Eric Yirenkyi Danquah holds a professorship in Plant Molecular Genetics at the University of Ghana (UG). He is a former Dean of International Programmes, UG. As the founding Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), UG, he has helped train a new wave of researchers who are working toward enhancing varieties of staple crops in Africa. His role extends internationally as an Adjunct Professor at Cornell University, USA, the University of Western Australia, and Murdoch University, Australia. He is a member of the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications (SAGNA) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based in Vienna, Austria. Danquah laid the groundwork for the African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) by serving as its first and incumbent president, and he contributes his expertise to various international boards across the globe.
Eric’s work has earned him several accolades, including the UG Distinguished Award for Meritorious Service in 2013, the 2018 Laureate, Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations in Agriculture and Life Sciences (GCHERA) World Agriculture Prize, and the 2022 Laureate, Africa Food Prize. In January 2023, Reputation Poll International recognized him as one of the 100 most Reputable Africans. The African Genius Awards also honored him recently with an Outstanding African Achiever Award.