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.

The President visited London on Monday 27 October 2008 to collect his award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The presentation was made at a dinner at Drapers' Hall in the City of London with keynote speeches by Lord Ashdown, a President of Chatham House, Malcolm Brinded CBE, Executive Director of Exploration and Production, Royal Dutch Shell, Baroness Vadera, and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank.