Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana
Position: Associate Professor and Provost (College of Science)
Prof. Leonard K. Amekudzi (PhD)
Prof. Leonard K. Amekudzi is an Associate Professor and Provost of College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. He holds B.Sc Degree in Physics with DipEd, MPhil (Theoretical Physics) from University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 1997 and 2001 respectively. After a successful completion of one-year M.SC. course work at Institute of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing in University of Bremen, Germany in 2002, he was awarded the European Space Agency (ESA) ENVISAT (Environmental Satellite) PhD fellowship in the same institute where I obtained PhD in Atmospheric and Climate Science with Satellite Remote Sensing in 2005. He then continued to work as a post-doctoral research scientist on the European Space Agency ENVISAT project. On this project, he was involved in the retrieval of trace gases information from occultation and limb observations of SCIAMACHY (Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography) until May 2008 when he joined KNUST as a Lecturer in Meteorology and Climate Science Programme at Department of Physics.
Prof. Amekudzi has over 17 years’ research experience in atmospheric and climate science, environmental and climate impact modeling. He has worked extensively with different research clusters across the globe, among the research-collaborated projects including; ENVISAT, SCILOV, HGF-network, QWeCI (Quantifying Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries), BSU (Building Stronger Universities), WASCAL, DACCIWA (Dynamic-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud interactions in West Africa) and IDRC-CCARTCD (International Development Research Center - Climate Change Adaptation Research and Training Capacity for Development) and current GCRF African SWIFT (Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques) project.
Professor Amekudzi is actively involved in M.SC/MPhil and PhD thesis supervision, fund raising for research and served as external examiner to graduate thesis in Universities in Ghana and other Africa countries. He serves as an external examiner for Department of Applied Physics, UDS. He was a regular research fellow at The Abudus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics. He has also served as local advisory board member for WASCAL-CCLU and a visiting professor to WASCAL-CCWR at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), WASCAL-CCA at the Bamako University (Mali), WASCAL-CCH at Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria and a Professor for WASCAL common courses in Atmospheric Sciences.
Prof. Amekudzi was a lead consultant for four different climate and environment project in Ghana, resource person for several climate and its related impact workshops, key speaker and facilitator of several climate change workshops in Ghana and other parts of Africa. He is scientific mentor/host to young faculty members on the CIRCLE (Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa), African-SWIFT and AMIS programmes and have supervised 14 PhDs thesis.
Prof. Amekudzi has over 50 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and over 80 oral and poster presentations in international conferences.
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