Sam G Amoo has been the National Security Coordinator since July 2007, following his transfer from the Office of the President as the Senior Adviser to the President.
He was the former Programme Director of the United Nations Development Programme's Regional Peace-building Initiatives for Africa, which was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He retired from the UN system in June 2005.
Dr Ammo's career spans over four decades in various aspects of peace and security, beginning in 1966 as an Infantry Officer in the Ghana Army, including service with the Military Intelligence.
From 1972 to 1983 he served as a career diplomat with the Research department of the Ghana Foreign Service.
Dr Amoo returned to the academia from 1983 to 1990 to study for his Masters and Doctorate degrees, and joined the United Nations system in 1993 in the field of peace and security.
From 1996 to 1998, he was a Senior Adviser with the Emergency Response Division at the UNDP Headquarters in New York. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Senior Political Affairs Officer at the Headquarters of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saajevo, following his service at the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat as a Senior Political Affairs Officer with the Research and Analysis Unit, and the Africa Division.
Dr Amoo was born at Tarkwa in the Western Region. He was educated at the Adisadel College, Cape Coast, the University of Ghana, Legon, and the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC., USA, where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees.
From 1991 to 1992 he was United States Institute of Peace post-doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution of the George Mason University, Virginia, USA.