DVC and Head of College


 Designation DVC and Head of College
 Telephone +27 31 260 8720
 Email Poku@ukzn.ac.za
 Campus Westville
 Building & Room J block, ground floor - J13, University Road, Durban
Professor Nana Poku

    Personal Assistant Ms Dube, Silindile
Tel : +27 31 260 8720
Email: Dubesi@ukzn.ac.za

Bio:

Professor Nana K. Poku is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies. Before assuming this position, Poku previously served as the Executive Director of the Health Economics and HIV AIDS Research Centre (HEARD).

Professor Nana K. Poku is a Political Economist with a research focus on health provision in Africa. Over the past two decades, his research on the political economy of Africa’s HIV and AIDS epidemic has been amongst the most influential on the subject. Within the context of the World Health Organisation’s global aim to treat three million persons living with HIV and AIDS by 2005, he directed operational research for the World Bank funded Treatment Acceleration Programme (TAP) to test the feasibility of complex medication scale-up in resource-limited settings.

Between 2003 – 2006, Professor Poku was tasked by then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to lead the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA) at the Economic Commission for Africa. CHGA pioneered a range of impact studies on the effects of HIV and AIDS on state structures and economic development in Africa and assisted governments to consolidate the design and implementation of policies and programmes to mitigate the effects of the epidemic.

In 2007, Professor Poku was an expert witness to United States Congressional Committee on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). During 2006 – 7, he was a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the EU Africa Governance Project, and from 2007 to 2010, he also served as a Special Advisor to British Government on Africa. Since 2007, he has been Senior Advisor on HIV/AIDS policies within Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers for a number of African countries, and over the past 15 years has worked in various capacities with the World Health Organisation, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, UNAIDS, International Labour Organisation, European Union, African Union, African Development Bank, Southern African Development Community, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and various national development agencies, among others.

Professor Poku has a wide array of published work on globalisation and security; HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa; global health; governance; migration and human security. He has published 16 books, over 50 book contributions and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in internationally recognised journals, including International Affairs. Review of International Studies, International Relations, and Third World Quarterly. He has guest co/edited journal special issues for International Affairs on HIV/AIDS and Governance (2006); Third World Quarterly on Global Health (2002) and the Millennium Development Goals (2011) and International Relations on the Crisis of HIV/AIDS in Africa (2000). He is also editor of three Routledge book series: Contemporary African Politics.

Professor Poku was formerly Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Bradford where he also served as Dean of School of Social and International Studies. Prior to Bradford, he held senior faculty posts at Universities of Southampton and Nottingham Trent, UK.

Over the past two decades, his research on the political economy of Africa’s HIV and AIDS epidemic has been amongst the most influential on the subject. Within the context of the World Health Organisation’s global aim to treat three million persons living with HIV and AIDS by 2005, he directed operational research for the World Bank funded Treatment Acceleration Programme (TAP) to test the feasibility of complex medication scale-up in resource-limited settings.


Academic Qualifications: 

BA (Hons) (University of Nottingham), MA (Nottingham Trent University), MSc (Coventry University), PhD (Nottingham Trent University)

Recent Publications:

Professor Nana Poku list of publications





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