His Excellency President John Agyekum Kufuor (born 8th December 1938) was the President of Ghana from 7th January 2001 to 6th January 2009. Prior to this, he had twice being elected Member of Parliament (1969–72 and 1979–81) and had also served as Deputy minister of Foreign Affairs in 1969-1972  representing Ghana’s delegation to the United Nations. During his presidency, H/E J. A. Kufuor, as he is popularly called, was elected Chairperson of the African Union from 2007-2008 and also served two terms as Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS in 2003 and 2007.

During the Presidency of J. A. Kufuor, Ghana witnessed the fastest growth in its history attaining a middle-income status by 2006 much earlier than the projected year of 2015 envisaged under the UN Millennium Development Goals with GDP reaching a record 8.4% between 2007 and 2008, the peak of the global international financial and economic meltdown. President Kufuor introduced the nationwide national health insurance scheme under which about 56% of the population was registered. He also implemented free maternal care for pregnant women and instituted the Free School Feeding programme to provide one nutritious locally produced meal a day for school children in kindergarten (age four) to Junior High School (age 14).

H/E J.A. Kufuor has been instrumental in the peaceful resolution of conflicts around the continent including those in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Liberia. He is currently the Chairperson for Inter Peace.

In 2011 he was named joint winner of the World Food Prize for Food and Agriculture with former Brazilian President Lula da Silva. He is currently a Global Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme; chairman of the UN Inter-peace Program; Chairman of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership; Global Envoy for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Alliance; Lead Advocate for the Partnership for Child Development. In June 2013, President Kufuor was appointed the Co-Chair of Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

International accolades:

  • World Food Prize co-winner 2011

  • Chatham House Prize (2008)

  • Distinction of Grand Cordon in the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneers of the  Republic of Liberia. (2008)

  • World Federation of Honorary Consuls’ Order of the Gold Star (2008)

  • Honorary Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford University, and John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

  • Knight Commander of the Order of Bath of the UK, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  • Awarded highest award of the Order of the House of Orange, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

  • Awarded State Honours from various countries including Italy, Germany and Brazil