President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Michael Ansah as the chief executive of the newly established Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation.
Until his appointment, he was Senior Vice President at Dell Corporation. He is an accomplished business executive and leader with significant international experience across varied industry sectors.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be given this opportunity to lead a flagship initiative of Government, and a major part of Ghana’s industrial transformation at this time,” Mr Ansah said of his appointment announced Sunday.
He said he would through GIADEC, play a pivotal role that will contribute help in delivering on the President’s vision of ‘Ghana beyond aid’.
GIADEC was established through an Act of Parliament last year to focus on leveraging Ghana’s bauxite reserves, and allied aluminium assets to drive the full commercial exploitation of the bauxite deposits.
A board for GIADEC chaired by Dr Oteng Gyasi was on Friday sworn into office by President Akufo-Addo with the task to ensure that a vibrant aluminium industry is established in the country.
Government intends to develop an integrated aluminium industry which will be one of the major pillars to drive the industrial transformation and accelerated development of the Ghanaian economy.
According to government, a significant emphasis will be placed on adding value across the full value chain of bauxite through the establishment of a refinery to produce alumina locally, and its smelting, to produce aluminium.
It will at the same time encourage the development of downstream industries to create wealth and boost employment.
Who is Michael Ansah?
He was a member of the senior executive team that led the Global Real Estate and Facilities Organisation with responsibility for managing business activities and functions across more than 80 countries.
He was also a lead member of the global integration team that implemented the 67 billion dollar Dell and EMC transaction that led to the creation of Dell Technologies – the largest such transaction in the Tech industry.
Mr Ansah had primary responsibility for creating value from the combined assets, while planning and executing the integration of a global portfolio in excess of 30 million square feet, across more than 700 locations worldwide.
He served as a member of Dell’s Tax Incentives and Policy Advisory Team, leading negotiations with Governments of countries including Morocco, India and China, setting up partnerships and structures to create conducive environments to optimize investments.
Prior to joining Dell in 2006, he held senior leadership roles in Management Consulting and General Management.
He has advised corporates and public sector organisations on business transformation strategies, complex real estate structures, infrastructure and capital investment decisions, and business services outsourcing.
He has worked at organisations including PWC Consulting/IBM Business Consulting Services where he was Director/Associate Partner in the Real Estate and Capital Programme Management Practice, and as a Group Director at Regus Plc., now part of the International Workplace Group.
He also worked at the Ministry of Finance in Ghana as interim CEO of Ghana’s Millennium Challenge Account Programme.
Earlier in his career, he was Director of Consulting at Symonds Group. He also practiced as an Architect, and was Group Architect for the Corporate Banking and Treasury Division of Lloyds Bank Plc.
He is a Chartered Architect, and Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He holds a B. Sc. Design, and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK. He is married with 3 children.