Husein Pumaya Yakubu is an Emerging Public Leaders fellow at the Lands Technical Directorate of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, where he carries out researches on complex land issues to advise the Minister for lands and Natural Resources.
He is a Graduate from the University for Development Studies with a first-class Bachelor of Science degree in Land Management. In his early ages, he served as the Senior Prefect of his Primary School, became the Assistant Compound Prefect in Junior High. While in JHS, Pumaya participated in the Model United Nations Conference in Accra, where he was adjudged the Best Delegate from the African Bloc and was given an Honorable Mention at the end of conference. Pumaya became the Senior Prefect at his Senior High School. At the University, he served as the President of the University’s Debate Society and NCCE Club, Speaker of the Youth Parliament, Deputy Clerk of the SRC General Assembly, Chairperson of the academic board of the Real Estate and Land Management Students Association; and a member of Rotaract, AIESEC, African Students for Liberty and Infinite Research Institute. He represented Wa Campus in the 2017 edition of the NCCE Constitution Day Quiz competition and was part of the UDS Team at the 2019 Ghana Universities Debate Championship in Koforidua.
He was the 2020 valedictorian for the School of Humanities at the University for Development Studies. He received the Vice Dean’s award for Overall Best Graduating Male Student of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Surv. Prof John Tiah Bugri Award for Academic Excellence, by the Ghana Institution of Surveyors. He currently holds the record for the second Highest Graduating CGPA ever attained in the Wa Campus of UDS, and the third highest since the establishment of the University for Development Studies.
Pumaya is currently enrolled in the Civil Service Training Center for a certificate in Public Administration. He is also a professional trainee at the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, to become a certified Valuation and Estate Surveyor.
Pumaya is passionate about youth leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy. He aspires to play a lead role in the transformation and reformation of land administration processes in Ghana. It is this aspiration that led him to pursue Land Management as an Undergraduate Program. He has acquired so much knowledge and experience in this sector through his numerous internships, reviewing of scholarly articles and his active advisory role at the Ministry of Lands and Natural resources. At the Ministry, he assists in the day-to-day running of his Directorate by carrying out research and drafting project proposals for the consideration and implementation by the Ministry. He is also a member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Now Generation Network (NGN), a coalition of young and mid-career Africans committed to moving Africa’s development agenda forward.
Pumaya is a research assistant and the accountant at In-Out Group. He has a strong passion for Academia, hence his great interest in research and academic writing. Later in life, he intends to go into academia, where he can impart his many years of rich experiences to up-and-coming land sector professionals.