CSIR-STEPRI unveils first woman Director

Accra� Dr Wilhelmina Quaye has been unveiled as the first woman Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) for a five-year tenure.

She takes over from Dr George Owusu Essegbey who had completed his two five-year tenure as Director of the Institute.

The new Director was formally unveiled by Professor Victor Agyemang, Director-General CSIR at a durbar of staff of CSIR-STEPRI in Accra.

Dr Quaye obtained her PhD in Rural Sociology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2012.

She had her Master of Philosophy (2002) and Bachelor of Science (1993) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon.

She also has a certificate in Gender Mainstreaming from Institute of Capacity Development in South Africa and a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

She is an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Sustainable Development and Relief Associates (SUDRA).

She has over 30 peer reviewed publications and has attended several international conferences.

She has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ghana Cocoa Platform, African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) on Gender and Tradeline Consult on Household Dietary Diversity Scores.

Her areas of specialization include Socio-economic related research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy and Gender Issues. She has over 20 years working experience both in research and practice.

She is married to Mr David Sowah Quaye and they are blessed with a child; Gift Nana Ohenewaa Quaye.

Dr Quaye in her inaugural address said: I am aware that we are in difficult times, particularly in times of no money from Government for the Institute’s operations.

She said that in spite of these challenging moments they still had jobs and targets to meet.

We still have to provide knowledge-based research results for the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for socio-economic development on the basis of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), she said.

On her vision for CSIR-STEPRI, Dr Quaye said they need to increase the donor inflows and Internally Generated Funds (IGF) by two folds within five years � baseline of a little over $ 300,000 as of 2017.

We need to build strategic relationship with potential donors and connect to possible funding opportunities through our professional networks, she said.

She pledged to continue in the effort to motivate and gain the support of all staff of the Institute as they work towards improving STEPRI’s visibility and local relevance.

She encouraged the staff to have positive attitudes and get involved to build a better STEPRI.

I look forward to working with you in our shared vision to make this place a healthier working place, she said.

On her future direction, she pledged to continue in the legacy of her predecessor, Dr Essegbey adding that I deem myself as a product of his wise counsel and I do not take this lightly.

Prof Agyemang urged Dr Quaye to listen to the advice from people; having in mind that the final decision rests on her shoulders.

He also urged the staff of CSIR-STEPRI to give her their maximum support to enable her execute her vision for the Institute.

He lauded Dr Essegbey, the former Director for his excellent and visionary leadership, which had propelled CSIR-STEPRI to another level.

He said the former Director, Dr Essegbey, was not on retirement and that he would continue to work at CSIR-STEPRI; stating that he deserves to be given the maximum respect and cooperation.

Dr Essegbey expressed his gratitude to God and the CSIR Council for given him the opportunity to serve as the Director of CSIR-STEPRI.

He said the CSIR succession plan had enabled him groom a crop of leaders at during his tenure at the Institute, out of which one of them emerged as his successor.

As a country, if get back to where people rise to positions on the basis of merit. And when this is done, it will be good for all of us, he said.

Dr Essegbey expressed his joy that he was handing over to a capable leader who would carry the Institute to another level.

Source: Ghana News Agency