Gifty Ako-Adounvo is the Assistant Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at Ohio State, and currently serves as the interim senior international officer for the university. Appointed as Assistant Vice Provost on December 1, 2015, Ako-Adounvo provides leadership to help facilitate international opportunities for Ohio State’s students, faculty and staff. She is responsible for overseeing education abroad, international student and scholar services, communications, business operations, evaluation and assessment, international education outreach and the development of international agreements and partnerships.
Prior to this appointment, Ako-Adounvo served as Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and previously as the Director of International Students and Scholars for the Office of International Affairs. Before moving into a more administrative role at Ohio State, Ako-Adounvo was an assistant professor of Classics and African American and African Studies. Ako-Adounvo is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she has presented on issues relevant to international students and the innovative ways in which institutions are meeting those needs. She is also a member of AIEA – Association of International Education Administrators.
Ako-Adounvo is originally from Ghana and received her doctorate in Classical Studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She has worked for Ohio State since 2004 and has international experience from living, studying and working in Africa, Europe and North America.