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Meet Mary Chinery-Hesse, the First Female Chancellor of the University of Ghana

Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse has been sworn into office as the Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

The former Chief Advisor to former president Kufuor takes over from the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to become the first female and 10th Chancellor of the University.

President Nana Akufo-Addo who inducted her into office charged her and other tertiary institutions to devise means to accommodate the projected increase in the number of applicants as a result of the free Senior High School (SHS).

First female Chancellor for University of Ghana to be sworn-in. Source: Facebook/Jubilee House

Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse was a Chief Advisor to former President Kufuor. She was also the Vice Chairperson of the National Development Planning Commission and a member of the Board of the Centre for Policy Analysis.

The investiture was graced by President Akufo-Addo, former president John Kufuor, former president of Liberia, Amos Sawyer among others.


She has served as: a member of the country’s Board of the Centre for Policy Analysis, a Commissioner of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, a Commissioner of the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Ms Chinery-Hesse previously was Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organisation between 1989 and 1999. Before that, she was Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Seychelles and Uganda.

Before joining the United Nations, she was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and Secretary of the National Economic Planning Council.

She also served as Chairperson of the Consultative Committee on Programme and Operational Questions (CCPOQ) of the United Nations from 1993-1998, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Expert Group of Eminent Persons on Structural Adjustment and Women, which prepared the book Engendering Adjustment.



She was a member of the Council of African Advisers of the World Bank from 1992-1998; a member of the Eminent Persons’ Advisory Panel of the African Union; Chairperson of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Review of Progress in the Implementation of the Programme for the Least Developed Countries in the 1990s; and a Member of the Distinguished High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Financing for Development (Zedillo Commission).

She is an old student of Wesley Girls High School.


Written by How Africa

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