Dr. Kojo Asante was appointed Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement on February 1, 2018. He was previously Senior Research Fellow and also once served as Head of Research and Programs at CDD-Ghana. A legal policy and governance specialist, Dr. Asante’s diverse range of interests and experience includes anti-corruption, social accountability, local government, human rights, natural resource governance, and the politics of development.
Among the portfolio of initiatives and projects he currently manages at CDD-Ghana is Corruption Watch Ghana, an anti-graft initiative that pools the resources and leverages the comparative strengths of CDD-Ghana, investigative journalism, and prime-time radio to mobilize and sustain public demand for official action to remedy or prosecute reported cases of public sector corruption.
Dr. Asante holds a Ph.D. in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (U.K.)., a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the State University of New York, Albany, NY, and a law degree from the University of Buckingham, U.K.
He was a Researcher at the Effective States and Inclusive Development Center at the University of Manchester and a Hewlett Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He has also consulted for Overseas Development Institute and Adam Smith International.
A champion of youth causes, Dr. Asante is a member of the Young Leaders Network of the Partnership with Africa project of President Horst Kohler, former President of Germany. He also volunteers and provides other free professional services for Youth Bridge Foundation, a youth-targeted NGO operating in Ghana and other countries in Africa, and serves as honorary Executive Vice Chair of Ntiamoah Foundation, a Ghanaian-funded charity that provides financial assistance for the education and health needs of poor and other marginalized persons in certain rural communities in Ghana.
A trained barrister, Dr. Asante is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the Bar of England and Wales, and the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn, England.