About Prof. Ayensu
Professor Edward S. Ayensu

Who Am I?

An international development advisor on science, technology and economic development. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana and the President of the Energy Globe Foundation. He was formerly Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel; Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Ghana; 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 was a Director and Senior Scientist during his 20 years at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.


Prof. Ayensu 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.


He has travelled extensively the world over for field research in the biological sciences and workshops, meetings and conferences on environment and development; and as a consultant on science and technology for development especially in agro-industries, energy and mining in developing countries and the promotion of private sector initiatives in Africa.

Other Works

A prolific writer and photographer, Prof. Ayensu has authored many books and published numerous scientific and technical papers. A very recently launched books - Lake of Life - is a commemorative volume depicting Volta River Authority's 50th Anniversary and a Field Guide to the Volta Basin.


Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.
Fellow of the Linean Society of London.
Who's Who in Ecology
Who's Who in Government
United States National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian) Award
Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College of Oxford University
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in America
African's Who's Who and Men of Achievement
Ghana National Book Award 1984
Ghana Science Association Deserving Scientist Award 1985
Association for the Advancement of Agricultural Sciences in Africa
Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences
Founding Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences
Recipient of the Outstanding Statesman Award in Ghana during the Millennium celebrations
2004 Third World Academy of Sciences Medal for the Biological Sciences.

Professional Organisation

Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
Botanical Society of America
International Association for Plant Taxonomy
Ghana Science Association
Western African Science Association
Association for Tropical Biology, Inc.
International Society of Tropical Ecology
Botanical Society of Washington
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Washington Biological Society
International Society for Tropical Root Crops
American Orchid Society
Societe de Biogeographia
Cosmos Club
Association for the Advancement of Agricultural Sciences in Africa
Society for Economic Botany
New York Academy of Sciences
International Association of Wood Anatomists
Society for Economic Botany