Friday, August 20, 2010

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Gets New Director

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By William Yaw Owusu

Friday August 20, 2010
Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), one of the five German political foundations that promote the ideals of good governance across the globe, has appointed Dr. Gregor Ryssel, 43, as its new director in Ghana.

He replaces Mr. Klaus D. Loetzer, another German who spent five years coordinating the foundation’s activities in the country.

A release issued in Accra and signed by Isaac Owusu-Mensah, Senior Programmes Manager of KAF aka Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), said Dr. Ryssel served as a desk officer for KAS in 1994 in St. Augustin, Bonn in Germany and coordinated the activities of the foundation in Poland, Balkan and Baltic States.

He moved to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as the country representative for KAS from 1996 to 2000, creating and organizing projects for the country and inviting foreign experts to intensify the relations Germany between Bosnia.

Dr. Ryssel served in Belgrade, Serbia from 2000 to 2002 as the country representative.

He helped that country to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and returned to Berlin Germany and served as a desk officer for the Middle East from 2003 to 2006, coordinating the project activities in that region.

Dr. Ryssel was appointed the country director of KAS in Uzbekistan from 2006 to 2009 where he operated from Tashkent and boosted relations between Germany and Uzbekistan.

He was the country Director for KAS in Kazakhstan where he operated from Astana.
Dr. Ryssel was the member of the board of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Potsdam and a member of the German-Uzbek Association in Germany.

He is very familiar with political situations in countries, particularly former Soviet countries.

KAS, which has been in Ghana for more than four decades, has supported economic and social reforms.

It strengthens the role of Parliament and creates platform for people to take part in the decision-making process and consensus building to accelerate decentralization as well as helping to strengthen traditional institutions.

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