Dr. Victor Kwame Agyeman is the Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), since January 2015. He is a Chief Research Scientist and also regarded as one of the leading authorities on Tropical Forest Ecology in Africa.
Dr. Agyeman holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Natural Resources Management in 1985 from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. Subsequently, he undertook his M.Phil research work at KNUST under a ‘Sigma (ø)’ Research Grant for Young Scientists’. In 1990, he did his Ph.D at the University of Aberdeen,
Scotland, U.K. He continued pursuing higher education by obtaining LLB (Law degree) from KNUST, and a Qualifying Certificate/Barrister-at-Law (QC/BL) from the Ghana School of Law in 2012.
In 1985, Dr. Agyeman joined CSIR’s Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG), and in 1990 he was promoted to Senior Research Scientist at the Institute. He was appointed the Head of the Natural Forest Management Division (NFMD) in 1996. Between 2000 and 2001, Dr. Agyeman served as Management Consultant on a World Bank supported sector wide Natural Resources Management Programme (NRMP), which was executed by the then Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines (MLFM). Upon his return to CSIR-FORIG in January 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Principal Research Scientist (PRS). In 2007, he was appointed the Director of CSIR-FORIG. Having relevant qualification and expertise, Dr. Agyeman has also rendered his services as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Dr. Agyeman also served as the Project Management Consultant to the African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded Community Forestry Management Project (CFMP) worth US$10 million, for two years (between 2002 and 2004), From 2010 to 2012, he was also part of a three (3) member Ghanaian expert team appointed by Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MNLR-Ghana) to develop a US$86 million Forest Investment Project (FIP).
Dr. Agyeman was the lead consultant for a Sector Strategic Analysis of the Forestry Sector of Liberia in 2010. He was also a Member of a Panel of Experts contracted by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) to develop ‘Criteria and Indicators (C&I) for Sustainable Forest Management’. In addition, Dr. Agyeman has served as a member of six different ‘Panels of Experts’ under the auspices of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), New York, in 2006, and the ITTO in 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2010.
He supported Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2004 to develop an African Position Paper, which was presented by Ministers of State for Forestry and Heads of Forestry Organisations in Africa at the 17th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) at FAO, Rome, in March 2005. The output of the consultancy also served as a working document for the African Position during negotiations at the Fifth United Nations Forum on Forests, in New York in 2005.
Dr. Agyeman has represented Ghana at several high-level international meetings. He was a member of a team of experts that represented Ghana at the United Nations (UN) for the negotiations for an International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) in 2007. Dr. Agyeman has also been the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship/Grant to give two lectures at Tufts University in Boston, USA, on “Sustainable Forest Management in Ghana”. Between 1994 and 2013, Dr. Agyeman participated in over 70 international conferences and undertook study visits to 30 different countries, in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, USA and Australia.
Dr. Agyeman has been the chairperson of the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA) from 2009 to date. He is also a Founding Member of the Ghana Institute of Foresters (GIF). He is also currently a Member of the Ghana Science Association (GSA) and Ghana Bar Association (GBA). Dr. Agyeman is a Board Member or Member of the Board of Trustees of a number of international organizations and fora, including:
• Member, Technical Panel on Forest Quarantine (TPFQ) of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Rome, Italy;
• Member, Board of Trustees, Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes), Kampala, Uganda;
• Member, Governing Council of the African Forest Forum (AFF), Nairobi, Kenya;
• Member, Board of Trustees of the Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA), Wageningen, Netherlands;
• Member, National Biodiversity Committee (NBC), under the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana.
He has authored one hundred and twenty-eight (128) edited Journal publications, books, monographs and research reports to his credit.
Dr. RoseEmma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah is currently the Deputy-Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and in charge of coordinating the research activities of its 13 institutes. She is a Chief Research Scientist and also in charge of Commercialization. Dr. Entsua-Mensah holds a B.Sc. in Zoology, Diploma in Education, M.Sc. Aquatic Biology from the university of Cape Coast and a Ph.D. in fisheries Science from the University of Ghana. She also holds a certificate in Aquatic Resource Management from the University of Hull, UK, a Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment, and a Certificate in Aquaculture Production, Environmental Consideration and Food Safety from Israel as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from GIMPA.
She also participated in a CGIAR Senior Leadership program at IMD in 2009 to Lausanne (Switzerland). She has done extensive research nationally and internationally on lagoons and fresh water bodies in Ghana and other countries in West Africa, documenting fish species and providing knowledge on their ecology and traditional management. She has also assessed the status of fresh freshwater fishes in West Africa for IUCN. Her research activities also include studies on the coastal ecology and waterfalls in Ghana, women in water management and sanitation, science education and policy. She has been a consultant for FAO and the World Bank. In 2005, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
She has several publications and books to her credit and have also taught as a professor of the university of Cape Coast. She was among the few African Scientists involved in the millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2004-2005. She led a team to write the current integrated Science Book used by the Senior High School in Ghana commissioned by EPP and approved by GAST. Dr. Entsua-Mensah has attended several international scientific conference and workshops in Asia, Europe, America and Africa and has served on several local and international committees and boards. She has over hundred publications in journals, peer reviewed articles and books.
She was also a member of the Fisheries Commission, Ghana from 2007-2008. She was a member of the board of CEDECOM from 2009-2014 and a Director of the Cocoa Processing Company. She was the Vice Chairperson of the Christian Health Association of Ghana from 2008-2013. She is a member of board of trustees of the World Fish Centre and is on the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development International Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Ghana Chapter of Association of Impact Assessors. In 2010 she was invited by the national Research Foundation to be part of a 3 member international team to assess 3 of their research institutes. She was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 1978 and the Tonolli Memorial Award for Limnologists in 1994.
The Ministry of Women and Children gave her an Award of Excellence in March 2012 for the research activities and the University of Cape Coast in September 2012 awarded her as one of their Distinguish Alumini and in October 2013 she was given an Award by the magazine Creating Excellence in Organization in South Africa as one of the most influential Women in Agricultural Research in Africa. She is a Council member of the University of Cape Coast. She was elected Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.