Professor Smile Dzisi
Prof. (Mrs.) Smile Dzisi is the Vice-Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University, Ghana. Prof. (Mrs.) Smile Dzisi is an academic with over twenty years of experience in teaching and research as well as academic and managerial leadership in tertiary level technical education. She has repeatedly received international recognition for her contribution to technical-vocational education, women empowerment and the promotion of small businesses. She is currently Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She obtained a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, where she also received an award for the most distinguished Ph.D. thesis. She has had a renowned academic career at Koforidua Technical University, where she held several senior management positions. She was the first female to be appointed Rector of a Polytechnic in Ghana and she led the transformation of Koforidua Polytechnic into Koforidua Technical University, where she now serves as Vice-Chancellor. Prof. Dzisi is an outstanding researcher and author. She has provided consultancy to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Commonwealth of Learning and the World Bank, as well as government and private agencies. She champions entrepreneurship education, empowering women, as well as Technical And Vocational Education Training (TVET). She is the Vice-Chairperson for the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA). She has established Women in Technical Education, Training and Employment (WITED) in all the Technical Universities/Polytechnics in Ghana to increase female enrolment in technical education and inspired women to take-up leadership positions in these universities. She has received several awards including the Name in Science and Education Award by the Academic Union and the Club of Rectors of Europe, United Kingdom, the 4th Ghana Women of Excellence Award, the Daasebre Silver Jubilee Award for Excellence in Higher Education Management. She is a member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM); Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM); and a fellow of the Institute of Directors, Ghana.