The Governing Council of the Institute of Local Governance Studies (ILGS) has
appointed Dr Nicholas Awortwi as the Institute’s new Director.
A statement issued by the Registrar of the Institute, David Osei-Wusu said the appointment took effect from June 3, 2019.
Prior to this appointment, Dr Awortwi, who holds a PhD Cum Laude (with Distinction) in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, was the Director of African Governance Institute based in The Hague, Netherlands and also worked for the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University.
He has also worked at the Hague Academy for Local Governance, the Dutch platform for Inclusive Development at the African Studies Centre of Leiden University and was a visiting lecturer at F.H.R Lim A Po School of Public Administration & Governance in Suriname.
From 2012 to 2016, Dr Awortwi was the Director of Research at the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in Nairobi, Kenya and also led international studies on decentralisation, public services provision, empowerment and accountability, urban governance, inclusive growth and employment creation in many African countries including Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Mozambique,
Benin and Uganda.
From 2004 to 2012, he was a Senior Lecturer in Development Management at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, The Netherlands; and a visiting lecturer at the Urban Management Centre, Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam.
He has supervised over 60 Masters degree theses of students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, and as external examiner for PhD candidates at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; University of Manchester, and University of Tilburg.
BY TIMES REPORTER