Samuel D. Tweah, Jr studied economics and mathematics at the University of Liberia where he graduated in 2001. In 2009, he obtained a master’s degree in economics from George Washington University, in Washington D. C., United States. His formal work experience started in Minnesota, United States, variously working for U.S. Banks and financial institutions. Returning from the United States in 2011 he was hired as the lead economic consultant at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs to cost the Agenda for Transformation, the five-year development plan of the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Mr. Tweah also provided program and policy advice and support at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, spanning the years 2011-2013. In 2013, he served as the Lead Economist of the National Millennium Compact Development Project, the Liberia country team assembled to manage Liberia’s access to United States Compact grant administered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Mr. Tweah had the opportunity to also consult with many NGOs and other organizations on economic matters ranging from the economics of natural resource management to agriculture development. He also worked with the team assigned to cost Liberia’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) a five-year implementation plan for UNESCO and the Government of Liberia.
In 2016, he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He also serves presently as Governor of the African Development Bank. In January 2018, Mr. Tweah was appointed Minister of Finance and Development Planning by His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah.