Georgina Wood is a member of the Council of State of Ghana, and was the first woman to occupy the position of Chief Justice of Ghana (2007-2017). At the time of her appointment, she was the highest ranked woman in Ghana’s political history.
She started her career working with the Ghana Police Service as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor, after which she joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate, rising through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991. In 2002, she was appointed to the Supreme Court.
In June 2007, the Parliament of Ghana approved her nomination as the new Chief Justice of Ghana by consensus, and during her office, she swore in three Presidents including the current President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo.
Wood retired as Chief Justice in June 2017 and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ghana. She has also served as a member of the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board and sits on the board of the Global Justice Center - an international human rights law organisation based in New York City.
The conversation will be followed by a drinks reception in the Bonavero Institute foyer.