Hanan Abdul-Wahab

Chief Executive Officer

Hanan is an agricultural engineer, a post-harvest expert, a trained development practitioner and a consultant with expertise and experience in grain storage technology, hermetic storage, project design, as well as monitoring and evaluation. He has practical experience in hazard analysis and critical control points as well as quality control and quality assurance.

He is also experienced in impact analysis and is familiar with design and implementation of integrated food security and development programs, due to his academic and professional backgrounds, consolidated with the key roles he played in several other types of research which focused on food security. He has also been involved in a number of research studies particularly in the middle and northern belts of Ghana.

Hanan attended Kalpohini Secondary Technical School in Tamale, University for Development Studies (UDS), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST and the Henan University of Technology in China.

He holds Bachelor of Science (BSc. Degree) in Agricultural Technology, a Master of Philosophy (MPhil. Degree) in Post-Harvest Technology and a Master of Science (MSc. Degree) in Grain Storage Technology.

In terms of a career, Hanan has remained a result-oriented, self-motivated and disciplined individual who takes up new challenges.

After serving his mandatory one-year National Service, which he did with the Engineering Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Hanan took up appointment with the then newly established National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) as an Administrative Officer,  and after almost two years, he was made the Area Manager for the three Northern Regions,  then (Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions) of NAFCO, a position he held for five years.

By dint of hard work, the government of Ghana elevated him to the position of Acting Chief Executive Officer for the same organization, and after only a year, the Board of Directors of the company confirmed his appointment, making him the substantive Chief Executive, a position he still holds.

He is credited to have spearheaded key reforms which have salvaged an almost collapsed state food security entity. For instance, apart from embarking on massive and strategic warehouse and storage infrastructure revamp, the partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Education to supply food commodities to high schools under the government’s flagship Free Senior High School (FSHS) has repositioned NAFCO as a key national vehicle for strategic development.

Most importantly, he has successfully led the company to be a self-financed, profit-making and results-oriented state company.

Between 2008 and 2014, Hanan played an integral role in monitoring and evaluation missions that focused on Quality Assurance, Baseline Studies and Project Evaluation for various projects commissioned by development organizations such as Star Ghana, Plan Ghana, Care International, the Social Support Foundation and the Ghana Federation for the Disabled.

Hanan Abdul-Wahab has travelled widely and participated in some very important conferences, trainings and workshops, some of which include a training course on Grain Storage Technology from Henan University of Technology in China, training in hermetic storage (pro-cocoon), training in quality control, quality assurance and quality manual development, training in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programmes, and project management.

Over the years, Hanan’s hard work and impact have been recognized widely, both home and abroad, with the recent one being the 2nd Best Public Sector CEO in Ghana, which he won in 2018.