Mr. Richard Dabine Kambootah has been the Deputy Director of the Institute since January, 2015. He holds an MSc in Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a B.A in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. He also holds Post-Graduate Diploma in Housing and Urban Development (ICHUD) Specializing Integrated Planning and Urban Strategies and minor Specialization in Urban Management Tools and Climate Change from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and a Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He is a professional development planner and an expert in local governance and decentralization, facilitation, training and capacity building, decentralized planning, monitoring and evaluation, research and consultancy, as well as teaching., with twenty-one (21) years of working experience.
He handled various senior positions within his 21 years working experience with the Institute of Local Government Studies. Namely: Head of Education and Training-2002-2004, Head of Research, and Consultancy, 2004-2007, Head of Programmes, 2007-2015 and Deputy Director since January, 2015, Mr. Kambootah has also acquired extensive experience in Administration, Development of Career-Based and Academic Courses, and Capacity Building Curriculum and Modules development.
Since the roll-out of the ILGS flagship Post-graduate programmes, namely: MA Local Government Administration and Organization; MSc Environmental Science, Policy and Management; MSc Public Financial Management and MSc Local Economic Development, in 2011, Mr. Kambootah has taught over six different courses across these programmes, has supervised over twenty-five masters degree students thesis including serving as internal supervisor of over forty masters degree students thesis. During the period of 2011 till date Mr. Kambootah has guided, counselled and mentored several students of the Institute on their academic pursuit.
From 2002-2007, Mr. Kambootah served as a consultant (Local Governance and Development Planning Expert) of the ILGS in various capacities including Mentoring District Assemblies of the Northern sector of Ghana on the preparation of the District Medium-Term Development Plans and Gender Mainstreaming, Development of the Ibis Ghana Public Participation in Local Governance (PPLG) Programme and the Care International Gender Strategy for Community Land Use Responses to Climate Change In Northern Ghana Baseline Survey.
Mr. Kambootah in his 21 years working experience also held a number of leadership positions and membership of professional bodies and boards including being the Chairman of the Rural and Urban Women’s Development Association (RUWA) Board of Trustees, Member, the Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP), Member, Association of Organization and Systems Development Consultants, Ghana-The Gestalt Approach, Member, University for Development Studies Deliberative Pooling Advisory Board, Member, Ibis Ghana Public Participation in Local Governance Programme and Member, Northern Region Poverty Reduction Programme (NORPREP) Board.