Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, born on 3rd October 1955 in Kumasi, navigated his early life with academic prowess and a keen sense for leadership. He was molded by the intellectual rigor of Adisadel College and later, the Achimota School, two of Ghana’s renowned institutions. At the University of Ghana, Legon, Alan didn’t just earn an Economics degree; he delved into the world of law, earning a law degree that underscored his multifaceted intellect. His academic journey didn’t end within the Ghanaian borders – he was recognized as a Hubert Humphrey fellow at the University of Minnesota.
In the corporate realm, Alan made a mark at Unilever International, where his leadership skills were as conspicuous as they were effective. A transition into public service saw him at the Management Development and Productivity Institute, contributing to the organization's mission and vision. The United Nations didn’t overlook his skills, appointing him as the first regional director of Enterprise Africa. His role in establishing the EMPRETEC Programme in Ghana echoed his commitment to economic development and entrepreneurship.
Politics for Alan wasn’t a sudden dive but a systematic integration, where his service as the Minister for Trade and Industry under President John Kufuor highlighted his capability to meld economic insight with political acumen. His eyes were set on the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) leadership, yet despite his attempts, he was always the runner-up to Akufo-Addo. In 2023, a pivotal moment arrived – Alan resigned from NPP and boldly declared his intention to run as an independent presidential candidate in the upcoming 2024 elections.
Alan’s imprint wasn’t restricted to Ghana; the international stage felt his presence. Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 global leaders for the new millennium, a testament to his global relevance. His nomination for the post of WTO Director-General, backed by the African Union, echoed his international acclaim.
Amidst the public life, the personal hasn’t been overshadowed. Alan is a family man, married to Patricia Christabel with two children, Alexander and Victor. Beyond family ties, he is intricately linked to A Wealth of Women Ghana BKD foundation, a tribute to his late sister, showcasing a man of not just political and corporate steel but of familial and emotional substance. Alan’s life, marked by corporate diligence, political activity, international recognition, and personal depth, paints the portrait of a man whose footsteps resonate within and beyond the Ghanaian soil.