Professor Henry K. Prempeh

Executive Director

Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh was appointed Executive Director of Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on February 1, 2018.  He has been a member of the CDD-Ghana board since the Center was founded in 1998 and served as its first director of legal policy and governance and co-editor of its quarterly Democracy Watch from 2001 to 2003

Kwasi was a member of the faculty of Seton Hall University School of Law (New Jersey, USA) from 2003 to 2015, securing tenure as a full professor in 2008.  He was a visiting professor at GIMPA Law School (Accra) from 2010 to 2011 and has co-taught the “Constitution-Building in Africa” course at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, since 2014.  Between 2013 and 2014, he served as constitutional adviser to the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, assisting the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference and the Constitution Drafting Commission to design and draft a new post-conflict constitution for the country. A 2011 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., Kwasi has consulted, lectured, and published widely on democratization, governance, and constitutionalism in Ghana and Africa.  

Kwasi previously practiced law in Washington, D.C.; first, as an associate with O’Melveny & Myers LLP (1993-1998) and later with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton (1998-2001), both leading U.S.-based international law firms.  A graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as Notes editor on the Yale Law Journal and an assistant-in-instruction, Kwasi also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University (Texas, USA) and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana.  He is currently a member of the Ghana Law Reform Commission.

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