Commonwealth gets new spokesperson
2 April 2012
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today announced the
appointment of Richard Uku as his new Spokesperson and as Director of
the Communications and Public Affairs Division of the Commonwealth
Secretariat. Mr Uku takes up the appointment immediately, replacing
Eduardo del Buey who resigned last year.
Mr Sharma said that Mr Uku, who is a Nigerian, British and Trinidad &
Tobago national, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience - having
previously led communications and public affairs for other
international and multilateral organisations.
Mr Uku joins the Commonwealth at a time when the rate of reform and
renewal has been ratcheted up. A priority in that continuing process is
to ensure that we create ever greater impact and communicate more
effectively how it is that we deliver value for our two billion
citizens worldwide. I am delighted that Mr Uku will be at the heart of
this, leading efforts to increase our visibility, raise global
awareness and heighten the profile of our work in serving Commonwealth
citizens and helping each of our 54 member states to build on the
pillars of democracy, development and diversity. We are very pleased
that the Secretariat will have the benefit of his extensive experience
and expertise, the Secretary-General said.
Mr Uku joins the Commonwealth Secretariat from the African Development
Bank where he was the Head of External Relations and Communications.
Prior to that, he was Group Head, Brand and Communication, at Ecobank
Transnational Incorporated (ETI). He previously worked as speechwriter
to the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and
was Head of Communication for the Africa Region of the World Bank. Mr
Uku was also Vice President for Government and Emerging Markets with
the international public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller.