HON. SETH KWAME ACHEAMPONG
DEPUTY REGIONAL MINISTER
Mr. Samuel Donkor was born on 13th July 1962 at Akwasiase near Tepa in the Ashanti Region.
He holds M. A. Human Resource Management from University of Cape Coast from 2005 – 2006 and BA Sociology with Geography from University of Ghana, Legon 1984-1987.
He also obtained Post Graduate Certificate in October – December 1994 and Post Graduate Diploma January – June 1996 in Public Administration from GIMPA.
He had his Secondary Education (GCE Ordinary level in 1976 – 1981 and Advanced Level in 1981 – 1983) at Aduman in Ashanti and Boa Amponsem in Central regions respectively.
Mr Samuel Donkor started working as a Tutor at Tema Methodist Day Secondary School in October 1988 – August 1990.
He joined the Ghana Civil Service in August 1990 as an Administrative Officer (Assistant Director IIB) and posted to Asante Akim South District Assembly, Juaso in Ashanti Region. He got his first promotion to Assistant Director IIA in August 1992 and was posted to Adansi East District Assembly New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region. He was later promoted to the rank of Assistant Director I in 1997 and was posted to Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly. In 2001 he was elevated to the position of Deputy Director of Administration and posted to Aowin Suaman District Assembly, Enchi as Ag District Co-ordinating Director. He was promoted to Director of Administration in 2008 by the Ghana Civil Service and later promoted to the grade of Coordinating Director by the Local Government Service in November 2011.
His tour of duty in the Service as an Administrative Officer took him to Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council in 2008 as Director of Administration in Koforidua and later posted to Kwahu East District Assembly Abetifi as District Co-ordinating Director and reposted back to Koforidua New Juaben Municipal Assembly as Municipal Co-ordinating Director in 2010.
Mr Samuel Donkor has worked at Bekwai Municipal Assembly 2012-2013, Sunyani Municipal 2013-2015, Bosomtwi District Assembly 2015-2016, Adansi North District Assembly 2016-2017, Tema Metropolitan Assembly 2017-2019 and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly 2019-2020.
He was promoted to Chief Director in 2020 and was posted to Ahafo Regional Co-Ordinating Council Goaso and later posted to Eastern Regional Co-ordination Council in February 2021.
He is a Christian and married with four(4) children.
REGIONAL BUDGET ANALYST
Mr. John A. Donkor was born on 9th April, 1964. He is a native of Adukrom-Akuapem in the Eastern Region. He speaks five(5) languages-English, Russian, Okere, Twi and Ga. He has two(2) sons.
Mr. John A. Donkor possesses a Master of Science degree in Finance and Banking from the Moldavian State University in the former USSR. Currently, he is a student of the ICAG. He obtained his GCE A’ Level Certificate at the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Legon in 1984 and the GCE O’ Level Certificate at the West Africa Secondary School, Accra in 1982. He has several certificates, some of which are: Certificate in Russian Language from the Moldavian State University; Certificate in Budgeting and Financial Management from GIMPA and Certificate in Governance in Local Government from GIMPA/Danida Fellowship Centre.
Mr. John A. Donkor is currently the Regional Budget Officer of the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council with a grade of Chief Budget Analyst. He occupied this position from March 2016. Before then, he was the Municipal Budget Officer of the Berekum Municipal Assembly from January, 2014 to February, 2016. He also worked with the Akwapim South District Assembly from September, 2012 to December, 2013 and helped establish the Budget Unit of that Assembly when it was formed in July, 2012. Mr. John A. Donkor was the Municipal Budget Officer of the New Juaben Municipal Assembly from January, 2004 to August, 2012. He started his carrier as an Assistant Budget Analyst with the then Akuapem North District Assembly, now a Municipal Assembly in November, 1994, where he worked up to December, 2003.
Mr. John A. Donkor was an Activist in “What Do You Know” and “Best Brain” Quiz Programmes from 1984 to 1986. He was the Secretary of NUGS, Kishinev Branch (USSR) from 1989 to 1991. He was the Secretary of the Eastern Region Budget Analysts Welfare Association from 2003 to 2012. He then became the Chairman of the Association from January to December, 2013. Currently, he is a Member-Patron of the Association. Mr. John A. Donkor is a member of the Team that developed the Budget Section of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Templates in Sogakope that is being used for Social Accountability forums by MMDAs in the country.
Hobbies of Mr. John A. Donkor are Jogging, playing of Draught, Cards and Scrabbles and watching of Adventurous movies.
REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICER
PLN Mrs Audrey Smock Amoah, PhD, was born on 14th November, 1974 in Sekondi, Western Region. She obtained her GCE Ordinary Level Certificate in Ahantaman Secondary School, Sekondi in Western Region and her GCE Advanced Level Certificate in Mawuli School, Ho in Volta Region. Audrey has a PhD in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. She also has a Master of Science Degree in Development Policy and Planning and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Planning also from KNUST. She holds a certificate in Gender and Development from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a Certificate in Human Rights-Based Approach to Planning and Programming from Danida Fellowship Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark and Women in Management from GIMPA & Danida Fellowship Centre. Aside from the Planning profession, her specialty includes Gender and Development and Local Economic Development.
Audrey is a Chief Development Planning Officer with vast experience in the area of development planning having worked in the Local Government Service for the past twenty-one years. She started her career in the then Mpohor Wassa East District Assembly from November, 2000 and Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly from 2012 in the Western Region. She was posted to the La Dade-kotopon Municipal Assembly in Greater Accra in 2017 and currently works in the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council, Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
Due to her display of professional competence and desire to achieve results, she received a National Award on Professionalism in 2018. Audrey has served as a member of the Council of the Institute of Local Government Studies, Board of Governors for Faiseman Secondary School, Panel member for Family Tribunal and Juvenile Court in Tarkwa and the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Anglogold Trust Fund in Tarkwa. Audrey was the Focal Person in Ghana for United Cities and Local Governments Authority (UCLGA)’s Water and Sanitation Hub of Africa. She was also among the Jurors in a Market for all Competition organised by the Department of Architecture, KNUST in 2020. Audrey presently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Sector Workers Employees’ Pension Scheme. She stands for professionalism and loves to learn and impart.
HEAD OF FINANCE
Dr. Alexander Otopah, CA is a practitioner scholar in public sector financial management who hails from Aburi – Akuapem in the Eastern Region. He was born on the 27th of September 1977.
He started his basic education at Yaw Duodu L/A but completed at Akropong Methodist J.S.S where he obtained his BECE. He had his SSSCE from Okuapemman Senior High School in 1994. Alex has a Doctor of Business Administration degree from SBS Swiss Business School in Zurich, Switzerland. He also has a Master of Research degree in Applied Business from SBS Swiss Business School and a second Masters degree in Business Administration (Finance option) from GIMPA. Alex qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2015 and was subsequently admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana. He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from University of Cape Coast and a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from Accra Technical University. Further, Alex also possess a Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Management from Nobel International Business School, Certificate in Public Financial Management from Institute of Local Government Studies and the European Union, Certificate in Business Innovation in Volatile Markets from SBS Swiss Business School in Zurich, Switzerland, Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) from the Institute Of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.
He joined the Controller & Accountant General Department as an accountant and has risen through the ranks to become a Chief Accountant with over twenty years working experience. Throughout his carrier, Alex has largely been on secondment to the Local Government Service. During the initial stages of his carrier, Alex was scheduled as a project accountant for several donor funded projects. Some of these donor funded projects were World Bank Community Water and Sanitation Program, Canadian District Wide Assistant Project, World Bank Community Based Rural Projects, Japan International Co-operation Agency, Action Aid, among others. He was one of the accountants who piloted the payment of school feeding caterers and claims of the national health insurance scheme at the District level.
Alex has served as District Finance Officer for Bawku West District Assembly, Birim South District Assembly and also as a Deputy Regional Director, Controller & Accountant General Department in the Upper East Region. He has a track record of never to have appeared before the public accounts committee of parliament and never to have received a qualified nor except for opinion on financial statements emanating from his outfits. He is currently the Head of Finance at the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council.
He teaches Institute of Chartered Accountants candidates and also serves as reviewer of doctoral and master’s thesis. His research interest is in public sector finance, accounting, auditing and local governance. He has facilitated financial management workshops in over eighty public sector organizations across Ghana. He currently consults for a number of consulting firms on public sector financial management. Alex loves watching football and Ghanaian movies. He worships with the Church of Christ and is married with three kids. He is a team player, generous, results oriented and a mentor.
REGIONAL INTERNAL AUDITOR
ANTHONY AMATEY HADJOR was born on 26th November ,1972 at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region. He is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA), member of institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICA) 2021 and Institute of Internal Auditors, Ghana, (IIA) 2013. He holds certification of Forensic Fraud from Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana 2019. He also holds Executive Masters in Business Administration EMBA (Finance Banking) from Paris Graduate School of Management, 2010 and a Bachelor of Art degree from University of Ghana B.A. (Hons.) 1998.
He had his Secondary education at St Martins Senior High School at Nsawam Adoagyiri and Basic education at Roman Catholic Primary at Odumase Krobo
ANTHONY AMATEY HADJOR taught at Ghanata Senior High, Dodowa from the year 2000 to 2005. He moved to the Internal Audit Unit of Ghana Education Service at Shai Osodoku District from 2006 to April 2007. He joined the Local Government Service in May 2007 and worked in a number of Municipal and District Assemblies and a Regional Coordination Council.; Birim Central Municipal Assembly 2007 -2012, Akwapim South Municipal Assembly 2012-2014, Weija Gbawe Municipal Assembly 2014-2018, Ga South Municipal Assembly 2018-2019, Ahafo regional Coordinating Council 2019-2020 and currently with the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council.
He served as a member of Audit Report Implementation Committee (ARIC) of four District Assemblies between 2014 -2016: Kwahu East District Assembly, Abetifi: Ada West District Assembly, Sege: North Tongu District Assembly, Battor,: Kwaebibirim District Assembly, Kade.
He has contributed greatly to management appreciation of internal controls and risk management in the various institutions he had and worked.