Speaker

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Ursula
Owusu-Ekuful
Minister of Communications
Government of Ghana

Honourable Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is the Minister of Communications for the Republic of Ghana and a Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Constituency. As the Minister of Communications, she has oversight for the government’s infrastructure programme for the ICT Sector, the development of a robust framework to support the digitisation of the economy and the scaling up of e-government services with a national broadband and total connectivity for the unserved and underserved at the heart of the agenda. She is passionate about supporting the local tech start up ecosystem, nurturing the development of indigenous technology and encouraging women, children and persons with disabilities to engage in ICT.

Honourable Owusu-Ekuful holds a certificate in Government Integrity from the International Law Institute, Washington DC, a Project Management and Planning Certificate from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a Masters in Conflict Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre where she was adjudged the overall best student in 2015. She is a lawyer, women's rights activist and a product of the University of Ghana And the Ghana School of Law. She was called to the Ghana Bar in October 1990.

Honourable worked for 10 years as an Associate at Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., Legal Practitioners and Notaries Public. From Sept 2005 to May 2008, she was the acting Managing Director, Western Tele systems (Westel), and from April 2008 to January 2009, she was the Corporate and External Affairs Director, ZAIN Ghana.

In the run-up to the December 7, 2016 elections, she served as the Chairperson for the Social Development Sector Committee – a committee responsible for the development of policy interventions for women, children, persons with disability, the aged and all social intervention policies and programs for the National Patriotic Party manifesto 2016.

She currently serves as a member of several Appointment Committees in Parliament including infrastructure and communications committees.

She is the co-chair of the European Union-Africa Union (EU-AU) Digital Economy Task Force.

She is the Development Queen (Nkosuohemaa) of Akyem Asuom in the Eastern Region with the stool name, Obaapanin Abena Bema Oforiwaa Gyankobaa.

Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is married has one child.