Humphrey Fellow Tettah works with Minnesota & Wash DC agencies on economic development projects

Ruby Saakor Tetteh, 2017-18 Humphrey International Fellow (Ghana) at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has completed a professional affiliation at the University of Minnesota, Office of University Economic Development, Economic Development Fellows program, and started a new affiliation with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Washington, D.C.

Ms. Tetteh is a development professional and a Deputy Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry with over 12 years of experience in trade and industry policy. She has expertise in the promotion of development initiatives, providing innovative input for policy decisions and choices, conceptualizing, designing and implementing trade and industry projects, and supporting the growth and development of small- and medium-scale enterprises through business advisory services. Ms. Tetteh holds a joint master's degree in Development Studies and Public Policy from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and Central European University, Budapest, respectively. Ms. Tetteh has contributed to the formulation of Ghana's Trade and Industry policies, which have had a significant impact on Ghana’s economy. In the last five years she has led the consultative processes for Ghana's Consumer Policy and the drafting of a Consumer Protection Bill.

The scope of the work Ms. Ruby Saakor Tetteh undertook at the UMN Office of University Economic Development included working in a cross disciplinary team of graduate and professional students on a project involving an entrepreneurial start-up company in the field of companion animal care.

The Office of University Economic Development (UED) serves as the front door for economic development at the University of Minnesota. The office helps businesses and industry partners connect with University of Minnesota resources, services, and expertise, and work with government and economic development partners to identify opportunities for collaboration that grow and diversify Minnesota's economy. See the website for more information:

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.
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