The former executive director of the Danquah Institute (DI), Richard Ahiagbah, has been appointed the deputy director of research in the Office of the President, Jubilee House.
The appointment of Ahiagbah, who has a strong background in policy research, legislative lobbying and regulatory reform, takes retrospective effect from October 2021.
New research directorate
In his new role, Ahiagbah will assist Dr Isaac Owusu-Mensah, the director of research in the Office of the President, to spearhead activities at the research directorate, which has been revamped following the scrapping of the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation for President Akufo-Addo’s second government.
The research directorate now serves as the pivot around which the offices of the president, his ministers and other presidential appointees will be monitored and assessed to ensure efficiency, productivity and a targeted approach to prosecuting government policy over the next four years.
Among other things, the research directorate will monitor and assess all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, conduct surveys to test the viability and impact of government policies, and gauge public opinion.
In addition, the director of research and his new deputy will lead the directorate to monitor and evaluate the work and output of all presidential appointees, providing continuous feedback for the president and ultimately contributing to the development and execution of strategic decisions of the second-term Akufo-Addo government.
Profile of Ahiagbah
Richard Ahiagbah was a field organiser for the former US president Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. He has also undertaken similar roles in senatorial and gubernatorial elections in the United States.
Before his appointment as the executive director of the Danquah Institute, he worked at the Fiscal Policy Centre and also as legislative liaison for Oneok Hydrocarbons in the United States.
He is an alumnus of West London College, Illinois Central College, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois. A native of Aflao, Richard is married with one daughter.