CSIR APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Prof. Paul Pinnock Bosu as its new Deputy Director General (DDG) for the next five (5) years. The position of DDG became vacant after the out-going DDG, Prof. (Mrs) RoseEmma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah retired.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. The Council undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people.
The mission of the CSIR is to become the force for accelerated social and economic development of Ghana through examining, exploring and creating Science and Technology catalysts for public and private wealth creation. From its Head Office in Accra, the CSIR oversees and coordinates the activities of thirteen (13) research institutes spread throughout the country.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
The new DDG attended Adisadel College (1981 – 1988) in Cape Coast. He later enrolled at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where he obtained – BSc. (Hons) degree (Biological Sciences) and MPhil degree (Biological Sciences). He later attained his PhD in Forest Science (Entomology) from the Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the USA in 2003.
He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA.
The new DDG joined CSIR-FORIG in October 1995 after his national service as an Assistant Research Officer (now Assistant Research Scientist). He has since risen through the ranks to the grade of Chief Research Scientist.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE
Over the past 23 years, Prof. Paul Bosu has served in various management and leadership capacities largely within the CSIR. These include a two (2)-year stint as the Deputy Director of CSIR-FORIG from 2015 to 2017. He has also been a Head of Division/Section for several years and was once the Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Journal of Forestry.
MEMBERSHIP ON COMMITTEES
In addition to being the chairperson of the Promotion Screening and Intellectual Property committees of CSIR-FORIG, Prof. Bosu is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate Program of WASCAL. He also serves on the National Biosafety Authority’s technical advisory committee.
On the international scene, the new DDG is currently the Deputy Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) Working Party for Diseases and Pests of Tropical Forests. He is also an Executive Member of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA).
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS AND ATTRACTION OF FUNDS
His research efforts have been in the general area of assessment of forest insect pests and disease problems, development of integrated pest management strategies, development of mixed species plantation strategies, invasive species management, study of insecticidal plants, management of insect pollinators in agroecosystems, among others.
The new DDG has published over thirty (30) Refereed Journal Articles, scores of technical reports
conference Papers, books and handbooks.
He has attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars in research funds to CSIR-FORIG as a lead author and project leader. In addition, he has been involved in several other grants and projects as a partner / collaborator.
Locally, Prof. Bosu has revived the transfer of snail farming and bee keeping technologies at the CSIR–FORIG, leading to the training of close to 600 persons over the past one-and-half years.
He is an Associate Professor at the CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST) Graduate School.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
The Research and Development efforts of the new DDG have been recognized in Ghana and beyond. In 2006, he received the Best Researcher Award at CSIR-FORIG. He also received the National Best Agricultural Researcher Award in 2007. In April 2018, he received the Northern Arizona University School of Forestry Distinguished Aluminus Award.
He is married with three (3) children.