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Outstanding Alumni

Mahamudu Bawumia, PhD ’95 (Economics)

Vice-President of Ghana, Former Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana

Mahamudu Bawumia assumed office as the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana on January 7, 2017. 

Bawumia is the first SFU alumnus to serve as vice-president of Ghana. After completing his PhD in the Department of Economics in 1995, he worked as an economist and was the deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2006 to 2008.

Mahmood Khan, Bawumia's former PhD supervisor and SFU economics professor emeritus, says he is very proud of Bawumia's achievements. “"I take pride in Dr. Bawumia's illustrious career and his achievements so far,” says Khan. “His success in the election, after almost 10 years of persistent efforts, is a reflection of his commitment to public service in his country.”

Bawumia was nominated as the vice-presidential candidate for both the 2008 and 2012 Ghana general elections. He is best known for his annual lecture “On Ghana’s Economy”, where he speaks to the people on the challenges and opportunities that Ghana faces.