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Prof. David Abdulai

Prof. David N. Abdulai holds a BA in Political Science and Journalism from Howard University and an MA in International Development from the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, D.C. His Ph.D. (Distinction) is in International Economics and Technology Analysis and Management from the Graduate School of International Studies (Josef Korbel Graduate School of International Studies), University of Denver in Colorado, USA. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology Analysis and Management from the Graduate School of International Studies. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business Schools’ Programme in Leadership Development.

Prof. Abdulai has worked for the Public Sector Management division of the World Bank, Morgan Stanley-Dean Witter, CBS News Washington Bureau, Voice of America (Africa Field Service), and Africare International. He also taught at the Centre for the Teaching of International Relations (CTIR), University of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Faculty of Management, Multimedia University. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Multimedia University and Director of the Office of Internationalisation and Institutional Collaboration at Multimedia University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also an external examiner for DBA thesis for some Australian universities. He was made a full professor of International Economics and Business at the University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership.

He has also consulted for the Spring Institute for International Studies, Denver Arts Museum, and Mizel Museum of Judaica, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to mention a few. He has written policy papers for the Mayor of Denver during the Summit of Eight held in Denver in 1998 and for the House Sub-Committee on Africa, U.S. House of Representatives during the debate on the imposition of Sanctions on the Apartheid regime of South Africa. Prof. Abdulai has also worked as a Senior Officer at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland and is an adviser to some heads of governments in the developing world. Recently, he chaired an event of five former heads of states and governments on the theme, “Deepening Democracy in Africa,” at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

Prof. Abdulai has published in many newspapers, magazines and journals in America, the U.K. and South Africa. He is frequently invited to comment on current global economic and political issues on national and international Radio and T.V. programmes. He is an accomplished poet and philosopher with his non-academic books in this area sold in selected bookstores in North America, Africa and in Europe and through Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Prof. Abdulai is a prolific writer of numerous books and some of his most recent books are: African Renaissance: Challenges, Solutions and the Road Ahead; Malaysia and the K-Economy: Challenges, Solutions and the Road Ahead; Mahathir Mohamad: A Visionary and his Vision of Malaysia’s K-Economy, Can Malaysia Transit to the K-Economy? Dynamic Challenges, Tough Choices and the Next Phase; as well as, China’s New Great Leap Forward: An Emerging China and its Impact on ASEAN.

He was the former CEO and Executive Director of Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa and the new President and CEO, of the African Graduate School of Management and Leadership in Ghana, West Africa.

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