President John Kufuor of Ghana was voted by members the winner of the 2008 Chatham House Prize.
John Kufuor became President in December 2000 in Ghana's first peaceful transfer of power from one elected government to another. Peace and economic growth have characterized his two terms in office. Known as the 'Gentle Giant', he has taken a leading role in mediating in regional conflicts, including those in Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. In 2007 Ghana was Chair of the African Union, and President Kufuor worked to mediate in multiple crises across the continent.