Director and Special Advisor
Eugene Owusu is the Special Advisor on the SDGs to the President of Ghana and Head of the SDGs Advisory Unit in the Office of the President. As Sherpa to the President, Eugene is the substantive lead on the President’s advocacy and engagement in mobilising support for the accelerated implementation of the SDGs in the international arena and at the sub-regional level. Prior to his current role, from 2015-2017 Eugene was the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in South Sudan, where he concurrently served as the UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Before his assignment in South Sudan, Eugene was the UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia from 2010-2015. Prior to that Eugene was a Senior Advisor in the UN/UNDP Brussels Office facilitating institutional partnerships on Africa with the European Union on behalf of UNDP Africa.
After joining UNDP in 1996, Eugene worked in several capacities in the Africa region, including as Economic Advisor in UNDP Uganda and in UNDP Sierra Leone, and as Deputy Resident Representative in Tanzania. Prior to joining UNDP, Eugene worked in the private sector in the United Kingdom, including notably as Senior Country Risk Analyst and Head of Economic Research at Dun & Bradstreet UK.
Deputy Director and Special Advisor
Felix Addo-Yobo has over 20 years of progressive technical and management experience in the Development Policy Planning, Environmental Engineering and Management. Prior to his current role, Felix was the Director, Development Policy and Planning Division at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), having previously served as Deputy Director (Environmental Policy). While at NDPC, he also served as the coordinator for Ghana’s SDGs Implementation Coordinating Committee (ICC) where he played a lead role in setting-up Ghana’s SDGs implementation architecture. He also led the preparation of Ghana’s SDGs baseline report and coordinated the Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the SDGs.
Between 2002 and 2005, Felix was as a Research Scholar with the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) in the United Kingdom, and then worked as Civil/Environmental Engineer with Jacobs Engineering U.K. limited from 2005 to 2013. At Jacobs, Felix led the design and implementation of drainage and flood risk assessment works on major infrastructure projects across United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. Felix also worked briefly with Comptran Engineering and Planning Associates in Accra as a Graduate Engineer.
Felix holds an Msc and PhD degrees in Water and Environmental Management from the Loughborough University, UK, having previously obtained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Ghana. He is a member of both the Ghana Institution of Engineers and the Ghana Institute of Planners.
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