A Ghanaian-born Sam Gyimah has taken a post in Theresa May’s cabinet as Universities and Science Minister for England.
His appointment was part of the latest reshuffle by the British Prime minister.
Gyimah who is 41 will now replace Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister, according to the BBC.
Mr Gyimah’s role will overlap the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Off to my new role as Universities & Science Minister and looking forward to the challenges ahead – thank you for your excellent work @JoJohnsonUK. A massive thank you to all prisons & probation staff, particularly prison officers, for your incredible dedication & hard work.
— Sam Gyimah MP (@SamGyimah) January 9, 2018
He was born in Buckinghamshire but spent some of his childhood in his mother’s native Ghana.
Gyimah studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford and worked for Goldman Sachs for five years before opting for a career in politics.
In 2010 he became Conservative MP for East Surrey and had served as parliamentary private secretary to the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, from 2012 to 2013.
His previous government job was prisons minister.
Farewell unis and science – our greatest national asset & best thing about this country. It’s been an honour to have had this role – proud of all our reforms, especially the Teaching Excellence Framework & the Higher Education & Research Act. Brilliant successor in @SamGyimah
— Jo Johnson (@JoJohnsonUK) January 9, 2018