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BENJAMIN BOAKYE

Executive Director
 
Ghana is aiming to diversify its economy and wants to invest the proceeds from oil & gas to provide increasing amounts of financing for education and agriculture. Interview with the Director of the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), Benjamin Boakye.

BENJAMIN BOAKYE

Position: 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 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.

KODZO YAOTSE

Policy Lead - Petroleum & Conventional Energy
 

KODZO YAOTSE

Position: 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 the University of Ghana.

Theophilus Boadu Adoko

Policy Lead - Minerals & Mining Policy
 

Theophilus Boadu Adoko

Position: Policy Lead - Minerals & Mining Policy

He has significant experience in program conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He also has adequate research experience.

Prior to joining ACEP, Theophilus worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at the Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) and as a programs officer with COLANDEF. Theophilus holds a Master of Science degree in Development Planning and Policy with specialization in Economic Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

CHARLES G. OFORI

Policy Lead - Climate Change & Energy Transition
 

CHARLES G. OFORI

Position: Policy Lead - Climate Change & Energy Transition

Charles is currently the Policy Lead on Climate Change & Energy Transition at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).

His research focus is into risk mitigation and investment decisions in renewable energy investments in Africa.

Charles holds a Master’s degree in Operations Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics, all from the University of Ghana.

MAYBEL ACQUAYE

Snr. Policy Analyst and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager
 

MAYBEL ACQUAYE

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

Maybel is an extractive and energy professional with Bachelors’ and Master’s degrees in Economics, from the University of Ghana. She is currently the Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Africa Centre For Energy Policy (ACEP). Maybel 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.

SAMUEL Y. ABLORDEPPEY

Head of Finance and Admin
 

SAMUEL Y. ABLORDEPPEY

Position: Head of Finance and Admin
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.

ALHASSAN IDDRISU

Consultant
 

ALHASSAN IDDRISU

Position: Consultant

Alhassan Iddrisu is currently A Consultant at ACEP. He has significant experience in social work and Programme development and management, having worked in both the public sector and Civil Society space with over 10 years of work experience.

He worked with the EU-UNICEF –IWASH programme, National service and also at the decentralized level as a District Planning Officer.

He holds a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Ghana, Legon, an L.L.B. from the Mount crest University, Accra and B.A. in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Tamale.

NANA AKUAMOAH DARTEH

Finance and Admin Officer
 

NANA AKUAMOAH DARTEH

Position: Finance and Admin Officer

Nana Akuamoah Darteh holds a BSc. in Business Administration and ABE/UK Business Management Advance Diploma/Post Graduate.

Before joining ACEP 2015, Nana Akuamoah Darteh was Teaching Assistant with 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 our team.

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

George Dowuonah-Nortey

Finance Officer
 

George Dowuonah-Nortey

Position: Finance 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 Supply Officer at the Abura-Dunkwa District Hospital.

Eliasu Ali

Policy Analyst
 

Eliasu Ali

Position: 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 and demand response strategies.

He holds a Master’s in Sustainable Energy Management and a bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

DERRICK AMEGATSE

Communications Officer
 

DERRICK AMEGATSE

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

Griffiths Ama Amoatemaa Nimako

NextGen Leader
 

Griffiths Ama Amoatemaa Nimako

Position: NextGen Leader

Griffiths holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with Philosophy and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, both from the University of Ghana.

Before joining ACEP, she worked as a programs support intern at the Women Peace and Security Institute of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. Griffiths’ interests revolve around natural resource governance in promoting the Women Peace & Security agenda, diplomacy and finance.

She is currently a student of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Josephine Tweneboah Koduah

NextGen Leader
 

Josephine Tweneboah Koduah

Position: NextGen Leader

Josephine is a SolarTaxi Female Engineer Academy (FEA) alumnus who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

She has worked previously with the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) as a Graduate Maintenance Engineer during her national service. She had a number of internships with SolarTaxi where she served as a battery lab intern, the Tema Oil Refinery, and Nestle Ghana. She has gained invaluable industrial experience through these various internship programs.

Josephine has a keen interest in energy policy, sustainability, climate change, and energy transition. She is currently working towards a career in the domain of sustainable energy and energy policy analysis.

Daniel Daam JaraJara

NextGen Leader
 

Daniel Daam JaraJara

Position: NextGen Leader

Daniel Daam JaraJara holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana where he was engaged in student leadership and also volunteered at student outreach programs to promote women in engineering.
Prior to joining ACEP, Daniel worked as a telesales officer at Tradedepot and Ghana Oil Company as service personnel. He also interned with Ghana National Petroleum Cooperation and prides himself on maintaining the utmost adherence to best environmental, health and safety practices. Daniel intends to leverage his passion, interpersonal and analytical skills to make a difference that would make him a valuable asset to the country and the global community.

Dorcas Appiah-Boadu

NextGen Leader
 

Dorcas Appiah-Boadu

Position: NextGen Leader
Dorcas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Ghana. She has work experience in the financial service industry from past internships and completed her national service with Social Security and National Insurance Trust. Her interest lies in advocacy for effective harnessing and efficient utilization of renewable energy sources. She aspires to become an international policy expert driving policy formulation and implementation in the energy sector for inclusive and sustainable national development.

 

Bailon Sitso Takramah

NextGen Leader
 

Bailon Sitso Takramah

Position: NextGen Leader
Bailon Sitso Takramah is a budding scientist interested in safety, sustainability and the environment.
He is an energy and extractive enthusiast, leading to his professional engagement in the space via hands-on experience with Tullow Oil, an international oil and gas firm in the upstream petroleum sector of Ghana. He also has had a stint with Tema General Hospital, a premier public health facility in the country.
Bailon loves research, and by dint of this, published his first paper in the Journal of Applied Science as a bachelors degree graduate, which is quite seldom, and demonstrates patently his competence in the discipline.
Presently, he is a NextGen Leader with the Africa Centre for Energy Policy, and looks to stay promising for the future.

Abdul-Matin Adam

NextGen Leader
 

Abdul-Matin Adam

Position: NextGen Leader

Abdul-Matin is an aspiring policy analyst who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining ACEP, Abdul was privileged to work as a National Service Operations officer under the technical division of Ghana’s National Petroleum Authority (NPA). He also interned with Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Controller and Accountants Generals Department (CAGD) during his undergraduate years. Abdul is passionate about community engagement and youth services which saw him serving as a student mentor in his department during his undergraduate studies. Again, his interest revolves around reduced inequalities and sustainable development.

Abdul seeks to take up new roles and challenges in the public and private sector in his quest to becoming an excellent public administrator and policy analyst.

Robert Diabah

NextGen Leader
 

Robert Diabah

Position: NextGen Leader

Robert Diabah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He graduated in August, 2020 and did his mandatory National Service with the Asunafo South District Assembly in the Ahafo Region. As a Geological Engineer, he worked with the District Works Department where his main tasks were in Construction Site Inspection Reporting (Progress Reporting), Small Town Water Supply System Audit, Evaluation and Assessment of Tender documents; inter alia.

For his interest in the Economics of the extractive industry, Robert led an undergraduate research work titled “The Impact of Blast Movement on Grade Control: A Case Study of Newmont Ghana Awonsu Pit”. The research aimed to evaluate the economic and technical impact of blast induced movement and to develop a prediction model for blast induced movement in grade control in hard rock mining.

Robert is passionate about Mineral, Energy, Climate Change and Green Energy Policies from the perspective of Economics and Finance. Risk Management and Optimization and Data Science also fall under the areas he looks forward to gaining knowledge in.

Dela Scott Noyer Wälti

Intern
 

Dela Scott Noyer Wälti

Position: Intern

Dela holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics with Philosophy from the University of Berne, Switzerland.

Seeking practical appliance of her studies and further development of her skill set, she received the opportunity to intern as a Policy Analyst at ACEP.

Dela is interested in the ethical dimension of economics such as questions of distribution, fairness and sustainability – an interest which has directed her to where she is now.

Gilbert Amidu

IT Consultant
 

Gilbert Amidu

Position: IT Consultant

Gilbert currently holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Communication Technology from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).