HON. WILLIAM AGYAPONG QUAITTOO
CEO, Tree Crops Development Authority, Ghana
Postal Address: P. O. Box 176, Akim Oda, E/R, Ghana.
Residential Address: Hse No.1 Narhman – Haatso, Accra, GE– 211-6319
Telephone No.: 024-622 8279 / 020-183 4727
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIO-DATA / PERSONAL PROFILE
Name: Hon. William Agyapong Quaittoo
Date of Birth: 11th September, 1966
Place of Birth: Cape Coast, Central Region
Home Town: Akim Gyadam, Birim Central Mun. Eastern Region
Religion: Christian (Baptist)
Marital status: Married
Number of Children: Five (5)
Languages: English, Twi, Dagbani, knowledge of Hausa and Ga
Profession: Marketing/Business/Project Development and Management
1973 – 1978 Kalpohin Primary School, Kalpohin, Tamale.
1978 – 1979 Yoo Roman Catholic Primary School, Savelugu, Northern Region.
1979 – 1982 Vitting Experimental Junior Secondary School, Vitting, Tamale.
1982 – 1985 GCE ‘O’ Level, Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi.
1985 – 1987 GCE ‘A’ Level, Oda Secondary School, Akim Oda, E/R.
1989 – 1993 B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry, Diploma in Education; University of Cape Coast.
1996 – 1998: MBA (Marketing), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.
2008: Diploma in Agribusiness, Export and Marketing Management;
Galilee College, Israel
Jan. 2021 – Date: CEO, Tree Crops Development Authority, Ghana
Jan. 2013 – Jan 2020: Member of Parliament (NPP), Akim Oda Constituency
April 2017 – Aug 2017: Deputy Minister of Food and Agric (Tree Crops), Ghana
May 2010 – Dec. 2012: Research Manager (Coffee, Sheanut and Projects)
Ghana Cocoa Board
I reported to the Director (R, M&E) and was responsible for: compiling and analyzing market information on coffee and sheanut/sheabutter; establishing linkages between buyers and farmers; monitoring certification of coffee and sheanut exports; coordinating activities of farmer, buyer and processing associations of coffee and sheanut; monitoring research programmes on coffee and sheanut; monitoring NGO projects on cocoa, coffee, and sheanut; and linking and coordinating NGO efforts in the 3 crop sectors.
September 2009 – April 2010: Manager, Office of the Chief executive (CE)
Ghana Cocoa Board
I reported, and provided administrative and technical support to the Chief Executive by: Collecting and collating management information for policy formulation; Monitoring implementation of policies and job assignments to Departments/ Divisions/ Subsidiaries of the Board; Offering technical advice/comments on various issues to help the CE in decision making; Drafting speeches/memoranda/ letters; Attending to official visitors; and liaising between the CE and Heads of other Government Institutions/Agencies.
March 2006 – Aug 2009: Commercial Manager
Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), COCOBOD
I developed, implemented and managed the Commercial Unit of CRIG.
June 2002 – Feb. 2006: Program Manager
EnterpriseWorks Ghana was a subsidiary of EnterpriseWorks Worldwide, a USAID Funded International NGO based in Washington DC and committed to fighting poverty through self-help economic development programs for SMEs. I developed and managed their Household Energy Progam in Ghana (Introduced GYAPA Cook stoves into Ghana).
Awarded an international prize for exceeding project target by over 60% within two years of the 3 – year program. ‘Gyapa Coalpot’ is now a household name in Ghana.
May 2001 – April 2002: Market Development Manager
OICI Food Security Program – Funded by USDA)
Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI) is also an international NGO based in Philadelphia, USA that focuses on capacity building for individuals and groups engaged in SMEs. I effectively marketed Client Groups and their products (Agriproducts, Artifacts, Kente, Furniture and other cottage products) through efficient coordination with export and local markets.
Jan. 2000 – May 2001: Marketing/Business Development Specialist
I was appointed by CARE international to market VEPEAG (Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana) and her products. Through prudent marketing efforts and efficient coordination with export and local markets, producers/exporters, shipping/airport and storage operators, I secured markets for pineapples and some vegetables in France, Netherlands and UK. I represented the Association at International and Local Trade Exhibitions and Conferences.
Key Achievements: I represented the Industry at the Ghana Economic planning workshops in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
Jan. – Dec. 1999: Marketing Officer
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
I reported to the Commercial Director and conducted market surveys and technology forecasting to identify business opportunities; promoted and marketed CSIR products and services and technologies developed; developed sales promotions and marketing strategies; assisted the CSIR Institutes in the execution of the planned marketing programs; and gave operational reporting of commercialization activities in the Institutes visited.
Sept. 1993 – Aug. 1996: Tutor
Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast.
I taught chemistry (mainly at the sixth form level) till the Advance level phased out in 1996. I taught in many other Schools (on part time) in the Central, Western, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions. I authored and produced two excellent books for the ‘A’ level Chemistry Syllabus (‘The Ultimate Chemistry for A-Levels 1 & 2’) and two for the SSSCE/WASSCE Chemistry Syllabus (‘The Ultimate Chemistry for West African Senior High Schools’)
2002 – 2008: Resource Person to IFAD/GOG’s RTIMP Project in Kumasi.
Provided client specific advice on post-harvest handling and marketing systems through routine workshops and annual review meetings.
Aug. 2006 – 2012: Assemblyman for Akim Gyadam and Presiding Member of Birim Central Municipal Assembly, Akim Oda from 2008 to 2010.
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HELD
- 1986/87 – Kwarko House Prefect, Oda Secondary School
- 1996/98 – Class Captain, MBA/MPA classes, School of Admn, University of Ghana
- 1999/01 – Men’s Fellowship Secretary, Redeemed Baptist Church, Madina, Accra
- 2002/06 – Men’s Fellowship President, Redeemed Baptist Church, Madina, Accra
- 2002/06 – Regional Men’s Fellowship President, Ghana Baptist Convention, Accra
- 2006/12 – Assembly Member, Akim Gyadam Electoral Area
- 2009/11 – Presiding Member, Birim Central Municipal Assembly, Akim Oda
- 2009/10 – NPP Electoral Area Coordinator, Akim Gyadam Electoral Area
- 2010/12 – NPP Patron, Akim Oda Constituency
- 2013/2020 – Member of Parliament (NPP), Akim Oda Constituency
- 2013/16 – Deputy Ranking Member, Committee on Food, Cocoa and Agric of Parliament
- 2017/date – Board Chairman, National Food Buffer Stock Company
- 2018 – Chairman, Local Government Committee of Parliament
- 2019/2020 – Chairman, Education Committee of Parliament
- 2019/2020 – Member, Article 71 Emolument Committee of Parliament
CONFERENCES / CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMMES ATTENDED
1999 Effective Cost Cutting Management – CSIR sponsored, Accra, Ghana.
2001 Effective Project and Marketing Management – CARE International sponsored, Kenya.
2002 Resource Mobilization for Community Development – OICI sponsored, Accra, Ghana.
2008 Management Development Programme – Centre for Executive and Professional Development, London – COCOBOD sponsored, Ghana.
2009 Change Management and Succession Plan – Centre for Executive and Professional Development, London – COCOBOD sponsored, Ghana.
2009 Public – Private Partnership (PPP) Development – SIF sponsored for Local Government practitioners, Ghana.
2014 International Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security, Ethiopia – Parliament of Ghana sponsored.
2015 National Roving Seminar on Making Use of Intellectual Property for Business Competitiveness and Development in Africa, Ghana – African Regional Intellectual Property Organization and Republic of Ghana sponsored
2015 Second International Conference on Global Food Security, New York, USA – Parliament of Ghana Sponsored
Soccer, Athletics, Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Farming, Traveling and Reading.