Ms. Anna Bossman is the Director of Integrity and Anti-Corruption (IACD) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). IACD carries out investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption and other malpractices in operations financed by the AfDB and investigations into allegations of misconduct involving staff members of the Bank. The office also develops preventive measures to proactively reduce the potential for misconduct, fraud or corruption in AfDB financed operations.
Ms. Bossman is credited with instituting the Bank’s novel approach to negotiated settlements which resulted in the levying of penalties on international companies and individuals which had been found to have been involved in sanctionable practices in Bank Group operations. From 2014 to date as a result of IACD’s investigations, penalties imposed are in excess of $50 million US.
Before her appointment at the AfdB in July 2011, Ms. Bossman was Ag Chair of Ghana’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice. Ms. Bossman began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Ghana’s Ministry of Justice. She later went into private practice before embarking on a twenty five (25) year career in the oil and gas industry and the energy sector serving in legal, negotiations, managerial and consultancy capacities with major international oil and gas companies in Gabon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Ghana.
In 1997, she founded Bossman Consultancy Ltd (BCL) providing legal and business advisory services to public and private sector clients in the oil gas and energy sector.
A lawyer and an ardent human rights and anti-corruption activist, her interests are in governance, promotion of integrity, and women and children’s rights. Ms. Bossman is a recipient of a number of awards including; “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Gabonais” and the “Medaille du Travail” conferred by the Gabonese Government, “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite” awarded by the French government, Ghana Women’s achievers Award 2008 for excellence in Human Rights and the Law (Ghana National Honorary Awards of Fame), NETRIGHT award for outstanding contribution to the progress of women in Ghana. Corruption Hunters Integrity Award (World Bank International Corruption Hunters Alliance 2010) and Winner of GPA Award for Law 2010.