H.E. Quartey Thomas Kwesi, born on 17 December 1950, is a Ghanaian national with over 35 years of experience as a diplomat. He was elected as the new Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Ambassador Quartey has served in various capacities in Ghana’s Embassies and High Commissions in Cotonou, Cairo, Brussels, Havana, and London. He was also Permanent Representative to the Ghana Mission to the United Nations in New York. He served as deputy Foreign Affairs Minister under the former President John Mahama’s government, and was Secretary to the President.

Ambassador Kwesi has gained experience in the area of financial/economic negotiations with the European Commission, expertise in investments and providing advice on Administrative and International Law in his subsequent career as the Provisional National Defense council, State Committee for economic Co-operation, in Accra Ghana.The Deputy Chairperson assists the Chairperson in the execution of his function for the smooth running of the Commission and is in charge of administration and finance. The Deputy acts as the chairperson in his absence.