H.E. Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

Ekwow Spio-Garbrah is Chairman of the African Business Centre for Developing Education (ABCDE), based in Ghana. He has an unusual blend of high-level experiences in diplomacy, government, politics, academia, information and communications technology (ICT), as well as in corporate and marketing communications. He has also been a Chairman/CEO of several Pan-African non-governmental organisations, CEO of a church, and has held senior positions in the world of banking and financial services. He serves as Chairman for Solarfi, a renewable energy company. 

Spio-Garbrah has been Minister of Education, Minister of Communications, Minister for Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade and Industry in Ghana. For eight years he was the CEO of the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, where he championed the role of ICTs especially in e-education, e-commerce, e-governance, e-health and e-agriculture. Earlier, he had been the first Chairman of Ghana’s National Communications Authority, the ICT regulator, and also first Chairman of the Valued Added Tax Service Board, a revenue agency. He was a member of the UNESCO Governing Council, Chairman of Ghana’s National Commission on UNESCO, and President of Dominion University. He served as a Corporate Relations Officer at the International Finance Corporation, and became Head of Communications at the African Development Bank. Subsequently, he was appointed Ambassador of Ghana to the United States.

Spio-Garbrah graduated as the top student in BA (English) Honors from the University of Ghana and also topped his class in the Graduate School of Journalism and Communications. He earned an MA in International Affairs with distinction from Ohio University, USA, and subsequently gained a Graduate Certificate in Banking and Finance from New York University.