Ishmael Dodoo (aka Ish) holds First Class BSc. Honors degree in Natural Resources Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and an advance degree from Oxford University in Environmental Change and Management with specialization in policy and governance as it affects responsible use of natural resources and poverty reduction. He is a Linacre Fellow, as well as, a Norman and Ivy Lloyd African Scholar of Oxford University. Ish Joined UNDP in 2008 through the Leadership Development Programme (LEAD) being selected as the only African among top 15 talented candidates drawn from over 6500 applicants to be groomed as future leaders for the UN system.
Since joining UNDP, Ish has served in various leadership and management capacities in programmes and operational areas as well as in development policy. He worked in both crisis and post conflict countries. Recently, Ish served as a policy and development affairs officer to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General where he provided substantive support to framing strategies for the implementation of the SDGs and the agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as well as AU-UN engagement for the implementation of the Agenda 2063.
Currently, Ish serves as a Regional Strategic Oversight Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary General/ Regional Director for UNDP Africa. In this role, as part of a team of experts, Ish provides strategic oversight advice on human development programmes and policy interventions in Sub-Saharan African countries including those in crisis situations.
Prior to joining UNDP Ish worked for ProForest Ltd; a natural resources management Consultancy Company based in Oxford, UK. Apart from his core professional career, Ish is committed to the course of the African Youth. He has spoken on many youth leadership forums across the continent and currently pioneers a Pan African Youth initiative aiming at grooming future leaders for various political, economic spheres in Africa. Ish’s passion for seeing like-minded Africans distinguish themselves through leadership for the noble purpose of bettering different segments of African society is unwavering. As a future African leader Ish is optimistic that we shall soon achieve the African dream albeit challenges the continent faces.