African Centre for Development Informatics
about us

The African Centre for Development Informatics (ACDI) was established in 2015 and registered in Ghana under the Companies Registration Code and the NGO Registration Code as a Non- Profit organization.

Abdulai, Mohammed-Sani (Ph.D.)
Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Mohammed-Sani Abdulai is the Founder and Executive Director of ACDI. He conceptualized the ACDI in 2010 while studying at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); having been inspired by Korea’s rapid economic development on the back of Science, Engineering and Technology Education and Research. Subsequently, on return to Ghana after his studies, he established ACDI in 2015.

Mohammed-Sani is a Computer Science/Information Technology professional with over 35 years of professional practice to his credit. At present, he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ghana Chapter of the Internet Society, the Chair of the Executive Management Team of the Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG) and the Director of IT Services and Technology at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

Mohammed-Sani is a product of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).


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Dr. Jamal-Deen, Abdulai
Research Fellow, Wireless Communication

Dr. Jamal-Deen Abdulai is a Research Fellow at ACDI and a member of the Wireless Communications and Networks Modelling Team. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University of Ghana.

Jamal-Deen obtained both his PhD and M.Phil. in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, UK. and has over 10 years’ experience in modeling and evaluation of Wireless Communication Systems and Networks. His research interest lie broadly within the area of Performance modeling and evaluation of Mobile Wireless Adhoc and Sensor Networks, Network Security and Management, Embedded Systems, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Artificial Intelligence and its application in Information Security. He is currently investigating how probabilistic methods can be used to optimize the performance of both wired and wireless networks.

Jamal-Deen is also an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a former faculty of the School of Technology, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) as well as the University for Development Studies (UDS), where he worked as Senior Research Assistant from 2002 to 2004.

Dr. Katsriku, Ferdinand
Research Fellow, Wireless Communication & Networks

Dr. Frederick Katsriku is a Research Fellow at ACDI and a member of the Wireless Communications and Networks and Scientific Computing Teams. He is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at the Department of Computer Science, University of Ghana.

Frederick obtained his PhD in Information Systems Engineering from the City University, London, UK, his MSc in Laser Engineering and Pulsed Power Technology from University of St. Andrews, Scotland and his MEng in Computer Systems Engineering from Kharkov Polytechnic Institute.  He has over 15 years’ experience in the design, modeling and evaluation of Computing Systems. 

His research interest lie broadly within the area of design and checking experiments for programmable logic devices, numerical computational methods, cognitive radio, water quality monitoring and development of Smart Cities using wireless sensor networks. He is currently investigating the possibility of employing the finite element beam propagation
method to the study of wireless channels; as wireless channel characterization has become an important research area given the phenomenal growth in the use of mobile devices.

Dr. Stephen Asunka, Head
Research Fellow, Instructional Technology

Dr. Stephen Asunka is an Instructional Technology and Media Informatics Specialist at ACDI. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Informatics at the Ghana Technology University; where he teaches Informatics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervises
research of Masters and Doctoral Students.

Stephen obtained both his MA in Computing, Communication and Educational Technology and his Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University. He also has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Biochemistry and an MPhil in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ghana, Legon.

His research interests lie broadly within the area of Mobile Learning, Cloud Computing and Cloud Based E-Learning. Stephen is also interested in Digital Information seeking and access habits of higher education students, Web 2.0 in knowledge and information delivery and access, Online and distance learning in developing countries and Learning Management Systems' use in Blended Learning, Flipped Teaching etc.

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Research Fellow, Systems Dynamics

Dr. John P. Ansah is a Visiting Research Fellow at ACDI and a member of the Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics Modelling Team. He is an Assistant Professor in the signature program of the Health Services and Systems Research Group at the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School and a Faculty Fellow at Residential College 4, at National University of Singapore (NUS).

John has a PhD in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen, Norway and has over 10 years’ experience in applying Systems Thinking and System Dynamics Modeling methodology to important policy issues to inform stakeholders and policy makers in developed and developing countries.  His research interest lie broadly within the area of healthcare modeling: to inform health policy, redesign and improve healthcare services. His current research focuses on health and social care for the elderly, health workforce planning, and chronic disease management.

John is also interested in group model building and the process of understanding health systems and designing solutions using modeling and simulations to inform policy. John has worked for Millennium Institute and applied System Dynamics methodology extensively to energy and development issues. At the Millennium Institute, John was the leader of the modeling team that developed the System Dynamics model for the United Nations Environment Program Green Economy Report, to analyze the impacts of sustainable green investment in supporting the transition to a global green economy

UMAR, Imrana
Lead Consultant, Systems Dynamics Modelling

Mr. Imrana Umar, a Systems Dynamics Specialist, is a member and Lead Consultant of the Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics Modelling Team at ACDI. Imrana had his graduate education at the University of Bergen, Norway; where he participated in developing the powersim simulation package.

Imrana has consulting experience that spans many industries, including Aviation, Energy, Financial Services, Health Care, High Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Construction, ICT and Telecom. He has also consulted for private and public organizations globally including Microsoft, The World Bank, McKinsey & Co, Accenture, BP Amoco, Chevron, US National Energy Laboratories, Statoil of Norway, Federal Aviation Administration, Qatar Foundation.

Imrana’s specialties include dynamic business modeling and simulation, development of simulation-based business platforms and applications in support of strategic level decision-making. He also has expertise in conceptual thinking and problem formulation, strategic visioning, planning, communication and implementation of holistic system solutions as well as facilitation in leadership development and building business acumen and developing solutions for, and guiding, performance management.

The scope of his applications  include areas such as Organizational Transformation and Change Management, Analysis of Investment Options, Project Evaluation, Strategic Alignment and Risk Assessment, Competitive Strategy, Policy Alignment and Coordination, Scenario-based Strategic Planning, Customer Acquisition, Development and Retention, Resource Planning, Technology and Product Innovation, Human
Performance Management, Assessment of risks.

SUMAILA, Ussif Rashid
Senior Research Fellow, Applied Game Theory

Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila is a Visiting Research Fellow at ACDI and a member and Lead Consultant of the Game Theory Team. He is a Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (UBC Oceans and Fisheries Institute). Rashid has a PhD in Economics from the University of Bergen, Norway with specialization in Applied Game  Theory. He has over 20 years’ experience in applying Game Theory in modeling marine

His research interest lie broadly within the area of bio-economics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the Economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Rashid has experience working in fisheries and natural resource  projects in Norway,
Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

He has published articles in several journals including, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Bioeconomics, Land Economics, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Environmental and Resource Economics and Ecological Economics. Rashid’s work has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by, among others, the Economist, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and the Vancouver Sun.

ABUBAKAR, Uthman Raji
Assistant Research Fellow, IT Policy and Strategy

Mr. Uthman Raji Abubakar is an Information Technology and Telecommunications Specialist and is in charge of Policy and Strategy at ACDI. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Madina Institute of Science and Technology; where he teaches ICT Policy, Strategy and Management, and ICT Economics and Management at undergraduate level and supervises project works of Undergraduate Students.

Raji has an MA in Information and Telecommunication Technology from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a BA in Religious Studies from the Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG).

Consultant, Policy Research & Strategic Communications

As a media and international development professional, Ms. Jemila Abdulai combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. She is the founder and editor of the award-winning blog and website; an online platform dedicated to meaningful insights, interaction and creative action related to Africa and Africans. In addition to offering content creation services for brands and organisations, Jemila provides freelance consulting in policy and market research, digital marketing and events management to a range of clients including the African Development Bank, World Bank, and Blogging Ghana.

While working with the AfDB as a full-time consultant, Jemila managed knowledge, communications and regional and country events across Africa; liaising with development practitioners in government, private sector, civil society and academia.

Her short story “Yennenga” was published in the Caine Prize 2015 Anthology and she has written for Devex and the LSE Africa Blog, alongside features on Al-Jazeera, BBC and Thought Catalog. An avid collaborator, Jemila has contributed to initiatives like Ghana Decides and helps spur meaningful dialogue through Blogging Ghana's Google Hangout series.

Jemila secured her MA in International Economics and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and her BA in Economics and French from Mount Holyoke College. She speaks both Arabic and French

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For more information about our operations and technical footprint, get in touch with us. Our goal is to work with partners in Africa and around the world to provide advisory services with a focus on leveraging informatics for accelerated development of the African continent.

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