From banker to GES Director-General: The profile of Dr Eric Nkansah

At Kintampo’s Christian Education Complex Junior High School (JHS), in Ghana’s Bono East Region, Dr. Eric Nkansah began his career as a teacher in 2000.

After working at Christian Education Complex for two years, he was given the chance to teach geography at Kintampo Senior High School on a part-time basis.

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From the time he began his studies at the University of Cape Coast in 2002 until 2006, he continued to instruct Geography over the summers.

He joined Barclays Bank of Ghana (now Absa) in 2007 after completing his National Service with the National Health Insurance Scheme. He worked there for almost six years, rising to the post of Sales Manager. He lectured part-time at the Garden City University College in Kumasi’s business school in 2010 while continuing to work for the bank.

He finally quit his job at the bank in 2012 and started working as a full-time lecturer at Kumasi Technical University and a part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

He contributed immensely to teaching, research, programme development, and other academic work to the development of these universities. Until his appointment to the Ministry of Education in April 2021, he was a Senior Lecturer at Kumasi Technical University. Dr Nkansah, in 2014, founded Career Spring Institute, a licensed tuition provider for training members of local and international professional bodies and specialised consultancy for small, medium, and large corporations. He worked as the Executive Director of the Institute.

He began working for the Ministry of Education in April 2021 as the Director overseeing tertiary education. He attended numerous educational conferences (both local and international) as the Director of Tertiary, including those sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Dr. Nkansah has over 15 years of experience in administration of academic and educational policy. He possesses a doctorate in financial economics from the University of Zululand in South Africa, a master’s in business administration in finance from the KNUST Business School in Ghana, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

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