Eastern Star Awards Winners 2018

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (Dasebre Award – Education (Academia)

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu was born to a father from Mpraeso Kwahu and a mother from
Elmina. He had his Ordinary level certificate from St. Peter’s Secondary School, Nkwatia-Kwahu and did his Advanced level at Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi. He holds a BSc in Agriculture from University of Ghana, Masters of Science (MSc) in Agricultural Chemistry from Kochi University, Japan, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Entomology from Ehime University, Japan.Additionally, he has an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA, Project Management) from University of Ghana Business School.

After completing his PhD, Professor Owusu was immediately appointed Assistant Professor at Kochi
University in April 1995, and then Associate Professor in September 1995. In March 1996, Professor Owusu was appointed a Research Fellow at the International Crops Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and was posted to Niger as an Entomologist. He was appointed lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1998. He is a member of several Boards and committees, such as Chair of Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
(CRIG) Management Board, member of National Accreditation Board, member of University of Ghana
Council, member of the “Kenjin-Tatsujin” Japan International Advisory Council, which supports the
Ashinaga African Leaders Initiative, member of the International Association of Universities Board,
Member of the World-wide Universities network Board, amongst others. He has published extensively
internationally, and has over hundred Scientific publications to his credit. In August 2008, Professor Owusu was significantly decorated as a “LIVING LEGEND” by the People of Kochi Japan for his contribution to Science and the Internationalization of Kochi city. In 2010, he was named the Tourism Ambassador of Kochi Prefecture,
Japan. He remains the educational consultant to the Japanese Embassy in Accra and sits on some committees
of the Embassy including scholarship and culture.

On August 29, 2013, Prof. Owusu was awarded the prestigious Japanese Foreign Ministers commendation award for his immense contributions and outstanding roles in the promotion of friendship between Japan and
other countries, and for helping improve the social and economic partnership between the people of Ghana and Japan. In 2016, Prof. Owusu received the Kwuhuman award for his contribution to Science. In November 2017, The Japanese cabinet was decorated with the Emperor’s order of the rising star, with gold by the Emperor of Japan through the Japanese Cabinet. He is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Ghana, and spearheading a lot of reforms in the University, including financial and environmental.

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