Ken Ofori-Atta

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Kenneth Ofori-Atta
18th Minister for Finance and Economic Planning
Assumed office
Jan 2017
Preceded by Seth Terkper
Personal details
Born Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Spouse(s) Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta

Kenneth Nana Yaw Kuntunkununku Ofori-Atta (born 1959), known as Ken Ofori-Attah is a Ghanaian Economist and an Investment Banker and co-founder of Databank in Ghana. He is currently the Minister of Finance.[1] He was appointed by President Akufo-Addo on 10 January 2017.

Early life

Ken was born in 1959 at Kibi, a small town in the Eastern Region.[2][3][4][5] He is a member of the prominent Ofori-Atta family of Ghana that has been influential in politics, law, chieftaincy and business.

Education

Ken had his education at Achimota School in Ghana. He proceeded to have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University (1984) and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management in 1988.

Career

Ken founded Databank with Daniel Ofori-Atta, Keli Gadzekpo and Togbe Afede XIV in 1990.

Ken serves as a director for numerous companies and member and some boards too. He is a Director for Enterprise Group Ltd and Trust Bank Ltd of The Gambia of which he is Chairman. He is a Director at the International Bank of Liberia and is also a Board Member of the Acumen Fund.[6][7][8]

Awards and recognition

Ken is a fellow of the Aspen Institute. Ken was adjudged as the 2nd most respected C.E.O in Ghana. Ken is a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University and a recipient of the John Jay Award from Columbia University [9][10][11][12]

Cabinet Minister

In May, 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Ken Ofori-Atta as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet.[13] The names of the 19 ministers were submitted the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye.[13] As a Cabinet minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision making activities in the country.[13]

Personal life

Ken is married to Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta (a Clinical Psychologist) at the University of Ghana Medical School.

References

  1. ^ http://www.mofep.gov.gh/?q=content/ken-ofori-atta-assumes-office-ghana%E2%80%99s-minister-finance Archived 2017-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Ghanaian role models - GC Banner | GhanaConscious - A free-thinker's association". ghanaconscious.ghanathink.org. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Ken Ofori-Atta: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Businessweek.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Ken Ofori-Atta's Big Hairy Audacious Goals". Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Officer Profile | Quotes | Reuters.co.in". in.reuters.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Pan African Capital Group LLC / Our Team". www.panafricancapital.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Ken N. Ofori-Atta, MBA - Biography". www.4-traders.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ "Enterprise Group". www.enterprisegroup.net.gh. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Kenneth Ofori-Atta". Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  10. ^ Chronicle, Ghanaian. "Ghana's 2nd most respected CEO - Ken Ofori-Atta". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  11. ^ "KEN OFORI ATTA | African Leadership Academy". African Leadership Academy. Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Ken Ofori-Atta receives the prestigious John Jay Award". www.ghanadot.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  13. ^ a b c FM, Citi. "Arts Minister Catherine Afeku makes it to Cabinet". ghanaweb.com. ghanaweb. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
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