Owusu Akoto is the senior advisor on value chains at the UK Ministry of Justice, (MoJ). There, he leads the transformation program to improve how the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) works with contracted partners across various sectors. Owusu was initially asked to join the MoJ to work on the 2013 ‘overcharging’ scandal: this occupied the top of the UK political agenda and involved the discovery of overcharging by providers of home-curfew monitoring equipment and services. The disputes concluded with a settlement totaling £180m and was a watershed moment for UK government in its commercial undertakings. Prior to joining the Ministry, Owusu worked as a management consultant, having completed Humanity in Action-inspired stints at the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and an internship program at the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol). Born in London, raised in Ghana and educated in America, Owusu attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with the Senior Honour Award, before earning his Master’s degree from Imperial College London. Owusu is also an award-winner with a number of solo features and exhibits under his name.
Updated March 2017