Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto is 69 years old. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
He furthered his education at the University of Cambridge, England, where he obtained a Master of Science in Agric Economics, and in 1985 obtained a Ph.D. in Agric Economics.
He worked as an Economist, Senior Economist, Principal Economist and Chief Economic Advisor over a period of 18 years at the International Coffee Organization (ICO), London, England.
He also worked as a consultant to the World Bank, United Nations on Soft Commodities (Cocoa, Coffee, and Sugar).
From 1995 to 2008, he was the CEO of Goldcrest Commodities Limited, and the CEO of Plantation Resources Limited.
He is a two-term Member of Parliament for Kwadaso, and, whilst in Parliament, from 2009 to 2013, was the Deputy Ranking Member for Committee on Food and Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs. He is married with 8 children.