Development Policy Advisor

Ivor Agyeman-Duah -Director of the Centre for Intellectual Renewal in Ghana is Development Policy Advisor to Ivor
The Lumina Foundation, Administrators of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. An award-winning author on development and international cooperation as well as on literary issues, he is co-author and editor of Pilgrims of the Night – Development Challenges and Opportunities in Africa (2010) and Africa – A Miner’s Canary Into the Twenty-First Century-Essays on Economic Governance (2013). He was part of the production team for the BBC and PBS-Into Africa and Wonders of the African World presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He wrote and produced the acclaimed TV series, Yaa Asantewaa: Heroism of an African Queen ; chief advisor to the Arts Council of England and Ford Foundation supported theatrical production, Yaa Asantewaa – Warrior Queen performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and Edinburgh Festival among others; editor of the anthology, Some African Voices of Our Time (1995) and co-edited, with Peggy Appiah and Kwame Anthony Appiah , Bu Me Be: Proverbs of the Akans (2007).

Agyeman-Duah received the Distinguished Friend of Oxford award from the University of Oxford (2012); Member of the Order of Volta, Republic of Ghana (2007) and won the Commonwealth’s Thomson Foundation award in 1994 among others.

He has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a Hilary and Trinity resident scholar at Exeter College, Oxford. He holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.