Current Corporate Executives in Residence

Mr Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu is Governance, Civil Society and Development Management Expert with over 20 years experience facilitating socio-political development processes at national and international levels.

For the past 15 years, he has been leading in the development and management of strategic Voice and Accountability programmes, including the multi-donor funded Strengthening Transparency Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR-Ghana) programme, supply-side governance programming and civil society strengthening. He has extensive hands-on experiences in facilitating strategic planning processes; design, implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems, programming for the delivery of social services as well as institutional strengthening, partnerships brokering and fundraising.

Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon with a B.Sc. Administration and certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Ghana Business School. He also holds a post graduate diploma in NGO Management from Centre for Development Studies, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark and an M.A. in Social Policy Studies from the Centre for Social Policy studies University of Ghana, Legon. He is currently the Programme Director of the second phase of the multi-donor funded STAR-Ghana programme (

The Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management is proud to host Mr Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu as the Corporate Executive in Residence from February to May, 2017.
Mr. Wahab Adams Hamidu, is a Computer Science graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He also holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Ghana Business School.

Mr. Wahab has been working in the management of information systems since 2004 with a diverse portfolio of experience in the field. He currently works as the IT Service Delivery Manager at Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, where he is charged with the responsibility of managing the Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) function in the bank to ensure that risks to service delivery are identified and proactively managed.

He is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and has completed all 4 ISACA certification examinations. His score on the Certified Information Systems Auditor exams in December 2016 ranks in the top 10 percent across the globe. He is;
  • A Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL Foundation)
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) - * Certificate.
The Department of Operations and management information Systems hosts Mr. Wahab Adams Hamidu as Corporate Executive in Residence from February – April 2017.
Dr Callistus Mahama is the Head of Local Government Service and a product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Cambridge. Dr Mahama has enormous experience in local governance and decentralization. He was also the Executive Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on decentralization (IMCC) Secretariat from 2012-2016. Dr Callistus Mahama has served as the Deputy Director and head of the Institute of Local Government Studies for both Accra and Tamale Campus. In addition he lectured at the department of Land Economy at KNUST and was a Junior Partner at Valuation and Estate Services Limited as well as Padfield and Woodman Associates.

He has served in several public positions, as the chairperson for the Decentralisation Sector Working Group (DPs & GoG); a member of the African Commission for Local Government Improvement International Expert Panel and also a member of the Ministerial Expert Group for the review of Ghana’s decentralization. He also served as a Steering committee member of the World Bank /Ghana funded Northern Region Poverty Reduction Programme (NORPREP). He is also a member of the Local Government Service Council and was once an Assembly Member at the East Gonja District Assembly where he gained extensive knowledge in local democracy.

Dr Mahama is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK (MCIPR) and Ghana Institute of Surveyors (AGhIS). In addition, he has received several awards including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for development in Africa Initiative, and was also awarded Associate member, Centre of African Studies, (SOAS), University of London and an award from Royal Cambridge Society.

Dr Mahama has other professional experiences spanning from being a member of the National Technical Working Group for the Implementation of Composite Budget in Ghana, Ministerial Expert Review Committee, Ghana Government Decentralisation Review Programme, and Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme Country Selection Committee. He is also a Reviewer for Journal of Urban Studies, and Editor, Journal of Local Government Studies. He has a number of publication on local government and urban decentralisation and has also presented a lot of conference papers at both local and international platforms.

The Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management is proud to host Dr. Callistus Mahama as the Corporate Executive in Residence from February to May, 2017.
Mr. Gopalakrishnan Kaliyannan is the Sales Leader of Procter & Gamble (P&G), Greater West Africa with over 16 years’ experience across sales, trade strategy and market planning both in Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) selling. He has served in various managerial positons in reputable organisations such as Procter & Gamble India, and Ghana, BASF (I) Limited and Clariant (I) Limited. Across these organizations, he has held positions such as Key Account Manager, Project Manager, Regional manager and Group Manager for multiple categories amongst others where he influenced sales delivery, category plans, new launches and distributor operations.

In his 16 years’ experience across markets and territories, Mr. Kaliyannan grew various businesses, delivered growth rates up to 30%, designed and executed market coverage plans, brand wise in-store plans and built sales capabilities, which turned around the fundamentals of his business. In his role as Project Manager, Distributor Operations for P&G, Mr. Kaliyannan led the development direct coverage and improved productivity of coverage. He also executed Distributor Hub and Top Leadership Structures. Mr. Kaliyannan has won several national and international awards in P&G and Clariant for his stellar performance across roles.

Mr. Kaliyannan has completed his Master’s in Business Administration with Marketing and Finance major from the reputed S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai India. Before that, he had done B.Tech. in Leather Technology from Anna University in Chennai, India. He has been outstanding across his academics with University Gold Medal from his B.Tech. and Dean’s Top 20 in Masters. He has very keen interest in mentoring youngsters and guiding students. He is passionate about training and teaching within his corporate as well as in colleges. Apart from being a corporate trainer in his company on many topics, he has given many lectures on his sector expertise as well as general management in management institutes in Mumbai. He is also a marathon runner and has run couple of full marathons and several half marathons.

Mr.Gopalakrishnan Kaliyannan hosted by The Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship as the Corporate Executive in Residence from February to May, 2017
Mr. Frederick Attakumah is the Executive for Corporate Affairs, and The Director of Asanko Gold Ghana Limited with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry.
He was the first Vice President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and also a member of the Governing Council of the Private Enterprise Federation.
Frederick has held several management roles including Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, Vice President – Sustainability for AngloGold Ashanti’s operations in Ghana and General Manager – Engineering Services among others. His management experience spans operations, projects and sustainability.
He is a product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Henley Business School, (UK) and also an alumnus of the Wharton School’s Advanced Management Programme (University of Pennsylvania, USA).
Frederick belongs to a number of professional associations including the Institute of Directors (UK), the Chartered Management Institute (UK), the Project Management Institute (USA), the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), the Association of Energy Engineers (USA), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Engineering (USA) and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.
Mr. Frederick Attakumah is the Corporate Executive in Residence (CER) for this academic year for the Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management under the Corporate Executive in Residence Programme (CERP).


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