EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS


VK AProf. 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.

Prof. 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, Prof. 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, Prof. 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, Prof. Agyeman has also rendered his services as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana.

Prof. 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).

Prof. 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, Prof. 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.

Prof. 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. Prof. 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, Prof. Agyeman participated in over 70 international conferences and undertook study visits to 30 different countries, in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, USA and Australia.

Prof. 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). Prof. 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.

Prof. Paul P. Bosu (Chief Research Scientist) was appointed Deputy Director-General (DDG) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in January 2019. He took over from Prof. RoseEmma Mamaa Entsuah-Mensah, who successfully completed a 10-year term as DDG in December 2018. Prof. Bosu holds a PhD in Forest Entomology from the Northern Arizona University (NAU), USA, Master of Philosophy (MPhil Biological Sciences) and BSc. (Hons) (Biological Sciences) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Prof. Paul Bosu is an accomplished academic and researcher whose professional career has spanned nearly 25 years. He joined CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG) in 1995 as an Assistant Research Officer and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Research Scientist in 2018. His over 100 publications include some 30 refereed journal articles, books, handbooks and technical reports. His research outputs have emanated from studies on assessment of natural enemies for biological control of pests, mechanisms of plant resistance to insect pests, integrated pest management, ecology and management of invasive species, and ecology and management of insect pollinators. He has also conducted studies on diversity of plants with pesticidal properties in Ghana, butterfly conservation and development of butterfly-based ecotourism projects, and development and transfer of beekeeping and snail farming technologies. He has attracted hundreds of thousands of research funds to CSIR/FORIG, which have gone to support the research and development activities at the Institute. 

Prof. Bosu has served in various management and administrative capacities within CSIR, including being the immediate past Deputy Director of CSIR-FORIG, Head of Ecosystem Services and Climate Change Division, and Head of the Forest Improvement and Productivity Division. He has been principal investigator and project coordinator/leader for several local and international projects.  He served on the Editorial Committee of the Ghana Journal of Forestry for several years and rose to the position of Editor-In-Chief of the Journal.

Prof. Bosu has been involved actively in undergraduate and graduate education and training - as part-time lecturer, theses supervisor, and external-examiner for various local universities.  He is an Associate Professor at the CSIR Graduate College of Science and Technology (CCST) and an Adjunct Professor at NAU School of Forestry.  

On the international scene, Prof. Bosu serves as Deputy Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s (IUFRO) Working Party on Diseases and Pests of Tropical Forests. He is also a founding member, as well as an Executive Committee member, of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA).  He has consulted and executed projects for a number of local and international organizations including, the Forestry Commission (FC), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), African Development Bank (ADB), African Forest Forum (AFF), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Foundation for Science (IFS), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

He has received numerous recognitions and awards for his research work, including Best Scientist of CSIR-FORIG (2005/2006), National Best Agricultural Researcher (2007), and Distinguished Alumnus Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry (2018). In addition, the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) in Yokohama Japan recognized him, for his contribution to the progress of the ITTO Fellowship programme (2014).

As DDG, he is responsible for the development and execution of the Research and Development (R&D) activities of all the thirteen (13) Institutes of the Council; mobilize funds for R&D activities; oversee the transfer of the results of research in Science and Technology to relevant institutions and agencies; and coordinate the commercialization activities of corporate CSIR.

Prof. Mary Obodai is a Food Scientist majoring in Food Microbiology. She holds a certificate in Business Administration from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana. Her research interest include among others molecular characterization of microorganisms in fermented African foods and Mushroom Biotechnology.

In mushroom biotechnology, she has worked on various aspects such as taxonomy, production of secondary metabolites, utilization and processing, mushroom preservation and food product development. She has over twenty years of research and development experience in technology development, technology dissemination and consultancy services and has contributed significantly to improvements in household and national food and nutrition security.

She has 107 publications to her credit consisting of 40 refereed journal publications, 21 conference papers/abstracts, 13 extension farmer handbooks and pamphlets and 33 technical reports. She is responsible for initiating, leading and co-PI in some international collaborative projects funded by Agencies such as USAID, Africa-Brazil Marketplace, EU and the World Bank. She was an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow from 2010 to 2012 and currently is the Science co-ordinator on the CSIR Mentoring programme.

 

Currently the Director of the CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and a Chief Research Scientist. He is a known tree domestication specialist at the World Agroforestry Centre, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) and served as the coordinator of the Allanblackia domestication project in Eastern, Western and Central African Regions.

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