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April 9th, 2014
Samuel Esson Jonah

Samuel Esson Jonah

Samuel Esson Jonah, Jonah Capital Executive Chairman

Sir Samuel Esson Jonah founded Jonah Mining (Pty) Ltd in 2005.

Jonah serves as an Executive Officer of Sankofa Trust (Proprietary) Ltd.

He served as the President of Anglogold Ashanti Ltd from May 2004 to July 2005 and again since February 2007.

Jonah joined Ashanti Goldfields Co Ltd in 1969 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 2004 and Group Managing Director since May 1982.

Jonah led the transformation of Ashanti from a one mine operation into a multinational gold miner.

Jonah serves as an Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital Limited.

Jonah serves as the Chairman of Bayport Financial Services Pty Ltd.

Jonah has been the Non-Executive Chairman of Range Resources Ltd since July 2006.

Jonah has been Non-Executive Chairman of Moto Goldmines Ltd since August 2005.

Jonah has been Chairman of the Board at Imara Energy Corp, since November 2012.

Jonah serves as the Chairman of Bayport Management Limited of Bayport Financial Services Pty Ltd.

He serves as the Chairman of Sierra Rutile Ltd.

He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Gulf Industrials Limited from November 2010 to October 2012.

Jonah served as the Non-Executive Chairman at Sentula Mining Ltd from August 2006 to May 2009.

He served as Non-Executive Chairman of UraMin Inc until August 2007.

Jonah served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Equinox Minerals Ltd, from July 2005 to March 2007.

Jonah served as Non-Executive Chairman of Equator Exploration Ltd until June 2005 and as its Executive Chairman from June 2005 to July 2007.

Jonah served as the Chairman of GoviEx Uranium Inc until November 2010.

Jonah served as Chairman of Andulela Investment Holdings Ltd. until March 2010.

He served as Non-Executive Chairman of Copper Resources Corporation until November 2007.

He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited of Bayport Financial Services Pty Ltd since February 2006.

Jonah serves as a Non-Executive Director of Tanzania, Uganda and Bayport Financial Services Pty Ltd.

He has been a Non-Executive Director at Vodafone Group since April 2009.

In 1994 the Camborne School of Mines and the University of Exeter (UK) jointly awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree.

In December 2005 Ashesi University College through its affiliate University in Ghana, University of Cape Coast, awarded Sam the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for his excellent and illustrious career as a Mining Engineer, Chief Executive, Director, Management Consultant, Diplomat, Educationist and Administrator.

In 2003 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Head of the Commonwealth, conferred on him an Honorary Knighthood as Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).

The award was in recognition of his exceptional achievements as a businessman, a leading business executive from the Commonwealth and an international public figure.

In 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star.

In December 2004, CNN and Time Magazine ranked him as one of the world’s top 25 most influential business people – setting the global standards for management, ethics, marketing and innovation.

Jonah is the recipient of three Lifetime Achievement awards, the most recent being the one conferred on him in June 2010 by the Commonwealth Business Council and the African Business Magazine for his outstanding contribution to the development of the private sector in Africa.

Jonah is the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast Ghana, a Member of the Board of Ashesi University in Ghana, a Visiting Professor of Business at The University of Witwatersrand Business School of Johannesburg and a member of its governing council as well as Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK).

Jonah was a Founding Member The United Nations Secretary General’s Global Compact Advisory Council; a member of The African Regional Advisory Board of the London Business School, served as a member of the Governing Body of the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Trustee of the Camborne School of Mines.

In 2003, he was co-chairman of the World Economic Forum held in Durban, South Africa and he was on the Advisory Council of the President of the African Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Jonah has been an advisor to a number of African Heads of State and he currently serves on the International Investment Advisory Councils of Nigeria and Togo.

He was appointed to serve on the newly established Bank of America Global Advisory Council, together with internationally recognized business, academic and public policy leaders.

Jonah is a highly respected International Businessman. He has an Associate ship in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England and an MSc in Mine Management from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

Jonah holds Hon DSc (Exeter) in 1994 and MSc in Mineral Production Management.

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