Deputy Director General for Special Duties
Tel: +234 0700800IITA, +1 201 6336094, Ext. 2773
Kwame Akuffo-Akoto, a Ghanaian national, is the Deputy Director General for Special Duties. He is based at IITA-Headquarters, Ibadan, Nigeria. Mr Akuffo-Akoto has over 30 years experience in all aspects of finance, accounting, treasury and banking, auditing, human resources management and general administration. He is a certified chartered accountant (South West London College, UK). Prior to this new appointment, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nairobi, Kenya. He started his international career with the CGIAR as the Financial Controller with the Africa Rice Centre in Liberia, rising to the position of Director of Administration and Finance. In 1996, he moved to the the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, as Director for Finance and then Director, Finance and Administration. From 2002 to 2007, he worked at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in Los Baños, Philippines, as the Director for Corporate Services.