Kofi Abrefa Afena has been appointed as a communications specialist for the Ministry of Energy.
Mr. Abrefa Afena who is also a Corporate Communications and Brand Management Professional takes over from Nana Damaoh who previously held that position in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s first time.
Mr. Abrefa Afena by this appointment is to beef up the ministry’s communications under Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Until this appointment, he worked as Communications and Media Relations Officer at the Petroleum Commission, where he contributed to enhancing the organisation’s brand visibility locally and internationally as far as its regulatory mandate and the promotion of Ghana’s hydrocarbon potential are concerned.
He has also written extensively to shape the upstream petroleum regulator’s image positively and maintained cordial media and stakeholder relations for same.
Mr. Abrefa Afena comes to this new role with a clear understanding of the Energy sector value chain and institutional nexus and will support the management of the Ministry to effectively engage its stakeholders.
He is expected to co-ordinate the synergy of various persons, including sector agencies, to well position the ministry.
A former student leader at the University of Ghana, Legon and having worked in the office of His Excellency, President John Agyekum Kufuor as an aide and speechwriter, and also the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation as Research Associate on Leadership, Governance & Development.
He has a firm appreciation of Ghana’s democratic and political landscape, shaping his views and communications philosophy.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Politics with Sociology from the University of Ghana and an MBA with specialty in Corporate Communications Strategy & Brand Management from the School of Economics & Management of Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China as a CSC-Bilateral Programme Scholar.
Additionally, he holds certificates in Strategic Political Communications, Leadership, Organisational Strategy and Event Management.
Having attended a number of oil and gas conferences, locally and internationally, he is also a Member of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Ghana