Professor Ebenezer O. Owusu is the Vice-Chancellor (President) of the University of Ghana (From 1st August, 2016), the flagship liberal arts university in the Republic of Ghana. He is the immediate past Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana. He previously served as Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science; he was Department Head of Zoology from 2008 to 2010. Before that, he was Chairman of the Volta Basin Research Project (2007-2008). Prof. Owusu was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Zoology in 1998, Senior Lecturer in 2000, Associate Professor in 2005, and full Professor in 2010.
Prof. Owusu received his Ph.D. (with a gold medal award) in Entomology in March 1995 at Ehime University in Japan, through the prestigious Japanese Government (MONBUSHO) Scholarship. In April 1995, he joined Kochi University as an Assistant Professor and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in September of the same year (1995). In March 1996, Professor Owusu became a Research Fellow in Niger at the International Crops Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). At ICRISAT, he led collaboration with the University of Greenwich on millet insect pest management, where he developed a system for the management of the millet headminer, Heliocheilus albipunctella (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). He has worked extensively on millet and other vegetable insect pests, especially in the areas of insecticide resistance and use of indigenous plant materials for pest management.
Prof. Owusu completed the Executive MBA in 2007 at the University of Ghana and has led the introduction of project management/business related courses in the Science Faculty. He is a member of the University of Ghana and Catholic University of Ghana Councils. Prof. Owusu currently chairs a numbers of University of Ghana Boards and Committees, including Academic Board, Business and Executive Committee, Promotions and Appointment Board, Development Committee, as well as Finance and General purpose committee. He previously served on the Faculty of Science Board, Medical School Board, Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Ltd. Board, and others, and is a member of numerous academic organizations world-wide. He was Secretary to the University of Ghana branch of the Universities Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) from 2005 to 2007. Prof. Owusu was the Deputy General Manager, then General Manager of Kanemastu Corporation from 2001 to 2004, during which time he raised over US$20 million for various projects in the health, education and sports sectors of Ghana from the Japanese government.
In August 2008, Professor Owusu was significantly decorated as a “LIVING LEGEND” by the People of Kochi Japan for his contribution to Science and the Internationalization of Kochi city. In 2010, he was named the Tourism Ambassador of Kochi Prefecture, Japan. He is an educational consultant to the Japanese Embassy in Ghana and serves special committees, including scholarship and culture. In August 2013, Prof. Owusu was awarded the prestigious Japanese Foreign Ministers commendation award for his immense contribution and outstanding roles in the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries, and for helping improve the social and economic partnership between the people of Ghana and Japan. In June 2016, he was appointed a member of the “Kenjin-Tatsujin” Japan International Advisory Council, which supports the Ashinaga African Leaders Initiative. His hobbies include playing, watching, analyzing and running commentaries on football matches, as well as listening to music. He is married with three children.