Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah is a Ghanaian diplomat and politician. He is the former Ghanaian Minister for Trade and Industry, Former Minister of Communications, Former Minister of Education and a former Acting Minister of Mines & Energy. He previously served as Ghana’s ambassador to the United States and Mexico. He’s also a former CEO of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) based in London.
He’s recognized as one of Africa’s pre-eminent public servants and a mass communications expert who has held several high-profile positions in the field. He is a former Minister of Communication of the Republic of Ghana, a one-time Ambassador of Ghana to the United States and Mexico, Minister of Education, Minister responsible for Mines and Energy, and a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris. He served in the cabinet during the democratic regime of Jerry John Rawlings between 1994 and 2000.
He was also a member of the board of directors of South Africa Telecom, AngloGold Ashanti, and recently of Vodacom. Prior to this position, he was a member of the International Advisory Board of the African Press Organization (APO).
His career reflects more than 40 years of leadership and senior management experience focusing on International Communications and Management within the spheres of International Organisations, Government, Banking and Finance, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Private Business and Enterprise with a focus on Africa.