Akwasi Awua Ababio


Akwasi Awua Ababio is responsible for overseeing the overall formulation and implementation of the Ghana Diaspora Engagement Policy in the current government and works at the Presidency as the Director of Diaspora Affairs.

Professionally, a certified IT Enterprise Architect with over 30 years’ experience in the IT/Financial/Insurance and Health Industry, he has worldwide exposure to the Ghanaian diaspora having worked previously in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and UK as a Consultant in IT, finance, insurance and health industries. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University in UK and a degree in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University. He also has a certificate for Advance International Protocol, Diplomacy and Leadership from European School of Protocol.

His previous roles have been providing strategic guidelines for business transformation and streamlining organizational business processes for effective decision making. Again he has leveraged his experience in teamwork to build a formidable and effective team at the Presidency and as Chairman of the Sterling Committee of the Year of Return he successfully led the team to accomplish the Year of Return in 2019 and the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit 2019 that saw the unprecedented number of visitors visiting the country and successfully advocated for an unprecedented number diasporas to be awarded Ghanaian citizenship in 2019 and 2022.

He was part of the strategic team for Reparation Study Tour to Barbados during the year and serves on the Executive Council of The Pan African Heritage World Museum and was a board member of the W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture from 2017 to 2020.

He is fully committed to ensuring that Ghana fully engages the Diaspora and leverages the pool of talents and investment potential for the development of Ghana while employing policies and comprehensive strategies that will exponentially grow Ghana’s diaspora remittances beyond the currently stated $3 billion and transform the remittances into development oriented initiatives.

He currently chairs the Education Committee of the Beyond the Return the successor project to the Year of Return after co-chairing the Beyond the Return for two years and currently the Vice Chair of the Inter Sectorial Implementation Committee for the Diaspora Engagement Policy which is chaired by a cabinet minister.