BRIGADIER GENERAL EMMANUEL OKYERE – NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere is a military engineer and holds an Executive
Master’s Degree in Governance and Leadership from GIMPA. He’s also a graduate of the
Ghana Military Academy, has a solid military background, having done almost 40 years
of distinguished service with the colours.
He served in various capacities in both the military and local government. He served as
the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly from 1995 to
1996; and from 2006 to 2010, he was the General Officer Commanding the Southern
JOSHUA KYEREMEH – NATIONAL SECURITY CO-ORDINATOR
Joshua Kyeremeh is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology, and a former Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). He
worked at the BNI for about 22 years, where he served at command levels in the
Northern, Upper East, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions. He also served as head of the
the Bureau. He rose to become the Deputy Director BNI and
ultimately, the Director BNI from 2005 to 2009.
AKOSUA FREMA OSEI-OPARE – CHIEF OF STAFF
Akosua Frema Opare, 69, is a development consultant and a
labour and employment expert, with 40 years of
experience in these fields. She holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Home Science from the University of Ghana, and
a Master’s degree in Foods, from the University of Guelph,
Canada. She was a lecturer at the University of Ghana,
Legon, from 1976-1982; Consultant for the United Nations
in the ‘Women in Fisheries’ programme in countries such as
Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia. She was also
Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment
from 2005 to 2008, under the government of President
John Agyekum Kufuor. She was a two-term Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon.
She is married with 4 children.
NANA BEDIATUO ASANTE – SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT
Nana Bediatuo Asante is a 53 year old lawyer with over 20
years experience practicing law. He was educated in Ghana,
the United Kingdom and the United States, where he
obtained a Doctor of Law degree from the New York
University of Law. He was called to the bar in New York,
Ghana and is a member of both bars.
He is currently the Managing Partner at Ampem Chambers, a
corporate law firm in Ghana.
He is married with four children.
VICTOR NEWMAN – DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Victor Newman is 69 years old. He is an economist, consultant,
financial and research analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Agric Economics, with postgraduate qualifications in
development planning and budget and financial management. He
has worked at the Economic Research and Planning Services of the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Western Castings Limited, and
the Ghanaexim Economic Consultants. From 2008 till 2016, he has
served as the Director of Research for the President-Elect’s
He is married with four children.
FRANCIS ASENSO-BOAKYE – POLITICAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT & DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
Francis Asenso-Boakye is 39 years old, and holds a B.Sc.
degree in Development Planning from the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has a
Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration
degree from the Michigan State University, and a
Certificate in Public Sector Management from Tulane
University, Louisiana, USA.
He is a development planning, project management, and
policy specialist, with over 15 years of wide-ranging
professional experience in his field, and has worked at
the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, Global
Media Alliance, Delta Acquisitions, USA, and the Ghana
Free Zones Board, amongst others. Francis AsensoBoakye has been Political Assistant to the President-Elect since 2008.
He is married with 3 children.
SAMUEL ABU JINAPOR – DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
Samuel Abu Jinapor is 33 years old. He first graduated from
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He earned a
Bachelor’s of Law from the Faculty of Law, University of
Ghana, in 2010, and was subsequently called to the Ghanaian
Bar as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana
in 2012. In addition, Mr. Jinapor is expected to earn a
Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) in Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) from the Faculty of Law, University Of
Ghana, in May, 2017.
He is a member of the reputable commercial and corporate
law firm, Messrs. Kulendi @ Law. He has been, since, his
undergraduate days, a close aide of the President-Elchild
He is married with one child
AMBASSADOR HASSAN AHMED – DIRECTOR OF STATE PROTOCOL
Hassan Ahmed is 62 years old. He holds a Master’s Degree
from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and has
been a career diplomat with Ghana’s Diplomatic Service for
34 years, having served in Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Cuba and
Japan, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission. He was Chief
of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the
President-Elect was Foreign Minister. His last posting was to
the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he served as Ghana’s
Ambassador from 2008 to 2012.
In 2013, he took an appointment with the United Nations as
the Head of Office for the United Nations-African Union
Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Khartoum, Sudan, a
position he still holds.
He is married with four children.
EUGENE ARHIN – DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Eugene Arhin is 33 years old. He graduated from the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2006 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering. He
worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Materials
Engineering for a year, and joined the Danquah Institute as a
Research Analyst in 2008. He was with the Institute until
February 2014 when he became Press Secretary to the
President Elect.He is married with one child.
LORD OBLITEY COMMEY – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Lord Oblitey Commey, 48, is an accomplished entrepreneur and
an astute politician known for his tactical, operational and
organisational acumen. He was National Organiser of the New
Patriotic Party (NPP) for eight years. Prior to that, he served as
the Greater Accra Regional Secretary for the party.
In 2012, he was Director of Operations for the NPP presidential
campaign, and, in 2016, he worked in the office of the
President-Elect as the officer responsible for Monitoring and
He is married and has three children.
SARATU ATTA – PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
Saratu Atta is 53 years old. She is a graduate of the University
of Warwick, UK, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics
and International Studies. She worked as a Securities Trader at
First Securities Discount House in Lagos, Nigeria from 1993 –
1997, and then went on to establish her own security printing
company in Lagos. She was appointed NPP Campaign Secretary
in 2008, and has been Office Manager and Executive Assistant
to the President-Elect since 2009.She has one child
CLARA NAPAGA SULEMANA TIA – PRESIDENTIAL STAFFER
Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana is 30 years old. She is a
graduate of the University for Development Studies, and
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated
Development studies, specialising in social, political and
historical studies. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs for a year, and has also worked on contract with
the Ghana Health service and the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on maternal health issues.Shewas a campaign aide to the President-Elect during the
2016 electioneering campaign.