Human Security Research Centre Ghana (HSRCGh)

Our Team  

Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq.

Founder & Chairman

Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, Esq. is the founder and current Chairman of the Human Security Research Centre, Ghana. His most recent International public service was with the African Union Commission from 2016 to 2020 as the African Union Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, and Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) located in Algiers, Algeria. He is a retired Military Officer, a Barrister-at-Law, a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Prof. A.B. Salifu

Executive Director

Professor Abdulai Baba Salifu, a very versatile scientist, is a former Director General of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-Ghana). He is also a former Director of the CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute. He holds PhD in Agricultural Entomology from the University of London. In the course of his research career he has coordinated diverse agricultural mega projects originating from the CGIAR system and USAID via collaboration with USA Universities. Professor Salifu currently serves as a Board Member on the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL) Project of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne. Although his research and allied interests have largely been in the area of Agriculture and Sustainable Development, in recent times he has had his focus on pragmatic, programmable community resilience actions, particularly as they relate to climate change and its effects on vulnerable communities.

Rodger Allotey

Deputy Executive Director

Rodger Allotey has over two decades of top management and research experience in Ghana and several countries in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East. He currently works as a Management, Finance and Aviation Consultant and has interests in controls, strategy and policy, planning and development, monitoring and evaluation and the impact of policies on individuals, institutions and communities. He has worked in various Board-level positions for interventionist institutions like Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Social Investment Fund (SIF) and several other organisations. Rodger holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Ghana Business School and is a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Maj. Vincent Yao Blege

Head of Administration

Major Blege Yao Vincent is a retired Military Officer, with 27 years of experience in service. He served in both Command and Staff appointments/roles in Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Units, Command HQs and Sub-Regional and UN sponsored operations. His speciality is mostly in administration and logistics. The last 2 appointments he held in the GAF were CO/AQ at the Ghana Military Academy & Training Schools HQ (MATS) and as the Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General (AQMG) at the Support Services Command HQ. He has served on UN Peacekeeping Operations in theatres of West Africa, Asia and the Middle East in various roles. Vincent is a graduate of the Ghana Armed Forces Command & Staff College (GAFCSC) (Senior Division), Teshie and University of Ghana, Legon.

Prof. Ago McGranaky-Quaye


Prof. Ago K MacGranaky-Quaye, holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Prof. Quaye’s research interests are in IT Security, IT for Development and IT Applications in Organizations. Prof Quaye was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Virginia State University, American University of Nigeria and served on the governing board of the Data Protection Commission, Ghana, dealing with issues of personal data privacy.

Mrs. Dorothy Akutter


Dorothy Akutter is an Educationist and a chartered accountant with more than 25 years of experience. Her most recent appointment was the Chief Financial officer of Kasapa Telecom Company Limited. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in commerce from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and an Executive Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Ghana Business School. Dorothy is a member of the Women in Leadership International.

Prof. Richard Bani


Prof. Richard Jinks Bani has nearly 35 years’ experience in teaching, research and applications in Post-Harvest Engineering that focuses on storage and processing of agricultural produce leading to the attainment of Food Security and industrial development, Income Generation and Small enterprise development and job creation. He has held different positions in the University of Ghana, including Head of the Agricultural Engineering Department, Vice-Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the University of Ghana. He has served on a number of Boards at the University such as the Academic Board, Board of College of Agriculture and Consumer sciences, and the Board of School of Engineering Sciences. He has served as Chairman of the National Postharvest Working group based at the Engineering Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He has also served on the National Institutional Feeding program committee set up by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to prepare feeding program for schools.

Brig Gen Dan Mishio (RTD)


Brigadier General DK Mishio RTD. is a retired Army Officer of the Ghana Armed Forces with over 41 years of experience. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he was Ghana’s Defence Advisor in India with additional responsibility for Australia. He holds a master’s degree in Military Arts and Science (MMAS), a Joint Planning Certificate from the Maritime Warfare Centre HMS Dryard in the UK and a certificate in Anti-Terrorism/Hostage Negotiations from USA. Prior to his appointment as Defence Advisor, he was Director General (Joint Operations) of the Ghana Armed Forces and Chairman of the National Security Committee on Lands and Natural Resources. He taught in the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College and the South African National War College in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. Brigadier General DK Mishio has been an Associate of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators, UK Since 2007.

Brig Gen I.B. Quartey (RTD)


Brigadier General Ishmael Ben Quartey is a retired military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) with more than 39 years of experience. He served in multiple command and staff roles during his time of service with the GAF. These include Western Brigade Commander of the UN Mission in The Democratic Republic of Congo and later appointed the Acting Force Commander by the UN Secretary General. He was Commander of the Ghana Military Academy and Commanding Officer of the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment of Ghana. His last appointment before retirement was the Commander of the Support Services Brigade Group of the Ghana Armed Forces. After retirement, he was appointed as the Board Chairman of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). He also acted briefly as the Managing Director of Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL). He is a graduate of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, The National Defence College of Nigeria and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Brig Gen I B Quartey is the current Vice-President of the Retired Commissioned Officers Association of Ghana.

Brig Gen Fuseini Iddrisu (RTD)


Brigadier General Fuseini Iddrisu RTD is a retired military officer with over 38 years experience in the Service. Prior to his retirement, he was the Director General of Defence Intelligence. He was also a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the National Security Council Secretariat and member of the National Security Council. He holds a Diploma in National Security Strategic Studies from Israel, Certificate in Anti Terrorist Hostage Negotiation and Crisis Management, USA and Certificate in Legal Aspects of Conflict Prevention and Combating Terrorism. He is an alumnus of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)and Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel.

Dr. Nii Moi Thompson


Dr. Thompson is a development economist with over 20 years experience in leadership and development work.  Among other things, he spearheaded the preparation of Ghana’s 40-year development plan as director-general of the National Development Planning Commission. Most recently, he wrote the conceptual framework for resilient economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic for use by the UN’s Economic Commissions around the world.  He started his career as senior economist at the Bureau of Fiscal and Economic Analysis in New York City before venturing into development work in Ghana and Africa. He holds a PhD in economic development and policy policy from the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise are public finance, local economic development, and development planning.

IGP. RTD. John Kudalor


John Kudalor was a UN Police Advisor to the Georgia Police from 2005-2007. He served as a UN Police Mentor in Bosnia from 2005 – 2007. He is a product of the FBI Police Academy Quantico, USA. He holds a Certificate in Criminal Justice and an MSC (Distinction) degree. He has two doctors award: one academic and the other honorary. He was Director General Police Operations of Ghana between 2009 and 2015.

Air Cmdre Francis Ayamgha (RTD)


Air Cmdre Francis Ayamgha is a retired Air Force officer. His last appointment was Ghana’s Defense Attaché to Egypt with additional responsibility for Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon Sudan and Libya. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in international affairs both from the University of Ghana. Prior to his appointment in Egypt he was the Director of Administration and Later Chief of Staff Officer both at the Air Force Headquarters in Accra, Ghana. He taught both in the Ghana Armed Forces and the Nigerian Armed Forces Staff Colleges for a total period of eight years.

George Decardi-Nelson Esq.


George Decardi-Nelson Esq. is the company secretary of HSRCGH. He was the Director of Legal at the National Security Secretariat of Ghana for more than a decade. He served as acting Deputy Executive Director of operations at the Economic & Organized Crime Office of Ghana. He holds an LLM in internet law from university of Strathclyde, Glasgow Scotland.

Col. M’bawine Atintande(RTD)


Colonel M’Bawine Atintande is a journalist, author, publisher and communications consultant. He is a former Director of Public Relations and Spokesperson of the Ghana Armed Forces. He is also a former Director Veterans Affairs and acting Director Public Affairs, both at the Ministry of Defence. He retired from the Ghana Army in 2014, after serving for 28 years with Armed Forces. He holds an MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Ghana and another MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He is a doctoral candidate in communication studies at the University of Ghana. He is a member of Ghana Journalists Association, the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana, the Ghana Association of Writers and Editors’ Forum-Ghana. He currently facilitates the Communication, Media and Public Information modules at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and delivers an annual lecture on “Media in Peace Operations: Perspectives and Challenges” at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. Having served in several international peacekeeping missions for twenty years, his special area of academic and research interest is conflict communication. He is the author of The Roadmap: Media in Society (2008) and Serving Humanity: A Noble Peacekeeper’s Diary (2019).

Prof. Gani Joses Yoroms

Conflict & Security governance

Dr. Gani Joses Yoroms is a Professor and the former Provost of the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS) at the National Defence College, Abuja. He is a Professor of Political Science and Strategic Studies with a span of over ten years, with a deft of research and training at the National Defence College, other tertiary institutions like University of Abuja, Bingham University Karu, Nigeria and Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja. Being one of the National Universities Commission’s accreditation teams, Professor Yoroms is well grounded in the management and administration of university system in Nigeria; Having various international research linkages with universities in Africa, Europe and America.

Dr. Gideon Quarcoo


Mrs. Emelia Arthur


Mr. Lionel Boateng

Cyber Security

Mr. Ras Manyo

Security & Intelligence

Mr. Ras Manyo is a trained Banker and a Security and Intelligence expert, with more than 30 years combined experience. He holds a BSc. in Administration from the University of Ghana and a BSc. in Financial Services Management from the University of Manchester, UK. His experience in the military includes, extensive training and diverse senior leadership responsibilities and appointments in intelligence, counter terrorism and special operations. Ras also has diverse experience in doctrine development, strategic planning, training and executive support both in banking and in military and defence matters and in peaceful and unstable environments.

Col. Festus Aboagye (RTD)


Dr. Justice Moses K. Aheto


Kamil Alhassan

Research Fellow

Fortress Adika

Research Fellow

Abdul Manaf Yunus

Research Fellow

Dr. Julius Akoto

Research Fellow

ING. Emmanuel Dedzo

Research Fellow

Richard Apau

Research Fellow

Richard Apau is a Cyber Security and Digital Forensic Professional with over 7 years of experience researching, teaching, consulting, and implementing projects in the Information Technology space. He currently is a Lecturer at Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development-AAMUSTED (formerly, University of Education Winneba (UEW), Kumasi Campus). Richard is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the Academic City University College. Previously, Richard worked as a Research Consultant for the African Union (AU) at the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), where he had earlier worked as Information Technology (IT) Officer. He holds a BSc. Computer Science, a M.Phil. Computer Science degrees and a MSc. Cyber Security and Management from the University of Warwick, UK.

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