PROFESSOR BRUCE BANOENG-YAKUBO,

CHIEF DIRECTOR

Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo is a Geology Professor by Profession and Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) since 2012. He is a member of many Boards and Committees including the National Lands Commission, Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts; and Member/Secretary to the Ghana Boundary Commission. He was also the Chairman of the University of Mines and Technology Council, Tarkwa from 2009 to 2014 and dean of students, University of Ghana from 2005 to 2010, as well as Head of Department of Earth Science at the same University from 2010 to 2011.  

Prof. Banoeng-Yakubo obtained a PhD in Geology from the University of Ghana, Legon in the year 2000. He has an M.SC in Applied Geology, Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology options in 1989 from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Prof. also acquired an M.Phil in Geology from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1987 and BSC (Hons) in Geology in 1982 from the same university. He has widely published in the area of geology and has over 80 peer review Scientific Publications and Technical papers.

Notable among his achievements includes leading the Technical team set up by government to negotiate Ghana’s Maritime Boundary with Ivory Coast, Advisor to the Government of Ghana Committee set up to renegotiate all mining stability agreements with mining companies and the reviewing of mining fiscal regimes to bring them in line with best practice

In 1986, Prof. was trained in Precambrian Geological Mapping in Ethiopia. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute, USA and six months at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He was part of the team of researchers in ground water invited by UNEP/UNESCO to assess pollution status and vulnerability of groundwater to pollution in some African cities including Abidjan, Lusaka, Niamey and the Keta Basin of Ghana from 2002 to 2006. 

He has consulted for firms including Sian Goldfields, Northern Goldfields, Catsam, and Kenors, GTZ consultancy, VRA/Coyne et Bellier consultancy, CIDA and Northern Regional Rural Integrated Project (NORRIP). He extensively consulted for SGS, Adamus Resources, Golden Star Resources, Geoman Consult, AY&A Consult and Golder HifabGruppen AB of Norway. He has also managed many consultancy services ranging from mineral resources exploration and Geological and Geophysical Investigations for mining companies.