In a significant vote at the current 26th Congress of the Socialist International (2022), Benedicta Lasi, a lawyer and prominent member of the National Democratic Congress, was chosen to succeed Luis Ayala of Chile as Secretary General of the Socialist International.
She was voted to lead the 132-member organization at the age of 35, making history as the first woman, first African, and youngest person to do so. Together with Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish prime minister, who has been chosen to lead the Socialist International, she would serve as its president.
On Friday, as part of the 26th Congress of the organization, delegates from more than 100 member parties participated in the election in Madrid, Spain.
Furthermore, Benedicta Lasi joined the Spanish Prime Minister during interactions with members of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party and the Presidium of the International Union of Socialist Youth, where she previously served as Vice President from 2016 – 2021.
With these relations, both leaders have demonstrated their mutual commitment to duty and good prospects of fruitful working relations for the years ahead.
The Socialist International (SI), is a worldwide organization of political parties, which seeks to establish democratic socialism and realize the ideals of socio-economic solidarity, and environmental and socio-cultural justice across the world. It was formed in 1951 to replace the Labour and Socialist International and currently includes 132 member parties and organizations from over 100 countries across the world, which identify with social democracy, socialism, democratic socialism or labor-centered politics.
Benedicta Lasi would be succeeding Luis Ayala from Chile to serve a full four-year term as Secretary-General while Pedro Sanchez would succeed former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou as President of the organization.
Notably, the current Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres served as President of the organization from November 1999 to June 2005. The SI is headquartered in London in United Kingdom.
Benedicta Lasi is a Ghanaian lawyer, investment consultant, politician, and member of the National Democratic Congress. She is a partner at Edfields Attorneys, Ghana, a Transaction Advisor for Africa Investment Consortium, and a Consultant at Fitch Advisory.
She has a Master’s in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana and a Master’s in Conflict, Peace, and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. Her political track record and service to the NDC includes; Branch Youth Organizer for Kpone-Katamanso Constituency, Constituency Executive Member for Lower Manya Krobo, Deputy Regional Youth Organizer for Eastern Region and Deputy Director of Elections for the Eastern Region of Ghana.
At the National level, she was also a member of the 2020 Vice Presidential Campaign Team and the 2020 Manifesto Committee of the NDC.
Currently, she serves as a member of a number of strategic committees of the party including the NDC’s Governance Committee, Agribusiness Committee, Energy Committee and Chairperson for the Youth Committee. As an astute lawyer within the party, she is the Chair of the NDC’s Eastern Regional Legal Team.