COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
GOVERNING BODY OF THE FUND
Per Section 6 (1) of the MDF Act, ACT 912 (2016), the governing body of the Fund is a Board comprising:
- A chairman,
- One representative of the following Ministries not below the rank of the Director:
- Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
- Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, and
- Ministry of Finance,
- The Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources,
- The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals commission,
- The Executive secretary of the Lands commission,
- The Administrator of the stool Lands,
- A representative of the Ghana chamber of mines,
- A traditional ruler from a mining community nominated by the national house of chiefs, and
- One other person, who is a woman, nominated by the Minister.
FUNCTION OF THE BOARD
Per Section 7 of the MDF Act, ACT 912 (2016), the Board is responsible for the management of the Fund and for that purpose shall
- Ensure the proper and effective performance of the functions of the Fund;
- Pursue policies to achieve the object of the Fund;
- Collect or arrange to be collected, through procedures determined by the Minister, moneys lawfully due to the Fund;
- Ensure accountability of the Moneys of the Fund by defining appropriate procedures for accessing and monitoring the Fund;
- In consultation with the Minister, prepare and publish in a daily newspaper of national the criteria for the disbursement and utilisation of the moneys from the Fund;
- Disburse moneys of the Fund generally in accordance to Section 21;
- Invest some of the moneys of the Fund into safe securities that the Board considers financially beneficial to the Fund;
- Review requests for moneys from the Fund and make recommendations to the Minister;
- Receive and examine reports from designated persons in respect of financial assistance granted those persons;
- Make recommendations for the formulation of policy on the percentage level of mineral royalty payable to the Ghana Revenue Authority
- Perform any other function assigned to the Board under this Act or incidental to the achievement of the object of the Fund
PROFILES OF THE MDF BOARD MEMBERS
ESTHER HAPPY EDJEANI
Ms. Esther Happy Edjeani was the Ag. Director and the Head of Pre-Tertiary Private Schools Unit. She has 6 years of classroom teaching experience and 34 years experience as an Educational Administrator. She has been an examiner for the West African Exams Council and the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast.
She serves on the E.P University College Ho as a Council Member.
Esther Happy Edjeani has trained under the National Literacy Acceleration Program (NALAP), Teacher Community Assistant Initiative Program (TCAI), and became the focal person on the project for GES. She was also the focal person on the Complimentary Basic Education Program (CBE).
Esther Happy Edjeani was honored in Turkey (Europe) in 2006 as a hard working Senior Officer in the Educational Sector in Ghana.
Esther Happy Edjeani chairs on a number of Boards of various Educational Institutions. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Training Qualification) UK and also awarded an MBA with specialization in Human Resource at Cambridge International College, UK. She also has the following certificates:
• Masters in Educational Administration University of Cape Coast
• Bachelor of Education (Psychology) University of Cape Coast
• Diploma in Education (Guidance and Counseling) University of Cape Coast
• Diploma in English Language (as a teaching subject) University of Cape Coast
• Diploma Certificate in Education
• Professional Development Training (Wilfred Laurier University) Waterloo Ontario (Canada)
She had had the opportunity of attending International Conferences, Seminars and workshops in and outside Ghana.
PROF. PATRICK KWAMLA AGBESINYALE
Prof. Patrick Kwamla Agbesinyaleis the Ag. Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board. He was formerly an Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Development Studies at the University of Cape Coast before entering the Civil Service last year.
Prof. Agbesinyale holds a PH.D. in Development Planning and Management from University of Dortmund, Germany, an M.Sc. in Regional Development Planning and Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, amongst others.
He has undertaken about 31 research projects including,“A study on Girls who have dropped out of school due to pregnancy and factors facilitating and preventing their re-entry into school after delivery.”
Mr.Addae Antwi-Boasiako is the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission and the former Managing Director of Great Consolidated Diamonds Ghana Ltd, Country Head Of Human Resource of Pioneer Food Cannery (and TTV), Head of HR for West Africa Region-Ashanti Assets, Corporate Executive –HR & IR Ashanti Goldfields Company.
He holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and a BSc in Business Administration, a certified Executive Management Coach.
He has also held position as a Marketing Representative, Assistant Manager, Management Trainee, Commercial Officer and a Junior Assistant Registrar.
MADAM EVA PEACE ESSELBA MENDS
Eva Mends is the Coordinating Director of the Ministry of Finance. She joined the Ministry as a National Service Person in 1991. Positions she has held include, Head of The Americas Desk in 1998, Head of Budget Development in 2006 and Group Head of Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms in 2013.
As Group Head, she was instrumental in leading major reforms that include gender responsive budgeting, Programme Based Budgeting and lately the development of the new Public Financial Management Act.
She is an alumni of University of Ghana, where she studied Political Science with Economics and also has an Executive Masters in Public Administration from GIMPA. She has undertaken short courses at the Harvard and Duke Universities
SURV. MRS. CHRISTINA ESI BOBOBEE
Mrs. Christina Bobobee is the Administrator of the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL). She is a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), Member of Commonwealth Association of Surveying & Land Economy (CASLE) and a member of Federation of International Surveying (FIS).
She holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from Ghana Institute of Management Public Administration (GIMPA) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Land Policy from Erasmus University Institute for Housing Studies (IHS), Rotterdam Netherlands, BSc Degree Land Economy Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana 1981-1986, Masters in Urban Planning Institute of Aero Space Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) Enscheda Netherlands and a Certificate in Gender and Organizational Labor Organization (ILO) Turin Italy 2014.
MR. DAUD SULEMANA MAHAMA
Mr Daud Sulemana Mahama is the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission. He became a Technical Director at the Ministry Lands and Natural Resources and rose to become the Ag. Chief Director. He is currently the Board Chairman Ghana School of Surveying and Mapping. He facilitated the drafting and passage of the current Land Bill. He also served as external resource person in Land administration training for Judges at the Judicial Training Institute
He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration Middlesex University UK, Post Graduate Certificate in Land Management and Planning, Pennsyvania State University, Post Graduate Diploma in GIS for Cadastral Applications, ITC, Enschede, the Netherlands.
Mr. Daud Sulemana Mahama also holds a degree in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA and also a fellow of the Ghana Institute of Surveyors.
He has training in Chief Executive Programme, Special Management Analysts’ Programme, International Trends, Assurance of Quality Project/Programme Design & Administration & Geographic Information Organization, Reform in Land Administration Systems, Project Cycle Management Using the Logical Framework Model, Environmental Information Systems Modules 1&2 and Attachment Program in Valuation Practice.
He lectured Leadership and Governance at GIMPA and Land Administration at the Ghana Institute of Surveyors.
DAASEBRE KWEBU EWUSI VII
Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII is the Omanhen of Abeadze Traditional Area and the current Vice President of the National House of Chiefs.
He is also the CEO of EGROEG Company Limited, Cape Coast.
He holds an MA in Governance and Sustainable development from the University of Cape Coast.
Mr. Fredua Agyeman is currently the Chief Planning Officer/Technical Director (Environment) of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).
He holds a Post graduate Certificate in Management for Sustainable Natural Resource Development & Environmental Protection and a Post Graduate Certificate in Forestry, Project Planning and Management and a M.Sc. in Resource Development Planning and Management.
FRANK A.N. SOFO
Mr. Frank A.N. Sofo is the Director for Human Resource Management and Development at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and a former Ag. Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
He holds an Executive Certificate in Governmental Human Resources Management for Chief Executives and High Government Officials, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Ghana Institute of Management Public Administration (GIMPA) and a B.A in Political Science. Seminars attended include; Counseling and Guidance Services for the self –employed, Employment in the urban and informal sector in Ghana, National forum on the structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative, Management Analysts Component of the Accelerated Training Programme for the Leadership of the Ghana Civil Service and Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Mr. Kwame Addo-Kuffour has over 19 years of experience in the mining industry both within and outside Ghana. He is currently the president of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, having served variously as the First Vice and Second Vice President between 2010 and 2014.
Mr Addo-Kuffour represents the Ghana Chamber of Mines on the Private Enterprise Federation of Ghana and the Minerals Development Fund and until recently, was the Chamber’s representative on the Advisory Council of Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
Mr. Addo-Kuffour is currently the President of the General Assembly of the ECOWAS Federation of Chamber of Mines and is also the Regional Chief Financial Officer of Newmount’s Africa operations. Before joining Newmont, he was the Financial Controller of AngloGold Ashanti Africa. He had earlier served as Head Of Finance of AngloGold Ashanti’s West Africa operations and served on the local boards of AngloGold Ashanti’s Ghana and Mali mines as a Director.
Mr Addo-Kuffour is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Institute of Accountants Ghana. He holds an MBA from Henley Business School and a first class degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana.
ELLEN AMA DAAKU
Ms. Ellen Ama Daaku is the Business Manager of the Methodist University College and the Acting Assistant Registrar for the Wenchi Campus.
She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Bsc. Home Science Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. She is currently a Law Student at the Gimpa Law Faculty.