HER EXCELLENCY MS. ANNA BOSSMAN (AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA TO FRANCE & PORTUGAL, PERMANENT DELEGATE OF GHANA TO UNESCO, OECD AND LA FRANCOPHONIE)
Her Excellency Ms. Anna Bossman is a lawyer and a human rights advocate. Before her appointment as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Ms. Bossman was Director of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) in charge of investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption and other malpractices in operations financed by the AfDB. She was also overseeing the development of preventive measures to proactively reduce the potential for misconduct, fraud or corruption in AfDB financed operations. Ms. Bossman is credited with instituting the Bank’s novel approach to negotiated settlements which resulted in the levying of penalties on international companies and individuals which had been found to have been involved in sanctionable practices in Bank Group operations. From 2014 to date as a result of her office’s investigations, penalties imposed on major companies are in excess of $50 million US.
Before her appointment at the AfDB in July 2011, Ms. Bossman was Ag Chair of Ghana’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Deputy Commissioner in charge of investigations. Ms. Bossman began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Ghana’s Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department before embarking on a twenty five (25) year career in the oil and gas industry and the energy sector serving in legal, negotiations, managerial and consultancy capacities with major international oil and gas companies in Gabon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Ghana.
In 1997, she founded Bossman Consultancy Ltd (BCL) providing legal and business advisory services to public and private sector clients in the oil gas and energy sector. A lawyer and an ardent human rights and anti-corruption activist, her interests are in governance, promotion of integrity, and women and children’s rights.
Ms. Bossman is a recipient of a number of awards including; “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Gabonais” and the "Medaille du Travail" conferred by the Gabonese Government. HE Anna Bossman was also decorated “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite” by the French government.
In 2008, she received the Ghana Women’s achievers Award for excellence in Human Rights and the Law (Ghana National Honorary Awards of Fame) and the NETRIGHT award for outstanding contribution to the progress of women in Ghana. She is a recipient of the Corruption Hunters Integrity Award (World Bank International Corruption Hunters Alliance 2010) and Winner of GPA Award for Law 2010. In March 2017, Ms Bossman she was honored with the GHANA LEGACY HONORS award for outstanding impact in Public Service. In June 2017 she won the Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the Compliance Community.
On June 2017, Her Excellency Anna Bossman was appointed Ghana’ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France and Portugal and Permanent Representative of Ghana to UNESCO and accredited to OECD and La Francophonie.