Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah

Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah

Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana 


Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah is Professor of Chemistry and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana. He was educated at Achimota School, and the University of Ghana, where he obtained the B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry, and Churchill College, University of Cambridge, England (1967-70) where he obtained the Ph.D degree. He was appointed a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Ghana in October 1970. For the past thirty seven years he has taught and done research in universities in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Germany where he was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1982-1984). He became the Dean of the Faculty of Science (1993) before being appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (1996-2002). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Fellow, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow, Ghana Chemical Society. He has published a considerable number of books and research papers.

Professor Addae-Mensah has for the past four years been the Chairman of the National Petroleum Authority, Member of the National Council for Tertiary Education and the Council of the University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa. He has been a Member of the Board of the United Nations University Institute of Natural Resources in Africa since 2001. Since 1988, he has been a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Quality Assurance. He has also carried out consultancy assignments for several other organisations including UNESCO. From 1980 to 1982, he was the Chairman of the Volta River Authority.

Professor Addae-Mensah has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from New York University (2002), the University of Ghana (2003) and the Highest Honour of Soka University, Tokyo, (1998). In 2006, the State of Ghana awarded him the Companion of the Order of the Volta (COV). He has been a strong advocate for the underprivileged and gender equity in education and social mobility.

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