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Hajia Alima Mahama

Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States

Ambassador Hajia Alima Mahama is Ghana’s first female Ambassador to the United States. Prior to her appointment to The United States, Ambassador Mahama served as a Member of Parliament and Minister for Local Government and Rural Development from 2017 to 2021. She was also a member of Parliament and Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs from 2005 to 2009.

Her passion for gender equality and development and growth of children has been evident throughout her career and more especially in her contribution to the passage of the Domestic Violence Act and the Human Trafficking Act, as well as ratification of related conventions at the level of the African Union and the United Nations. She was also influential in changes in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Law to improve maternal health and more.

She is a product of the Ghana Law School and was called to the bar in 1982. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies with a specialization in Regional Development Planning from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague in The Netherlands.

Ambassador Mahama is a Humphrey Fellow and participated in a Post Graduate Studies with Institutional attachments in Urban Policy and Planning and Women Studies under Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rutgers University. She was also affiliated to the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and pursued a three-month attachment at the World Bank.