LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – JANUARY, 2017
Medeem, the premier provider of land tenure documentation for small holder farmers and the informal land sector has announced the appointment of Micah Sarkas as its Chief Executive Officer. As a pioneer company, creating a unique model for land rights formalization, Medeem has brought its ParcelCert® products and services to market. Initially operating in Ghana, and then establishing a broad based presence in Eastern and Southern Africa beginning in Zambia. Through a recent expansion and merger into Medeem, Inc., the company continues to broaden its reach and capacity, serving thousands of clients with a first of its kind business model matched to its proprietary combination of land tenure documentation and uniquely efficient land survey services.
Mr. Sarkas joined Medeem in 2015 as its Country Director in Zambia, and has a strong background in managing a portion of Lundin Foundation’s investment portfolio where he first was introduced to Medeem. Stephen Nairne, Managing Director of the Lundin Foundation says “Micah is a proven leader who has a unique combination of experience which will benefit Medeem’s clients, employees and investors. We are thrilled with his appointment.” Micah was born in Namibia and was educated in South Africa. He now brings his experience in finance and investment, in combination with his operational knowledge, to the position of CEO for Medeem Inc., the parent organization for all of Medeem’s country operations.
According to Craig DeRoy, Medeem’s founder and Executive Board Chairman, “Micah brings great skill and energy to the role of CEO, and will play a pivotal role in moving Medeem to a broad based international footprint, commencing in Eastern and Southern Africa, and beyond. The board welcomes Micah into this expanded role and is confident that with his leadership, the organization will aggressively expand its social impact success.” Already, Medeem has broken ground as the first organization of its kind to demonstrate true economic sustainability by offering the industry’s highest quality products at prices that are affordable by even the most financially challenged clients.
Medeem has innovated its high quality, sector changing products and services under an economies of scale model to bring exceptional value to those it serves. Working with both government and customary authorities, Medeem has shown itself to be the professional provider of reliable and accessible land tenure data and information. Medeem’s product line includes: ParcelCert (Rural Land Tenure), ParcelPlan (Urban Land Tenure), Community & Resource Mapping, all focused on unlocking land rights.
According to Mr. Sarkas, “Medeem has the potential to not only mitigate border disputes, providesecure land rights and bring development to the areas we work, but also unlock millions in financeand investment for small holder farmers. We see the impact daily when talking to clients”. One ofMedeem’s clients in Zambia, who just finished building a cement house told Medeem’s field team “this was only possible through Medeem. I now feel secure to invest in my land”.
Medeem has recently opened up a licensed approach to ParcelCert® by offering its benefits through qualified and licensed partners. More information will be provided in coming weeks, as Medeem expands its impact into South Africa in a regional partnership with Lidwala, a well-respected geo-technical firm based in Johannesburg.
icah Sarkas leads a team of extremely qualified professionals, including Ebenezer Odoi, thecompany’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Odoi has a master’s degree in GIS and has led Medeem’sland survey and mapping initiatives for more than three years – providing process innovation that hasgreatly reduced the time and cost for land demarcation, without sacrificing its high degree ofaccuracy.
Another member of this professional team is Peter Lungu, the company’s Finance and AdministrativeDirector. Mr. Lungu came to Medeem from IDE where he was the Program Director, having bothoperational and finance responsibilities. Mr. Lungu and Mr. Odoi have been instrumental indeveloping partnerships for Medeem with such esteemed organizations such as World Wildlife FundZambia, Habitat for Humanity Zambia, Solidaridad and Lidwala.