Mrs. Mary Awelana Addah

Executive Director

Mrs. Mary Awelana Addah is an accomplished and highly respected professional with a wealth of experience in governance, anti-corruption policy and practice, and program management. She serves as the Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) – the local chapter of Transparency International, a non-governmental organisation that promotes transparency and accountability in Ghana.

Mrs. Addah began her career as a Senior Program and Research Officer at GII in November 2009. Since then, she has made significant contributions to the organisation, leading to her promotion to Program Manager in May 2014. During her tenure as Program Manager, she oversaw the Program team at GII, responsible for designing and implementing initiatives focused on enhancing transparency, reducing corruption, and promoting good governance in Ghana.

In June 2023, Mrs. Addah stepped up to serve as the Acting Executive Director of GII, a testament to her exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the organisation's mission. She served in this capacity until August 2023, when she was appointed Executive Director.

Before joining GII, Mrs. Addah worked in several state and non-state organisations, including the Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition (GTLC), the Centre for Community and Social Development (CENCOSAD), and the Ghana Education Service. Her extensive years of work and participation in numerous training programs have cultivated her competencies in governance, anti-corruption policy and practice, and comprehensive knowledge in all facets of program management.

Mrs. Addah has expertise in various domains, including program concept development and design, monitoring and evaluation, technical proposal writing, and strategic advocacy. She serves on multiple platforms and initiatives at various state and non-state levels, bringing her extensive capacity in various spheres to bear. Her membership on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership, the Steering Committee for Ghana's Citizens' Movement against Corruption (CMaC), the RTI Coalition Steering Committee, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the NACAP are a testament to her commitment to promoting transparency, reducing corruption, and promoting good governance in Ghana.

Mrs. Addah holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a specialisation in Social Work from the University of Ghana. She also obtained a master’s degree in development studies from the same institution. Additionally, she possesses expertise in Participatory Videoing (PV). She has received certificates in many areas, including Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Public Sector Policy, the SDG Framework, Institutional Strengthening, and Multi-Stakeholder Processes and Social Learning from the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the Danida Fellowship Centre, and the United Nations (UN).

Through her exceptional leadership skills, extensive experience, and commitment to promoting transparency and accountability, Mrs. Addah has become a highly respected figure in Ghana's Civil Society and an inspiration to many young professionals.

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