Kenneth A. Donkor-Hyiaman

PHD Student

Kenneth A. Donkor-Hyiaman

Kenneth A. Donkor-Hyiaman

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael Ball, Professor Gianluca Marcato
Research Topic(s): Collateralization of Pension Assets for Housing Financing

Areas of academic interest

Housing and Real Estate Finance; Pension Asset-Backed Housing Finance and Securities; Pension Real Estate Portfolio Management


Kenneth’s PhD research looks at the role and potential of housing financial innovation via the collateralization of pension assets (i.e. pension asset-backed loans) in expanding mortgage markets in developing economies. Specific issues of interest include the risks, pricing, efficiency and sustainability of pension-backed loans as well as their attractions in the portfolio of institutional investors. Kenneth holds an MPhil in Planning Growth and Regeneration from the University of Cambridge; BSc (Hons) Land Economy; Advanced Executive Certificate in Project Management and a Certificate in Securities from the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Kenneth is a promising academic with experience in teaching and research. He worked as a Facilitator at the Institute of Distance Learning of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he taught Real Estate Investment Analysis at the Masters level. Kenneth also worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Land Economy (KNUST) between 2011 and 2012. Prior to starting his PhD, Kenneth worked with a team of international consultants commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Building – Ghana to develop a framework for the establishment of the proposed Construction Industry Development Agency (CIDA) to regulate construction work in Ghana. His industrial experience stems from consultancy works for MeTis Brokers, private equity real estate firm in Ghana, Property Investor Africa (PiA)(UK) and BlackIvy LLC (Washington D.C.).


  • MPhil Planning Growth and Regeneration – University of Cambridge, UK.
  • BSc (Hons) Land Economy – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
  • Advanced Executive Certificate in Project Management – Graduate School of Governance and Leadership (GSGL), Ghana.
  • Certificate in Securities – Ghana Stock Exchange/Securities and Exchanges Commission
  • Licentiate Member - Royal Town Planning Institute, UK.

Research Grants

Reading Real Estate Foundation PhD Studentship


Cambridge Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Award  - 2012


Afrane, S. K., Owusu-Manu, D., Donkor-Hyiaman, K.A. and Bondinuba, F.K (2014). Towards Innovative Housing Financing in Ghana: An Axiological Evidence-Based from South Africa’s Pension Housing Financing System. Public Policy and Administration Research, 4(4): 97 -110.

Owusu-Manu, D., Afrane, S.K. and Donkor-Hyiaman, K.A (2014). Towards Developing Trade Credit Policies in the Ghanaian Construction Industry: An Analysis of Constraints. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 5(8): 166 -180.

Donkor-Hyiaman, K.A (2014). Towards Innovative Housing Financing in Ghana: An Ex Ante Analysis of the Potential of Pension Assets. Conference Paper presented at the Africa Research Day at the University College London, UK on 17 March 2014.

Donkor-Hyiaman, K.A. and Owusu-Manu, D. Financing Affordable Housing in Ghana: A Pension Equity Model. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis [Forthcoming]

Owusu-Manu, D., Donkor-Hyiaman, K.A., Edwards, D.J., and Blackhurst, K. The Relative Importance of Mortgage Pricing Determinants in Mortgage Affordability in Ghana: An Ex Post Attribution. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology [Forthcoming].