Meet Our Amazing Team

Benjamin Boakye

Position: Executive Director
Categories: Governing Board, Our Team

Benjamin Boakye is an Energy Governance Professional and the Executive Director at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he served as the Deputy Executive Director, Programmes Director and Operations Director, managing the research unit and the programmes unit.

He has made contributions to the extractive sector governance in Ghana and in Africa, with much focus on corporate governance, institutional development, fiscal governance, contract governance and the evolution of legal framework for the effective management of extractive resources. He has also consulted for the World Bank Group, UNDP, and many research institutions in the resource sector.

Benjamin has delivered presentations at various international conferences on the extractive sector, particularly on revenue generation and expenditure. He works with host communities, analyzing the communities’ issues relative to the development of extractives’ projects and revenue redistribution. He also has extensive experience on power sector reforms.

Benjamin holds an MSc. from the University of Dundee, UK in Energy Studies and BA (Hons.) in Sociology with Information Studies from the University of Ghana.

Benjamin Boakye

Executive Director

Benjamin Boakye is an Energy Governance Professional and the Executive Director at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he served as the Deputy Executive Director, Programmes Director and Operations Director, managing the research unit and the programmes unit. He has made contributions to the...

Kodzo Yaotse

Position: Policy Lead - Petroleum & Conventional Energy
Categories: Our Team

Prior to joining ACEP, Kodzo was a Program Assistant, Policy Influencing and Advocacy at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI).

His research interests include Natural Resource for Inclusive Growth and Development, Sustainable Energy Access and Political Economy of Resource Management.

He holds a Masters in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana.

Kodzo Yaotse

Policy Lead - Petroleum & Conventional Energy

Prior to joining ACEP, Kodzo was a Program Assistant, Policy Influencing and Advocacy at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). His research interests include Natural Resource for Inclusive Growth and Development, Sustainable Energy Access and Political Economy of Resource Management. He holds a Masters in Economic Policy Management from...

Charles Gyamfi Ofori

Position: Policy Lead - Climate Change & Energy Transition
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Charles spearheads research and advocacy initiatives focusing on various aspects of the climate change and energy transition landscape, such as the economics of the energy transition, the solar PV value chain, clean cooking, and methane management in Africa’s oil and gas sector. His expertise also extends to diverse projects in the extractive industry, covering topics like natural gas demand and supply dynamics in Ghana, local participation in the oil and gas sector, local labor absorption in Ghana’s extractive industry, and gender-responsive budgeting in mining-affected communities.

Charles’ research interests revolve around risk mitigation and investment decisions related to both utility-scale and small-scale renewable energy technologies in Africa. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Finance, with a specialization in Renewable Energy Investments, from the University of Ghana Business School.  Additionally, Charles holds a master’s degree in Operations Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and Mathematics, both earned at the University of Ghana.

Charles Gyamfi Ofori

Policy Lead - Climate Change & Energy Transition

Charles spearheads research and advocacy initiatives focusing on various aspects of the climate change and energy transition landscape, such as the economics of the energy transition, the solar PV value chain, clean cooking, and methane management in Africa’s oil and gas sector. His expertise also extends to diverse projects in...

Maybel Acquaye

Position: Snr. Policy Analyst and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager
Categories: Our Team

Maybel is an extractive and energy professional with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics, from the University of Ghana. She leads the implementation of multi-donor projects in the energy and extractive industries on behalf of ACEP.

Her interest areas include optimizing extractive resources for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development in Africa, promoting gender diversity in natural resource governance, and the differential impact of the energy transition on citizens.

Maybel Acquaye

Snr. Policy Analyst and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager

Maybel is an extractive and energy professional with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics, from the University of Ghana. She leads the implementation of multi-donor projects in the energy and extractive industries on behalf of ACEP. Her interest areas include optimizing extractive resources for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development in...

Samuel Y. Ablordeppey

Position: Head of Finance & Administration
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Samuel is a business professional with a demonstrated history of working in philanthropy, finance, accounting and auditing industry. Samuel is skilled in budgeting, financial reporting and financial management, auditing and report writing.
He worked with Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) as a finance officer and subsequently as an audit assistant at Mazars Chartered Accountants. He holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Professional Studies, Accra and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is currently a student member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.
He is also the president of Foundation for Great Achievers International, a youth club aimed at extending a hand of succour to the less-privileged in society.
Samuel enjoys reading and following the news.

Samuel Y. Ablordeppey

Head of Finance & Administration

Samuel is a business professional with a demonstrated history of working in philanthropy, finance, accounting and auditing industry. Samuel is skilled in budgeting, financial reporting and financial management, auditing and report writing. He worked with Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) as a finance officer and subsequently as...

Nana Akuamoah Darteh

Position: Finance & Administration Officer
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Nana Akuamoah Darteh holds a BSc. in Business Administration and ABE/UK Business Management Advanced Diploma/Postgraduate.

Before joining ACEP in 2015, Nana was a Teaching Assistant with the Accounting Department at Pentecost University College.

Nana specializes in inventory management, budgeting, customer service management and transactions monitoring when it comes to developing projects. He has a wealth of experience in financial reporting and possesses strong analytical skills that has made him valuable to the ACEP team.

Most importantly, he is a visionary. He has the ability to see what others cannot see. His advantage has always been the ability to have a picture in his mind of exactly the result ACEP intends to achieve.

Nana Akuamoah Darteh

Finance & Administration Officer

Nana Akuamoah Darteh holds a BSc. in Business Administration and ABE/UK Business Management Advanced Diploma/Postgraduate. Before joining ACEP in 2015, Nana was a Teaching Assistant with the Accounting Department at Pentecost University College. Nana specializes in inventory management, budgeting, customer service management and transactions monitoring when it comes to developing...

George Dowuonah-Nortey

Position: Grants & Compliance Officer
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With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting), George is currently pursuing an MBA degree in Oil and Gas Management at the University of Cape Coast. He had his National Service at the Department of Finance – University of Cape Coast, as an Administrative Assistant. He also worked as an Assistant Supply Officer at the Abura-Dunkwa District Hospital.

George Dowuonah-Nortey

Grants & Compliance Officer

With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting), George is currently pursuing an MBA degree in Oil and Gas Management at the University of Cape Coast. He had his National Service at the Department of Finance – University of Cape Coast, as an Administrative Assistant. He also worked as an Assistant...

Eliasu Ali

Position: Policy Analyst
Categories: Our Team

Eliasu is an Alumnus of the Next Generation Resource Governance Leaders Program at ACEP and a Lead for Ghana Alumnus.

Prior to joining ACEP, he served as the founding Head of STEM and Sustainability at EduSpots.

His research interests include renewable energy techno-economic feasibility analysis and lifecycle assessment, energy efficiency and demand response strategies.

Eliasu Ali

Policy Analyst

Eliasu is an Alumnus of the Next Generation Resource Governance Leaders Program at ACEP and a Lead for Ghana Alumnus. Prior to joining ACEP, he served as the founding Head of STEM and Sustainability at EduSpots. His research interests include renewable energy techno-economic feasibility analysis and lifecycle assessment, energy efficiency...

Derrick Amegatse

Position: Communications Officer
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Derrick is an alumnus of the ACEP Next Generation Resource Governance Leaders Program (Cohort 1) and a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellow.

Prior to joining ACEP, he worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and Research Assistant with Estopel Research Consult.

Derrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with Information Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Derrick Amegatse

Communications Officer

Derrick is an alumnus of the ACEP Next Generation Resource Governance Leaders Program (Cohort 1) and a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellow. Prior to joining ACEP, he worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and Research Assistant with Estopel Research Consult. Derrick holds...

Deborah Ashong

Position: Administrative Secretary
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Deborah holds a Diploma in Statistics, with proven data collection, analysis, and office administrative skills.

Before joining ACEP, she worked at Bureau of Market and Social Research (MSR) as a Data Analyst, Vodafone Ghana as an Inventory Officer, and Ghana Revenue Authority as a Field Officer.

Deborah Ashong

Administrative Secretary

Deborah holds a Diploma in Statistics, with proven data collection, analysis, and office administrative skills. Before joining ACEP, she worked at Bureau of Market and Social Research (MSR) as a Data Analyst, Vodafone Ghana as an Inventory Officer, and Ghana Revenue Authority as a Field Officer.

Roselyn M. Fiagbe

Position: Policy Analyst
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Roselyn previously worked as a Treasury and Tax Analyst with Tullow Ghana Limited. Her interests are research, policy analysis, policy advocacy, and promoting gender equality and good governance. She is also enthusiastic about promoting the interest, rights and welfare of women and children in society. Roselyn holds a master’s in social policy studies and research from the University of Ghana.

Roselyn M. Fiagbe

Policy Analyst

Roselyn previously worked as a Treasury and Tax Analyst with Tullow Ghana Limited. Her interests are research, policy analysis, policy advocacy, and promoting gender equality and good governance. She is also enthusiastic about promoting the interest, rights and welfare of women and children in society. Roselyn holds a master’s in...

Gifty A. Nkrumah

Position: Policy Analyst
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Gifty holds an MPhil in Finance from the University of Ghana Business School. She also has an Advanced Anti Money Laundering and Financial Crime Investigation certificate from the Enterprise Risk Management Institute.

Prior to joining ACEP, she worked as a Teaching Assistant with the Finance department at the University of Ghana Business School. She also interned with the Card Services and Human Resource departments at Ecobank PLC.

Gifty A. Nkrumah

Policy Analyst

Gifty holds an MPhil in Finance from the University of Ghana Business School. She also has an Advanced Anti Money Laundering and Financial Crime Investigation certificate from the Enterprise Risk Management Institute. Prior to joining ACEP, she worked as a Teaching Assistant with the Finance department at the University of...

Betty D. Owusu

Position: Policy Analyst
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Betty is a Land Economist and a development planning professional with a Master of Science degree in Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is enthusiastic about policy research, policy advocacy, individual and institutional capacity building, and social and economic development.

Before joining ACEP, Betty worked as a Program Officer (Land Administration and Estate Management Services) with VEKSTRAT Company Limited and as a Program Officer with Community Land and Development Foundation. She is working to develop her expertise in the renewable energy space and contribute to meaningful conversations on climate action, energy transition and the extractive industry.

Betty D. Owusu

Policy Analyst

Betty is a Land Economist and a development planning professional with a Master of Science degree in Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is enthusiastic about policy research, policy advocacy, individual and institutional capacity building, and social and economic development. Before joining...

Rosemond Sefa

Position: Policy Analyst
Categories: Our Team

Rosemond holds a bachelor’s in environmental science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Before joining ACEP, she worked as a research assistant at the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) head office in Accra. Keenly interested in the sustainability of the environment, Rosemond hopes to contribute more to research and policy advocacy towards responsible natural resource extraction that minimizes ecological damage and ensures the protection of biodiversity.

Rosemond Sefa

Policy Analyst

Rosemond holds a bachelor’s in environmental science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Before joining ACEP, she worked as a research assistant at the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) head office in Accra. Keenly interested in the sustainability of the environment, Rosemond hopes to contribute more to...

Derek Kwesi Okai

Position: Digital Media Officer
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Derek is a Creative Designer and Marketer. He holds a bachelor of arts Degree in Political Science and Russian. He also has a background in Brand Management.

Prior to joining ACEP, he co-founded a creative marketing agency that aims to transform startups into global brands. He has since consulted many thriving startups. He also served as a Digital Assistant at the Education Directorate of the Ghana Armed Forces for his national service and as a Head of Digital Media at Destiny Worldwide Ministries.

He is deeply interested in renewable energy, food security, and youth capacity development.

His primary drive is to help people discover their God-given purpose while providing the basic needs to achieve them.

Derek Kwesi Okai

Digital Media Officer

Derek is a Creative Designer and Marketer. He holds a bachelor of arts Degree in Political Science and Russian. He also has a background in Brand Management. Prior to joining ACEP, he co-founded a creative marketing agency that aims to transform startups into global brands. He has since consulted many...

Mohammed Saani Osman

Position: Policy Analyst
Categories: Our Team

Mohammed Saani is an alumnus of ACEP’s Next Generation Resource Governance Leaders Program (Cohort 5). Prior to joining ACEP, he worked as a research intern at CSIR – Water Research Institute, Tamale.

Mohammed Saani holds an MPhil degree in Geophysics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana. His research interests are energy sector operations and policy, geospatial systems and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mohammed Saani Osman

Policy Analyst

Mohammed Saani is an alumnus of ACEP’s Next Generation Resource Governance Leaders Program (Cohort 5). Prior to joining ACEP, he worked as a research intern at CSIR – Water Research Institute, Tamale. Mohammed Saani holds an MPhil degree in Geophysics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi...

Eric Osei-Bonsu Obeng

Position: Trainee Policy Analyst
Categories: Our Team

Eric is a former Research & Finance Associate at the Department of Research, Analysis, and Finance within the Ghana Chamber of Mines. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Ghana and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Business Analytics at the Colorado School of Mines.

His passions encompass Extractives Sector Finance, Climate Action, and Green Investments. Eric aspires to emerge as a prominent advocate for positive change in sustainable resource governance in Africa.

Eric Osei-Bonsu Obeng

Trainee Policy Analyst

Eric is a former Research & Finance Associate at the Department of Research, Analysis, and Finance within the Ghana Chamber of Mines. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Ghana and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Business Analytics at the Colorado School of...

Harry Nutifafa Arden

Position: NextGen Leader
Categories: NextGen Leaders, Our Team

Harry’s background is in economics, focusing on environmental and natural resources economics and the emerging blue economy. His research interests cover energy transition, household energy choices, community renewable energy preferences, economic valuation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and natural resources governance.

Prior to joining ACEP, Harry worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at Emperiks Research and Afadjato Senior High Technical School, respectively. He is also a South-North volunteer alumnus of the Norddeutsche Mission and the Weltwärts Programme in Germany. As a community development enthusiast, Harry is very passionate about harnessing micro-level actions to build sustainable communities.

Harry holds a B.A. Economics and Geography from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Currently, in the same university, he is a World Bank scholar and candidate for an M.Phil. Blue Economy, Governance and Social Resilience at the Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience and the Department of Applied Economics, respectively. With the ACEP-NextGen Programme, he looks forward to becoming a generational change leader in the natural resources sector of Ghana and Africa as a whole.

Harry Nutifafa Arden

NextGen Leader

Harry’s background is in economics, focusing on environmental and natural resources economics and the emerging blue economy. His research interests cover energy transition, household energy choices, community renewable energy preferences, economic valuation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and natural resources governance. Prior to joining ACEP, Harry worked as a research...

Stacey Elsie Lamptey

Position: NextGen Leader
Categories: NextGen Leaders, Our Team

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with expertise in Google Cloud Computing. She is fluent in two languages and has an international French certification, so she excels in cross-cultural communication.

Her passion lies in advocating for clean energy initiatives within the energy and extractive sector, leveraging her background in technology and communications cultivated during her tenure at the National Communications Authority to drive positive change for a more sustainable and equitable future.

Stacey Elsie Lamptey

NextGen Leader

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with expertise in Google Cloud Computing. She is fluent in two languages and has an international French certification, so she excels in cross-cultural communication. Her passion lies in advocating for clean energy initiatives within the energy and extractive sector, leveraging her...

Ogochukwu Winifred Okeke

Position: NextGen Leader
Categories: NextGen Leaders, Our Team

Ogochukwu holds an LL.B. from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School. She has a demonstrated history of working in policy analysis and development in the energy sector.

Ogochukwu’s research interests lie in developing practicable energy policies and innovative energy financing frameworks that ensure that Africa can sustainably harness and optimize her natural resources to combat energy poverty, embark on a just transition and propel her socioeconomic development.

Ogochukwu Winifred Okeke

NextGen Leader

Ogochukwu holds an LL.B. from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School. She has a demonstrated history of working in policy analysis and development in the energy sector. Ogochukwu’s research interests lie in developing practicable energy policies and innovative energy financing frameworks that ensure...

Ebenezer Neequaye

Position: NextGen Leader
Categories: NextGen Leaders, Our Team

Ebenezer holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Ghana, Legon. Prior to his role at ACEP, he served as an inspector for renewable energy at the Energy Commission of Ghana, where he played a pivotal role in ensuring industry compliance and fostering sustainable energy practices.

Ebenezer Neequaye

NextGen Leader

Ebenezer holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Ghana, Legon. Prior to his role at ACEP, he served as an inspector for renewable energy at the Energy Commission of Ghana, where he played a pivotal role in ensuring industry compliance and fostering sustainable energy practices.

Nana Akua Kyewaa Nkromah

Position: NextGen Leader
Categories: NextGen Leaders, Our Team

Nana Akua is an imminent lawyer who is avid in the legal and policy frameworks surrounding the circuitous nexus of the energy trilemma, natural resource exploration, and production, along with its accompanying revenue optimization and environmental sustainability.

Constantly equipped with insights into the commercial legal dynamics of the oil and gas industry by virtue of her graduate legal training at the Ghana National Gas Company, as well as her career interest in energy policy analysis, she aims to leverage this program to enhance her creative genius to think innovatively and strategically to sustainably resolve intricate resource governance challenges through a multi-disciplinary development achieved through the integration of theory, research and practice.

Possessing a great level of intellectual curiosity, she is poised to continuously learn, unlearn, and relearn in the course of this transformative journey in the quest to make telling contributions to the ever-evolving landscape of the energy and extractives sector.

Nana Akua Kyewaa Nkromah

NextGen Leader

Nana Akua is an imminent lawyer who is avid in the legal and policy frameworks surrounding the circuitous nexus of the energy trilemma, natural resource exploration, and production, along with its accompanying revenue optimization and environmental sustainability. Constantly equipped with insights into the commercial legal dynamics of the oil and...

Grace Kaimburi

Position: NextGen Leader
Categories: NextGen Leaders, Our Team

Grace Kaimburi is a young leader at the intersection of technology and environmental conservation and the founder of Eco-Hydrate Solutions. Her youth-led climate-tech startup innovates around water management using tech solutions, striving for a sustainable future. Grace is deeply passionate about resource stewardship, tech advancement, and empowering young voices in climate action dialogues.

Grace Kaimburi

NextGen Leader

Grace Kaimburi is a young leader at the intersection of technology and environmental conservation and the founder of Eco-Hydrate Solutions. Her youth-led climate-tech startup innovates around water management using tech solutions, striving for a sustainable future. Grace is deeply passionate about resource stewardship, tech advancement, and empowering young voices in...