Sumaila Abdul-Rahman is the Country Director of ActionAid Ghana with 25 years’ experience in the Development Industry.

Mr. Sumaila has a wealth of international, regional and country-level experience in strategic programme development and management of humanitarian action.

He has served in several capacities and pioneered many laudable initiatives to further human rights, poverty eradication and social justice.

Mr. Sumaila’s international work in ActionAid began in Liberia, where he was seconded as a Country Representative.

In 2005, Sumaila was appointed Coordinator of the Sahel Food Crises Programme based in Niamey, Niger. The Sahel Food Crises Programme was an ActionAid International initiative designed to address food security challenges in the Sahel area of Niger and Burkina Faso.
Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Sumaila was the Emergencies and Conflict advisor for West and Central Africa, a responsibility that involved promoting emergencies and conflict management work in nine (9) countries in the sub-region.

Prior to his appointment as Country Director in 2014, he was the Accountability & Management Support Co-ordinator for ActionAid International in charge of West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Liberia).
This role involved management support to countries and the monitoring of their compliance with the Federation’s regulations.

Between 2007 and 2011, Sumaila also led ActionAid International assignments on secondment terms, some of which included a nine (9) month interim Country Director role to oversee the successful closure of ActionAid programmes in Cameroun and Guinea Bissau.
Sumaila also facilitated the successful closure of ActionAid’s presence in Burkina Faso.


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Sumaila Abdul-Rahman also known as Samara’s affiliation with the NPP dates back to 1992, where he has been instrumental in galvanizing votes for both Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates of the party in the then Bawku Area.
He has since being working for the party. He contested 2011 Parliamentary Primaries for Pusiga Constituency and was a member of the Upper East Campaign Team- Nana Addo for 2012.

Sumaila Abdul-Rahman is currently a member of the Upper East Region council of Patrons of the party.

He was also a member of the Pusiga Constituency Campaign Team and Fundraising Committee- for the 2020 election.
He was instrumental in supporting to mobilize votes for the party.



Imperial College, University of London August 2002 September, 2004 MSc. Degree (Managing Rural Change)

University of Cape Coast (UCC) November 1988 July, 1992 Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics and Sociolgy) & Diploma in Education.

Bawku Secondary School Sept, 1978 Jun, 1985 GCE “O & A” Level


Harvard -Kennedy School Executive Education, USA
Mobilising Your Non-profit Board (Certificate)
March-May, 2014

Syracuse University, London and ActionAid International Leadership Developemnt Unit

Bangkok August, 2014 Certificate of participation
ActionAid International leadership Development Unit

Training on protection in conflict situations, Colombo

Sri Lanka, November, 2008 Certificate of participation
ActionAid International Emergencies and Conflict Team.

Training on disaster response and fundraising, Addis, Ethiopia, December, 2007

Certificate of participation
University of Swansea-London, United Kingdom.

Training in Participatory Vulnerability Analysis, London October, 2005

Certificate of participation
Eastern Mennonite University, USA – Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (Specialised in Indigenous Peace building processes) June, 2005

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Certificate of participation
Eastern Mennonite University, USA- Conflict Transformation and Peace-building- Eastern (Specialised in Peace Education Curriculum for Youth and Children, Skills for Conflict transformation, Globalisation and Peacebuilding for traumatized societies) May-June, 2004


Rights –Based Approaches to development ISODEC- Accra, Ghana. October, 2002

Participatory Vulnerability Analysis – Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok

Hazard Research Centre, University College, London and Centre for Development Studies, University of Swansea-London, United Kingdom October, 2001

Participatory Approaches to Sustainable Peacebuilding and Evaluation- Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA, July, 2001

Participatory Monitoring and Impact Assessment, Mombassa, Kenya ActionAid International and Robert Chambers – Mombassa, Kenya. April, 2001

Budget Advocacy Training for CSOs. Facilitated by ISODEC- Sunyani, Ghana-March, 2000

Advocacy Training for ActionAid Ghana Senior staff ISODEC-Tamale, Ghana
February, 1999


ActionAid International Acountability & Management Support Co-ordinator February, 2011 January, 2014

ActionAid International Emergencies and Conflict Advisor for West Africa September, 2007 January, 2011

ActionAid International based Sahel Programme Co-ordinator, based in Niamey, Niger. October, 2005- August, 2007

ActionAid Ghana Programme Manager, Upper East Region August, 1999- September, 2005

ActionAid Liberia Acting Country Representative September, 1999 February- 2000

ActionAid Ghana Senior Programme Officer July, 1998- July, 1999

ActionAid Ghana Programme Officer June, 1995- June, 1998

National Service Scheme District Co-ordinator, Bawku West September, 1993- June, 1995

National Service Scheme Service Personnel September, 1992 August- 1993


Extensive experience in NGO management, humanitarian work, monitoring and evaluation.


English, Bissa, Kusaal, Moshie and Hausa


Listening and dancing to music

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