New PhDs set to change future of Africa’s supply chains

Seventeen newly minted doctors of philosophy in business and management (13 of whom are pictured) celebrated their graduation from KNUST in March thanks to the support of CARISCA scholarships. The group is among the first cohort of students who received funding from CARISCA starting in 2021 to pursue doctoral studies in logistics and supply chain management. 

The 17 CARISCA Scholars made up 68% of all the students who earned a PhD from the KNUST School of Business at the March congregation. It was the largest class of graduates in the business school’s history.

Two additional students from the same cohort expect to complete their degrees this fall.  

“CARISCA played a pivotal role in my educational journey through their funding and nurturing,” says Isaac Apike, one of the recent PhD graduates. “I am deeply thankful for the enlightening seminars led by esteemed professors such as Nat Boso, Goke Oke, Dale Rogers and Thomas Choi.”

In a survey of the 17 graduating CARISCA Scholars following their thesis defense, 14 (82%) said they are currently employed. Twelve are employed full-time, and two have part-time jobs. 

Eight of the graduates hold positions in higher education, three are supply chain management professionals, one is a research policy analyst for the parliament, and another is an entrepreneur. One of the graduates chairs the Kumasi section of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) Ghana branch.

“Thank you so much to CARISCA, USAID, KNUST and ASU for the invaluable opportunity given us to change the future of Africa’s supply chains through research,” says Jennifer Monny, another March PhD graduate. “This is just the beginning.”




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