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Profile of Prof. Emmanuel Kanchebe Derbile

Prof_Emmanuel_Derbile_UBIDSProf. Emmanuel Kanchebe Derbile holds several degrees and certificates. He holds a Ph.D in Development Studies from the University of Bonn (Germany) and MSc. in Development Planning and Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)/University of Dortmund (Germany). He also holds a BA Degree in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Ghana and a Certificate in Management of Development Organizations from the St. Francis Xavier University, now University of British Columbia (Canada).

Prof. E K Derbile has over 21years work experience in academia, rising through the various academic ranks in the University system. He is currently an Associate Professor of Development Planning in the Department of Planning in the University. He has taught several courses both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also successfully supervised 19 M.Phil students and co-supervised 4 Ph.Ds. He is currently supervising four masters and two Ph.D students.

He has researched and published extensively in both local and foreign scientific outlets, addressing the subject of environmental change, particularly, vulnerability to climate change, livelihood sustainability, endogenous development, including local knowledge systems and the policy implications for development planning. Some of his research and publications address the subject of health financing and equity related issues in health care services and utilization. He has to his credit over 40-refereed publications.

Prof. Derbile has extensive experience in academic administration. Currently, he is the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University. He was appointed to this position in July, 2020 by the Governing Council of the University to support the establishment of the new University. He has since played a key role in supporting the Interim Vice-Chancellor (IVC) and management in the take-off of the university, including, restructuring of the university and running of academic programmes across Faculties. He is also the Director of the West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT), a centre of academic excellence involving a partnership of universities (Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies(SDD-UBIDS), University for Development Studies(UDS), University of Ghana, University of Abdou Moumouni (Niger) and the University of Bonn, Germany). With sponsorship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the centre provides scholarships for postgraduate students (Masters and PhD to start in 2021) in subject areas critical for building human resource capacity for promoting sustainable rural transformation in West Africa.

Prior to his current roles, Prof. E. K. Derbile also served as Acting Principal of the Wa Campus of UDS and played a key role in support of its transition from a campus of the University for Development Studies to a full-fledged University. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Faculty for two-terms, Vice-Dean, Head of Department, Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes and Coordinator for Community Outreach Programmes. He has also served as Member of the Governing Council of the UDS and currently the UBIDS Council. He has extensive experience serving on almost all boards and committees key to University governance – at the UDS and now at SDD-UBIDS. Prof. Derbile has led or co-led in several grantmanship initiatives since 2004 attracting funding. He has led 8 projects, co-led or supported 3 projects and is leading in the implementation of 2 projects, including research and institutional development projects that have supported the growth of the University in many different ways. Between 2013 and 2016, he served as the Innovations Officer for the Resilient Africa Network (RILab) project at UDS, a project with a partnership of 20 Sub-Saharan African universities together with Stanford University, Tulane University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) with funding from USAID.

Prof. Derbile has also demonstrated extensive experience in professional practice, outside the university system. He was a Member (Commissioner) of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) of Ghana from 2015 to 2017 and at the Commission; he served as Convenor of the Infrastructure and Human Settlement Planning Committee, member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Committee and member of the Executive Committee. He has also led over 20 consultancy projects in several areas, including baseline studies, evaluative research, gender studies and analysis, sustainability studies, and strategic planning and training for national and international NGOs and public sector agencies in Ghana. He is a co-founder of Endogenous Development Service (EDS), a development service organization with a focus on promoting endogenous development approaches to poverty reduction and sustainable development in deprived rural communities in Ghana and northern Ghana in particular since 2013.
As we take on this challenging business of establishing a University, Prof. E. K. Derbile looks forward to leveraging his expertise, experiences and working with all stakeholders in support of management to establish the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies as a top-notch University in Africa.