As Country Manager for Miyamoto International in Liberia, Samuel Wonwi Thompson utilizes his diverse talent and experience to develop housing solutions for low- and middle-income residents of Liberia. His deep bench of national and cultural expertise — including three years as Managing Director of Liberia’s National Housing Authority and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia — has served him and the community well. Samuel also was Vice President of Citibank in Liberia and the Ivory Coast, as well as Deputy Risk Manager of the Ecobank Transnational Group based in Togo.
His work on housing for Miyamoto follows more than a decade of civil war in Liberia, living the country facing a severe housing shortage. More than 60 percent of the urban population lives in slums and an estimated 500,000 houses will be needed by the year 2030. Using his extensive background in finance and housing, Samuel composed a detailed and comprehensive overview identifying the technical and financial variables affecting housing solutions. The primary solution resides in creating housing finance vehicles and a viable construction housing market in Liberia. Enabling access to housing is a vitally important mission for the development and sustainability of the country.