Professor Nana Poku has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Professor Poku, who previously served as the Executive Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at UKZN, is a political economist with a research focus on health provision on the African continent. His substantive position was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Bradford University in the UK.
Born in London, Poku has a doctorate on the International Political Economy from Nottingham Trent University, UK and master’s degrees in Third World Studies (Development Economics) and the International Political Economy (International Aid and Development).
His appointment commences on 1 December 2017 for a fixed term of five years.
UKZN’s Vice Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, welcomed Poku to the University’s Executive Management and wished him success during his term of office. ‘Professor Poku has both the experience and the qualifications to continue the good work of the College,’ said van Jaarsveld.
Poku has published 16 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book contributions, with a focus on the AIDS pandemic in Africa and its implications for economic, political and social change.
One of the highlights from his illustrious career was leading the United Nations Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (UNCHGA) and concurrently serving as the Director of Operational Research for the World Bank HIV Treatment Acceleration Program in Africa.
Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer