Edward S. Ayensu has built a reputation of international renown. He is Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), President of the Pan-African Union for Science and Technology, Chairman of Edward S. Ayensu Associates, Ltd., founding Chairman of the African Biosciences Network. He was the former Secretary-General of the International Union of Biological Sciences, Chairman of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee, Member of the International Advisory Board on Global Scientific Communications, UNESCO, and a member of the Board of Directors and International Vice Chairman of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Ayensu is a Fellow of a number of academies of the arts and sciences. He has served as senior advisor to the President of the African Development Bank and as the Bank's Director for Central Projects. He was formerly Director and Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University and a Distinguished Professor of the University of Ghana. Ayensu was twice the recipient of the Ghana National Science Award and received the Outstanding Statesman Award during Ghana's Millennium celebrations. He was recently awarded the 2004 World Medal for the Biological Sciences from the Third World Academy of Sciences.
Ayensu holds a doctoral degree in the biological sciences from the University of London and is the author of numerous books and articles on science, technology and the social and economic development of developing countries. His insights into various aspects of the extractive industries led to his publication of the book "Ashanti Gold" (1997), as well as his many reports for the Inspection Panel of the World Bank.