Meet The Provost

PROFILE OF PROF. WILLIAMS ABAYAAWIEN ATUILIK: Provost of Heritage Christian College and Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research of HCC

Professional Background

Williams Abayaawien Atuilik is visiting Associate Professor of Accounting in the College of Business Administration of Abilene Christian University, USA. He is Provost of HCC and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at HCC. Professor Atuilik is a Chartered Accountant, Barrister at Law, Chartered Tax Consultant, Chartered Banker, Chartered Economist and Chartered Economic Policy Analyst. He is the Managing Partner of Massim Consult, a Consulting firm that provides consulting & business advisory services, audit and assurance services, research services and training services. He is also a Partner of Akanbek, Atuilik & Associates, a firm of barristers, solicitors and tax consultants.

Williams has been involved in several consultancies through the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana), African Development Bank, the World Bank, USAID, WHO, DFID, MASSIM Consult and on his own as an independent consultant. He has provided consulting services in Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Bangladesh in the areas of governance and leadership, Accounting and Financial Management with emphasis on Public Financial Management, International Public Sector Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards.

He has worked in various capacities in the past including: PFM Consultant for the World Bank providing support to Bangladesh to implement Cash Basis IPSAS;  Public Finance Manager for the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) (providing PFM support to PAFA member countries within the African region), PFM Workstream Lead for the Ghana Oil & Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) programme funded by DFID working to strengthen government institutions responsible for the management of Ghana’s oil & gas revenue; PFM Specialist for World Health Organisation (WHO) in Puntland and Somaliland, Senior Lecturer in Public Financial Management in Liberia, PFM consultant to the Ministry of Finance in Somalia, Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Liberia, Chief Financial Officer of Village of Hope (an NGO that runs an orphanage, clinic, farms and schools); Audit Manager at Adom Boafo & Associates; Accountant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, and Legal Practitioner at the Law Offices of Kwame Agati.

Academic Experience

Prof. Atuilik has over 20 years of teaching experience and over 25 publications to his credit. He has lectured and served as Examiner and Moderator in Accounting and Law courses in various institutions and universities in Ghana and Liberia including: the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana), the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Ghana), University of Ghana Business School, Methodist University College Ghana, All Nations University College, Institute of Local Government Studies, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, African University College of Communications; Islamic University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Zenith University College, Centre for Business Studies, University of Liberia, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants, etc.

Education

Prof. Atuilik holds the following academic qualifications: Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) (Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America); Master of Science in Public Financial Management (School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom); Master of Science in Business Administration (Finance) (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana); Master of Arts in Economic Policy Management (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana); Executive Certificate in Public Financial Management in a Changing World (Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America); Bachelors of Law Degree (LLB) (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana); Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana).

 

Professional Associations/Memberships

Prof. Atuilik is affiliated with the following professional bodies in the capacity indicated beside each: Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana)-CA; Fellow of Chartered Institute of Bankers (Ghana)-FCIB; Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation (Ghana)-FCIT; Member of Ghana Bar Association-BL; Fellow of Ghana Institute of Management-FGIM; Member of Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA)-CPFA; Fellow of Association of Chartered & Certified Economists-CEPA and FCCE; Honorary Fellow of Institute of Directors, Ghana-FIoD-Gh. (Hon.); member of the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants-CPA; and Member of Institute of Internal Auditors-MIIA.

 

Governance

He serves as chairman and member of the following governing Boards: President of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana; Chairman of Board of Governors of Fumbisi Senior High and Agriculture School; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Massim Group of Companies; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alhert Insurance Brokerage Limited; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chartered Institute of Compliance and Cyber Studies; Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy & Ethics; Member of the Board of Directors of Intravenous Infusion PLC; Member of the Board of Governors of Hope College; Member of the governing board of the office of the Registrar of Companies; Member of Governing Board of Association of Accountancy Bodies of West Africa (ABWA); Member of Ghana IPSAS implementation Committee; and Member of the Audit Committee of the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Corporation; Member of the Academic Board of Heritage Christian College; Member of the Executive Committee; Chairman of HCC Appointments and Promotions Committee for Senior/Junior staff; Chairman of the Examinations Committee of Heritage Christian College; Chairman of the Admissions Committee of Heritage Christian College; Chairman of the Library Committee of Heritage Christian College; and Member of the HCC Council Finance sub-committee.

He served previously as a member of the governing Boards of: Tema Oil Refinery Limited; University of Ghana; Heritage Christian College; Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and Chairman, Audit Committee of the Securities & Exchange Commission, Ghana.

 

Personal

Williams is a Christian with the Church of Christ, Redtop Assembly, married to Beatrice and the marriage is blessed with three daughters: Limsi, Tiirim and Jiam.