Mahamudo Bawumia (born 7 October 1963) is a Ghanaian economist, banker and the current Vice President of Ghana. He assumed office on 7 January 2017.
Bawumia was a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana until his nomination as the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2008, standing alongside presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo. He also ran as the NPP vice-presidential candidate in the 2012 general elections and was the lead witness for the petitioners in the 2012/2013 Presidential Election Petition which challenged the declaration of John Mahama as winner of the election. He is married to Samira Ramadan and has four children.
Bawumia was born on October 7, 1963, in Tamale to Alhaji Mamumi Bawumia and Hajia Marima Bawumia. Bawumia’s father Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia was a teacher, lawyer and politician, a Mamprugu Royal and Chief of the Kpariga Traditional Area at the time of his death in September 2002. He was a founding member of the Northern Peoples’ Party alongside Chief S.D. Dombo, Chief Abeifi Karbo, Yakubu Tali, served as Chairman of the Council of State from 1992 to 2000.
The Northern Peoples Party, together with the National Liberation Movement and other opposition Political parties, later merged into the United Party, the fore bearer of the current New Patriotic Party.
Alhaji Bawumia served under various Ghanaian governments in various capacities, including member of the Northern Territories Council, the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly, a Member of Parliament of the First Republic, Northen Regional Minister, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Bawumia was awarded the highest national honour, membership of the Order of the Star of Ghana in March 1999. He served as the Chairman of the council of State under the NDC government during the 4th republic under President J.J Rawlings.
Born into a large family, Mahamudu Bawumia was the twelfth of his father’s 18 children and the second of his mother’s five.
Mahamudu Bawumia attended the Sakasaka Primary school in Tamale, and gained admission to Tamale Secondary School in 1975. After graduating from Tamale Secondary School, he went to the United Kingdom where he studied banking and obtained the Chartered institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB). He was President of the Ghana United Nations Students’ Association (GUNSA) for 1981. He took a First Class Honours Degree at Buckingham University in 1987.
He then Obtained a master’s degree in Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford , and obtained a Ph.D in Economics at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995. His areas of specialization include Macroeconomics, international Economics, Development Economics and Monetary Policy. He has numerous publications.