Prof (Mrs) Ibok Nsa Oduro

Mrs Ibok Oduro is a Professor of post-harvest technology at the Department of Food Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. She had her BSc. (1985) and MSc. (1987) degrees in Chemistry at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Upon graduating, she worked as a Research Assistant at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan in Nigeria from 1988 to 1991. She later obtained her Doctorate degree (Ph.D) in Postharvest Technology at Cranfield University, UK (1996).

Prof. Oduro is the Former First Female Provost of the College of Science, KNUST, and also the first female Provost in the University. She has served as Dean for the Faculty of Bioscience (2015– 2016), Vice Dean for Faculty of Biosciences (2008-2010), the Head of Department for Food Science & Technology (2014-2016) and Biochemistry & Biotechnology (2007-2009, 2010-2014). She also served as the Vice Dean for International Student Affairs (2002-2004) and Vice Dean of Students (2004-2006). She was the Hall Warden of Hall Seven now Chancellor’s Hall (GUSSS Hotel) March 2006 – September 2007. She serves on several educational and government institutions.  Member, Board of Governor, St. Louis Senior High School, Representing Oforikrom Municipal Assembly, – Ashanti Region,  Board Member – GloryVel School, Kotei, Kumasi Ashanti Region. She is an Imminent Council Member of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana.

Prof Oduro is a remarkable leader and scholar recognized both locally and internationally. She is a member of the International Leadership Foundation (ILF), the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OSWD), the African Scientific Institute (ASI), Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEMGh), Ghana Science Association and Ghana Association of Food Scientists and Technologists.  Prof. I. Oduro serves as an Editor of the Journal of Science and Technology, (JUST). She is also an External Assessor for several Universities/Institutions Nationally and Internationally.

Prof. Oduro is currently a mentorship champion in KNUST where she mentors’ undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members and other staff. She is a Food System Research Network for Africa (FSNet Africa) mentor supporting early career scientists as well. She is also the Chairperson for KNUST Wellness Centre. Outside of academia, she is passionate about values-based leadership development and works with different leaders to effect transformation. She has led training sessions for senior leaders of the African Union, senior management of the Forestry Commission of Ghana, and several youth leadership initiatives. Currently, she is the Chairperson for the Board of Directors International Leadership Foundation (ILF) Ghana, and a facilitator for Executive Diploma in Leadership (EDL) program for Southern and Eastern Africa, pilot by International Leadership University, Ghana.

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