Sir Sam Jonah Recognized for his Contribution to Mining Industry in Africa

Sir Sam Jonah Recognized for his Contribution to Mining Industry in Africa

The United States National Academy of Engineering, having elected Sir Sam Jonah as a foreign member early this year officially inducted him as a member of the National Academy of Engineering during their annual meeting in Washington DC. on Sunday, October 6, 2019

 Sir. Samuel Jonah’s induction into the Academy is in honor of his distinguished leadership and technical contributions in advancing the mineral industry in Africa.

Sir. Sam Esson Jonah one of Africa’s leading businessmen is currently the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital (Pty) Limited, an investment holding company in South Africa, and the former President of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Born and raised at Obuasi he had his high-school education at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, Ghana, then earned an Associateship in Mining Engineering at the Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall, England, and subsequently a MSc in Mine Management at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London., following which he worked in various capacities at the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, including underground operations. At the age of 36 he became the Chief Executive Officer and supervised the transformation of Ashanti Goldfields into a mining multinational.
An Honorary Knighthood was conferred on him by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star of the Volta. Mr. Jonah serves on the boards of various public and private companies, including Vodafone Group Plc and a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America. Formerly a Director of the Standard Bank Group, Lonmin and AngloAmerican Group (South Africa).
His wife Lady Giselle Jonah  and daughter Tamara Jonah, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, the Paramount Chief of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, (Assin Kushea) of the Central Region of Ghana, the queen mother of Assin Kushea and other notable personalities from the Ghanaian Community including Nana Adu Gyamfi Kumanin, Sompahene of Asante Nsuta, Dr. Georgina Owusu Asiedu joined Sir Sam Jonah to receive the special recognition.

Other honorees were Cato Thomas Laurencin who received The Simon Ramo Founders Award for his research contributions and leadership in engineering. The Arthur M. Bueche Award was given to Roderic Ivan Pettigrew for his contributions to technology research, policy, and national and international cooperation.


At the 2019 annual meeting members reflected on the inspiring trajectory of ingenuity, achievements, and lessons, starting from the Apollo mission—why it still resonates and remains relevant and meaningful for current exploration and discovery. In addition to reviewing technical accomplishments and social implications, the speakers deliberated the nature of modern global cooperation and competition as well as implications for future exploration, workforce development, and public engagement.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

NAE President John Anderson presided over the various sessions which were held at the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW. Washington DC


George Kwasi Bright

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