Dr Franklin Yayra Adorsu-Djentuh


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Franklin began as a student activist during his undergraduate level, where he deputized as the head of the student union making him one of the influential voices for Ghanaian students at the national level. In his early career, he worked with two commercial banks, Barclays Bank and Bank of Africa in Ghana where he served as customer service and relationship officer positions respectively. Franklin is passionate about governance and development especially in the global south. Franklin holds the belief that a worthy life is the one that should positively affects society through knowledge creation and practical contribution to the cause of humanity. His passion for community development propelled him to establish two Non-Governmental Organisations [NGOs] called “Icon of Hope International” and “Reading Ghanaian”. Icon of Hope international is aimed at improving basic education in rural Ghana and initiating community development programs while Reading Ghanaians aims to establish reading clubs in all basic schools in Ghana to encourage reading among Ghanaian school children. To boost his knowledge and to establish himself in this area of interest, he began research activities in the field of development. After his postgraduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Ghana Business School, he decided to take the notch higher to the doctoral level, hence his enrolment in PhD in Development Policy and Management programme with the University of Manchester in 2015. His research focused on actors’ relations in the implementation of Environmental Policies at the local level in Ghana. Franklin is a member of highly reputed professional bodies, such as the American Society of Public Administration [ASPA] and the Development Studies Association [DSA], and has presented academic papers in Ghana, England, Canada and the USA. Franklin was nominated to represent the Global Development Institute at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2018 at the invitation of the UN Secretary General. Franklin Currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Global Development Institute (GDI) and Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester after successfully completing his PhD. Franklin hopes to use his knowledge and experience to change the world through development practice.


PhD, Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Sept 2018

Master of Public Administration, University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Ghana, May 2014

Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, Aug 2011

HND Accountancy, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana, Nov 2006

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), USA
  • Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants, Ghana
  • EuroScience Open Forum, France
  • Development Studies Association, UK