The country director of the World Bank for Ghana, Yusupha B. Crookes, is set to move out after almost three years of service in Ghana.
Mr. Crookes could be credited with helping fast track the release of some budgetary funds that were frozen because of concerns with how Ghana’s economy was being managed.
He was also in charge of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Mr. Crookes is expected to leave the country officially by the end next week.
He was appointed on March 1, 2012 and was based in the World Bank’s Accra Office.
Yusupha, a Gambian national, joined the World 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 Senior 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 led high level Energy Sector review missions to Ghana, Sierra Leone and other African countries.
He was responsible for working 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.
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.