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Africa Initiative for Governance announces Ghana’s Justice Georgina Wood as fellow



Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) yesterday announced the immediate past Chief Justice of Ghana, Mrs. Georgina Wood, as the 2017-2018 AIG Visiting Fellow of Practice.

The fellowship is awarded every year to a distinguished personality from West Africa, who has demonstrated evidence of outstanding contributions to public good, through exemplary leadership in public service.

The announcement was made at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.


Justice Wood was the first woman to occupy the position of Chief Justice of Ghana, where she retired in June 2017, after a star-studded career in the Ghana’s public service and the judiciary.

In the same month, she was appointed into the Council of State of Ghana, which is a body established under the country’s constitution to counsel the president in the performance of his functions.

Justice Wood also serves on the boards of international justice and human rights organisations such as the Global Justice Centre.

“This is a further exciting step in our partnership with Africa Initiative for Governance. Chief Justice Wood has made an outstanding contribution to public service in Ghana. We look forward to learning from her during her Fellowship at the School,” said the Dean of Blavatnik School of Government, Prof. Ngaire Woods.

The AIG Fellowship is part of a five-year partnership established in 2016 between the school and the AIG.

In addition to making available five scholarships every year to talented, young West Africans from all backgrounds, the partnership also enables exceptional senior practitioners from West Africa to come to the School as AIG Visiting Fellows.

In 2016, the AIG and the Blavatnik School announced Nigeria’s former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, as the inaugural AIG Fellow.

According to AIG’s Founder and Chairman, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede: “The AIG Fellowships were instituted to enable fellows to expand their knowledge and leadership in the field of public policy.

“After the fellowship period at the school, the recipients help to drive AIG’s vision for transformational public-sector leadership across Africa. We are very pleased to have Justice Mrs. Wood as the AIG Fellow for 2017 to 2018.”

He added that: Her trail-blazing experience is truly inspirational, while her wealth of knowledge would be of continued benefit to our continent and to young people who aspire to do great in public service.

Justice Wood said she was honoured to serve as the 2017-2018 AIG visiting fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government.

“I look forward with excitement, to utilising this platform to contribute to the deepening of democracy and good governance in Africa. I believe that a strong public service anchored on leadership with integrity is one of the key drivers of development that can transform the lives of our people positively,” she said.

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