An international development advisor on science, technology and economic development. He is currently the Chairman of the President of Ghana’s Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Innovation (PACSTI), Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) and President of the Energy Globe Foundation. He was formerly Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel; Director and Senior Scientist during his 20 years at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Ghana; Member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Management of Intellectual Property Rights in Health, Research and Development (MIHR); member of the Advisory Panel on Privatisation for World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); Secretary General of the International Union of Biological Sciences and the Founding Chairman of the African Biosciences Network; He was also a Member of the Board of Directors of the UN University for Peace; Senior Advisor to the President and Director of Central Projects Department, African Development Bank; and President of the Pan-
African Union for Science and Technology.
He obtained his doctorate from the University of London, and was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University. In addition to being a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a Foreign Fellow of the India National Sciences Academy, Fellow of TWAS Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Founding Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. As a prolific writer and photographer, Prof. Ayensu has authored many books and published numerous scientific and technical monographs and papers. Some of his notable books include Medicinal Plants of West Africa (1978); medicinal Plants of the West Indies (1981); Medicinal Plants of China (1985); Ashanti Gold: The Legacy of the World’s Most Precious Metal (1997); HIV/AIDS: Knowledge Protects (2001); Science, Technology and Society (2006); Bank of Ghana @ 50: Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee (2007); Lake of Life – a commemorative volume depicting the Volta River Authority’s 50th Anniversary (2013); Field Guide to the Volta Basin (2013).