AMBASSADOR JOHANNA ODONKOR SVANIKIER
Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier is the Founder, President and CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa an NGO with the mission to preserve, advocate for and promote the use of African heritage and culture for social and economic development. She is also Ghana’s former Ambassador to France & Portugal and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and La Francophonie. During her tour of duty in Paris, she initiated Ghana’s membership of the OECD Development Centre where she represented Ghana on the Governing Board.
Ambassador Svanikier was Chair of the ECOWAS group at UNESCO in 2014. She has been a non-executive director of Fidelity Bank Ghana Ltd and Fidelity Asia Bank from 2009 to the present. She has also served as a Commissioner on the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). She has served on the Advisory Board of the Ministry
of Lands and Natural Resources under two administrations as well as on the Petroleum Revenue Advisory Commitee of the Ministry of Finance. She currently serves on the Board of the Economic Club of Ghana and the Advisory Group of the Executive Club of the Head of State (Duke of Edinburgh International) Award Scheme.
She is a barrister by profession. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales at the Inner Temple. She is also Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ghana. She has previously been a university lecturer and legal and development consultant. She is the founder and was the first Director of the Human Rights Study Centre at the University of Ghana, Legon. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in law from the London School of Economics, UK, a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School,, U.S.A. and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Oxford, U.K. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. She is the author of several publications including “Womens’ Rights and the Law in Ghana”