President John Mahama has appointed Dr Tony Aubynn as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Minerals Commission.
The current CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Aubynn, brings to his new job enormous experience in the extractive industry, spanning a period of about two decades.
He takes office at a time the mining sector is bedeviled with serious challenges, especially environmental degradation and issues about the contribution of the mining sector to the national economy.
But as the boss of the Minerals Commission, the graduate of the University of Ghana is expected to lead the government’s direction and vision for policy formulation to effectively deal with those challenges.
Dr Aubynn had, in the past, worked in many capacities as the Director of Corporate Affairs of Tullow Ghana Limited and in senior management positions at Rangers Minerals (Damang Mines) and Gold Fields Ghana Limited.
Currently, he also serves as the Chair of the Association and Commodities Group (ACG) of the London-based International Council for Minerals and Metals (ICMM) and a former Chair of the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Working Group of ICMM.
He is also the Chair of the UN Global Compact Ghana Network and long-time member of the Strategic Management Advisory Group of the World Bank and DfID-sponsored Community and Artisanal Small-scale mining (CASM).
He serves on many boards, including the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa; Ghana Railway Development Authority, and the Amenfiman Rural Bank.
Dr Aubynn had his undergraduate education at the University of Ghana and postgraduate education at various universities abroad, including Oslo in Norway; and Tampare and Helsinki in Finland.
He was the first Ghanaian PhD Fellow at the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Tokyo, and a Fellow of the University of Tokyo.