Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi

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Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi
Born (1953-10-02) October 2, 1953 (age 68)
🏳️ CitizenshipGhanaian
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Ghana (BA)
University of California, Davis (MA, Ph.D)
💼 Occupation
Co-founder of the Afrobarometer and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development
🏅 AwardsNational Academy of Sciences

Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi is a Ghanaian political scientist and the co-founder of the Afrobarometer, a pan-African research project that surveys public attitude on political, social and economic reforms across African countries. He was the CEO of Afrobarometer from 2008 to 2021. He is now the chairman of its board of directors.[1]


Gyimah-Boadi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Ghana and a Master of Arts and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.[2]


He was a professor at the University of Ghana, in the Department of Political Science, from 1986 to 2014.[2] He was the Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, a research and advocacy institute he co-founded. [3]


Gyimah-Boadi's research centers around democratic politics in Africa. In particular, he has studied extensively political reforms and liberalism in Ghana.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2017, Gyimah-Boadi received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice for advancing democracy, good governance, and economic opportunity.[4] In 2019, he became a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[2]


  1. "E. Gyimah-Boadi | Afrobarometer". afrobarometer.org. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
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  3. "Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi – Member – Ghana Center for Democratic Development". cddgh.org. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  4. "Afrobarometer Director Gyimah-Boadi honoured with MLK Award for Peace and Social Justice | Afrobarometer". afrobarometer.org. Retrieved 2021-06-17.

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