Josef IrokoHead of Administration / Legal & Compliance
National Identity Authority, Ghana
Josef Iroko joined Ghana’s National Identification Authority (NIA) in 2010 as the first in-house counsel and Administrative/ Recording Secretary to the NIA Governing Board. He also serves as the Secretary to all the Board Committees. Before joining NIA, Josef worked with two prominent corporate law firms in Accra, Ghana where he handled various corporate and commercial transactions. At NIA, Josef has handled all the legal cases for and against the Authority pending in the courts and other quasi-judicial bodies, prepared and reviewed contracts for execution by the Authority and generally advises on issues relating to identity management, data protection and privacy laws among other regulatory and compliance matters. He played a key role in the drafting and promulgation of the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2111) to enable the effective functioning of NIA as set up by its enabling statutes. He was actively involved in the drafting of a commercial contract between NIA and China Integrated Circuit Design Corp., Ltd for a US$114 million facility to upgrade the Ghana National Identification System. In 2015, Josef completed work on a new draft bill for NIA after a review of the existing statute. Josef also played significant roles in the drafting of another contract for a public private partnership (PPP) project between NIA and IMS Ghana Ltd, to register eligible foreign nationals resident in Ghana. This initiative is the first to be approved under Ghana’s current PPP Policy Guidelines issued in June 2011. In January 2014, Josef assumed additional responsibility as the Head of the newly created Administration, Legal & Compliance Department of NIA. At the 2nd Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa which was held in May 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, Josef spoke on “Ghana's Legal Framework for an ID Regime: The multipurpose national ID card.” Josef recently served on the Technical and the Legal Committees constituted by the newly installed Government of Ghana on the full implementation of the country’s National Identification System. Josef is qualified to practice law in Ghana. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Ghana, Legon and professional qualification in Law from the Ghana School of Law both in Accra. He was admitted to the Ghana Bar in 2003.