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Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, Ph.D.

Director of Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office , International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Research field: Economics - Agricultural Economics
• Economic and business development policies and management with special emphasis on food and agriculture, health and nutrition, regional cooperation and international trade; quantitative decision modeling; knowledge management and innovations for develop

Publications

Awards and Grants

  •  Jul 2008 
    National Award - Officer of the Order of the Volta
  •  Dec 2000 
    Recognised by staff and fellows of Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana, for long, loyal and me
  •  Jun 2000 
    Scroll of Honour presented by staff of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research
  •  Dec 1999 
    Included in the Outstanding People of the 20th Century for outstanding contribution to developmen
  •  Jul 1999 
    Distinguished leadership award for outstanding contribution to contemporary society from the America
  •  Dec 1998 
    Recognised by the Kumawu Traditional Council for long, loyal, and meritorious service to Kumawu Trad
  •  Oct 1997 
    Special Guest – World Food Prize Ceremony, Des Moines, Iowa

Biographical Information

Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, a native of Ghana took up an appointment with IFPRI on November 6, 2006 after a long career with University of Ghana, Legon where he rose to become full professor in 1997 and vice-chancellor (chief executive) in 2002. Before then he was the director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of University of Ghana from 1997 to 2002. He has also worked with the World Bank, Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Ghana Cocoa Board.

He has researched widely on economic development issues and policies and published extensively in the areas of agriculture, international trade, health and nutrition. He has participated in the development of various agricultural and poverty reduction strategies in Ghana. From 1992, he participated in the research-capacity-building-dialogue activities of SADAOC (sustainable food security in central west Africa) Foundation and became the chairman of its management board from 1996 to 2006. He has collaborated with the Centre for World Food Studies at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Centre for Development Research of University of Bonn and the Institute of Development Studies of University of Sussex on various research activities.

He has been active in the International Association of Agricultural Economists of which he was associate editor of its journal, Agricultural Economics for eight years. He has served on many boards and committees in Ghana including the central bank and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; and internationally including the UN University (Institute of Environment and Human Security), the Sustainability Innovation Council of Switzerland, Building Africa’s Scientific and Institutional Capacity for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (BASIC), and the Global Open Food and Agriculture University.

He has won many awards for his contribution to development research and community development. He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Ghana Association of Certified Entrepreneurs. He holds a BSc (Honours) degree from University of Ghana, an MSc from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and PhD from University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.

APPOINTMENTS
2001 – 2006: Member, Cocoa Sector Marketing Committee
2001 – 2006: Member, Board of Directors, IKAM Limited
2001 – 2006: Chairman, Searchlight (Policy Advocacy Group)
2001 – 2002: Member, MIMAP Research Advisory Board
2000 – 2002: Member, National Roll Back Malaria Coordinating Committee
1999 – 2001: Member, Steering Committee for research project on cost of family Planning and Reproductive Health Services, National Population Council
1999 – 2001: Member, National Census Technical Committee
1999 – 2000: Member, Task Force on Health Inequalities
1999 – 2000: Chairman, Poverty Measurement and Monitoring Group
1999 – 2000: Assessor, the Margaret Opferkuch Annual Award for Innovation in the Cocoa Industry in Ghana, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
1998 – 2006: Member, Sub-committee on the economy, Board of Directors, Bank of Ghana
1998 – 2006: Member, Board of Directors, Bank of Ghana
1998 – 2002: External Examiner, University of Cape Coast
1997 – 2000: Member, Technical Advisory Committee on Research and Evaluation, National Population Council
1997 – 1999: Member, Regional Advisory Board, IFPRI 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment, West Africa Network
1996 – 2006: Chairman, SADAOC Foundation Management Board
1996 – 1999: Member, Thematic Working Group on Poverty Reduction
1996 – 1999: Member, National Technical Committee on Malaria
1995 – 2002: Member, Technical Committee on Poverty
1995 – 2002: Cocoa Pricing Review Committee
1995 – 2002: Associate Editor, Agricultural Economics, the Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists
1995 – 2000: Master, Commonwealth Hall
1994 – 1999: External Examiner, University for Development Studies
1992 – 1996: Chairman, Reseau Ghaneen of SADAOC Foundation
1992 – 1995: Vice-Master, Commonwealth Hall
1992 – 1995: President, Senior Common Room, Commonwealth Hall
1991 – 1995: Member Advisory Board, Nigerian School of Economics
1991 – 1995: Commonwealth Expert Committee on Poverty Alleviation
1987 – 2006: Member, Board of Directors, Show-Me Enterprise Ltd.
1986 – 1989: Senior Tutor, Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana
1985 – 1988: Moderator, Statistics Examination, Institute of Chartered Accountants
1985 – 1986: Tutor, Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana
1976 – 1978: Tutor, Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana
2003 –2008: Member, Board, UN University Institute of Environment & Human Security
2009 –Present: Chairman, Board, UN University Institute of Environment & Human Security
2006 – Present: Member, International Sustainability Innovation Council of Switzerland
2008 – Present: Member, Global Consortium on Higher Education and Research in Agriculture
2010 – Present: Member, Board of Governors, Foundation for International Training
2010 - Present: Fellow, African Association of Agricultural Economists
2011 - Present: Member, 2012 African Capacity Indicators External Reference Group

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
-International Association of Agricultural Economists
-American Agricultural Economics Association
-West Africa Agricultural Economics Association
-African Rural Social Science Research Network
-Social Science and Medicine Africa Network
-Food Oils Network for Africa
-Society for International Development
-Economic Society of Ghana
-Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists
-African Association of Agricultural Economists

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Professional Experience


2010 - Present
Director of Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Jan 2007 - Jul 2010
Director of Knowledge, Capacity, and Innovation Division (formerly ISNAR Division) at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nov 2006 - Jan 2007
Senior Research Fellow, Leader, Nigeria Strategy Support Program at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Oct 2002 - Sep 2006
Professor and Vice-Chancellor at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Oct 1997 - Sep 2002
Director: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Sep 1997 - Jun 2002
Professor at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Classes taught:
Policy Analysis
Resource person on course on 'Research Methodology and Writing'
Jan 1996 - Sep 1997
Acting Deputy Director: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Classes taught:
Price Analysis
Jan 1995 - Dec 1995
Acting Director: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Classes taught:
Price Analysis
Oct 1990 - Aug 1997
Associate Professor: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Classes taught:
Price Analysis
Jul 1989 - Feb 1990
Consultant: Member of Government Task Force at Government of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Nov 1988 - Apr 1989
Economist: Agriculture Operations, Western Africa Department at World Bank
Accra, Ghana
Oct 1987 - May 1988
Consultant at Ghana Cocoa Board/World Bank
Accra, Ghana
Jun 1987 - Sep 1990
Senior Research Fellow: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Classes taught:
Economic development and project planning
Jun 1982 - Sep 1984
Research Associate: Department of Agricultural Economics at University of Missouri-Columbia
Missouri City, Missouri, United States
Sep 1980 - May 1982
Error Analyst/Programmer: Academic Computer Center at University of Missouri-Columbia
Missouri City, Missouri, United States
Oct 1976 - May 1987
Research Fellow: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Classes taught:
Project appraisal
Farm management and agribusiness management
Statistics
Price analysis
Economic principles
Dec 1975 - Feb 1976
Research Associate: School of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education at University of Guelph
Guelph, Canada
Jun 1973 - Dec 1973
Research/Teaching Assistant: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research at University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Education


Jun 2008 - Jun 2008
IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland
Leadership Program
Jul 2003 - Jul 2003
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Management Training
Jul 2002 - Jul 2002
University of Abertay in Dundee, United Kingdom
Management Training
Aug 1978 - May 1982
University of Missouri-Columbia in Missouri City, Missouri, United States
Ph.D. Agricultural Economics
Jan 1974 - Dec 1975
University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada
MS Agricultural Economics
Oct 1969 - May 1973
University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana
B.Sc. Agricultural Economics

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