Maj. Gen. Kwesi Yankson


MAJ GEN KWESI YANKSON was born on 18th August, 1949.  He attended St John School, Sekondi, for both the GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels between 1963 and 1969.  He holds a Degree in Business Administration from Pacific Southern University, California, USA, a Post-graduate Diploma in International Human Resource and Personnel Management and a Masters in International Relations from Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana, Legon.

He enlisted in the Ghana Military Academy in October 1969 and was commissioned as 2/Lt in October 1971 into the Corps of Supplies and Transport of the Ghana Army.  He has done various career and other professional courses which include the following: Law of War of the International Committee of the Red Cross, International Defence Management Course, Advance Course in Supplies and Transport and Defence Diplomacy Course. He is also a graduate of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi, India.

Maj Gen Kwesi Yankson held a number of Command, Staff, Training and Teaching appointments in the Ghana Armed Forces.  Prominent among these are Officer Commanding, 2nd Mechanical Transport Company, Kumasi, Commanding Officer, Base Supply Depot, Accra.  GSOII (Ops & Plans) GHQ, DDST(Movement) GHQ; Directing Staff (DS) at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) for over 5 years, Director of manpower Planning, (GHQ), Army Secretary, Army HQ, Director of his Corps (Supplies and Transport) Deputy Director-General (Logistics) and finally Director General Logistics of the Ghana Armed Forces.  His last appointment before his retirement from active service was Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC).

He has attended a number of workshops, seminars and conferences both in Ghana and outside Ghana and also chaired or served on a number of important Boards or Commissions of Inquiry in Ghana, both within the military and outside.

He has participated in United Nations Peace Support Operations in Lebanon, former Republic of Yugoslavia, and Liberia where he was among the team that prepared the transition for return to civilian rule.

For his participation in the above-mentioned Peace Support Operations, he has been awarded United Nations Medals for Peace in Lebanon, Former Republic of Yugoslavia and Liberia. He has also been awarded Long Service and Efficiency Medal for his dedicated service to the Ghana Armed Forces.

The under-listed publications are to his credit.


  • Rural Urban Migration and its impact on National Development and Security.
  • The Challenges of UN Peacekeeping Operations in the 21st Century: The Case of Africa.
  • The Proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Africa- The role of the military in combating the threat: the case of the ECOWAS sub-region.

He is married with 3 children, and his hobbies are countryside driving and travelling, general reading and listening to good music.