Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was appointed on the 10th of January, 2017. She is a product of the University of Ghana Business School, University of Westminster, London, Ghana Institute of Journalism, GIMPA and Pitman’s Central College. She holds an Executive MBA (Project Management option), an MA in Public Communication, Certificate in Marketing Management, and a Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising.

Before entering frontline politics, she ran a successful Marketing Communications Company, and was a consultant for the Ministry of Tourism. She has worked in various organizations such as Worldspace Ghana, the Divestiture Implementation Committee, Glaxo Group Research and Hodge Recruitment in the area of administration.

In the last NPP administration under President Kufuor, she served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Information, and Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry. She is a fourth term legislator who  represented the most populous constituency in the country, Weija, for two terms. She is in her second term representing the people of Anyaa/Sowutuom.

Between 2009 and 2013, she served as Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee, and was also the party’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs. She has also served on the Appointments, Defense and Interior Committees of Parliament.

Between 2013 and 2017, she was a member of the ECOWAS Parliament. She also served as Vice Chair on the NEPAD & APRM Committees. She is also on the Gender and Children’s Committee of Parliament.

She is a mother of two.