Executive Director & CEO | POLISHED ARROWS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Mariam Yunusa is a versatile Urban Planner and multi-talented international development expert with over four decades experience in academics and public service. She is a Nigerian national who retired from the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) in December 2015 as Director of Partners and Inter-Agency Coordination.
Mariam joined the UN after an accomplished career in public service in Nigeria where she served in different capacities including lecturing at the Ahmadu Bello University and serving as a civil Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development in Adamawa State. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PolAr, the humanitarian arm of Ladisgold – an outfit which she chairs as well.
Mariam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria as well as Diplomas in Management, Leadership, Theology and Practical French.