Dr. Gyimah-Boadi is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, and executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a think tank for research on good governance and democratic development in Ghana and the West Africa region. He has directed the Governance Program at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Accra; is a member of the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment of Democracy (USA); and has served as a consultant on Ghanaian and African democratization and economic reform with the World Bank and USAID, the African Development Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy and Global Coalition for Africa.
He received his BA from the University of Ghana, and his MA and PhD from the University of California. Dr. Gyimah-Boadi has taught at several American and African universities, including Dartmouth College; the School of International Service at the American University; the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and the University of Swaziland. He has held visiting fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Salzburg Seminar in Austria and the Summer Institute in Diversity and Democracy, Edge Institute, Cape Town. He is currently a member of the steering committee developing a framework for international civic education for democracy with CIVITAS, and a founding member of two organizations, the Afrobarometer Network, which carries out qualitative research that tracks governance, economic reforms and quality of life in fifteen African countries; and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development.
Dr. Gyimah-Boadi has consulted on the politics of economic reform, good governance, corruption and democratic development in Africa for the World Bank, DFID, FAO, UNDP, UNECA, CIDA, Transparency International, Overseas Development Council, OECD, Overseas Development Institute (UK), African Development Bank, Global Coalition for Africa, Open Society Institute, and others. A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy, he edited Democratic Reforms in Africa: The Quality of Progress (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004); and co-wrote (with Michael Bratton and Robert Mattes) Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005).