Dr. Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa

Director General, National Development Planning Commission, Ghana

Focus Area: Combatting Child Labour

Dr Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa is currently the Director General of National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and also serves on a number of Boards and Councils. He worked as the Senior Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Planning 2017 to 2019 and played a leading role in the technical team that developed the Coordinated Programme for the President of Ghana (2017-2024) and facilitated its dissemination. Dr. Mensah-Abrampa prior to taking up the home tasks was a Global Policy Adviser for the United Nations Development Programme at its headquarters in New York responsible for Local Development and Urbanization, initiating several development and investment programmes in post conflict local economies. He had before that spent five years working as the Deputy Head of Office for East and Southern Africa for United Nations Capital Development Fund, facilitating private sector funding of public infrastructure and local economic development in the Africa Region. At home in Ghana, he lectured in Development Planning & Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Monitoring and Evaluation Expert at the National Development Planning Commission and a Senior Governance Adviser for Netherlands Development Organisation in Accra.

He is an ardent development planning and public-private-partnership expert and undertaken advisory and consultancy assignments for key development organisations including the World Bank, EU, DfID, GIZ, AfDB and many others. He shared his experience as a Guest lecturer with University of Dortmund in Germany, 1996-1999 and supported scholarly activities in Yale Governance and Local Development Conflict Management Programme, July 2015; and MIT’s Urban and Regional Planning Programme in August 2015.

He is a scholar and practitioner in Development Planning and Public Finance with a Bachelors in Development Planning from KNUST, a Masters in Public Administration from University of Ghana, and a Doctorate in Development Economics and Public Financial Management from University of Dortmund, Germany. He has to his credit several other certificate programmes in Diplomacy, Poverty Management, and Security & Crises Management.

He is a gazetted traditional leader as the Fotosanfoɔhene of Denkyira Traditional Council with the stool name Nana Dr. Esseim Kwaakontan III.