Maura K. Leary, Director of Communications, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) has announced the appointment of Maura K. Leary to the position of Director of Communications.

Her appointment, according to a statement sighted by NewsWire GH, takes effect officially on September 20.

Maura will oversee ACET’s internal and external communications, working with all departments to refine and strengthen ACET’s messaging, engagement, and advocacy strategies.

She will also ensure that the institution’s analysis and advice are widely understood and readily available to stakeholders in Africa and around the world to influence policy and accelerate economic transformation.

In a response to her appointment, she noted that she is delighted to to be chosen to assist in generating policies aimed at the development of Africa amidst concerns of Coronavirus.

“ACET incubates and promotes African-driven solutions and thought leadership; those ideas and recommendations will be even more crucial to
countries’ transformation efforts during and in the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic. I look forward to contributing to this important agenda for Africa,” she said.

For his part, President and Founder K.Y. Amoako said the appointment of Maura is expedient.

“Maura will guarantee that the right people are getting the right knowledge at the right time. She brings invaluable experience, expertise, and passion to ACET, and I am thrilled for her to join our growing organization,” he said.

Maura joins ACET after 10 years at the World Bank, where she has developed impactful communications strategies that address risks and advance key policy positions, with a strong focus on thought leadership, economic progress, and stakeholder engagement.

Since 2019 she has been the Senior External Affairs Officer responsible for economic issues in Sub- Saharan Africa. In 2020 she served as Acting Manager for the World Bank’s Africa External Affairs team, implementing a dynamic communications and engagement strategy and leading a team of professionals across the African continent and in Washington, DC.

She previously advised the World Bank’s Chief Executive Officer on communications, risk, and engagement, and prior to that she managed strategic communications and outreach on poverty reduction, equity, and inequality as the Communications Lead for the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice.

She began her career at the World Bank as a partnerships and communications specialist on the Gender and Development team.

Before joining the World Bank in March 2011, she worked at George Washington University and Tufts University managing academic programs in the United States and France for high school, university, graduate, and adult students.

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is a pan-African economic policy institute that supports governments and businesses to transform economies and deliver sustainable growth that improves livelihoods.

ACET follows a unique approach that combines analysis, advice, and advocacy in critical program areas, encompassing economic management and governance, youth employment and skills, regional integration and gender equality, to foster collaboration among policy makers and the private sector as they look to accelerate Africa’s sustainable growth.

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