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Alan Kyerematen: His Age, Family Life, Education & Professional Works

Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen (Alan Cash) is one of the very few Ghanaian politicians whose track record is all encompassing. He is a diplomat, a top Corporate Executive Administrator an International Relations expert with specialty in Global Trade. 

Born some 66 years ago on October 3rd 1955, Alan Cash was Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States under the first term administration of President Kufuor. He was later recalled by the administration to become the Minister of Trade and Industry.

That was the period he was tasked to manage the Private Sector Development (PSD) and the Presidential Special Initiatives (PSI) programmes under the Kufuor administration. He later became the Trade Advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after the exit of President Kufuor.

At the Commission’s Trade Desk, the Ghanaian diplomat coordinated the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) among member States of the ECA. It might be a surprise to many, but the truth is that the Presidential Special Initiative—One District, One Factory (1D1F) being pursued by the current administration, is Alan’s idea captured in the 2016 manifesto of the NPP.

A number of party stalwarts were tasked to bring their expertise to bear during the drafting of the NPP’s manifesto for the 2016 elections; and the 1D1F project was Alan’s contribution to the party’s call. In 2007, Alan made a bold attempt to lead the NPP in the 2008 elections.

He captured 32.3% votes at the NPP presidential primary and placed second to eventual winner, Nana Addo Akufo Addo who gained 47.96 %. Kyerematen again lost the 2010 and 2014 presidential nominations to the current President, Nana Akufo Addo.

At a time that his party— the NPP, was in opposition, Ghana nominated Kyerematen for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012 to replace Pascal Lemy, then outgoing WTO Director General.

Although his candidature received the backing of the African Union (AU), he could not make the final short-list in 2013. Alan was however nominated and approved as Minister of Trade and Industry in 2017.

Alan’s Family Life & Education:

Mr. Kyerematen’s father, Alexander Atta Yaw Kyerematen was a Social Anthropologist from Patase, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. His mother, Victoria Kyerematen (nee Welsing) is from Elmina and Ejisu. From Alan’s own biography, “he was named after the Archbishop of the Church of England, Most Reverend Alan John, Knight CMG DD, one time Head Master of the All-Boys Anglican Boarding School, the Adisadel College, Cape Coast, Ghana.”

The senior Kyerematen— Alexander Atta Kyerematen was the Commissioner for Local Government in the brief military administration of the National Liberation Council (NLC) from 1966 to 1969. Alan’s father was also an old student of Adisadel College and indeed was at a point in his enrolment, the Head Boy or Senior Prefect of Adisadel College.

Alan’s father was the founder and the first Director for the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi. He also became the Mayor of Kumasi. Just like his father, Alan attended the Adisadel College and was enrolled in the College at age nine. After his fifth form, Alan went to the Achimota Secondary School for his 6th Form education.

He then proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon for his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Kyerematen also has a Law degree, LLB from the Ghana Law School from same University of Ghana and later qualified as a Barrister-at-Law.

Mr. Kyerematen is a Herbert Humphrey fellow of the School of Management at the University of Minnesota, USA where he completed a year’s management studies under the Fulbright Fellowship programme.

Corporate Career

Alan John Kyerematen has been very successful both in private and public sectors in a period spanning over 20 years. He became the Senior Corporate Executive at Unilever International in Ghana and became a Junior Manager at age 22.

From there, Kyerematen became the Principal Consultant and head of Public Systems Management and Productivity Institute (MDPI) in Ghana and appointed by the UNDP as the first Regional Director of Enterprise Africa, an Africa-wide initiative programme that promoted small and medium enterprises.

Under the initiative, Alan managed to establish enterprise support institutions and programmes in 13 African Countries, South of the Sahara. The countries included Botswana, Benin, Cameroun, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Mauritius. Others were Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda where over 4,000 African entrepreneurs and small businesses benefitted from the institutions’ programmes.

Mr. Kyermaten established and managed the EMPRETEC programme in his native country, Ghana. It was a major business development programme sponsored by the United Nations and the Barclays bank. He made sure that the EMPRETEC transitioned from a UN project to an independent foundation.

He thus became the founding Chief Executive of the EMPRETEC foundation to become a successful model in best practice in enterprise development in Africa. Alan’s bio also states that “Between 1984 and 1990, he participated in and managed a number of major private and public sector consulting assignments in Ghana, as a principal consultant.”

It continues in his bio that Alan became the…. “head of Public Systems Management with the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), a leading management development institution in Ghana. Prior to this, he was a senior corporate executive with UAC Ghana Ltd, a subsidiary of Unilever International, where he worked in various managerial positions with distinction until 1984.”

Alan is a member of the “Council of Governors of the British Executive Service Overseas (BESO) in the UK and a Board member of other organizations in Ghana,” the information on his biography further add.

In 1994, Kwadwo Kyerematen was chosen as one of the Time Magazine’s 100 global influencers or leaders of the new millennium, together with Bill Gates, John F. Kennedy Jr. among others. Alan is of Fante and Asante ethnic extraction.

He is married to Mrs. Patricia Christabel Kyerematen (nee Kingsley-Nyinah), the daughter of Ghana’s Electoral Commissioner in the 1979 general elections and have two sons— Alexander and Victor. Alan and his elder brother, Stephen are currently managing a foundation in memory of his late sister— Bridget, who died in a tragic gas explosion in January, 2017.  

The two, according to Alan’s bio “are Managing Directors of A Wealth of Women Ghana, BKD (Bridget Kyerematen Darko), a foundation formed to support their late sister's work and legacy. The foundation is affiliated to A Wealth of Women.”

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