Akwasi Aidoo is a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, a foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom around the world. Prior to that, Akwasi was the founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica, an African grant-making foundation that works in conflict and post-conflict countries on the continent.
Akwasi’s professional life in the last forty years has centered on human rights and philanthropy in Africa. His previous roles include head of the health and equity program of the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC’s) 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.
Akwasi currently chairs the Boards of the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the Open Society Foundations’ Africa Office; and previously served as a trustee of several international organizations, including OXFAM America, Resource Alliance, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Crime Prevention Centre of South Africa, Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), Global Greengrants Fund, and the Global Network Committee of the Ash Institute at Harvard University. Akwasi was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1984. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He writes poetry and fiction in his spare time.