Akwasi Aidoo

Founding Executive Director

Dr. Akwasi Aidoo is a philanthropy professional and a creative writer.  He is currently a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, and was the founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica – a foundation dedicated to promoting equitable development, social justice, movement building and democracy in Africa. 

His previous positions include head of the health sciences program of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in West and Central Africa, head of the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria, and Director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa. 

Dr. Aidoo currently serves on the Boards of several international organizations including Human Rights Watch, International Development Research Centre, and the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at Wits Business School at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He also previously served on the Boards of Fund for Global Human Rights, Resource Alliance, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, three units of Open Society Foundations. OXFAM America, Global Greengrants Fund, and the Global Network Committee of the Ash Institute at Harvard University. 

In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Aidoo taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in medical sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. 

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