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Executive Committee Members Profile

Dr. Victor K. Agyeman (Chairman) [ DIRECTOR - GENERAL ]

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.


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