Dr. Felix Kwame Yeboah is an Assistant Professor of International Development at Michigan State University with oversight responsibility for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, an initiative that offers full scholarship to African students and equip them with relevant skills and competencies to lead and make positive social impacts in their communities. He is also a Core Faculty Member of the African Studies Center at MSU and a Nonresident Fellow on Global Food and Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Dr. Yeboah has expertise in multiple areas of social policy including agricultural and food system transformation, natural resource management, and youth livelihood issues. For the past decade, he has provided critical analysis and consultation on a range of social policies both in the US and in Africa. He has also travelled extensively across Africa including the countries of Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, Togo and Benin. Notably, his research informed The MasterCard Foundation’s strategies promoting youth employment in Africa’s agri-food system; the State of Michigan’s effort to reduce non-point source pollution in the Great Lakes; and strategic change initiatives advancing solid waste recycling and energy conservation at Michigan State University. More recently, he served as the lead author for the 2018 Global Food Security Report commissioned by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to advise the US Government’s strategies addressing youth employment challenges in developing countries. His research was also featured in the 2016 Africa’s Agriculture Status Report, a flagship report of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. In 2012, he was recognized as a Milton H. Steinmueller scholar of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and a George and Nancy Axinn fellow of International Development.
Dr. Yeboah holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and International Development, with specializations in Environment and Resource Economics from Michigan State University, USA and a Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, West Africa. He was also a John M. Gunn Exchange Scholar at Washington and Lee University, USA.