Mr. Benjamin Turkson joined UNU-INRA as a Finance and Administrative Officer in October 2007. He holds a BSc degree in Administration (Accounting Option) from the University of Ghana Business School, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Strayer University in Washington, DC. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy, USA.
Mr Turkson has substantial postgraduate work experience in the areas of business advisory, financial accounting, business management, and investment banking with the private sector within the US corporate world and his home country, Ghana. His career history includes working as an Accounts Executive, Accountant and Deputy Finance and Accounts Manager, for Xerox Corporation, National Association of Security Dealers, and Gelina Packaging Company respectively. Prior to his departure to the United States in the late 1990s, Mr. Turkson served as a Project Accountant for Akuaba Limited, a real estate development and furniture manufacturing company based in Accra, Ghana. Upon his return to Ghana in early 2007, he took up a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Ghana) with the Corporate Finance and Recovery unit.