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Ghanaian Vice President John D. Mahama, Former EU Commission President Romano Prodi Speak at Seminar on "China, Africa and the EU in the 21st Century" at CEIBS Shanghai

- September 10, 2010 / Shanghai / VISITS  

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CEIBS is honored to announce that Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, has accepted an invitation to chair and give the keynote address at the upcoming China Africa Business Seminar to be held at CEIBS Shanghai campus. The visit of the Vice President is a demonstration of his support for the vision and mission of the CEIBS Africa Programme, which launched the CEIBS EMBA Programme in Accra, Ghana in March 2009 and is now recruiting its 3rd cohort. The first graduating class of CEIBS EMBA in Ghana. 

The Vice President will spend September 10 and 11 attending a series of meetings and public speaking engagements at CEIBS Shanghai. Special thanks to CEIBS Africa Programme Director Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima and his team in Accra, Ghana for the central role they have played in arranging this high profile visit. 

His Excellency Mr Mahama's impressive career has included the following positions before his election to the Vice Presidency:
*   Sponsorship and Grants Manager, Plan International, Ghana Country Office
*  Deputy Minister of Communications
*  Minister of Communications
*  Member of European and Pan African Parliaments' Ad-hoc Committee
*  Director of Communications for the NDC
*  Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi Constituency
*  Member of the Pan African Parliament
*  Chairman of the West African Caucus in the Pan African Parliament Currently
*  Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for Foreign Affairs 

Accompanied by his Chief Advisor and other senior government officials, the entourage of the Vice President is expected to arrive in Shanghai on September 9, 2010. Details of the agenda for this delegation will be announced soon. 

Programme Schedule

Friday, September 10
13:15 - 15:15 pm


The official website for Vice President Mahama (http://www.viceprez.gov.gh/john.php) states the following highlights of his impressive political career:  


Mr. John Dramani Mahama is the vice president of the Republic of Ghana.
Professionally, he is a communication expert.

Mr. Mahama was born on November 29, 1958 at Damongo into a rich political tradition dating back to the first republic. His father, Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama was the first MP for Gonja West and the first Regional Commissioner of the Northern Region during the First Republic.

He started his elementary education at Achimota Primary school and continued this level at his hometown. He had his "O" and "A" level education at Ghana Secondary School, Tamale and proceeded to the University of Ghana where he obtained a degree in History in 1981.

In 1986, he graduated from the School of Communication Studies, Legon. He pursued a two-year special post-graduate programme at the Institute of Social Sciences, Moscow, where he specialized in Social Psychology.

From 1991 to 1996, he worked as the Information, Culture and Research Officer at the Embassy of Japan in Accra. He moved to Plan International, Ghana Country office as international Relations, Sponsorship Communications and Grants Manager the same year. Mr. Mahama has had additional professional training both at home and abroad.

In 1993, he participated in a course for Overseas Public Relations Staff, organized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also participated in a management development course organized by Plan International (RESA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

He was first elected to the Parliament of Ghana in 1996 to represent the Bole/Bamboi Constituency for a four-year term.

He was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications in April 1997 and rose to become the substantive Minister of Communications in November 1998, a position he held until January 2001 when the NDC Administration handed over power to the Kufour-led government of the New Patriotic Party.

As Minister, Mr Mahama served as Chairman of the National Communications Authority. In this capacity, he played a key role in stabilizing Ghana's telecommunications sector after it was deregulated in 1997.

He served as a member of the National Economic Management team and also a member of the implementation committee of the 2000 national Population Census, and a founding member of the Ghana Aids Commission.

He also served as deputy chairman of the Publicity Committee for the re-introduction of Value Added Tax.

Mr. Mahama was re-elected in 2000 as MP for Bole/Bamboi for another four-year period. He again won the seat in 2004 for a third term. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Minority Parliamentary spokesman for Communications. In 2002, he was appointed Director of Communications for the NDC.

In 2002, Mr. Mahama was among International Observers who watched the Zimbabwe parliamentary elections.

He is a member of the UNDP Advisory Committee on Conflict Resolution in Ghana.

Mr. Mahama attended numerous conferences and won many Fellowships, including a study at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. He is also a Gates Fellow. He is married to Lordina and they have four Children.

Venue Description

CEIBS Shanghai Campus

Contact Person

Please RSVP before September 8 to Ms. Catherine LI (lcatherine@ceibs.edu) or telephone +86-21-2890-5079.