Glasgow 2014: Ghana appoints Chris Essilfie as new Chef de Mission


The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has appointed Chris Essilfie as its new Chef de Mission for the XX Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 – August 3, 2014.

‘s appointment takes immediate effect, following the resignation of Ben Nunoo-Mensah as Treasurer of GOC and Chef de Mission for the Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014.

Essilfie, chosen following an emergency GOC’s meeting on Monday March 17, 2014, brings a wealth of experience on board as an accomplished consultant with over twenty three years of corporate, consulting and academic experience in Ghana and the UK.

“Essilfie was already a member of the GOC Commonwealth Games Working Group and his substantive appointment will mean continuity in the processes already underway,” said Richard Akpokavie, secretary general of the GOC.

The new Chef de Mission’s role will include securing a pre-Games training site for Ghana’s team travelling to Scotland, discussions on how to fund the team and the selection of an authorised ticket reseller for the Games.

He chairs the GOC’s Fundraising Committee and also led an ad-hoc committee that was charged with Strategy Development, HR and Restructuring. He is additionally a member of the Finance committee.

Among other things, Mr. Essilfie will lead discussions on securing a pre-Games training site for the Commonwealth Team, discussions on the consolidation of funding to support the Commonwealth Games effort, and the selection of an Authorized Ticket Reseller for the Games.

Essilfie is the owner of Accra-based IBS Consulting Alliance and the Director of Strategy at the Ghana Chamber of Oil & Gas.

Ben Nunoo-Mensah had resigned as Chef de Mission to and treasurer of the GOC last week, citing “personal reasons”.