Sylvan is a Sustainability Specialist. And affiliated to the Earth System Governance Project of the Utrecht University, The Netherlands; UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, Ireland and GeoSustainability Consulting, GH. He was trained in Practising Sustainable Development at the Royal Holloway, University of London, England; and in Sustainable Development at the University College Dublin, Ireland in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) as well as a B.Sc. (Hons) in Agri-Technology (Economics and Extension Option). Sylvan’s education is also associated with the Central European University (Hungary) and the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. He was a recipient of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, Irene Marshal Scholarship, UNIDO Institute Scholarship, IWMI Dissertation Award, University of London Convocation Trust Award, as well as travel supports from the Future Earth, Stockholm Resilience Centre/Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Elsevier/Oxford University, Food and Agriculture Organisation, and European Science Foundation.
Sylvan’s research assignments and participation in over 40 conferences and workshops enabled him to gain exposure and experience in 14 countries, including Ghana, UK, South Africa, Hungary, Sweden and Senegal. He was a Group Lead for Ghana’s first Urban Policy and published in GeoJournal, Environmental Sciences Proceedings, PNAS and UN Sustainable Development Journal (NRF) as well as peer-reviewed for both the International Science Council (2018) and Journal of Human Ecology (2008 – 2013). He authored a book on ‘Advancing sustainability in developing world’ (2014). Sylvan voluntarily read, reviewed and scored 500 applicants to guide the screening and selection of qualified Young African Leaders and Development Professionals for the US President Barack Obama’s Program on Mandela Washington Fellowship (2014 – 2019) and the Community Solutions Program (2016 – 2021) both administered by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), USA. In 2016 and 2018, Sylvan successfully served as an Advisory Mentor for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme based at the University of Cambridge, UK and was approved as a Reserve Judge for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (2021).
Sylvan is a Professional Member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, USA (2022) and Early Career Professionals Future Earth (2018-2022).
His current research interest spans Sustainability science, Sustainable development (theory, policy and practice), SDGs and sustainability transformation, Earth system stability and sustainability (ES3), Climate law and policy, Human-environments, Food systems and rights, Eco-entrepreneurship (SNbS, ES, Conservation and Biodiversity), and Socio-ecological systems.