Prof. Boateng chairs PPA board

August 8, 2017
Source: Kizito Cudjoe l thebftonline.com l Ghana
Prof. Boateng chairs PPA board

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appointed South Africa-based Ghanaian Professor Douglas Boateng as the independent chairman of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), which has been lauded by the procurement logistics and supply chain fraternity, industrialists and business executives.  

The appointment is an indication of the President’s commitment to strengthen the growth of Ghana’s industrialization, value for money procurement in, especially the public sector, government service delivery quality and supply chain development.

“The President means business with Professor Boateng’s appointment as a non-executive chairperson of PPA,” others said, while some also noted that “transformation is on the cards for Ghana’s long-term industrialization and socio-economic development agenda”.

The appointment, which is in accordance with Section 4(1) (a) and 3 of the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act 914), is intended to support procurement reforms to accelerate the country’s industrialization, value for money and supply chain developmental objectives by the President, Minister of Finance and the entire Government of Ghana.  

The appointment by the President is premised on his critical goal to create professional standards for the procurement aspects of supply chain management so that practitioners can be held accountable for their actions.

Professor Boateng’s experiences on the global stage and his understanding of amongst others the procurement, logistics, manufacturing, and production aspects of supply chain management in a developing economy context will be instrumental in assisting the government to achieve Ghana’s long term strategic objectives.

By the appointment, Professor Boateng, who is the Founder and CEO of the PanAvest International and partners, a vertical specific human capital development organization, will be performing a non-executive supervisory role at the Authority to help transform and reposition the organisation in support of Ghana’s long term industrialisation and socio-economic developmental agenda.

Professor Douglas Boateng, Africa’s first ever appointed Professor Extraordinaire for supply and value chain management (SBL UNISA), is an International Professional Certified Chartered Director and an adjunct academic.

Independently recognised as one of the vertical specific global strategic thinkers on procurement, emerging world industrialisation governance, logistics, and industrial engineering in the context of supply and value chain management, he continues to play leading academic and industrial roles in supply chain strategy development and implementation, both in Africa and around the world.

He holds, amongst other qualifications, an Institute of Directors Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction, MSc in Logistics in Manufacturing systems and a Doctor of Engineering (Warwick).

He is also an elected FELLOW of Institute of Directors - UK & South Africa; Society of Operations Engineers - UK; Institution of Plant Engineers - UK; Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - UK & South Africa; Chartered Management Institute - UK; Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply - UK; Institute of Business Consulting - UK; and the Institute of Operations Management - UK.

Professor Boateng has been an elected member of the UK’s Institute of Directors for over 20 years and continues to assist local and international organisations and CEOs with board level, directional, accountability, and governance matters.

The Platinum Life Time Global Achievers Award (2016) and a Life Time Achievers Award (2013) by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and its various local industry associations were conferred on Professor Boateng for his outstanding contribution to the academic and industrial advancement of local and international aspects of supply chain management.

To date, Prof Boateng has been at the forefront of various vertical-specific industrial developmental initiatives. Some of his past and present roles includes Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s (CIPS) Africa Strategic Advisory Board, Deputy chairman, South African supplier diversity Council, Independent distinguished extraordinary chair in operations and supply chain management for the Institute of Operations Management (IOM) Africa, a Postgraduate and Doctoral supervisor and examiner for supply and value chain management at SBL-UNISA, Wits Business School, President of the Institute of Operations Management (IOM) Africa.

He is an executive coach, adjunct academic and elected fellow of at least eight global professional organisations including IOD, CIPS, CILT, SOE, iPlantE, IBC, CMI, and IODSA.

In 2016, Professor Boateng was honoured by CEO Titans Building Nations with a Life Time Achievers Award for exceptional work done in the area of industrial engineering, procurement, and supply chain management in a developing world context.

He has also been publicly acknowledged by leading institutions, including the Commonwealth Business Council, for his ongoing contribution to the rapidly emerging concept of strategic sourcing and its inextricable link to Africa’s long-term industrialisation and socio-economic development. 

Professor Boateng has said he had formally signed and accepted the offer, and given his assurance “to assist government to use supply chain thinking to improve and grow Ghana and the region’s industrialization endeavors.”

The international supply chain expert said supply chain management and in particular, the procurement aspects are becoming an increasingly important aspect of successful industrialization and socio-economic development initiatives across the globe.  

He observed that he will be assisting with the professionalization agenda in support of the government’s long term inclusive developmental program.