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PROFILE of Professor Kwaku Appiah-Adu

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A Professor of Strategy, Head of the Delivery Unit and Senior Advisor, Vice President’s
Secretariat, Office of the President, Republic of Ghana; Professor Kwaku Appiah-Adu, has been
inducted as a fellow into the coveted learned society of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
(GAAS) for his scholarly prowess in the sciences and humanities of Strategy. He was inducted on
17th November 2020 by the President of GAAS, Supreme Court Judge Justice Henrietta Joy
Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu, during the society’s 61st Founder’s Week Celebrations held in Accra
on the theme; “THIS COVID-19 PANDEMIC”. The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was
founded in 1959 on the initiative of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah which
aimed to promote the pursuit, advancement and dissemination of knowledge in all branches of the
sciences and the humanities. During the Ceremony, he was duly introduced and his impressive
profile was read before he was sworn in and inducted into the Academy.

Kwaku has over 30 years of international professional experience including central governance,
policy analysis and management at the highest level of government, commercial/consultancy and
university teaching/research experience in Ghana and the UK. His governance experience
involves coordination of government policies (public and private sector) and the monitoring and
evaluation of government programmes. Kwaku has undertaken tours to study the governance
systems of several countries in order to implement hybrid solutions in Ghana. On behalf of
government, he negotiated closer ties between Ghana and various countries including Brazil,
Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Turkey.

Currently, Kwaku plays a lead role in the development of Government’s Integrated Digital
Transformation Blueprint, serves on the Working Committee constituted to develop Ghana’s
Digital Economy Policy, having earlier led the organization of Ghana’s digital roadmap conference
which was aimed at making Ghana the preferred ICT innovation hub in Africa by 2023. He
coordinates Ghana’s Energy Sector Recovery Programmed, chairs the AfCFTA’s Infrastructure related Technical Working Group, is a member of Ghana’s AfCFTA National Steering

Committee, and has played a key role in Ghana’s Land Reform Project. In 2018/19, Kwaku led
through Parliament the processes of birthing Ghana’s Integrated Aluminum Development Project
as well as the Integrated Iron and Steel Development Project.

His exposure in the area of commerce spans management consultancy and project management.
Kwaku’s consultancy responsibilities have covered e-business and corporate strategy development,
public sector reform, as well as organizational and management development. His project
management experience includes contract administration, tendering, negotiating, investment
appraisal, budgetary control, and the co-ordination of inter-disciplinary team functions.
Previously, Kwaku worked at the Office of the President, Ghana, where he was Head of Policy
Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation, Chairman of the Oil and Gas Technical Committee,
Director of Ghana’s Central Governance Project, member of the President’s Investors’ Advisory
Council, Chairman of the National Identification Authority Board, Chairman of the President’s
Special Initiative on Distance Learning, and Advisory Board member of the UN Initiative on
Continental Shelf Delineation. Kwaku was also Chairman of Ghana Hostels Ltd Board, and
Member of the Entity Tender Boards of the Central Bank and Social Security & National
Insurance Trust. Prior to that, he worked as a manager at PwC’s policy, strategy, and management
division, and as an architect/project manager of multi-million dollar residential, retail, office and
industrial projects in the UK.

In academia, Kwaku has served as Dean of Central University Business School and lectured at the
Universities of Cardiff and Portsmouth. He has researched extensively into industry analyses,
corporate strategies and product/service innovation. Industries researched include financial
services, airline, leisure, hospitality, tourism and hi-tech. With over 100 publications in scholarly
journals, he has presented papers at numerous international fora. An author of 10 books, his
recently co-edited titles are: Contemporary Business Imperatives in a Developing Economy
(2020); Context: Executing Strategy in a Developing Economy (2017); Key Determinants of
National Development (2015); and, Governance of the Petroleum Sector in an Emerging
Developing Economy (2013).

Kwaku has been elected to the ANBAR Hall of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the
Literature and Body of Knowledge. Kwaku is Board Chairman, Glico Pensions Trustee Ltd;
Independent Director of Shell Pension Fund; Director, Vivo Energy Ghana Ltd; and Director,
Switchback Developers Ltd. He has received several honours, including the President’s Crystal
Awards for exceptional contribution to business environment reforms and national development.
Professor Appiah-Adu studied architecture at KNUST and chartered as an architect with the
Royal Institute of British Architects in 1992. He subsequently obtained a Master of Business
Administration Degree (Finance & Marketing) at the University of Wales, Cardiff and a PhD in
Strategy at Middlesex University, London. He is married to Nana Kegya Appiah-Adu with 3
children; Afua, Kwaku and Akua and is now a proud Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and
Sciences.

The Academy currently with a membership of 98 living Fellows has its members carefully selected
on recommendation basis by a small working party. GAAS has evolved over the years to become a
major independent think tank that uses its platform to raise critical issues of contemporary
relevance to all sectors of the Ghanaian life.

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