The late Dr. Nankani a Ghanaian citizen, has worked with the World Bank for over 30 years. He worked as Vice President in the Bank’s Poverty Reducation and Economic Management (PREM) network in 2001.
Dr. Nankani also served as the Country Director for Brazil and several other countries in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and was Chief Economist for the South Asia Region. And before he retired from the World Bank, he served as the Vice President for the Africa Region.
Until his untimely death, he was the Chair of the Economic Advisory Council to the President of Ghana, the President of the Global Development Network and Executive Director of the International Growth Centre.
The Late Dr. Nankani graduated from the Univeristy of Ghana in 1970 obtaining a B.Sc. (Economics) First Class Honors. In 1975 he obtained an M. A. (Economics), from Harvard University in 1975and he had his PhD (Economics), also from Harvard University in 1976,
These are some of his selected publications: Economic Growth in the 1990’s: Learning From a Decade of Reform”, 2004. (World Bank Publication). Provided overall direction.
“Acting Strategically and Building Trust: Reflections on Brazil”, in I. Gill et al, At the Forefront of Development: Reflections from the World Bank, 2004, (World Bank Publication).
Developmental Problems of Mineral Exporting Countries, 1979. World Bank Background Paper for the 1979 World Development Report. Also Published in Finance and Development, March 1980.
The Inter-country Distribution of Foreign Direct Investments in Developing Counties, Garland Publishing, 1978. (Outstanding Dissertations in Economic Series)
And among others he has won the following Awards: Sadowski Award, Department of Economics, University of Ghana, 1970; Order of the Volta, Republic of Ghana, 2008
A memorial service will be held for him on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Virginia, USA.
The Late Dr. Nankani had twin daughters; Serwaah and Asantewaa
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi