The 47th Presidential inauguration and Gala Banquet took place on April 1, 2016 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre. The event saw Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye being sworn in by His Lordship Justice Constant K. Hometowu, Justice of the High Court as the 47th President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers. He took over from Ing Kwaku Boampong. The Special Guest of Honour for the Banquet was His Excellency, John Agyekum Kufuor, former president of the Republic of Ghana.
Ing. Dr. Boakye received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University where he also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He has attended several management training courses. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Ing. Dr. Kwame A. Boakye has spent over 40 years in technology, serving in a variety of roles, ranging from research to executive management. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of EcoInformatics, a company focused on information and communications technology (ICT) linked with modern Management to serve Ghana, the ECOWAS sub-region and the African continent.
He previously served as the foundation Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Backbone Connectivity Network Limited (BCN), a nationwide High Bandwidth Fiber Optic Network infrastructure company in Nigeria. Prior to that, he was Corporate Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer for Harris Corporation in the US.
In his inaugural address, Ing. Dr. Boakye stated that he hoped to make use of the opportunity, as the President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, to be of service to the Institutions and the nation at large. He continued that he would like to declare that the theme that will drive all his activities was premised on the notion that: Ghana is going nowhere without Engineers and therefore the Ghana Institution of Engineers has a special responsibility to the country.
Ing. Dr. Boakye noted that no country ever developed without technology and in the more successful recently developed countries, Engineers have been at the forefront of leadership., He added that Engineering has been and continues to be the backbone for the development and progress of any country. “But for engineering where would we be today? Indeed, there would be no civilization” he mentioned. “The Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal of India, the Great Wall of China, etc, of yesteryears as well as the tunnels and bridges, the provision of easy access to potable water, the control of flooding, the space exploration, the cell phone and easy access to information are all products of engineering. It is therefore not surprising that there is a correlation between the number of engineers in a country and its level of development.” He continued.
The ceremony, which climaxed the 2016 Engineering Week Celebration of the Ghana Institution of Engineers was in collaboration with the Ghana Armed Forces, was under the theme: “Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure – The Role of Civilian and Military Engineers” The week-long celebration was attended by Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, who gave a cutting-edge lecture on the theme during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, 29th March, 2016.
The 2016 Engineering Week was launched by Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Chief of Defence Staff and attended Past Presidents of GhIE, Council Members, Military High Commands, Engineers, other professional bodies, with fraternal greetings from Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Kenyan institution of Engineers and other international engineering associations. The Engineering Week Celebration also witnessed the induction of new members into the Ghana Institution of Engineers on Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016 at the Engineers Centre, Roman Ridge, Accra and a Health Walk on Monday, 28th March from Trade Fair to Teshie