Gifty earned her Masters degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with AquaFish support in 2012, and is now pursuing a PhD. Her research involved cage aquaculture development in Volta Lake, Ghana. Gifty surveyed and interviewed current farmers, potential adopters of cage farming, and cage farmers that have left the trade, to better understand the main barriers to cage aquaculture. Upon the completion of her Masters, Gifty worked as an assistant lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), her Bachelors’ alma mater. At KNUST, Gifty taught Ichthyology and Taxonomy of Fishes, Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics, and Fish Processing and Marketing, while also serving as an academic advisor.