Profile of Major General Francis Ofori, Commandant, KAIPTC
Major General Francis Ofori is the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
Maj Gen Francis Ofori was commissioned into the Engineer Corps of the Ghana Army in August 1985. He has successfully completed all his mandatory career progression courses. The courses include the Junior Command and Staff Course at the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Nigeria, Combat Team Commander’s Course at Army Combat Training School (Ghana), Senior Command and Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College and Comparative Command and Staff Course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth.
Gen Ofori also attended the German Army Engineer School, Munich, Germany, the United States Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood and a graduate of the South African National Defence College (2012).
Other senior non-mandatory courses attended include; Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration (DDR) Course at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC-Ghana) 2005, Senior UN Mission Leader’s Course, UN Peacekeeping Centre, New Delhi, India (2017), Conflict Analysis and Mediation Course, KAIPTC (Ghana), Apr 18 and Senior Strategic Leadership Programme at the UK Defence Academy, Jul 18.
Gen Ofori had held many appointments, including Adjutant 48 Engineer Regiment, Instructor at the Jungle Warfare School, Achiase, aide-de-camp to the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Instructor at the Engineer Training School and Military Assistant to the Minister for Defence. He was Commanding Officer of 48 Engineer Regiment from Dec 03 to Jan 09. He later served as Deputy Director, Army Peacekeeping Operations (DDAPKOP), Director of Engineer Services of the Ghana Armed Forces, Deputy Director General Logistics (Dept of Logistics) and Commander of the Support Services Brigade Group. He served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Northern Command of the Ghana Army from Nov 17 to July 19.
His foreign operational deployments include Commanding Officer, UNIFIL GHANBATT 67, Combat Engineer Operations Staff Officer UNIFIL HQ Operations, all in South Lebanon, Commanding Officer MONUC GHANBATT 9, DR Congo, Military Observer with UN Iraq Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM) and Chief J2, UN/AU Mission in Darfur, Sudan (Sep 09 to Sep 10).
The Gen holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) and Bachelor of Science In Administration (Human Resource Option) from University of Ghana. He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from GIMPA.
Gen Ofori is married to Georgina, likes gardening and enjoys soccer.