World Bank announces new Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone


World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone


Yusupha B. Crookes
Yusupha B. Crookes

Washington DC, January 25, 2012 – – The World Bank has appointed Yusupha B. Crookes as Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  His appointment takes effect from March 1, 2012 and he will be based in the World Banks Accra Office.

Yusupha, a Gambian national, joined the Bank in 1983 as a Young Professional. He currently serves as Director, Regional Integration in the Africa Region.  Prior to this assignment, he held senior managerial positions including Country Director for Pakistan, Senior Manager and Sector Director in South Asia Region.  Earlier on, he was Sr. Manager in Corporate Resource Management and the Oil, Gas and Mining Department, and Sector Manager for Energy in the Africa Region of the World Bank, during which time he lead high level Energy Sector review missions to Ghana, Sierra Leone and other African countries. As such, he brings to this position extensive operational experience in a variety of complex country and sector situations.

In this new position, Yusuphas top three priorities will be to: (i) work closely with the three partner countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction; (ii) lead and support staff and the country management team, working closely with internal and external partners, to enhance results on the ground; and (iii) lead and support staff in implementing the priorities of the new Africa Strategy while adjusting to corporate realities and opportunities.

He holds degrees in Economics, Finance and Accounting.  His assignments in the Bank have covered various responsibilities in the Caribbean, Russia and Central Asia, Turkey, South Asia and various countries throughout Africa.  Prior to joining the Bank, he worked in equity research and investment management in the United Kingdom.

He is married, with two children.

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