Yaw Adu-Gyamfi holds a BSc. in Computer Science and an MA in Governance and Sustainable Development from the Catholic University of Ghana and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, respectively. Adu-Gyamfi is a co-founder of the Center for Social Innovations (CSI), and has extensive experience working directly with communities and young people focusing on skills development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and research.
An expert in cluster formation, Adu-Gyamfi has successfully supervised development programs including Canada’s Muskoka Initiative Partnership in 2013 and 2014 and the jointly funded Business Advocacy from 2007 to 2010. The latter was sponsored by DANIDA, USAID, and DfID to provide information technology and business development services to the Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO) –a cluster of over 200,000 artisans in the Kumasi area. In addition, as Cluster Programs Manager for World Vision International in Ghana between 2016-2017, Adu-Gyamfi worked in rural northern Ghana leading community and child centered programming in water, sanitation, and economic empowerment targeting over 300,000 people. Yaw was the first Ghanaian Atlas Corps Fellow, an IMF Youth Fellow, and a cluster facilitator at the Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF); the latter being a network that works to enhance the business competitiveness of African counties through bottom up development. CSI empowers change-makers in Ghana who are making use of design thinking and asset-based community development approaches.
Mr. Adu-Gyamfi joined the Open AIR network as a case study researcher in 2016, looking into a case study related to informal sector innovation.