Mr. Yaw Kwateng
Forester/ Nature Conservationist
Mr. Yaw Kwateng graduated with a master’s degree in Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Management from Saxion university of applied sciences, Netherlands/ and the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. He also holds BSc in Natural Resource Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Mr. Kwateng was appointed as the Scientific Secretary in March, 2019 at the CSIR-PGRRI who among other things is in charge of Information Management of the Institute. Mr. Kwateng has both local and international experiences, having worked with a number of local authorities (Cambridgeshire County Council, Kent resource Partnership of the Sevenoaks District Council) in the United Kingdom as an assistant Waste and Recycling Partnership Manager, Friends of the Earth as a Forest and Biodiversity Manager and the Ghana Forestry Commission as a Forest Manager. He is a nuffic scholar and has research interests in agroforestry, nature conservation, biodiversity management, waste and recycling management, migratory birds, data science and information management.
He has been instrumental in a number of flagship projects including the Seeds for Resilience Project (Global Crop Trust), Forest Certification/ Social Responsibility Agreements (IUCN/ ICCO), Lake Bosomotwi Biodiversity Conservation project (UNDP/ IUCN)/ Rufford Small grants.
Mr. Kwateng has been involved in a number of capacity building trainings including GOAL workshop in Kenya, Morocco and Nuffic Fellowship Programme in Wageningen University, Netherlands. He has also authored and co-authored a number of journal publications, technical reports, manuals and flyers on various subjects including Indigenous Leafy Vegetables and Bambara groundnut communication strategy/plans, genebank metrics and operations, germplasm conservation, characterisation and distribution, germplasm user groups and neglected and underutilized species (NUS). He is a member of the Research Scientist Association (RSA) and the Ghana Institute of Professional Foresters (GIPF). He enjoys playing hockey, gardening and singing choral songs at his leisure time.