Ken Kanda

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His Excellency
Ken Kanda
13th Ghana Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Assumed office
President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Leslie Christian
Personal details
Born (1951-08-30) August 30, 1951 (age 65)
Kpandu, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Children 4 daughters
Alma mater University of Ghana
Occupation Diplomat

Ken Kanda is a Ghanaian diplomat. He is the Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations.

Early life and education[edit]

Kanda was born at Kpandu in the Volta Region of Ghana. He attended Aggrey Memorial A.M.E. Zion Senior High School. He later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from the University of Ghana where he studied Political science and Modern history. He also received a graduate diploma in international studies three years later. He was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, New Jersey, United States.[1]


Kanda entered the Ghanaian foreign service in 1976 and served in various capacities in places including Copenhagen and Bonn. He was Protocol Officer to the Vice President of Ghana John Atta Mills between 1997 and 1998. He then held various positions within the Ghana foreign service both within and outside Ghana till 2009 when he became Director of State Protocol. He continued in this post till his current appointment to the United Nations. He was appointed in 2011 by President Mills.[2]

From 2011 to 2014 Kanda was a Vice-President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court.


Kanda is married with four daughters.[2]


  1. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Ghana Presents Credentials". Ghana Home Page. 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations". United Nations. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Leslie Christian
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
2011 – present