Dr. Joseph (Joe) Tackie is currently the Chairman of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Policy Network (APN) and has several years of practical experience in working with the Private and Public Sectors in Ghana.
Dr. Tackie served as the Chief Director at the Ministry of Business Development established by H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo in February 2017. He previously served as the CEO of the National Medium-Term Private Sector Development Strategy (PSDS II) under the Office of the President. He also served as the Coordinator of the Trade Sector Support Programme (TSSP) and the Industrial Sector Support Programme (ISSP) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
He is credited with coordinating and facilitating the establishment of the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) from inception and served as Chairman of the GCX Steering Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Small Scales Industries (NBSSI now GEA) and the Steering Committee of the Ghana Skills and Technology Development Programme (GSTDP).
As an accomplished entrepreneur, Dr. Tackie is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Entrepreneurship Solutions, Meaty Foods Limited, Microchip Technologies Ltd., and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Small Business Development Foundation.
As a Leadership and Business Development Consultant, Dr. Tackie had an extensive engagement in business consulting at O.I.M International B.V. (Cape Town, S. Africa) in Organizational Structuring and Re-structuring, Strategic Human Resources Development, Development of Codes of Conduct and Monitoring Mechanisms, Leadership Training and Coaching amongst others.
He served as an expert in the finalisation of the UNCTAD Entrepreneurship Policy Framework for developing countries at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Strategies at the Graduate Business School of Central University and has delivered several seminars and talks on Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.
He was adjudged the First Overall Winner of the ‘Believe-Begin-Become’ 2006 – National Business Plan Competition by Google Foundation and TechnoServe (Ghana) for the Development of Entrepreneurship in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Swaziland. He subsequently hosted Larry Page, the founder of Google to Ghana in 2007.
Dr. Tackie holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Agriculture, MBA in Entrepreneurial Management, and Doctorate in Business Leadership (DBL).
Dr. Tackie was the first Recipient of the High Impact Personality Award at the 2015 SME Ghana Awards. He was also awarded the Private Sector Development Chief Executive of the Year Award in 2016 and also the Chamber Special Award for 2017 - The Business Development Technocrat from the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (GNCCI).