About Commissioner General Thomas Tohonvi:
Mr. Thomas Tohonvi is an experienced civil society actor and financial sector professional that has worked and advocated for improved governance systems in post conflict Benin. He has over twenty-five years of experience in banking, non-governmental sector management and is an avid promoter of technology as a means to getting things done.
Mr. Tohovi has been a promoter of good governance and access to information in public service through his work as Program Lead at the Carter Center, and Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Benin (CENTAL), which he co-founded and is now the National Chapter of Transparency International (TI).
He has worked in the Economic and Commercial Section at the United States Embassy in Cotonou and in that role contributed to the resuscitation of economic governance structures and institutions in post war Benin. He was actively involved with the impactive work of the multi-partner governance initiative - Governance Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) and the establishment of the Benin Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI), which emphasized the necessity of a transparent and accountable regime in natural resource exploitation.
He has been a leader in the commercial banking sector, serving in various capacities
While Commissioner General of the BRA, he plans to pursue initiatives that would make the BRA people-centered with enhanced transparency, integrity and professionalism in the collection of lawful revenues. With an attitude geared towards customer service delivery and staff capacity building, he wants to continue the BRA on the path of modernization by promoting innovative solutions. This thrust would achieve the level of revenue sufficiency that would allow for sustained socio-economic development in meeting the Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity.
Mr. Tohovi is a graduate of the University of Benin, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Economics and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is married with three children.