Azara Al-Hassan Prempeh is the Alternate Permanent Representative of Ghana to the International Maritime Organization. She qualified as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1998. After working with a private law firm in Accra, Ghana she pursued specialisation and obtained her masters’ degree in International Maritime Law from the International Maritime Organization’s International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta in the year 2000.
Upon her return to Ghana, Mrs. Prempeh took up a position as Head of the Legal Unit of the Ghana Shippers’ Council for five years before moving to join the newly established Ghana Maritime Authority in 2007 as head of the Legal Bureau and eventually Director, Legal Bureau. Mrs. Prempeh was appointed as the Alternate Permanent Representative of Ghana to the IMO in October 2013. Mrs. Prempeh has contributed extensively to maritime administration, the development of maritime legislation and implementation in Ghana and in the field of Ghana’s maritime boundaries and maritime security in the West Africa sub-region among others.
During her tenure as APR to the IMO, she served as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Mobile Satellite Organisation from November 2014 – November 2016, First Vice Chair of the Meeting of Contracting Parties of the London Convention & London Protocol (LC/LP) from 2016 – 2017, Co-Chair of the Strategic Plan Working Group and Correspondence Group of the LC/LP, and Chair of the Barriers to Compliance Steering Group of the same instrument. Mrs. Prempeh is currently Chair of the meeting of the contracting parties of the LC/LP having been appointed at the last meeting in October 2017. Mrs. Prempeh is also a member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) Malmo Sweden having been appointed to the Board in October 2018.