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Akwasi A. Prempeh was appointed to the role of Commissioner of the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau on 13th January 2021.

In his time as Commissioner, Mr. Prempeh has overseen a number of significant Aviation safety investigations procedures, policy, plans, programmes and reports. He has also successfully transitioned the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Prevention Bureau into its new role as autonomous Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Prevention Bureau to conduct investigation into aircraft accidents and incidents in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).

With more than 13 years of experience across a wide range of operational, training and management roles within the transport industry, Mr. Prempeh has been well-positioned to drive an innovation agenda at the Bureau. The Bureau’s evolution program has already seen enhancements to its world-leading practices, including streamlined operations, a multi-facetted team approach to aviation safety investigations and the introduction of prevention action that are necessary to be taken promptly to enhance safety in aviation.

Prior to his commencement with the Bureau, Mr. Prempeh held the role of the Coordinator for the Accident Investigations unit of the Ministry of Aviation, a position he held for two years. In this position, He was responsible for reporting all matters of aircraft aviation safety recommendations and report to the Minister as in Section 25 of the Ghana Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act,2019, Act, 985. Most importantly, Mr. Akwasi Agyebi Prempeh, played an instrumental role in the run-up to the ICAO Validated Coordinated Mission (ICVM) from March to April, 2019 which culminated in Ghana’s achievement of the highest score of 89.89%, an enviable record on the African continent for safety and security. Ghana was awarded two prestigious relative aviation safety and security at the 40th ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada. He also featured prominently in the research and analysis phase as well as coordinated the drafting of the AIB Bill which was passed by Parliament for the establishment of the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau.

Mr. Prempeh began his career as an assistant planning officer and rise to the position of Principal Planning Officer before his elevation to the position of the Commissioner. Mr. Prempeh holds Msc. Transport Planning from the University of Leeds, UK and Bsc. Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He also pursued other air transport safety related competency based courses and professional programmes including Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response course at Cranfield University, UK in 2019.

Mr. Prempeh is professionally affiliated to several ICAO institutions and regional organizations. He is a member of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA).                                                                          

Mr. Prempeh has served on the BAGAIA Harmonized Regulation Technical Committees, BAGAIA Accident Investigation Policy and Procedures Manual and the National Aviation Safety Coordination Group (NASCG). Until being appointed as Commissioner, He was also a Ministry Representative for the construction of Kumasi and Tamale International Airports and Chair the Committee for the preparation of the Cabinet Policy and Bill for the Air Navigation Service Agency.

He has a passion for the transport industry in general and transport safety in particular.