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John Ray Kwabena TANDOH
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Candidate to the Post of Deputy Secretary-General
John Ray Kwabena TANDOH, Ghana

    John Ray Kwabena TANDOH


Name John Ray Kwabena TANDOH
Nationality Ghanaian
Date of birth July 17, 1947
Civil status Married
Further information


'To assist the Secretary-General to provide the leadership for the much needed reforms in the International Telecommunication Union to enhance more cooperation between the developed and developing world, and make the Union more active and dynamic basing on consensus, partnership, efficiency, and a high level of professionalism and standards of excellence'.



Telecommunication, no doubt, serves as the foundation or the building block for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The ITU faces new challenges in the light of the wide divide that exists between the developing and developed worlds, between the urban and rural sectors of society, and between the haves and the have-nots.

On the other hand, the 'two worlds' need each other for interdependence to have meaningful competitiveness in the Telecommunications/ICT market place, technological advances and breakthroughs, liberalization, deregulation, and above all, efficient service delivery will all have to take into consideration the values of equity, cooperation, partnership, and consumer welfare.



As a direct beneficiary to several relevant specialist courses undertaken by the United States Training Institute (USTTI) training programmes established after the 1982 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference held in Nairobi and with previous knowledge acquired in my professional careers from the Military, Civil and other tertiary institutions, I am proud to bring to the table, over 25 years of experience gained in the Telecommunication, Broadcasting and the ICT industries.



1999 - 2000

University of Westminster, Institute of Regulators, UK: Pursued MA Course in Telecommunications Policy &  Regulations


Graduate School of Telecommunications, University of Colorado, Boulders, USA/ United States Telecommunication Training Institute (USTTI) Certificate in Strategic Telecommunication Planning and Managemen



1985 through 1990

United States Telecommunication Training Institute (USTTI):

  1. Uses of Micro Computers in Telecommunications

  2. Information Systems for Communication Management

  3. Amateur Radio Administration

  4. Disaster Communications Management

  5. Digital Radio Communications Technique

  6. Spectrum Management and Computer-Aided Technique

  7. Packet Switching Network Overview (conducted by Sprint Internationals Technical Training Department, Reston, Virginia, USA) etc.


Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Achimota
Senior Management Course



1999 - 2000

Institute of Regulators, Graduate School of Communication, Design and Media, University of Westminster, UK

1976 - 1977 Military College of Signals, Telecom Engineering Advanced, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
1972 - 1975 School of Signals, Telecom Engineering, Burma Camp, Accra

1969 - 1971

Graduate, Ghana Military Academy, Teshie, Accra 



1961 - 1968

Tema Secondary School, GCE Ordinary & Advanced Level



July 2001 - Date

Director General, National Communications Authority

February 2003 - Date

Councillor, ITU



2003 - 2004

Chairman, African Regulators' Network

April 2001 - November 2002

Member, Board of Directors, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority
Chairman, Ghana Civil Aviation Computer Centre

August 1998 - June 2001

Director, Frequency Management, NCA

February 1999 - February 2003

Member, ITU Radio Regulations Board, Geneva, Switzerland

1993 - July 2001

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board, Accra.

1982 - 1986

Chief Communications Officer, Central Telecommunications Laboratory and Workshop (CTLW), Office of the President, Castle Annex, Osu

1980 - 1981

Signal Officer, United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

1974 - 1976

Officer Commanding, Ghana Armed Forces Communications Centre, Burma Camp, Accra.



  • Harmonising Telecommunications regulatory policies in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Opportunities and Challenges. A presentation to ECOWAS Telecommunication Ministerial Conference at Regency Hotel, Accra, Ghana on 29th January, 2004.

  • Evolving a Suitable Communications Regulatory Framework to meet the Challenges of the Next Millennium: Issues and Strategies for Developing Countries, delivered at Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 2 - 7 September, 1999 etc, etc.

  • Radio Pluralism and the Allocation of Frequencies in Ghana. Paper delivered at seminar organized by School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, October 15, 1998.

  • Regulating Telecommunications in Revolutionary Competitive Wireless World. Lecture delivered at International Telecommunication Conference held at ESKOM Megawatt Conference Centre, Suninghill, South Africa, March 17 - 18, 1997.

  • Regulating the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Industries in Contemporary Information Age: Issues and Strategies. Lecture delivered at the International Telecommunications Conference, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 30-31 May, 1996.

  • Exercise Exploration 86. A Research Exercise in Telecommunication Conducted for the International Telecommunication Union(ITU). Document No. 1WP 1/2 198 , 1996. Co-Authors : Prof. G. K. Tetteh, V. C. K. Kakane, J. R. K. Tandoh.

  • Challenges of Private Broadcasting in Ghana. Paper presented at Seminar organized by the Ghana Journalists Association and Frederich-Ebert Foundation at the International Press Conference Hall, Accra, May 1995.

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Problems in Ghana: Issues and Strategies Paper delivered at a Seminar at the School of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi under the Theme: The problem of EMC in Ghana and Prospects for Research in the Field, May 6, 1994.

  • The Effect of Harmattan climate on Telecommunications and Broadcasting in the West African Sub-Region. A Case Study. Delivered at a Seminar on EMC, School of Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi May,1994.

  • A Pre-requisite for Radio and Television Broadcasting in Ghana
    Published in “The Palaver” December, 16 - 22, 1994 issue.

  • Frequency Management and Broadcasting, Paper presented at the National Communication Conference organized by the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, March 1993.

  • Frequency Management in the 4th Republic of Ghana (Part 1)
    Published in “Daily Graphic” June 23, 1993.

  • Frequency Management in the 4th Republic of Ghana (Part 2)
    Published in the “Daily Graphic” August 7, 1993

  • Factors in Predicting Radiowave Attenuation due to Rain in the West African Sub-Region. Presented at the International Union of Radio Sciences Special Open Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, December, 1990

  • The Need for Radio Spectrum Management Organizations in Developing Countries CCIR 1WP 1/2 - 238, Geneva. (This Paper was recommended for use as Chapter 7 in ITU Handbook on Spectrum Management March 1989 Publication).

  • Abnormal Propagation of V/UHF Radiowaves in the West African Sub- Region. Lecture delivered at the School on Physics of Communications organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, Ghana Post and Telecommunication and the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Kwabenya: 7 - 25 November, 1988.



Board of Trustees, International Institute of Communications (IIC) (September 1999)

Advisory Board Member:
International Computers and Communications (IC&C), Washington DC, USA

International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR), ITU Geneva, (1986 - 1990).

World Association of Christian Communications, London

Ghana Institute of Directors


7-25 November 1998:
Lecturer and Member of Planning Committee on International Workshop on Physics of Communications organized at International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, University of Ghana and Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Accra.

April 1993
Chairman, Drafting Committee of National Communications Authority Bill presented to Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana that established the National Communications Authority by the present Act 524 of 1996.

July 1992
Chairman, Workshop on Communication Technology as part of Seminar on Formulation of Comprehensive National Communication and Information Policy for Ghana (June 4 16, 1992) held at State House, Accra.

May 1990
Chairman, Seminar on Radio Spectrum Management, held at Rhine, Hotel Frankfurt, West Germany, organized by the International Computers and Communications and ITU, Geneva.



  • ITU Plenipotentiary conferences from Geneva 1992 to Marrakech 2002.

  • WRC- 2000 (World Radio Conference, 2000)- Turkey Istanbul- May 1- June 2, 2000

  • Radio Assembly Conference, on Direct Audio Satellite, ITU, Geneva

  • 4th International Regulatory Forum and MIP-TV International Television Trade Show organized by International Institute of Communications (IIC) Cannes, France, 9 - 17 April, 1999

  • Working Visit to Communications Regulatory Institutions in the United Kingdom at the invitation of the British Government May 10 - 21, 1999

  • Spectrum Seminar organized by ITU, Geneva, Windhoek, Namibia, June 1998

  • Telecommunications Strategic Seminar organized by USTTI and Centre for Strategic Analysis Washington DC, January 1998

  • Regulating the Telecommunication Industry organized by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1995, etc.



Reading and Playing Tennis



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