Abibata Zakaria: Meet the new MASLOC CEO

Hajia Abibata Mahama Zakaria, MASLOC CEO
Hajia Abibata Mahama Zakaria, MASLOC CEO

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appointed Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakaria as the CEO of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).

The former deputy CEO of MASLOC replaces her immediate past boss, Stephen Amoah, who is currently the MP for Nhyiaso Constituency in the Ashanti Region.

She served as a deputy CEO since 2017. She demonstrated a high level of competence and hard work towards the transformation of MASLOC.

She also played pivotal roles in the disbursement of soft loans to thousands of Ghanaians to start up or expand their businesses.

Zakaria was very instrumental in the establishment of MASLOC district offices across the regions. Hajia Zakaria, a proud native of Yendi, the traditional capital of the Dagbon State in the Northern Region, is one of the famous political figures in Ghana most especially in the Northern sector.

The one-time Parliamentary aspirant of the NPP in the Yendi constituency is regarded as a highly motivated individual, a team player, a results-oriented person, dynamic, analytical and highly competent woman who has impacted many lives in Ghana.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration with emphasis on Economic and Political Development from The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) – Columbia University in the City of New York.

She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana.

The new MASLOC CEO is also an expert in Project Management, Business Development, Strategy, Public Management and Institutional Analysis, Government Budgeting, Operations Management, Economic Empowerment of Women, International Capital Markets, Business Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation among others.

Hajia Zakaria 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 has extensive work experience from different local and international organisations such as the Agricultural Development Bank (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) and Jospong Group of Companies (Accra, Ghana).

She is married with four children.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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