Kenneth Peprah is the foundation Director of the Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, SDD-UBIDS with effect from May 2021. His progression in the academic ranks started as a lecturer in May 2004, a senior lecturer in January 2015, an Associate Professor in July 2019 and a Professor of Agricultural Geography and Environmental Studies in September 2022.
In terms of administrative and organisational experience, he started as an administrative and research officer of the United Nations University Project (UNU/PLEC – Ghana) at the University of Ghana, Legon for the period 2002 to 2004 under the mentorship of the late Professor Edwin Akonno Gyasi. He was a post-graduate programmes coordinator for the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS) for two months (January and February 2016). He became the Head of Department for six years in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, FIDS, University for Development Studies, Wa Campus from March 2016 to April 2021. Prof. Peprah’s academic journey started at Wamfie for the day nursery, primary and elementary schools.
He continued at St James Minor Seminary, Abesim-Sunyani for his O’Level with a distinction in 1991. He proceeded to Aggrey Memorial Zion Secondary School, Cape Coast for his A’Level and then did a one-year mandatory national service at Dormaa Akwamu Health Centre. He studied at the University of Ghana, Legon where he graduated with a second class upper division in Geography and Resource Development with Sociology in 1998. He did his second mandatory national service at the Catholic Technical Institute, Sunyani.
He had an MPhil and a PhD in Geography and Resource Development in 2002 and 2013 respectively from the University of Ghana, Legon. He won a PhD Commonwealth Scholarship Award (split-site) for the period September 2008 to September 2009 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. In 2015, he was the Lead Consultant in an IUCN project, “A Development of Management Plan for Riparian Forests in the District of Nandom located along the Volta River”. In 2018, he was again a Lead Consultant in a UNICEF project, “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Upper West Region”; in 2019 to date, another Lead Consultant in an ERASMUS-plus project with Polacky University, Czech Republic; and, in 2021 to date, a Lead Consultant in two different projects: Academic Without Borders with University of Calgary, Canada as a partner and a GIZ Project on “Development of District Infrastructure Database and Participatory GIS”.
Prof. Peprah has authored two (2) books, ten (10) book chapters and thirty-two (32) peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been lecturing levels 100, 300, 400, master and PhD classes in various courses ranging from ecosystem thinking, statistical maps and diagrams, agro-climatology, development of arid lands, and philosophy of the social sciences to ecosystem approach. He is married with four children.