Samuel Zan Akologo

Picture_Zan 2.jpgSamuel Zan Akologo is Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana and Head of the Department of Human Development of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference since 2011. In these positions, Zan is responsible for the Church’s public policy advocacy, on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference. Zan previously held Country Director positions for SEND GHANA (A national policy research and advocacy organization) and Amnesty International. His academic background is Public Policy and Government Reform from University of Westminster (UK). Zan’s research interest is in Migration and Development where he has written and commented on very extensively. Zan has special interests in Social Accountability and Citizen’s Agency in Governance. He has thus done extensive work with the Independent Review Mechanisms of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

Since 2013 to date, he has followed very proactively with the Post 2015 Development Agenda process from the work of the Open Working Group that drafted the SDGs. In this regard Zan is one of the main persons that supported Caritas Internationalis advocacy work towards the Post 2015 Development Agenda. He made a presentation at the April session of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and was part CI Team in New York for the UNGA Summit on Sustainable Development. He was moderator of the High Level meeting of the Holy See and Representatives of Governments in New York during the UNGA. Corporate Sector’s contribution to the implementation of the SDGs has engaged his attention during the Intergovernmental Negotiations and the Financing For Development (FFD3) negotiations which outcome document has now been adopted recently in Addis as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Mr. Zan Akologo was Leader of Caritas Internationalis Team at the first High level Political Forum on the follow up and review of the SDGs in July 2016 in New York.