Yao Graham is the Coordinator (head) of Third World Network-Africa, a pan-African research and advocacy organisation based in Accra, Ghana.  He has good knowledge and experience of African and international development issues and processes from many years of work in various capacities. He holds a PhD in Law from Warwick University, Coventry, UK.

Yao Graham’s current and recent institutional roles include serving as a member of: Ghana’s Environmental and Natural Resources Advisory Council; the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the UNDP Administrator; the International Study Group (ISG) on reform of Africa’s mining regimes set up by the UNECA and the Africa Union and the Coordinating Committee of Social Watch, the global CSO coalition working for poverty eradication and gender equality. He has also worked as a consultant for UNCTAD, UNDP, UNAIDS, the African Union and the UNECA. He co-edited (with Jimi Adesina and Adebayo Olukoshi) Africa’s Development Challenges in the New Millennium published in 2006 by Zed Books, London. He is a member of the editorial board of the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) and was the founding editor of the Ghanaian bi-weekly newspaper Public Agenda.