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BY: Junior Graphic

Our personality for this week is the number two gentleman of our beloved country, because when the President is not around, by his position, he is the one who works in his stead.

He is an economist and banker by profession. His father, who was the Chairman of the Council of State from 1992 to 2000, was a teacher, lawyer, politician and Mamprugu Royal and Paramount Chief of Kperiga in the Northern Region.

This personality we are featuring has an impressive educational resume. He had both his basic and secondary school education in Tamale before leaving for the United Kingdom (UK) where he studied Banking and obtained the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB).

He obtained his First Class Honours Degree in Economics from Buckingham University in 1987, while for his Master’s Degree in Economics, he obtained it at Lincoln College, Oxford.

His Ph.D. in Economics was obtained at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1995. From the above, you realise that he has a solid educational background.

It will interest you to know that the areas of specialisation of our personality, which include Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics and Monetary Policy, have seen him working in various areas, including as a lecturer in Monetary Economics and International Finance at the Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London, England.

He also served as an Economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC in the United States of America (USA).

From 1996 to 2000, he served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, USA, where he also received the Young Researcher Award in 1998.

He returned to Ghana in 2000 to work as an Economist at the Bank of Ghana.

He rose from Senior Economist to Head of Department, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Governor of the Bank. In June 2006, President J.A. Kufuor appointed him as a Deputy Governor of the bank.

Among many other positions, our personality for this week served as an Advisor to the Central Bank of Sierra Leone on the redesigning of the organisational structure of the bank and its Monetary Policy Framework. In January 2010, he was appointed Resident Representative of the African Development Bank for Zimbabwe by the African Development Bank.

He served in this position until he was re-appointed the Vice-Presidential Candidate to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2012 presidential election.

Indeed, many have acknowledged that his nomination as running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo increased the electoral fortunes of the NPP because he helped increase the parliamentary seats of the party in the northern regions of the country.

His wife, Samira, is the only daughter of Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, the former National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) with three children. So, can you tell me the name of this personality we have featured?