Benjamin Apraku Gyampoh (referred to as Benji by all) is a researcher, research manager and lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is also an Affiliate Lecturer at the Institute of Climate Change Adaptation (ICCA) of the University of Nairobi. Benji is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Scientific African journal (SciAf) of the Next Einstein Forum and published by Elsevier.
In 2020, as Editor-in-Chief of Scientific African, the journal won the "Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine" at the Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) award presented by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The PROSE AWARDS annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content.
Before joining KNUST, Benji was with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2012 till 2018, where he had responsibility for the climate change programmes and postdoctoral research fellowships. He was also the editor-in-chief of the AAS flagship newsletter, “Science*Policy*Africa”. Prior to joining the AAS, he was a research officer at the Africa office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Accra, Ghana.
His areas of expertise are Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments; Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies to Climate Change; Watershed and Water resources management; Environmental systems analysis and interdisciplinary research; Fsheries Management; and Indigenous knowledge systems. He is a reviewer for many journals and scholarly work.
Benji has great experience in training and capacity building; research management and administration; strategic thinking, policy influence and development; data analysis and reporting; fund raising and partnership development; communication and coordination; and writing and editing.
Benji had his Bachelors (Natural Resources Management) and PhD (Watershed Management) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He has also undertaken training in Combating Desertification in 2013 at the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China.
Other training/studies undertaken as part of his professional development include the Fourth Interdisciplinary Summer School on Geoengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA, in 2013; the Dissertation Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS VI) in Colorado Springs, USA, under the auspices of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); "Weather and Climate Forecasting in Africa and its Application to Agriculture & Water Resource Management" at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; "Drought and Flood Monitoring in Trans-boundary Water Basins" by the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and KNUST, Ghana; "GEO-informatics for Hydrological Modelling in Butare, Rwanda, by the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, UNESCO-IHE and the Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Centre of the National University of Rwanda (CGIS-NUR).
He is passionate about developing robust, reliable scientific systems and infrastructure for knowledge-led and evidence-based decision making for sustainable global development. He works to create strong and meaningful partnerships and right environments for science development and scientists to thrive and excel in Africa.