Chamber of Mines gets new CEO

BY: Suleiman Mustapha

The President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Daniel Owiredu, has, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the chamber, appointed Mr Sulemanu Koney as the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the chamber with immediate effect.

Mr Koney replaces Dr Toni Aubynn who has been appointed CEO of the Minerals Commission after two-and-a-half years at the chamber.

Mr Koney assumes the mantle of Chamber CEO with tremendous knowledge and experience in the mining industry. Prior to his appointment, he had been the Director for Analysis, Research and Finance of the chamber for the past 13 years.

According to Mr Dan Owiredu, “the industry is in challenging times and it is important to appoint someone with the right temperament, skill and experience in the workings of the mining industry to lead the chamber”.

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Mr Koney brings on board over 20 years’ working experience in technical positions in the extractive industry.

“Mr Koney is one of our own and we have no doubt that he will deliver beyond expectation. He has been very instrumental in the success story of the chamber so far and this new office gives him a higher mandate and a broader spectrum to bring his expertise to bear and continue with his illustrious service,” says Mr Dan Owiredu.

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Before joining the chamber in 2000, he had worked with Shell Ghana, now Vivo Energy Ghana Limited. He began his career at Shell Energy in the marketing department and was in charge of technical sales with focus on lubricants. At the same time, he provided technical support to the fields’ sales team for various sectors, including mining. He was part of the team set up by Shell to increase the company’s influence and inroads into the mining industry.

He has served actively on a number of committees which include: Technical, Security, Finance, Energy and Building committees of the chamber.

The immediate past CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Toni Aubynn, said “I exit the chamber comfortably knowing that it is in safe and able hands”. 

Mr Koney is a product of Accra Academy and a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he obtained a BSc Honours in Chemical Engineering. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the School of Management, Maastricht, in The Netherlands.

He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, and is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), Ghana.

He currently serves on the board of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and is the chair of its technical committee.