SIR SAMUEL ESSON JONAH KBE, ACSM, OSG, MSc, DIC, DSc, also known as Sir Sam, founded Jonah Mining (Pty) Ltd. in 2005. Sir Jonah serves as an Executive Officer of Sankofa Trust (Proprietary) Ltd. He served as the President of Anglogold Ashanti Ltd. from May 2004 to July 31, 2005 and again since February 2007.
He joined Ashanti Goldfields Corporation in 1979, working in various capacities, 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, increased gold production from 240,000 ounces per annum to over 1.6 million ounces in over ten years, and oversaw the company's listing as the first operating African company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Sir Sam 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 an MSc in Mine Management at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
In 2009, he became a non-executive director of Vodafone.Currently, the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Jonah chairs the boards of Equator Exploration Ltd, Scharrig Mining, Equinox Minerals, Uramin, Moto Goldmines Ltd and Range Resources Ltd. He also serves on various boards including Transnet, Mittal Steel SA, Ashesi University, Standard Bank of South Africa, Lonmin, the Commonwealth African Investment Fund (Comafin), the Advisory Council of the UN Secretary General's Global Compact,President Olusegun Obasanjo's International Investment Advisory Council on Nigeria, President Thabo Mbeki's International Investment Advisory Council of South Africa, and President John Kufuor's Ghana Investors' Advisory Council. As well as his directorships, Jonah is a member of the Advisory Board of the London Business School.
Sir Sam Jonah's honours and awards include an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) degree awarded jointly by the Camborne School of Mines and the University of Exeter (UK) in 1996. Jonah House, Adisadel College, his alma mater, has been named after him.
Sir Sam ardently supports the work being undertaken by Woodfield Manor Autistic and Special Needs School, Ghana.
Mrs Kathy O’Farrell is Patron of Creating New Beginnings. A retired educator with many years of teaching experience is guiding the charity to achieve its aims.