Our Team

Our expert staff is with you all the way!

Musah Alhassan

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
Musah is the 2014 and 2015 winner of the Ghana Tourism Authority's Regional Tour Guide of the Year award. His tourism experience includes M and J Tours, Hilton Hotels, and Rustic Pathways. He is the founder and CEO of Uprise Adventure (formerly SDL Tours). As the Ghana country manager for Rustic Pathways, Musah led trips for the British School of Brussels and the American School of Dubai, and as a program leader in Tanzania he led trips for the Hong Kong International School, and the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and speaks more than nine languages, including English, Hausa, Twi, Fante, Gonja, Dagate, Vagala, Sissala, Kamara, and Dagbani. Musah began giving tours as a teenager in the north of Ghana on borrowed motorcycles. After earning degrees from Tamale Polytechnic, he completed hospitality training on full scholarship at HOTCATT in Accra. Musah was raised in Mole National Park, where his father was the longest-serving ranger in the park’s history.

Eric Bragg

Co-founder and CEO
Before founding Uprise Travel, Eric served as Ghana country director for Rustic Pathways, and as Executive Director of the Rustic Pathways Foundation. He has led programs for Rustic Pathways in Tanzania, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Australia. A passionate traveler, he has been to more than 47 countries on six continents. He earned his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, and later earned his M.Sc. in sustainable development from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. Prior to his career in travel, Eric served as an intern in the Capitol Hill office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and served as the candidate assistant to Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont. A native of Connecticut, USA, Eric now resides in Los Angeles, California. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and speaks English and Spanish.    

Charles Kissi Asante

Operations Coordinator and Ghana Tour Guide
Charles discovered his passion for tourism while working as the receptionist at Pink Hostel in Accra in 2010. From there he progressed to become a tour guide and business manager for SDL Tours. Charles leads many tours in Accra and southern Ghana, but also has experience leading multi-week tours around the country. Charles supports the day-to-day administration of Uprise Travel’s operations in West Africa. Charles earned a degree in commercial art from Takoradi Polytechnic, and taught textiles courses at the secondary school level. A native of Accra, he is certified in Basic First Aid - CPR by the West African Rescue Association, and speaks English, Twi and Ga.

Pimizi Jeremies Atevei

Togo and Benin Tour Manager
Jeremies is an experienced tour professional with a commitment to using tourism to drive local development. After studying English at the University of Kara, he launched Fly to Togo, a tourist agency specializing in travel and custom tours, which became the local agent for Tours By Locals. In 2014, he hosted Polish TV TVN for a tour in Togo. He is also the founder of Fly for Life, a sustainable tourism organization which aims to use tourism to bring about sustainable development. He speak four languages, including French, English, Ewe, and Kabye. Jeremies was raised in Kara and resides in Lome.

James Alhassan

Ghana driver
James took his first job as a taxi driver after studying business in secondary school. He later drove for Bernard Construction in Takoradi. He returned to his hometown of Tamale to work as a driver for the University of Development Studies, and eventually became the personal driver for a medical doctor teaching at the university. In 2016, James was hired to drive for SDL Tours, based in Tamale. Today you can often find him on the route between Tamale Airport and Mole National Park. James speaks English, Twi and Dagbani. James continues to call Tamale home.

Almamy Badiane

Senegal Tour Guide
Almamy has been guiding tours in Senegal since 1993. Enterprising and self-made, Almamy has led clients from the International School of Dakar, the U.S. Embassy, the UN, USAID, UNICEF, and the Washington Post. Almamy is a trained carpenter and drum-maker who speaks five languages, including English, French, Wolof, Djola and Manding. His favorite activities with tourists include authentic Senegalese cultural activities, like drumming and mask dance performances, traditional wrestling events, visits to the fortune teller, and dinner with Senegalese families. Almamy was born and raised in Dakar.

Thierno Sylla

Senegal Tour Guide
Thierno Sylla brings more than ten years of tour operations experience to Uprise Travel, including stints at Executive Tours Senegal, Albay Travel Group, and African Connection. Thierno started in the tour business as an assistant guide while he was studying English at Cheikh Anta Diop University. He was later recruited by the international NGO Childfund, where he managed sponsor relations for projects in his home village of Yoff. His efforts supported a range of initiatives, including access to education, job training, medicine, and nutrition. After sixteen years at Childfund, he returned to the tourism industry. Thierno’s favorite places to bring clients in Senegal include Saint Louis and the Sine Saloum Delta.

Oscar Kwarteng

Ghana Tour Guide
Oscar has led tours for Ashanti African Tours and Tsenabew Tours, in addition to serving as a site guide at Cape Coast Castle. He has traveled extensively in Ghana and has led tours in Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso. He speaks English, Twi, Fanti, and Sefwi. He is certified in Basic First Aid - CPR by the West African Rescue Association. He graduated from University of Cape Coast with a BSc. in tourism. In his free time he loves to read, teach, play cards, debate, and help the underprivileged in Ghana. Oscar was born in Dunkwa On Offin and raised in the city of Kumasi, Ghana.

Ali Drame

Senegal Tour Guide
Ali specializes in the history of Goree Island, where he has spent much of his career as a tour guide. He brings his deep and thorough knowledge of Senegalese history to the Uprise Senegal team. Ali graduated from the University of Dakar before eventually receiving his tour guiding license from the ministry of tourism, and he continues to teach English and history in Dakar. His passion for tour-guiding comes from his love of meeting people from all over the world. In his spare time, he likes to work out and stay in shape.

Armstrong Jobarteh

Gambia tour manager
Armstong is the manager of Black and White Safaris, which he founded in 2013. After graduating from St. Augustine HIgh School, he pursued a degree in business management. He has been working as a tour guide since 2001, when he began as a tour guide trainee, and later joined the Gambia National Tourist Board, where he worked until 2012. His main objective is to make the Gambia into one of the top tourism destinations in Africa.

Emmanuel Kumadze

Sales Coordinator and Ghana Tour Guide
Emmanuel Kumadze was born and raised in Tafi Atome, a small village in Ghana's Volta Region. For five years, he served as a tour guide and manager at the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. He later worked for Compassionate Journeys, where he led large student groups on service trips aimed at combatting child slavery around Lake Volta. He has also served as a tour guide for Semester at Sea in Ghana. He studied tourism at HOTCATT, Ghana's tourism and hospitality training institute, where he met Uprise Travel co-founder Musah Alhassan. He nows lives in Accra, where he works for Uprise Travel as a sales coordinator.

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