Mrs. Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree with emphasis on Economic and Political Development from The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University in the City of New York. Some of her core interest areas are: Project Management, Business Development, Strategy, Public Management and Institutional Analysis, Government Budgeting, Operations Management, Gender, Politics and Development, Economic Empowerment of Women, Politics of policy Making, International Capital Markets, Business Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation among others. She has applied these skills through continued work with the public service, private sector and international organizations where she acquired a wide-range of knowledge in the formulation and implementation of projects and policies. She is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) under the office of the President, Ghana.
She has extensive work experience from the following organizations: Jospong Group of Companies, Agricultural Development Bank (Accra, Ghana) The Millennium Cities Initiative - MCI in collaboration with Earth Institute of Columbia University (Accra, Ghana), Consultancy for The Capacity Development Group (UNDP, New York), Merchant Bank Ghana Limited (Accra, Ghana). While pursuing her masters’ degree in Columbia University, as part of her course requirements, she interned with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Accra, Ghana), The Regional Bureau for Africa in collaboration with the Earth Institute of Columbia University (UNDP, New York). She did her national service with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR-Accra, Ghana). She is a highly motivated individual, a team player, a results-oriented person, dynamic, analytical and highly competent. She is married with four children.
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Certified Leadership Training at Ivey Spencer Leadership Center at Western University in London Ontario, Canada- October, 2015