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Julius Debrah Biography.

Julius Debrah (born 24 April 1966) is a Ghanaian politician and former chief of staff to the former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama. He is a member of the National Democratic Congress. In February 2015, he was appointed chief of staff after the former, Prosper Douglas Bani was removed from office and assigned to Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary. Debrah previously held the positions of Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Regional Minister for Eastern Region.

Quick Facts Hon., Chief of Staff ...


Julius Debrah

Chief of Staff


February 2015  January 2017


John Dramani Mahama

Preceded by

Prosper Douglas Bani

Succeeded by

Frema Opare

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development


June 2014  February 2015


John Dramani Mahama

Preceded by

Akwasi Oppong Fosu

Succeeded by

Collins Dauda

Eastern Regional Minister


March 2014  May 2014

Succeeded by

Antwi Boasiako Sekyere

Greater Accra Regional


March 2013  March 2014

Preceded by

Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo

Succeeded by

Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo

Eastern Regional Minister


February 2013  March 2013

Preceded by

Victor Emmanuel Smith

Succeeded by

Helen Ntoso

Personal details


24 April 1966 (age 55)




Political party



Politician and Social Developer


Debrah studied at Mpraeso Secondary School then moved to Achimota Secondary School for A-Levels from 1987 to 1989. Following this, he gained admission to the University of Ghana where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Sociology.


As Parliamentary Candidate

In The 2000 Ghana Elections, he stood as a parliamentary candidate in the Suhum constituency and lost to Ransford Agyapong the New Patriotic Party candidate by gaining 12,368 of the votes cast representing 41.20% whilst the winner got 16,494 votes representing 54.90%. In 2004 he once again stood for the parliamentary seat in the Suhum Constituency and lost to the New Patriotic Party's Frederick Opare-Ansah who got 21,720 votes representing 55.20% against his 17,125 votes representing 43.50%.

In 2012 when his party was in power he once again stood for the parliamentary candidate for the Suhum seat and lost by 388 votes the closest he had come in the three times he had stood for the parliamentary seat. He lost to the incumbent his rival from the 2004 Elections Frederick Opare-Ansah, who got 24,046 votes representing 49.28% whilst he got 23,658 representing 48.49%.

Ghana Tourism Authority

In 2009 he was appointed as the chief executive officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority. He served in that role from 2009 to January 2013. In mid-2011, under his leadership and the Ministry of Tourism, the then Ghana Tourist Board was reshaped into the Ghana Tourism Authority to enhance its role in promoting tourism in Ghana through the Parliament of Ghana's passage of ACT 817.

Minister of State

Regional Minister

In February 2013 Debrah was nominated by John Dramani Mahama to serve in the position of Eastern Regional Minister. After a month he was moved from Eastern Region to the capital region Greater Accra to serve as the Greater Accra Regional Minister.

 He served in that role for a year and was seen as someone championing the involvement of the local government in nation-building.

"Governance is about satisfying the needs of the people. This makes local government highly influential since it is practised at the grass-roots level”.

– Debrah on the importance of Local government in nation-building during his maiden visit to the Kpone Katamanso District Assembly on 24 April 2013.

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

Debrah was appointed to serve as Minister in charge of Local Government and Rural Development after serving as regional minister for both Greater Accra Region and Eastern Region. This was seen by experts as a move to ensure the massive involvement of the local authorities and people in decision making and nation-building.

Chief of Staff

In 2015, February, Julius Debrah was appointed chief of staff by President John Dramani Mahama to replace Prosper Bani after serving as the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development the one year prior. Debrah's appointment was received with joy by members of the National Democratic Congress.

Personal life.

A native of Obomeng Kwahu, Debrah is married with two children.

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