Prof. Divine Kwaku Ahadzie

Professor


Dept: Centre for Settlement Studies
Centre for Settlements Studies
Faculty of Built Environment
College of Art and Built Environment
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

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Housing Construction and Management Project Management Flood Risk Management Construction Skills Development Property Research...~more


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Professor Divine Ahadzie is a former Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment  and currently Head of the Centre for Settlements Studies in the same faculty at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a full professor of construction and human settlements development. He brings on board more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and research in project management, urban construction practice and skills development and community based flood risk management. He has published over 80 academic papers in both local and international journals/conference proceedings and contributed to four book chapters. in 2021, the AD Scientific rankings named Professor Ahadzie amongst the top 40 Researchers at KNUST and 150 in Ghana. In 2008, he was listed as the 4th most cited author in the International Journal of Project Management. Professor Ahadzie is also a prolific online writer dedicated to disseminating his research findings beyond academia. He is the winner of the 2020 Emerald Driving the Impact Agenda. With this feat, Professor Ahadzie becomes the first African and also university academic from an emerging economy to win the award since it was launched three years ago.

Professor Ahadzie is a recogniseed publons reviewer and has reviewed over 120 manuscripts for high ranking academic journals across the globe. In 2017, he received an accolade from the International Journal of Project of Management for his outstanding review services. He is the regional editor for Africa for the Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. He has received the same honour, being adjudged an oustanding reviewer for the Journal of Urban Planning and Development of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was the keynote speaker at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and UCSA University, both of Malaysia at the 2021 International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality in May, 2021

Professor Ahadzie has rendered services as a research consultant to international organisations such as the World Bank and the World University Services of Canada (WUSC). In 2010, he served as a Construction Industry Analyst for the World Bank funded Ghana Skills and Technology Development Project (GSTDP). In 2011, he assisted GHK  consult (UK) in running an African regional workshop on flood risk  management in Accra, Ghana towards developing  the Urban Flooding Risk Management Handbook for Developing Countries. In 2015. he facilitated in collecting Land and Housing data on Accra, Ghana for the New York State University/United Nations STERN Urbanization Project on the Land and Housing Survey of 200 Global Cities around the World. He has very good working knowledge of local Governments and District Assemblies in Ghana having worked as a supervising field consultant on the European Union/ Government of Ghana Micro Projects programme in 1997 in the Upper West Region and 2000 in the Northern region.

Professor Ahadzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Technology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He furthered his education at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK for his MSc in Construction Project Management and then PhD in Construction and Project Management from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He also earned a University Teaching Certificate from the University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Ghana Institute of Construction and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, UK. In addition to his broad experience in academic education at the tertiary level, he is also been a governning board member of St Stephen's Church of England Primary School in Wolverhampton, UK and a immediate past Board Chairman of the KNUST Senior High School, Ghana. At KNUST Senior High School, he provided leadership in transforming the School from a day School to a fully-fledged Boarding School and also raising the standard to a top class co-educational institution in Ghana.


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