Thomas Asare

Mr. Thomas Asare was appointed WMO Assistant Secretary-General in January 2024 and began his mandate on 1 May 2024. Mr. Asare is a finance and development executive with over 25 years of experience. He has spearheaded and revitalized financial and operational management globally, collaborated with multi-constituency governance structures, engaged with governments, and partnered with international organizations. His work centers around crafting and implementing crucial development strategies to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable population.

Prior to joining WMO, Mr. Asare served as the Comptroller and Director of the Division of Financial and Administrative Management at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) from February 2015. In this role, he provided strategic guidance and oversight of the organization's global financial management, fiduciary management, administrative services, and operational management. 

Mr. Asare also served as the Director of Programming, Budgeting, Finance, and Accounting at the African Union Commission, and as the Financial Controller of the African Union from 2012-2015. Earlier in his career, he held key positions in financial management, program planning, management advisory, and assurance services. During this time, he worked with various international development organizations across Africa and Asia, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He also previously served as an Assistant Auditor-General of the Ghana Audit Service, the National Audit Office of Ghana. 

Mr. Asare studied Accountancy at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, in Ghana. He earned a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Northampton and a Master of Science in Audit and Consultancy from Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). He also holds various additional certifications and memberships in Finance, Auditing, Risk Management, and Procurement.

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