Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto


Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto is the President and C.E.O. of the INDIE Education Initiative. He received the 2018 Global Citizens Award from the Global Connect Program, recognizing his research and non-profit work in rural and low-income communities. His paper on the great power competition between China and the U.S. via supply chains in Africa won the 2020 Etel Solingen award for Outstanding Paper in International Relations Award. In 2012, he helped develop and execute a strategy to renew and enhance the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). The final bill that the U.S. Congress enacted in 2015 closely aligned with his team’s policy recommendations, which were unpopular when they initially proposed them. He coordinated some of the events for the 2015 high-level dialogue between the African Union Commission Chair and the U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, D.C. Prince worked as part of a team that advised the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on their trade and investment policy. He also worked on a World Bank project that evaluated the efficiency of trade gateways in the countries where Trade Facilitation Facilities operated and COMESA countries’ ability to implement the 2013 World Trade Organization Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement. As the Secretary-General of the S.G.I. West Africa Youth Leaders Conference, he championed youth empowerment and capacity-building projects as a way to build peace in West Africa.

Prince also served as the co-Chair of the World Summit of Educators Planning Committee, Media Relations Volunteer for the 2013 Obama Presidential Inauguration Committee, Judge for the United States Agency for International Development and Western Union’s African Diaspora Marketplace Start-Up Competition, Election Commissioner of the Associated Graduate Students Government of U.C.I., Legislative Director of the University of California Graduate and Professional Council, Member of U.C.I. Student Center Advisory Board, Social Science Representative to the U.C.I. Graduate Student Government Council, Member of U.C.I. Public Safety Committee, Member of U.C.I. Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs’ New Narrative Diversity Committee, and member of Ghana’s National Commission for Civic Education Civil Society Engagement Committee.

Prince has five master’s degrees. He has master’s degrees in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, Demographic and Social Analysis, Political Science, Educational Leadership and Societal Change, and Global Studies and International Affairs. His bachelor’s degree is in Psychology with a minor in the Study of Religion. He also has certificates in development economics (Japan Asia Studies), evaluation and applied research methods, course design, teaching excellence, and N.G.O. management.