The maiden edition of the National Research and Innovation Lecture Series instituted by REGIG was held at the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana, on 30th April 2019.

The theme for the lecture series was Revitalizing Academia, Government and Private Sector Research Partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The lecture series is aimed at creating REGIG a platform to bring together key stakeholders in the research arena, including students, researchers, private sector, government, NGOs, CSOs and development partners.

The Lecture series also provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate institutions and individuals contributing to the generation, dissemination and utilization of research in Ghana and beyond.


Dr. Esther Offei-Aboagye

The maiden lecture series was chaired by Dr. Esther Offei-Aboagye (Local Governance Expert and the Board Chair of STAR-GHANA Foundation). In her opening remark, Dr. Offei-Aboagye lauded the initiative, noting that it is timely in view of recent interest in nurturing and consolidating Government, academia and private sector partnership, the so-called Triple Helix. She further noted that while collaborating between the aforementioned stakeholders is critical and indispensable to socioeconomic growth and development, the next phase of the dialogue should be centered on how the stakeholders can actually engaged each other. She was emphatic that the lecture series instituted by REGIG will contribute significantly to championing and chartering this quintessential phase of government, academia and private sector partnership. 

Keynote speakers at the lecture series

Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo

National Coordinator for the SDG
Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo is the National Coordinator for the SDG at the National Development Planning Commission. Dr. Addo-Yobo highlighted the important roles universities and private sector have to the play in the attainment of the SDGs in Ghana. In addition to job creation and safe industry practices, Dr. Addo-Yobo intimated that the private sector can support research into the SDGs; the outcome of which could guide government administrative and economic decision making.

Professor Justice Nyigmah Bawole

Professor Bawole of the University of Ghana Business School also underscored the importance of private sector and government in promoting research at the universities. The findings from these research endeavors could be used to guide not only government policies and programs but also to accelerate industrial growth, he stated.

Nana Osei Bonsu

The CEO of the Private Enterprise Federation, Nana Osei Bonsu, called for a change in academia-private sector relationship. He opined that academics should get closer to the private sector to understand the operations and philosophies governing the sector, including understanding their research and growth needs. This he believes will ensure that academic research is tailored to the growth needs of businesses and industries. This partnership will also afford academics the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience which can be infused into teaching and training students.

Other dignitaries at the lecture series include

  • Ibrahim Tanko (The Acting CEO and Program Director of STAR-GHANA Foundation)
  • Seth Dapaah (Vice President, Millennium Promise)
  • Professor Gordon Awandare (Director of West African Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana)
  • Monica Amponsah (Program Director of Grameen Foundation)

As part of the lecture series, some notable institutions were awarded National Research and Innovation Excellence Award. 

Innovation Excellence Award Winners


Receiving Award

STAR-GHANA Foundation was awarded for “Funding Strategic Research Projects and Supporting the Dissemination and Utilization of Research Findings in National Discourse and Policy Planning.”

The Award was received by Mr. Ibrahim Tanko, the Program Director and Acting CEO of the Foundation.

Millennium Promise

Receiving Award

Millennium Promise, an international organization with office in Ghana, was honored for “Partnering For with the Research Community and Mobilizing Cutting-edge Science and Technology to Accelerate the Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana and Beyond”. The Award was received by Dr. Seth Dapaah, the vice president of Millennium Promise


Receiving Award

GHOne TV, a private TV station in Ghana was honored

“For Creating Awareness and Mobilizing National Resources to Promote Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3) among Adolescents and Youth” through the End Tramadol Abuse Now Program

The over 200 participants comprised students, representatives from industries, government institutions, NGOs, CSOs and development partners. 
We extend our profound gratitude to the Chair of the program, the speakers, invited guests, participants and all those who contributed to the success of the maiden edition of the National Research and Innovation Lecture Series on Sustainable Development. 

We are delighted about the interest and enthusiasm demonstrated towards the maiden edition of the lecture series. We remain optimistic that the lecture series is a unique platform to chart the path for sustainable development through research and development. 

The REGIG is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting the generation, dissemination, and utilization of research to facilitate the socioeconomic development of Ghana and to contribute to global scientific discourse.

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