Former NASA Telecom Manager appointed as new NCA Boss

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo has appointed former Telecommunications Service Manager at NASA, Joseph Anokye as the new Director – General for the National Communications Authority (NCA).

In a statement available to Biztechafrica and signed by the Communication Minister designate, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, it states that: “On behalf of the President His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana, I wish to inform you of your appointment as Acting Director – General of the National Communication Authority (NCA) with immediate effect.”

The statement also notified previous Deputy Directors Generals of the NCA to facilitate their handing over process to ensure a smooth transition. 

Mr Anokye takes on his new leadership role with a prolific background as a Telecommunications Service Manager at NASA, responsible for Integrated Services Network and Information Technology and Services. And also touted to be the brain behind the success of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

As a product of the University of Maryland from where he holds an MBA, Mr. Anokye’s experience spanned 18 years 6 months from September 1997 – February 2016 at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland as a Telecommunications Service Manager - Mission Routed Data Network (NASA Integrated Services Network).

The new NCA boss formerly manages a team of highly technical network engineers who administer NASA’s Global Mission Telecommunication Wide Area Network (WAN).

As a Telecommunications engineering service manager at NASA GSFC, he worked collaboratively in many Telecommunications Planning exercises worldwide with Telecom and Network engineers from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), German Space Operations Centre (GSOC), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO - Dongara) and many other national Space Programs like the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in California.

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