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Name : Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Group type : EXECUTIVE.

Designation : Vice President.

About Leader :


The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana is the second-highest executive official in Ghana. The Vice President, together with the President of the Republic of Ghana, is directly elected by the people through popular vote to serve a four-year term of office. The Vice President is the first person in the presidential line of succession, and would ascend to the Presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. The current Vice President of Ghana is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who took office after the NPP’s Presidential candidate, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo ascended to the Presidency of Republic of Ghana on January 7, 2017.



The duties of the Vice President of Ghana are:

•    presiding of various meetings in absence of the President

•    acting President when the President is out of the country


The Vice President is also a member of

•    The National Security Council

•    The Armed Forces Council

•    The Police Service Council

•    The Prisons Service Council

Profile of the Vice President  Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia


Date and Place of birth

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was born on October 7, 1963 in Tamale to Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia and Hajia Mariama Bawumia.  Born into a large family, Mahamudu Bawumia was the twelfth of his father’s 18 children and the second of his mother’s five.



Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia attended the Sakasaka Primary school in Tamale, and gained admission to Tamale Secondary School in 1975. He was President of the Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) for 1981. After graduating from Tamale Secondary School, he went to the United Kingdom where he studied banking and obtained the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB). He obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at Buckingham University in 1987.


He then obtained a master's degree in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford, and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995. His areas of specialization include Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics and Monetary Policy. He has numerous publications.



Dr. Bawumia, from 1988 to 1990, worked as a lecturer in Monetary Economics, and International Finance at the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London, England. He also served as an economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, USA.


He also served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, USA, where he also received the Young Researcher Award in 1998. He was listed in "Who is Who Among America’s Teachers' in 1999.


Dr. Bawumia returned to Ghana in 2000 to work as an economist at the Bank of Ghana. He rose from Senior Economist to Head of Department, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Governor of the Bank. President John Kufuor appointed Bawumia as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in June 2006.


Shortly after the 2008 election Bawumia resigned as Deputy Governor at the Bank of Ghana.



Mahamudu Bawumia was running mate to the New Patriotic Party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 elections. The NPP increased its share of the vote compared to 2004 in all the three Northern Regions, in both the first and second round.


He was again the running mate of the NPP’s candidate in 2012 and 2016 elections.



The provisions of article 62 of the 1992 Constitution apply to a candidate for election as Vice-President:

•    (a) he/she is a citizen of Ghana by birth

•    (b) he/she has attained the age of thirty-five years; and

•    (c) he/she is a person who is otherwise qualified to be elected a

Member of Parliament, except that the disqualifications set out in paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of clause (2) of article 94 of this Constitution shall not be removed, in respect of any such person, by a presidential pardon or by the lapse of time as provided for in clause (5) of that article.