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John Kufuor

Founder and Board Chairman, John A. Kufuor Foundation Former President, Republic Of Ghana (2001-2009) Former Chairperson, African Union (2007-2008)

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John Kufuor was called to the Bar at Lincoln Inn, London (1959-1961) and obtained an Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford (1961-1964).

Mr. Kufuor served two terms as president of the Republic of Ghana (2001–09). During his presidency, he served as chairperson of the African Union (2007–08) during which he supervised the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Kenya, among others. He was also chairman of the Economic Community of West African States for two terms (2003–05) and saw to the successful negotiations that brought peace and major post-war reconstruction to Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Earlier in his career, he was elected twice Member of Parliament (1969–72 and 1979–81). Mr. Kufuor served as a deputy minister of foreign affairs, representing Ghana’s delegation to the United Nations (UN); secretary for local government; and chief legal officer and city manager of Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana.

Mr. Kufuor has set up the John A Kufuor Foundation on Leadership, Governance and Development and currently holds several international positions including Global Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Program; chairman of the UN Interpeace Program; Chairman of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership. Mr. Kufuor received numerous awards and doctoral honor degrees including the Chatham House prize for good leadership by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, and Liberia's highest award of the Grand Cordon in the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneers for helping to return peace to that country.

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