Grace Akukwe finds inspiration in her work when she’s solving complex development challenges. She has a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration with a focus on international education. Her career includes work on education reform in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Sudan; workforce development in Afghanistan; and a youth resilience program in the Eastern Caribbean. Currently, Grace works at Creative Associates, an international development organization, leading economic empowerment projects.
Both my degrees from the university helped my understanding of education systems, the pressure points and how the different stakeholder needs and agendas can derail the best efforts in education reform. It also prepared me to have an open mind in my travels to different parts of the world. The three intense assignments I have had:
There are so many – mostly the very intellectual and often intense debates in my CIDE classes and being a teaching assistant in the Leadership Program for four consecutive years
Several people – my parents, David Chapman, Karen Seashore.
Critical thinking, flexibility, professionalism, good communication skills.
Reading, writing, designing the next par3 of my professional journey which I hope will happen within the next two years.
Professional, diplomatic, intelligent, a good listener, strong work ethic.
Professional, diplomatic, hard working, ambitious and kind.
The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, by Arthur Japin. It’s about the duality of identity and nationality – the interactions between one's nationality and a foreign environment. It’s slow reading but very insightful.
Yaa Asentewaa, the Queen mother of the Asante people in Ghana who was the first female regent of the Asantes following her brother’s arrest and imprisonment by the British in 1896.
Solving complex development challenges. Working with female leaders in positions of power in countries where government is predominantly male.
A teacher. For my Ph.D. application I said I wanted to be a social engineer. David Chapman laughed.
I read a lot. Try to meet new people that can expand my knowledge and who will challenge me to be better.
I secretly want to write a script for a children's movie.