Role in PPAG – currently and previously
Gideon joined PPAG when in his first year at Legon Presec after attending a workshop. He later formed the FLE club in Presec in 1997. He was instrumental in advocating for the Young & Wise Centre in Accra under the i3 project during the paradigm shift period, where he became a member of the Young and Wise Drama Committee and a member of the first Youth Advisory Board of the Young and Wise Youth Resource Centre.
He was instrumental in the introduction of the Youth Advocacy Movement now Youth Action Movement (YAM) in 1999 to 2000. He led in the introduction and establishment of the Legon branch of PPAG volunteers in 2001 at the University of Ghana, Legon after assisting in expanding the Family Life Education (FLE) Clubs / Reproductive Health Education and Services for Young people (RHESY) clubs to some schools when he volunteered to be the National coordinator of RHESY clubs. From 2001 to date, he continues to provide leadership and support in making the Legon (YAM and Adult) branch one of the most vibrant of branches. Gideon has served on several committees of PPAG and represented the Association on several programmes and projects both locally and internationally including the Youth Advisory Board of the African Youth Alliance (AYA) project, the International Students Conference on AIDS (ISCA), 1st African Medical Students Training Congress (AMSTC), U.N Office of Sports for Dev’t & Peace (UNOSDP) etc.
Currently he is the chairperson for the Legon branch of volunteers, the Southern Zone Chair and the national Treasurer as well as Council member of the Association.
[Short Educational background and Professional progression]
Gideon Tekpor Yaw Leckson-Leckey obtained his MPhil in Finance from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon after obtaining a BSc Administration in Banking and Finance from the same Institution. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Development Economics and Finance with the Open University of Malaysia at the Accra Institute of Technology (AiT), Accra.
He started his career in academia with Graduate Assistantship with the University of Ghana Business School, Legon and later lectured in Management, Project Management, Finance and Economics at Valley View University (VVU), Datalink University College (DUC), African University College of Communications (AUCC) and currently at the Accra Institute of Technology (AiT).
Gideon is an associate member of the Association of Certified Chartered Economist, (ACCE), Ghana affiliated and affiliated and accredited by the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM).
Gideon T.Y Leckson-Leckey is a banker by occupation. He started as a Research Analyst with the then The Trust Bank (TTB) until the bank merged with Ecobank, where he is currently a Client Engagement Manager (Service Quality) with oversight responsibility of branches. He served on several committees of the two banks providing some strategic options in optimizing service delivery and overall corporate results. Gideon has lead in several product innovations and development for the bank including being the lead architect and co-administrator of Ecobank’s best practice portal “Ecobank Elite”.
[what I like most about/ have benefitted most from being a PPAG Volunteer]
Gideon believes PPAG is one great institution that provides opportunity for the young to learn not only SRHR issues but also the rudiments of life and leadership from older volunteers without the fear of discrimination.
He has learnt a lot in terms of programme and project management and has sharpened his knowledge, skills and talents in leadership; heightening my passion for knowledge and skills transfer. The thought of helping another as a volunteer is more than self-fulfilling. He has had opportunities of working with some other organizations through his association with PPAG.
[Other interests, including family life]
His interest in youth development, SRHR and research has seen him presenting several posters and papers in international conferences. He has a couple of academic publications to his credit and his main research areas are innovations and technology management, developmental finance and economics and leadership.
His passion for holistic youth development has seen him playing crucial roles in Ghana Youth for Christ (YFC) and currently the Executive Chairperson of the Youth Education and Transformation Network for Africa (YETNA), a Christian youth leadership organization. He loves movies, theatre arts and enjoys playing football with his Honourables Football club.
Gideon Tekpor Yaw Leckson-Leckey, believes in social cohesion and family system.