Name: Prof. DR. Hugh Aryee
Title: TRADE COMMISSIONER OF THE REPUBLIC OF VANUATU
Organisation: VANUATU TRADE COMMISSION GHANA
Prof.Hugh Aryee is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Hanergy Global Group and Trade Commissioner of Vanuatu to the Republic of Ghana. He is a seasoned and assertive chartered management professional with over 26 years of experience in many fields.
Prof.Hugh Aryee is an adaptable and experienced chartered management consultant with in-depth knowledge in organizational, renewable sustainable energy, and strategic & project management expert. He possesses a lot of expertise in business development, operations management, real estate development, IT infrastructure development, educational research programs, oil, energy, gas, logistics, and the hospitality industry. He built a strong foundation for a successful Hanergy Global Group and many other conglomerates of businesses under his management through his strategic foresight.
Over the years, Prof.Hugh Aryee has diversified his brand's product line to include a robust collection of risk-averse businesses, such as oil, gas/petroleum lifting, energy, and renewable energy equipment development, e-commerce business, logistics, and heavy-duty moving equipment, chartered management consultancy and many others.
As a leader and self-sufficient innovator, Prof. Hugh Aryee is comfortable in any role, from the executive boardroom to the front role of operations. He is a savvy negotiator with strong business development and relationship-building skills.
Prof. Aryee's passionate ability to build high-performance teams of strategically selected executive management staff to serve as a growth catalyst for Hanergy Global group worldwide. Over the years, Hugh has diversified his brand's product line to include a robust collection of risk-averse businesses, such as oil, gas/petroleum lifting, energy, and renewable equipment development, e-commerce business, logistics, and heavy-duty moving equipment, chartered management consultancy and many others.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Dr. Hugh's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
My challenges include handling conflicts, avoiding favouritism at the company level with staff, avoiding discrimination and prejudice, or dealing with complaints about any of the former, or even handling low-performing staff. Its been a challenge that always keep rising but I always manage to overcome them
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I became a leader when I quite my previous job to set up my own business . I wanted to be on my own, employ more and get my business grow and this decision worked to perfections albeit challenges
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My working routine begins in the morning by setting goals to be achieved for the day. I do this by writing all that needs to be done on a piece of paper and now using technology to advance my daily activities, combining work, meeting schedules and appointment's
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Talk Less, Listen More and to understands each Role in Your Organization. Be a Source of Inspiration to the younger ones climbing the leadership ladder
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
I hardly read leadership books but I always add the story through research via the internet. The story of leadership is about my self, how I built a self resilient organisation till date. I get inspired through the various challenges I had in life and put together as a book yet to be released titled "“STRATEGIC THINKING AND RISK MANAGEMENT
MY PERSPECTIVE ABOUT LIFE & THE CORPORATE WORLD”
By Dr. Hugh K Aryee
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Be self motivated, be inspired to break the storm. Dont depend on others .Dreams are not limited by circumstances, they are fueled by our relentless pursuit to greatness. Embrace the power of innovation, build your own path towards that greatness and watch your dreams take flight
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
That meaningful story was a strategi decision many years ago. Its a long one that encourages strategic thinking and being smart. It was about practical operation of an excavator which I learnt on the job, just for the purpose of ensuring I dont engage consultants to test the equipment before I purchase it in far away Korea. I went to school to learn how to operate the excavator and when I got to Korea to purchase it, I did the operation and moved the excavator myself to the admiration of many present and thereby, avoiding paying huge sums of money for it to be tested. There are many more stories captured in my book.