Professor Kuma is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Tarkwa, Ghana. He started his academic career at the then School of Mines of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and rose through the ranks to become the Vice Chancellor of UMAT. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) fro KNUST, a Masters in Exploration Geophysics from the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Deft, in the Netherlands, and a Ph. D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Division) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
He has researched extensively in the areas of Geophysics and Environmental Hydrology, especially in South Western Ghana. He is a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), and the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG), and a Fellow of the African Scientific Institute. He is also an Executive Member of the World Forum of Universities of Resources on Sustainability (WFURS). He is the occupant of the Professorial Chair of Environmental Studies sponsored by the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
Prof. Kuma is the recipient of many national and international awards for his professional and humanitarian excellence, including the Nobles International Award, the World Congress of Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors Award, a World Education Congress Award for being one of the “100 most influential Vice Chancellors,” and an award from the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration. Under his leadership, UMAT received European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) Award in the Gold Category for Quality Management in 2016.