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KNUST Alumnus Presides Ghana Chamber of Mines

Daniel Owiredu is an Engineering graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He joined the erstwhile Ashanti Goldfields Company Ltd.,(AGC), and later successfully pursued an MBA programme at the Strathclyde University in Scotland. At the AGC, he was a key-member of the management team which implemented the Ashanti mines Expansion Programme (AMEP) and thus prepared Obuasi to serve as the flagship of the African multinational which Ashanti became in the 1990’s.

Dan also led another technical team which conducted the feasibility, planning, construction and the commissioning of the Bibiani Mine which he was appropriately appointed the first Managing Director. As the Managing Director of Bibiani, Dan resolutely pursued a comprehensive community development programmes through which the community was provided with viable options in alternative livelihood. He also actively promoted the development of Ghanaian skills. In Addition to these initiatives, Dan led the mine to win the AGC Group Chief Executives’ safety award for two consecutive years namely, 1999 and 2000.

He subsequently managed the Siguri Mine in Guinea and later the legendary Obuasi Mine. Dan also frequently travelled to the two other mines which were then in the Ashanti Group, namely Freda Rebecca in Zimbabwe and Geita in Tanzania thus acquiring a wide-range of experience in mining in Africa.
With his background and experience, Dan played a major role in the Chief Operating Officer of Anglo Gold Ashanti for West Africa and subsequently the Deputy Chief Operating Officer/Africa with responsibilities for ensuring the effective and efficient energy and logistics policy.

He held this position until 2006 when he was head-hunted by Golden Star Resources as Vice President for Africa Operations.