John Kufuor

Former President, Republic of Ghana

Founder, John Kufuor Foundation

H. E. John Kufour served as President of Ghana during two terms from 2001 to 2008.

He called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London (1959-1961). He received an Honors Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford (1961-1964).

Kufour was Chairperson of the African Union (2007-2008) where he supervised peaceful conflict resolution in Kenya. He was also Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (2003-2005) where he attained successful negotiations of peace and major post-war reconstruction to Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivore and Liberia.

He is one of 10 global leaders who were tasked with reforming the World Bank and the IMF.

He was also nominated by Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) as a co-UN Special Envoy on Climate Change (2013).

Jointly with the Brazilian President, Lula da Silva, Kufour won the World Food Prize for Food and Agriculture (2011). Additionally, he has received other recognitions such as the Chatham House prize for good leadership by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.

Currently, he is the Global Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme as well as Chairman of the UN Interpeace Program. He serves as Chairman of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership, as Global Envoy for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Alliance and he is the Lead Advocate for the Partnership for Child Development.