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Alan John Kyerematen Biography

Ghanaian Politician

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Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremateng, known as Alan John Kyerematen, is a prominent Ghanaian politician who has served in various capacities including Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry. He has made significant contributions to Ghana’s trade and industry sectors and has been a key figure in the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Alan John Kyerematen
Full Name Alan John Kwa Kyerematen
Born October 3, 1955 (age 68)
Nationality Ghanaian
Occupation Politician
Relationship Status Married
Education University of Minnesota
Awards 100 global leaders for the new millennium
Organization NPP

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Early Life

  • Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen (born 3 October 1955) hails from Patasse, Kumasi.
  • He was born to Alexander Atta Yaw Kyerematen, a social anthropologist, and Victoria Kyerematen from Elmina and Ejisu.
  • Named after Alan John Knight, an archbishop in the Church of England and a mentor to his father.
  • His father was the founder and first director of the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi and later became the may or of Kumasi.


  • Attended Adisadel College for secondary education and later Achimota School for sixth form.
  • Graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
  • Holds a law degree, LLB, from the Ghana Law School and is a practicing attorney-at-law in Ghana.
  • Completed management studies under the Fulbright Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota, U.S.


Corporate Career

  • Served as a senior corporate executive with a subsidiary of Unilever International in Ghana.
  • Worked as a principal consultant and head of Public Systems Management with the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) in Ghana.
  • Appointed by the UNDP as the first regional director of Enterprise Africa, establishing enterprise support institutions in 13 Sub-Saharan Africa countries.
  • Established and managed the EMPRETEC Programme in Ghana, a leading business development programme.

Diplomacy and International Public Service

  • Served as Ghana’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2001 to 2003.
  • Worked as a trade advisor at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Played a key role in the African Union’s efforts to boost intra-African trade and establish a Continental Free Trade Area.
  • Nominated by Ghana for the post of WTO Director-General in 2012, receiving the backing of the African Union.


  • Founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and served on its National Executive Committee.
  • Made multiple attempts at the leadership of the NPP but was runner-up to Nana Akufo-Addo.
  • Served as the Cabinet Minister responsible for Trade, Industry, and the President’s Special Initiatives (PSI) from 2003.
  • Spearheaded various initiatives to transform the Ghanaian economy, including the establishment of an $8.5 million state-of-the-art factory for industrial starch production.
  • Played a lead role in multilateral trade negotiations, including WTO, EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement, and ECOWAS.
  • Resigned as a cabinet minister in January 2023 and later announced his intention to contest the NPP’s flagbearership.
  • Resigned from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in September 2023 to contest as an independent presidential candidate for the 2024 Ghanian general election.

Awards and Nominations

  • Listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 global leaders for the new millennium alongside notable figures like Bill Gates.

Personal Life

  • Fluent in Twi, Fante, Ga, and proficient in French.
  • Married to Patricia Christabel Kyerematen with two children, Alexander and Victor.
  • His sister, Bridget Kyerematen – Darko, tragically passed away in a gas explosion in January 2017.


Source: Wikipedia


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