About High Commissioner
Ambassador Edward Boateng was appointed as the fifteenth (15th) Ambassador by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah, President of the Republic of Ghana to the People’s Republic of China on June 2nd, 2017. He presented his credentials to the General Secretary of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping on July 12, 2017. Ghana was the second country in Africa to establish diplomatic relations with The People’s Republic of China in July 1960, and the third to open its diplomatic mission in Beijing.
Among others, he served as the Chairman of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) from August 2006–December 2008. The five-year, approximately $547 million Millennium Challenge Compact aimed at reducing poverty by raising farmer incomes through private sector-led, agribusiness development.
He has received several international awards/citations, which include the Order of the Volta (Civilian Division) by the Government of Ghana in 2008, The Turner Award in 1995, The City of Philadelphia also recognized him with the Keys to the city of Philadelphia in 2012 and the New Africa Magazine recognized him as the African Business leader of the Year in 2013. He has served on numerous boards in Africa including the Africa Board of World Economic Forum, The Foundation for Journalistic Excellence, National Communication Authority in Ghana, African Business Roundtable and Orphanage Africa.
Ambassador Edward Boateng was previously the Group CEO of Global Media Alliance and a thought leader on African broadcasting. He is highly respected across the African continent for the role he has played in the development of the broadcast media across the continent. He founded Global Media Alliance in November 1998 in South Africa through which in partnership with other companies/institutions he was able to help break new ground for the introduction of channels like e.tv, the first privately owned free to air in South Africa, eNCA and SABC Africa (the first 24 hour African News channels) and African entertainment channels like the Africa Magic channels on DSTV. He worked with the Travel Channel and the Africa Society to produce the Presidential Tour Series, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania. He also worked with Anthony Bourdain to produce various food programs in Ghana, Namibia and other countries. Amongst others, he produced the First Oil Series with the Discovery Channel.
He was part of the leadership that established the concept of commercial malls and movie cinemas in Nigeria and Ghana from 2006-2008. GMA is one of the leading private media companies in Ghana and West Africa owning respected brands like YFM, etv ghana, Happy FM and Silverbird Cinemas plus arguably Ghana’s Number One Communication and Public Relations Company. GMA has 350 plus employees across its various companies. He was also the African Head of Turner Broadcasting and led the establishment and development of channels like CNN, Cartoon Network etc. in Africa.
Other Previous work experiences include working as a Governor’s Fellow in the office of Governor Joe Frank Harris of Georgia, USA (the first African to do so) where he was a member of the famous Corrections Team that developed the famous “Boot Camp” concept that helped turn around recidivism in the Georgia Correction System in the 1980’s.
Edward also worked for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, USA in research and brand management.
He was born in Kumasi, attended University Primary School, Prempeh College and KNUST for his primary, secondary and undergraduate studies respectively. He then proceeded to the United States where he studied for his MBA at Clark-Atlanta University and a post graduate diploma at Yale University also in the USA.
He is married to Lisa Poku-Boateng and has four (4) children, three girls and boy.