H.E. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah at Former Ghanaian Minister for Trade and Industry, Former Minister of Mines and Energy & Minister for Communications of Ghana
Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, 66, is a former Ghanaian Minister for Trade and Industry, former Minister of Communications, former Minister of Education and a former Acting Minister of Mines & Energy. Previously, he served as Ghana's ambassador to the United States and Mexico from 1994-97. He was the first African CEO from 2003-2011 of the 110-year-old Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) based in London, which he led in a variety of ICT/telecom infrastructure operations in most developing regions of the world.
Earlier, Spio-Garbrah worked in Washington, D.C., for the International Finance Corporation from 1988-91, and became Head of Communications for the African Development Bank Group from 1991-94. He was part of the AfDB team that created the African Export-Import Bank. He was the first Chairman of Ghana’s National Communications Authority (the ICT and telecom regulator), and also first Chairman of Ghana’s Value Added Tax (VAT) Service Board. He has chaired Ghana’s Free Zones Board, the Brand Ghana Council and the Made in Ghana Committee. He served as a Board member of Telkom South Africa from 2006-2010, and on the Vodacom SA Board from 2007-9. He was a Board member of Anglogold Ashanti (Ghana) from 2009-2016.
Mr Spio-Garbrah's early business experience in the 1980s included working as a mortgage banker in New Jersey, USA, as a sales executive with Southwestern Bell USA, and as chairman of the Middle East & Africa Group within the world’s leading international communications firm of Hill and Knowlton (H&K) in New York, from 1979 to 1985. At H&K, he provided investment, export and tourism promotion counsel to the governments of Indonesia, Turkey, the Netherlands and Austria, financial relations advice to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now HSBC), Crédit Agricole of France (then the world’s largest bank), Rabobank Nederland, UBAF-Arab American Bank, and energy sector intelligence to OPEC.
Dr. Ekwow is currently the chairman of the African Business Communication, which offers advisory services to international organisations, multinational corporations and governments in communications architecture, brand management, corporate and marketing strategic planning, government relations, corporate social investment. He retains a strong interest in public and corporate governance
Dr. Ekwow is currently the chairman of the African Business Center for Developing Education (ABCDE). The African Business Center for Developing Education is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered in the UK and Ghana in 2012, working in partnership with industry, academia and governments to improve youth employability through Mentorship, Internship, Scholarships and related programs organized through its Clubs in secondary and tertiary institutions.