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Mr. John Nkum is a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland conducting the International Organisation and Systems Development Programme under the joint auspices of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, USA and the Gestalt International Study Centre, Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA, USA.

Mr. Nkum has a Masters Degree in Development Planning and Management (1988), a BSc. Degree in Planning (1979) and a Diploma in Physical Planning (1977). He has Post Graduate certificates in: Gestalt Methods - Working with Groups (2001); Advanced Group Work - Design Skills in an Organisational Setting (2001); Working with Intimate
Systems, applied to Couples and Families and other Small Systems (2001); Working with Individuals in Organisational Setting (2000);Managing Organisational Change (1997),      Gestalt Approach to Organisation and System Development (1996), Process Oriented Supervision in Multicultural Context (1993), and Rural Energy Planning (1990). Mr. Nkum is also a certified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) psychometric instrument.

Professional Experience
Mr. Nkum is a Development Planning and Organisation Development consultant. He has worked as a trainer and a facilitator of participatory project planning and project management programmes at community and district/provincial levels since 1988.He has undertaken several assignments in this field within Africa and Europe for the German Agency for Technical Co-operation    (GTZ), the German Foundation for International  Development (DSE), the British Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank and other international agencies.

Mr Nkum has also facilitated team building, group dynamics retreats/training programmes and dialogue sessions for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), several multicultural project management teams in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, the core management personnel of several District Assemblies in Ghana and a number of NGOs in Nigeria.

He has trained many trainers in participatory methodologies for planning and management of development projects and community development initiatives for the UNICEF (Ghana), the Department of CommunityDevelopment (Ghana), DFID in Nigeria, and several counterparts of DSE and GTZ in Europe, as well West and Southern Africa.

He is also the Associate Pastor of the Tesano Baptist Church in Accra, Ghana, where he volunteers his services in teaching, counselling and couples/family therapy.