Washington, DC (November 29, 2017) - The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has named the Honorable Hajia Alima Mahama as a new member of the Alliance Leadership Council. As Ghana’s Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mahama will join a group of global leaders and business executives who are working with the Alliance to help millions of people in the developing world gain access to and use cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels.

“I am excited to partner with the Alliance to help create a market for clean cooking technologies here in Ghana and improve the lives of the millions of people impacted by household air pollution,” said Hon. Mahama. “I have seen firsthand the impacts of cooking over open fires and heavily-polluting stoves. We must address this issue to save lives, protect the environment, and empower women in Ghana and around the world.”

Minister Mahama is a gender expert with over 25 years of active legal education, development planning, legislative and policy planning and management experience in Ghana and Liberia.  She combined her background in law with her development and policy perspectives during her tenure as Deputy Minister and Minister to advocate for social and gender rights at the highest levels of international development.

 “As an Alliance focus country, Ghana plays a critical role in addressing this issue, and I am pleased to welcome Minister Mahama to the Leadership Council,” said Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. “Minister Mahama’s experience in women’s empowerment, development, and policy are already helping us drive our mission forward as we work to create a global market for cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels."