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Biography of Fawaz Aliu, Akufo-Addo’s newly appointed deputy chief of staff

There are new names appointed to the Akufo-Addo Jubilee House as he begins his second term and make appointments for positions in his government.

Two new deputies to the Chief of staff have been named to replace Hon. Asenso Boakye and Hon. Samuel Jinapor who have all made into the 8th parliament.

Among the two is Fawaz Aliu. But who is Fawaz Aliu and what’s his background?

Fawaz Aliu was born in Tamale on 23rd March, 1982. He completed Tamale shs in 1999 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Cape Coast in 2006.

He also holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Ghana in 2010. He earned further executive qualifications from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria in 2011.

He is an international fellow of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, based in Washington, DC.

He has undertaken a number of career development courses and has been part of Ghana’s delegation to several international conferences and special missions.

He served as a desk officer in various bureaus in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

He previously worked in the Cabinet Secretariat of the Office of the President as officer in charge of the Northern Regional Biometric Passport Application Centre. In this role, he administered the processing of applications for Ghanaian passports from within the then three Northern regions of Ghana.

He served as Ghana’s representative to the United Nations Committee on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues (the Third Committee) at the UN General Assembly in New York City.

He was the assistant secretary in charge of foreign relations at the Office of the President.

He served as the focal point for co-ordinating the President’s foreign relations engagements. He also assists the Secretary to the President in managing the president’s secretariat.

He is said to have impressed the president with his administrative and diplomatic skills, sheer competence, loyalty, astuteness and attention to detail.