Prof. John K.M. Mawutor
Pro Vice-Chancellor

Prof. John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor is an astute professional Accounting and Finance practitioner with over seventeen (17) years of experience in higher education and the financial sector. In September 2022, Governing Council appointed Dr. John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor as the incoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) from January 2023.

As an Associate Professor of Accounting, his experience spans Governance, Accounting, and Finance. He has also served on several university statutory committees. Currently, Prof. Mawutor’s research area focuses on capital flight in Ghana and Sub-Saharan African countries. He is also a passionate anti-corruption crusader. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Fraud Examiners (USA), a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), and has been a member of the University’s Academic Board as well as a member of the Executive Committee.

Before his appointment as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor served as the Dean of Graduates Studies for six years (2016-2022). Under his leadership, he collaborated with other faculties of the university community to develop and expand graduate programmes from nine (9) in 2016 to twenty-one (21) in 2022. He also facilitated the contribution of over Ninety-Two Million Ghana Cedis (GH92,852,703.14) in “Internally Generated Funds (IGF). This figure constitutes 22.26 percent (22.26%) of the total IGF realized by the University from 2016 to 2022. In addition to this direct income, he also accessed funds in the area of Grants, formulation of short courses, and the development of academic programs to sustain the financial performance of UPSA.

Prof. Mawutor also served as programme coordinator at the School of Graduate Studies (UPSA). As a Lecturer, he joined the Institute of Professional Studies-IPS in 2006 as a teaching assistant and progressed through the ranks of the University to become Associate Professor. He taught courses at all levels and professional programmes as well as specialized certificate programmes mounted by the University in the area of financial reporting, corporate reporting, management accounting, financial management, corporate finance, principles of accounting, advanced financial accounting, fraud examination, corporate governance, and research methods.

Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abokobi Area Rural Bank, and a member of the Coastal Development Authority Board. In addition to these governing boards, Prof. Mawutor also served as a member of the Finance and Administration (F&A) committee member of the Coastal Development Authority from 2017-2020, Chairman of District Finance committee (Church of Pentecost, 2012-2018), Trustee of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund, 2009-2015), Representative of NUGS to the United Nations Youth Assembly (2009-2011).

Prof. John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor holds a Doctor of Finance degree from the SMC University (Swiss), Masters’ degree from the Wisconsin International University College (Ghana) and a professional certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (University of Professional Studies, Accra). He also holds a Postgraduate diploma certificate in Management of Higher Institutions from the Galilee Management Institute (Israel), Certified Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM-UK), Diploma in Higher Education (Zhejiang University, China).

As a researcher and an academic with a penchant for practically oriented research, Prof. John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor has published in several indexed and ranked journals. His publications have been accepted and published by Journals ranked by Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and Scopus. He has also presented several papers at several conferences and seminars. He is a regular writer in Ghana’s premier newspaper publishing firm (Daily Graphic) on finance and accounting-related issues. Prof. Mawutor has also authored one (1) Book. Currently, Prof. Mawutor’s research area focuses on capital flight in Ghana and Sub-Sahara African countries.

He served as UPSA Alumni President for eight years. He is also a regular Television panelist on Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Media General, Kesben TV, Pentecost TV, TV3, GHONE TV and a host of other TV and radio programmes.

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  1. Mawutor, J. K. M, Sogah, E., Gborse, F. C., Preko, A., Aboagye, D., & Boateng, N. O. (2023). Foreign direct investment, remittances, real exchange rate, imports, and economic growth in Ghana: An ARDL approach. Cogent Economics and Finance. doi:
  2. Sangmorkour, W., Mawutor, J. K. M., Aboabye-Darko, N. O., & Boye-Doe, Z. (2023). Opportunity recognition during the COVID-19 pandemic: a case study of Ghanaian women entrepreneurs in the beauty industry. Continuity & Resilience. doi:
  3. Mawutor, J.K.M., Gborse, F.C., Sogah, E., Mensah, B.D., (2021). Doing Business and capital flight: role of financial development. Journal of Financial Economic Policy.
  4. Boadi, I, Mawutor, J.K.M., Dzorka, M., Thompson Aneyire Kubaje. (2021), The productivity paradox of information technology: The Ghanaian bank–level evidence. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC). 2.12211
  5. Mawutor, J.K.M, Boadi, I., Dzorka, M., Gbade, V. (2021). “Competition and Market Contestability in Ghanaian banking industry: A Panzar-Rosse Approach”. Journal of Comparative International Management.
  6. Mawutor, J. K.M. (2020). Examination of related party disclosure and compliance among listed Ghanaian banks. Indian Journal of Finance and Banking, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1-15.
  7. Yiadom, E. B., Mawutor, J. K.M, Amankwa, R. F., & Yalley, S. (2020). The effect of capital structure on organizational performance of listed Ghana Club 100 companies. IUP Journal of Accounting Research & Audit, Vol. XIX, No. 3, 1-16. Retrieved from
  8. Amankwa, F. A., Mawutor, J. K.M, & Yiadom, B. E. (2020). A panel examination of IFRS adoption and financial statement quality: evidence from selected firms in Ghana. International Journal of Accounting and Finance Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, 45-53. doi:10.46281/ijafr.v5i2.768
  9. Boachie Yiadom, E., & Mawutor, J.K.M (2019). Corruption and bank failure in Ghana. Journal of Business Research, 1-18.
  10. Eric, B., Mawutor, J.K.M, & Amankwa Fosu, R. (2019). Investment and Growth Amidst Widening Government debt. “The Ghanaian Story”. Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting, Vol. 11, No. 1, 259-271.
  11. Mawutor, J.K.M, & Frimpong, T. (2019). Corporate governance and financial performance of rural banks in Ghana. Journal of Business Research, 1-33.
  12. Mawutor, J.K.M, Borketey-La, F., & Asamoah, D. (2019). Assessment of Factors affecting Audit Quality: A Study of Selected Companies listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange. International Journal of Accounting and Financial Reporting, Vol. 9, No. 2, 436-449.
  13. Mawutor, J.K.M, Enofe, A., Embele, K., Ndu, A., & Awodola, O. (2019). Fraud and performance of deposit money banks. Accounting and Finance Research, Volume 8, No. 2, 202-213.
  14. Mawutor, J.K.M, Siaw, W., & Mensah, A. (2019). Assessment of the adoptation and implementation of IFRS for Small and Medium entities (SMEs). “A study of selected SMEs at GA East of Ghana”. Asian Journal of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 11, No. 1, 241-258.
  15. Mawutor, J.K.M & Awaah, F. (2015). Assessment of Efficiency and Profitability of Listed Banks in Ghana. Journal of Accounting and Finance, 165-171.
  16. Mawutor, J.K.M, & Obeng, K. (2014). The Role of Project Finance in Contemporary Financing “Theoretical Perspective”. Accounting and Finance Research, 3, No. 4. 181-185.
  17. Mawutor, J. (2014). Impact of E-Banking on the Profitability of Banks in Ghana. Research Journal of Accounting and Finance, 53-63.
  18. Mawutor, J. (2014). The Failure of Lehman Brothers: Causes, Preventive Measures and Recommendations. Research Journal of Accounting and Finance, 85-91.
  19. Mawutor, J. (2014). Working Capital Management and Profitability of Firms: A study of Listed Manufacturing Firms in Ghana. Research Journal of Accounting and Finance, 122-133.
  20. Mawutor, J.K.M & Obeng, Kwadwo. (2014). Universal Banking and BASEL III in Ghana. Australian Journal of Commerce Study, 1-7.
  21. Mawutor, J.K.M. (2014). The Complicity of auditors in financial statement fraud in corporate governance. International Journal of Education and Research.
  22. Mawutor, J.K.M. (2014). Analysis of Basel III and risk analysis of management in banking. European Journal of Business and Management, 2014: 161-167.
  23. Mawutor, J.K.M. (2014). Role of project finance in emerging economies. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development,: 145-153.
  24. Mawutor, J.K.M. (2014). Restructuring projects in financial distress. International Journal of Education and Research.
  25. Mawutor, J. (2014). Corporate Governance and Fraud Prevention and Detection: The Role of the Auditor. International Finance and Banking, 1-16.

Mawutor, J. (2014). Banking Regulatory Framework In Ghana: “Strenght, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats . International Journal of Empirical Finance, 187-191.