Prof. Richard Boateng is a technology professor who focuses on developing, promoting and protecting ideas and concepts into sustainable projects of commercial value and development impact. Richard is a Professor in information systems at the University of Ghana Business School. 

Richard is also the associate editor of the Information Technologies & International Development Journal and serve on the editorial board of the Information Development Journal. His research experience covers e-learning, information and communication technologies (ICT) for development, electronic governance, social media, electronic business, gender and technology, mobile commerce, and mobile health at the national, industrial, organisational and community levels.

His research work contributes to the over 30 publications he has published on ICT adoption and usage in developing country contexts. He also has expertise in policy development and led a team to develop the University of Ghana guidelines for industry engagement and technology commercialisation. Since joining the University of Ghana in 2010, Richard has collaborated with other faculty to obtain not less than 1.2 million USD in research and project funds. These research and project funds have been obtained from organisations including Vodafone Group (global), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), International Development Research Centre (Canada), and the World Bank. Richard has also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Accra Cluster Office on technology and communication development projects.

Richard has a doctorate degree in Development Informatics and a master’s degree in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester, UK. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a British Chevening Award Scholar and a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award Scholar. After his PhD, Richard undertook a post-doctoral program in e-learning and telemedicine at the International Centre for IT and Development, Southern University and A&M College, USA under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, USA.

In March 2011, Richard received the Southern University (USA) Research Leadership Award, for contribution to ICT Research in Africa, awarded at the 4th International Conference on ICT for Africa, 26 March, 2011, held at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. Richard can be reached by His recent Global Report on Inequalities and Access to Communication can be accessed at