Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, BSc, MPhil, PhD (Cantab) – Board Chair
Professor E. Y. Danquah is the Founding Director for West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), President of the African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) and a professor of Plant Genetics at the University of Ghana-Legon (UG). He is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa.
He has served in various capacities in the Crop Science Department of the University of Ghana as Senior Lecturer from 2001 to 2004, Associate professor from 2004 to 2006 and Head of Department from 2005 to 2006.
His leadership prowess is demonstrable in key milestones he spearheaded at the University of Ghana. As the lead UG academic in the UG-Cornell University partnership, he secured funding for the establishment of the Centre, and led the development of physical infrastructure, strategic plan and protocols. As Dean for the International Programmes Office from 2006 to 2009, he managed an estimated thirty (30) active agreements, signed forty-four (44) new partnership agreements, and hosted 148 visiting delegations from institutions worldwide. He was also instrumental in securing two (2) PhD scholarships tenable at University of Paris XI, Orsay for the University from the French Embassy in Ghana.
He is a fellow at the Cambridge Commonwealth and Philosophical Society since 1989. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Ghana Science Association (GSA) and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). He is also an Advisory Board member of the Center for African Leadership Investment and Development e.V, Leipzig, Germany since 2014. In 2013, he became a member of the Independent Advisory Committee and the Research Management Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals, ICRISAT, Patancheru, India. He is also a Technical Advisory Member of the National Biosafety Committee, Ghana. At the University of Ghana, he is a member of the Executive, Finance and Estimate Committees.
His immense contribution towards learning and research is evidenced in 50 publications, 4 books and 6 book chapters.