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William Oduro

Prof. William Oduro is a Professor and Lecturer of Wildlife Biology/Ecology and Management, former Dean of the International Programme Office (IPO), office of the Vice Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. Former Dean Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources (FRNR), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, KNUST, former Director Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR), KNUST, and former Head Department of Wildlife and Range Management, IRNR and FRNR Prof Oduro has spent his entire professional career in Biology/Ecology and Management with focus on education, research and service.

His academic training consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife and Range Management in 1984 from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Master of Science in Wildlife and Range Management and Doctor of Philosophy (Wildlife Biology and Ecology) in 1985 and 1990 respectively and nine professional certificates from seven countries. He has two International awards from Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. and the Distinguished Professor Award, KNUST 27 Nov. 2015.

Prof. Oduro began his academic career as Teaching Assistant in 1987 at University of Ibadan, Nigeria and lecturer in 1990 at the KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. During his academic career he published 92 papers in 22 peer review journals, authored or edited 5 books, 4 book chapters, 18 abstracts in proceedings, 2 periodicals, 51 technical reports, one international public exhibition, 3 video documentaries, and 31 other publications. He attended 107 conferences/seminars and workshops including scientific presentations and plenary addresses. He served as key supervisor for 11 students at the Diploma Natural Resources Management Level, 152 Students at the Undergraduate BSc Natural Resources Management Level and 42 Postgraduate Research Projects at Masters Level (Both MPhil Wildlife & Range Management, MSc GISNATUREM and MSc Environmental Resource Management) and 7 PhDs. Prof. Oduro serves as an external assessor in three Universities in Ghana, two Universities in Nigeria, one in Republic of Benin, and a regular reviewer for 10 international and 2 local journals.

He has coordinated several external funded projects including: ‘People, Land Management and Environmental Change’ (PLEC) GEF/UNU/INRA. $ US 10,992,900.00; ‘Sustainable Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation, Enhancing Agricultural Biodiversity and Reducing Poverty in Ghana” (SLaM) GEF/UNDP/Ghana Gov’t) $US 1,758,023.00; ‘Agroforestry Practices to Enhance Resource-Poor Livelihoods’ (APERL) CIDA CAD 3,000,000.00; ‘The inclusion of community based agro-biodiversity conservation into value chains and markets: designing viable institutional configurations through cross-site learning in Southern Africa, Ghana, Colombia and Thailand (ICHA), Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation/Wageningen UR/KNUST, Euro 146,000.00; ‘Enhancing Management of  Natural Resources through the Empowerment of Traditional Leaders in the Oil and Gas Region in Ghana towards Poverty Reduction’. African Association of Universities (AAU)/DFID Euro 100,000.00; Member, Research Team on Global Pollination Project UNEP/GEF- funded USD 130,808.00; Member, Steering Committee Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries” (BSU). 60 million DKK (11.5 million USD) granted for the first phase. and second phase, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark/DANIDA; Consultant/Coordinator High Forest Biodiversity Conservation Project of Faunal Survey in Globally Significant Biodiversity Areas (FSD, FC, MLFM, GEF/World Bank/Ghana Gov’t); $US 250,000. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA Tain II FR), FORM International Ghana $US 25,000.00; Consultant Evaluation and Monitoring of Lake Bosomtwe Project (UNESCO funded $1,000,000.00); Project Leader Strengthening Partnerships and Market Linkages for Farmer Groups in the Sunyani West District CFLI-2014-GH0005 DFTAD CAD$29,984. Project Manager, Coordinator and primary contact person E-learning (E-L) and Problem Based Learning (PBL), funded by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Denmark DFC File No. BSUKOM-KU KNUST activity budget is DKK 850.153

Prof. Oduro has managed 19 robust international and 21 national wildlife researches for the past 20 years. Much of these researches have focused on biodiversity/Agrobiodiversity assessment, assessment of wildlife populations, wildlife ecology/biology, wildlife utilization, park design and management, community nature-based tourism, game ranching and domestication, traditional conservation of biological resources, rural land management and land use, rural environmental resource management.

In conjunction with the researches, he has played a key role in preparing strategies to monitor trade in Elephant Products and Illegal Killing of Elephants” - Nairobi, Kenya. TRAFFIC/IUCN/SSC/CITES (1998), and member of a Committee to draw resolutions for elephants Parts Trade in Florida (1995) and Harare (1997). He has been member of Government of Ghana delegation to Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) on 4 occasions, 1995 -2004. Member of the Advisory Working Group for the evaluation of the Review of Significant Trade, CITES/UNEP at the joint session of of the 27th Animals and 21st Plants Committee on the Isle of Vlim in Germany and at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center, Sherperdstown, West Virginia, USA.. Member of the Steering Committee Man and Biosphere (MAP) and Chairman of the Editorial Committee of MAP of the Environmental Protection Council, Ghana. Prof. Oduro was a member of the team that analyzed the Biodiversity for Africa BSP/WWF, reviewed Ghana’s Biodiversity, USAID, prepared Ghana’s Biodiversity and Action Plan, Ministry of Science and Technology. Ghana. He is a registered member of 14 international and national professional associations. He has received 2 internationally professional awards/ prizes.

Beyond his teaching and research career he has served in various capacities 35, 37 and 23 at the university, national and international levels respectively. Prof Oduro’s extensive professional experience and travel in 14 African countries and 18 other countries outside Africa provide him with a unique understanding of the cultural context of agrobiodiversity capacity building in the world. He moves freely within the culture of these countries with knowledge of gender roles, language and current sustainable wildlife management issues.