Christabel E. Dadzie is an international development specialist with extensive experience working on economic development across Africa, in Latin America and South Asia, leading projects in education, gender, agriculture, trade, social protection and youth employment with various international development organizations including United Nations entities and for the USAID. Currently, she works with the World Bank as a Senior Social Protection Specialist, leading the Ghana portfolio to promote social inclusion, youth employment, and ending extreme poverty. She is lead author of a recent World Bank Youth Employment Publication: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/34349 Additionally, she supported the Social Protection and jobs portfolios in Liberia, where she led the development and implementation of an adolescent girls’ program to revive businesses of young women whose business were shut down as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease crisis.
Upon returning to Ghana from the US in 2010, she identified the need to promote Brain Gain among young Ghanaians by supporting the returnee transition. She therefore founded Ahaspora Professionals Network (www.ahaspora.com), an organization which supports Ghanaian professionals who have lived or studied abroad and return home to make a difference. From 12 members at inception in 2011, Ahaspora has grown to over 2000 members and has a flagship mentoring program for high school students across Ghana as its give-back initiative. Christabel is a Board Member of Emerging Public Leaders Organization, on the Management team of the Moremi young African women leadership initiative, and a member of the Women’s Advisory Board of The College of Wooster in Ohio, where she earned a Bachelors’ Degree in International Relations. She also has a Masters’ Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.