At the end of the 86th Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, which was held on the 30th May, 2014 new executives were elected to steer the affairs of the Chamber for the next two years. The new Chamber President is Mr. Johan Ferreira, Regional Senior Vice President for Africa Operations of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited. The First Vice President is Mr. Kwame Addo Kufuor, Vice President Corporate Affairs of AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd., and the Second Vice President is Mr. Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President of Gold Fields Limited and Head of Gold Fields West Africa Region.
With over 26 years’ experience in the mining industry, Johan joined Newmont in September 2012 as the Group Executive for Operations. On May 1, 2014, he assumed the role as the Regional Senior Vice President for the Africa Operations.
As the Group Executive for Operations he was responsible for the Operations, Health, Safety & Loss Prevention, Business Improvement, Strategic Mine Planning and the Security department.
Before joining Newmont, Johan was the Senior Vice President, Operations responsible for strategic and operational management with AngloGold Ashanti.
A highly respected mining engineer, Johan had previously served as the General Manager of AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong & Great Noligwa Mines.
Johan has a wealth of experience in the gold mining industry with particular focus on shallow and ultra-deep narrow tabular underground mining and design, project management and commissioning of mining projects.
A qualified and certified Professional Engineer and a past President of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa, a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa and the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria and several other professional certifications.
Kwame Addo- Kufuor has many years’ experience in mining and is a key personality in the industry having served as immediate past second vice president of the Chamber and its Finance& Budget Committee Chairman before his recent appointment as the first vice president. Kwame has represented the Chamber in engagements with key stakeholders including Government, ECOWAS, and various other local and international organizations both in and outside Ghana.
He is currently the Chamber representative on the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. He believes in the transforming role mining can play as a catalyst for national development and is keen to explore linkages with other sectors of the Ghanaian economy. He is a governing council member of the Private Enterprise Federation.
Mr Addo Kufuor is currently Vice President Corporate Affairs of AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd with accountability for external and country issues. He has worked with the company for over seventeen years and before his current role held other senior positions such as Financial Controller Obuasi Mine, Senior Finance Manager (reporting) in the Johannesburg Corporate Office and Finance Director for the West Africa mines in Ghana, Guinea and Mali.
Mr Addo-Kufuor trained with the then Price Waterhouse and qualified as a member (later Fellow) move the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales before join AngloGold Ashanti. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana and holds a First class Honours degree from the University of Ghana and an MBA from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom. A football enthusiast he likes travelling and exploring new cultures and is married with children.
Alfred Baku has over two decades of mining experience, most of which has been with Gold Fields in senior management positions. He joined the company’s Damang Mine as Production Engineer in 1997, and by 2002 had risen to become a member of the senior management team of the Mine. His appointment as General Manager of the Damang Mine in 2008 made Alfred the first Ghanaian to hold such a position within the company. Two years later he was made General Manger of the Tarkwa Mine, and subsequently Vice President of Operations with responsibility for both mines. Alfred was, in 2013, promoted to the position of Senior Vice President for West Africa, and became a member of Gold Fields Group’s Executive Committee. In February 2014, Alfred was elevated to Executive Vice President and Head of the Gold Field’s West Africa Region.