Profile of His Excellency
Mr. Daniel Ohene Agyekum
Daniel Ohene Agyekum was born 68 years ago at Juaso in the Ashanti Region of Ghana on March 10, 1942.
He started school at the Juaso Government Primary School in 1948 and continued thereafter to the Nkawkaw Anglican Primary School in 1951. In 1953, he entered Adumasa Catholic Middle School where he completed his first cycle education in 1955. He then proceeded to Achimota School where he attained his G.C.E. Ordinary Level in 1960 and Advanced level in 1962.
Mr. Ohene Agyekum graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Degree in History from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1965. Inspired by a strong belief in service to his country and people Mr. Ohene Agyekum applied to join the Ghana Foreign Service and was appointed Foreign Service Officer , Branch A5 that same year. In 1966, he obtained a post graduate Diploma in Public Administration at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and as part of his diplomatic training, undertook further studies at the Australian National University, Canberra, where he obtained an International Certificate in Diplomacy (1970) .
He was seconded to the Ashanti Regional Administration as a District Administrative Officer from 1966 to 1969.
His first diplomatic posting was to the Ghana Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel where he served creditably from 1971 to 1974 and earned promotion to the grade of Foreign Service Officer, A3. He also served in the Ghana Embassy in Copenhagen from 1976 to 1981, and was promoted to the grade of Foreign Service Officer, A2 during his tour of duty. After reposting to Accra in 1981, he served as Deputy Director with responsibility for the Middle East and Asia Divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until 1982 when he was seconded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) as Adviser on International Relations. He was subsequently appointed Acting Eastern Regional Secretary, Koforidua, from 1983 – 1986. Shortly thereafter, in 1986, he was promoted to the grade of FSO A1. In December 1986, he was appointed Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, where he served for six (6) years.
In his distinguished career, Ambassador Ohene Agyekum served on several delegations to international conferences. During his tenure as High Commissioner in Ottawa, he led Ghana’s delegation to negotiations leading to the adoption of the Montreal Protocol on the Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, held in September 1987; and also attended the international Conference on Financial Leasing in Ottawa in 1988 and the UNDP Environmental Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Ohene Agyekum’s political career began in earnest in April 1992 with his appointment as Acting PNDC Ashanti Regional Secretary. He was confirmed in 1993 as substantive Minister in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government. Cabinet reshuffle in 1996 sent him to the Greater Accra Regional Minister until December, 1999.
He became Minister in Chieftaincy Affairs and State Protocol from December 1999 to December 2000.
He has proven his mettle as a strong political activist and a force to reckon with in the NDC Party, particularly in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, where he contested and won the position of Regional Chairman in 2001.
Ambassador Ohene Agyekum was appointed to his current position by His Excellency, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana in January 2009. An accomplished diplomat and a discerning and astute politician, he comes to Washington, DC imbued with a rich experience in both fields of endeavour and motivated by an unwavering personal commitment to the pursuit of progress and prosperity for Ghana.
Ambassador Ohene Agyekum is married with five (5) children