Dr. Sulley Gariba was appointed Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada in December 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the senior Policy Advisor to the President of Ghana, and head of the President’s Policy Delivery Unit. Dr. Sulley Gariba is a policy analyst and governance specialist with over 30 years of experience in advising governments and international institutions on development policy, governance, evaluation and international relations. He studied and lectured in Canada for about 15 years, obtaining a Masters and Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations. In June 2014, Carleton University in Ottawa, conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Sulley Gariba, in recognition of his longstanding work and academic scholarship in international development, civil society practices, government policy and program development in Africa. He became the first African in the history of that university to be given this award. In 2005, Dr. Gariba was recognized in Ghana as the winner of the Millennium Excellence Award for excellence in Rural Development.
Dr. Gariba has had a long association with Canada, both as an academic and a development specialist. During his Ph.D studies, he served as lecturer and resource person at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, first teaching International Relations (1986 to 1989); and later on the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) from 2003 to 2011. He was the lead resource person on Cultural Adaptation Training for Canadian development workers posted to Africa under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1981 to 1990); and served as lead advisor on over a dozen major CIDA projects in Ghana and other African countries from 1990 to 2009.
Dr. Gariba is married to Mrs. Neo Thamae Gariba and they have four children – two daughters and 2 sons.