Andrews Kwame Pianim is a Ghanaian financier and former government official. He served as CEO of New World Investments. After ten years as a political prisoner, he made a 1996 bid to run for the presidency of Ghana.
Early life and family
Pianim attended Achimota School for his secondary education. He received a B.A. Double Honours in Economics and Political Science from the University of New Brunswick, Canada (1963) and M.A. in Economics from Yale University (1964), USA. He was married to a Dutch woman named Cornelia Pianim. Their youngest son Elkin Kwesi Pianim (born 1970), a Vassar College trained corporate financier, married global media magnate Elisabeth Murdoch; Kwame Pianim has two grandchildren in common with Rupert Murdoch, namely Cornelia and Anna Pianim.
Economic and finance career
As an economist, his philosophy is multi-dimensional, but a consistent theme has been the essential incompatibility between the economic agenda of poor nations, or what ought to be their economic agenda, and the priorities of the Bretton Woods system. He served as an Economic Research Officer at the United Nations, New York (1964 – 1970), and was Acting Principal Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana, (1970 – 1972). He later served as Deputy Managing Director, Ghana Aluminium Products Limited, Tema and as the CEO of New World Investments, now NewWorld Renaissance Securities a brokerage and investment banking house. He is a former Chief Executive of Ghana Cocobod.
He was once the chairman of the Public Utility Regulation Council (PURC) of Ghana, a high-level commission tasked with the responsibility of overseeing and regulating electricity and water utilities. He however resigned in December 2007 as a result of differences with the then ruling NPP government of John A. Kufuor. He is the President of Old Achimotans Association.Kwame Pianim is chairman of the Board of Directors of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana Limited, Airtel Communications (Ghana), Bayport Financial Services (Ghana) and Ghana International School, Ghana’s premier multicultural and multinational pre-university education institution.