the positions of Guest Service Associate and Security Officer respectively.
The decision to establish a Social Enterprise (SE) upon his return home to Ghana, was solely motivated by his zeal, passions and commitments to utilize the extensive knowledge, competencies, experience and exposure acquired to benefit society, people and communities. This was also motivated by his absolute believes and convictions in the benevolence age-old Ghanaian social, cultural, humanitarian and economic development practices of community sharing and inter-dependencies, which serves as a valuable and reliable social, cultural, humanitarian and economic safety nets for the needy, poor, vulnerable, deprived and marginalized within communities and society especially, children. And furthermore, it is to practically demonstrate his passions and commitments to social entrepreneurship, sustainable and equitable social, economic, humanitarian and environmental development. Believing that the company will provide the leverage, propelling him to become more impactful, useful and relevant to society.
His primary responsibilities include the following: Provision of innovative, high leverage and applicable vision, objectives, goals and leadership, Spearheads negotiations for collaborations, partnerships and networking, Head of events and programs conceptualization, development and staging, Coordinates the formulation and implementation of all strategic functional management, administration and operational policies, regulations, guidelines and value chain processes. Others are Steering of products and projects research, conceptualization, development and implementation, Overseeing of external relations with third party companies, institutions and organizations, Supervises and coordinates team communications and activities for efficiency and effectiveness to achieve set goals, objectives and targets, Liaises with civil, public and private sector institutions, policy/decisions makers and other stakeholders.
Prior to all of the aforementioned, he had an extensive (over ten years) of an excellent hands-on security, law enforcement, public engagement, safety and emergency response career/professional experience whilst working as an Immigration Officer at the Ghana Immigration Service. He worked at various entry and exit points within Ghana. These included the Kotoka International Airport, Namootanga and Aflao Border Posts. He proved to be a highly proactive, self-motivated, reliable and approachable team member until he decided to leave to pursue higher academic laurels. This gave him the unique opportunity to meet, interact and deal extensively with all manner of people, from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and at all levels of society. Among such array of individuals and/or groups were government appointees and officials, civil, corporate, public and private sector leaders, policy, decision makers and employees, international diplomats, foreign service personnel, expatriates and public influencers. Also, those who visited Ghana for business, tourism and other purposes. They also included some of the very poor, needy, marginalized, vulnerable and deprived populations such as victims of undocumented, irregular and forced migration (human trafficking and migrants smuggling victims), refugees and displaced persons fleeing from conflicts within neighboring countries.
KAKRABA’s professional/career and personal experience, skills, knowledge, competences and exposure include and not limited to: team motivation, management and coordination, leadership and management, analytical and intellectual thinking and decision making, conceptualization and writing, security, safety and intelligence operations, teamwork and multitasking. It also includes social, intercultural relations and diversity management dynamics, customer courtesies and relations management, interpersonal and persuasive communication. Others are public engagement, social and humanitarian emergency response actions. As part of his career/professional and personal development goals, objectives and targets, and to achieve same, he has attended and fully participated in international conferences, training and capacity building programs over the years. These include the following highlights:
- UNWTO Regional Conference on Enhancing Brand Africa: Fostering Tourism Development, Accra, Ghana, 2015.
- Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA, “US Cultural Diplomacy: The Use of the Arts in Promoting Dialogue, Fostering Peace, and Initiating Mutual Understanding amongst World Cultures and Civilizations,” New York/Washington DC, USA, 2013.
- Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders, London, UK, 2012/2013.
- International Tourism Exchange (ITB), Berlin, Germany, 2012.
- Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Austrian Armed Forces International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Vienna, Austria, 2010.
- International Crisis Management, Swedish National Defence College, Stockholm, Sweden, 2009.
KAKRABA is extremely people/human centric with absolute believes and convictions in the benevolence age-old Ghanaian social, cultural, humanitarian and economic development practices of community sharing and inter-dependencies, which serves as a valuable and reliable social, cultural, humanitarian and economic safety nets for the needy, poor, vulnerable, deprived and marginalized within communities and society especially, children. He has strong passions and commitments to pervasive and emerging critical issues and challenges including and not limited to undocumented, irregular and forced migration (human trafficking and migrants smuggling), international development, diplomacy and relations, anti-corruption and fraud, democracy, accountability, transparency, rule of law, human and minority rights. equitable distribution of resources, sustainable pro-poor, vulnerable, needy and marginalized development and lifestyles, social and humanitarian emergency response, natural resources and environmental protection. These social, economic, humanitarian, environmental and democratic development purpose driven characteristics were developed and nurtured out of the real-life experiences encountered whilst he was growing-up, living, studying and/or working as an Immigration Officer within deprived communities.
The combination of these aforementioned characteristics, passions, commitments, work, studies and travel experiences provided the leverage, the basis and motivation for his decision to establish Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd (Krinsol Ecotours) with concretes foundations in the principles and concepts of Social Entrepreneurship (SE). An ample demonstration of his strong believes that, this business model present tremendous potentials for young entrepreneurs to influence a radical and fundamental grassroots sustainable social, environmental, humanitarian and economic development paradigm shift towards businesses imbibing compassion for the needy, poor, underprivileged, marginalized and vulnerable persons in society, and also environmental and natural resources protection, sustainability and responsibility at the core of their social, business and/or economic activities.
Naturally, KAKRABA has a passionate and never compromising attitude towards what he considers as the six (6) elements of personal and interpersonal efficiency, effectiveness and success (communication, confidence, integrity, hard work, passion and teamwork), which he has developed, nurtured and constantly and consistently exhibited in all career, professional and academic studies environments. He strongly believes these are very useful, relevant and complimentary to becoming highly impactful, effective and efficient in any management and leadership positions and a formidable team member. As the founder/CEO of the Social Enterprise, Kra Integrated Solutions Ltd (Krinsol Ecotours), he comes on board with tremendous skills, knowledge, experience and international exposure that are very useful, relevant, complimentary and beneficial to the company's efficient, effective and strategic management, operations, administration and development, environmental, social, humanitarian and economic contract with external and internal stakeholders including customers, host communities, partners, donors, other target audience and publics.
"The future belongs solely, to those who have the capabilities, naturalistic instincts and intuition to see or recognize opportunities, and are able to fully take advantage or utilize such opportunities before they become obvious".