About us

Dr. K.Y. Amoako
Dr. K.Y. Amoako
President and Founder
African Center for Economic Transformation
We began the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in 2008 with a central understanding – that Africa needs more than economic growth. Even as our continent makes steady economic gains, too many countries are not positioned to sustain their progress.

They continue to rely excessively on low-productivity agriculture for rural employment, and they have failed to develop strong manufacturing sectors. Exports are generally limited to a narrow range of agricultural commodities and natural resources, and businesses are difficult to open and operate, stifling the development of a vibrant private sector. Previous attempts to reform the situation through incremental poverty reduction backed by foreign aid have had limited success in addressing the underlying structural limitations facing most African economies.

Much of the well-intentioned policy advice to African governments comes directly from bilateral and multilateral donors. The advice tends to reflect the donors’ priorities and assumptions while lacking a richer understanding of the local context. Even when the required reforms are appropriate, most African governments lack the capacity to implement them.

So when we formed ACET we called for a new approach to ensure that African countries could fundamentally reorient themselves and realize sustained economic transformation. We wanted to address some of the policy and institutional barriers that hampered sustained economic growth on the continent.

Vision, Mission and Goals

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is an economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation.

We provide research, policy advice, and institutional strengthening for African countries to develop their economies, reduce poverty, and improve livelihoods for all Africans. We are the pre-eminent African organization advancing African solutions to African transformation challenges.

In our view, growth is not enough. Africa must also transform.

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Vision

Our vision is an economically transformed Africa within a generation.

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Mission

Our mission is to help government and business deliver economic transformation that improves lives.

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Long-term

Our long-term outcome is economic transformation and improved human well-being through diversified production, competitive exports, increased productivity, and upgraded technology.

ACET Brochure

Download the interactive ACET brochure.

ACET Brochure

ACET has many publications available that are a useful source of information for the latest developments for transformation related activities.

See our publications

Senior Team

K.Y. Amoako : Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation

K.Y. Amoako

Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation

Yaw Ansu : Chief Economist

Yaw Ansu

Chief Economist

Edward K. Brown : Director of Policy Advisory Service

Edward K. Brown

Director of Policy Advisory Service

Joe Amoako-Tuffour : Director of Research

Joe Amoako-Tuffour

Director of Research

Daniel Y. Nti : Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Y. Nti

Chief Operating Officer

Dede Amanor-Wilks : Acting Director, Communications and External Relations

Dede Amanor-Wilks

Acting Director, Communications and External Relations

Analysis and Advisory Team

Dr. William Baah-Boateng : Senior Research Fellow

Dr. William Baah-Boateng

Senior Research Fellow

Buddy Buruku : Country Program Manager

Buddy Buruku

Country Program Manager

Francis Mulangu : Agricultural Economist

Francis Mulangu

Agricultural Economist

Julius Gatune Kariuki : Senior Research & Policy Advisor

Julius Gatune Kariuki

Senior Research & Policy Advisor

Francis Abebrese : Economic and Research Analyst

Francis Abebrese

Economic and Research Analyst

Diana Love-Luck Dadzie : Administrative Assistant - Research

Diana Love-Luck Dadzie

Administrative Assistant - Research

Ouborr Kutando : Research Analyst

Ouborr Kutando

Research Analyst

Sarah-Jane Danchie : Policy Advisor

Sarah-Jane Danchie

Policy Advisor

Maame Esi Eshun : Research Analyst

Maame Esi Eshun

Research Analyst

Richmond Commodore : Research Analyst

Richmond Commodore

Research Analyst

George Boateng : Research Analyst

George Boateng

Research Analyst

Benedicta S. Amenyo : Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst

Benedicta S. Amenyo

Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst

Strategic and Operations Team

Obaa Akua Konadu : ATF Project Coordinator

Obaa Akua Konadu

ATF Project Coordinator

Erinn Ofori : Advisor - Strategic Partnerships

Erinn Ofori

Advisor - Strategic Partnerships

Frederica (Freda) Yawson : Senior Programs Manager

Frederica (Freda) Yawson

Senior Programs Manager

MacGeorge Gyimah : Finance Manager

MacGeorge Gyimah

Finance Manager

Catherine Evans-Totoe : Human Resource Manager

Catherine Evans-Totoe

Human Resource Manager

Aaron Opata : Driver

Aaron Opata

Driver

Gertrude Sowah : HR & Admin Assistant

Gertrude Sowah

HR & Admin Assistant

Nana Adadzewa Manful : Finance & Admin. Assistant

Nana Adadzewa Manful

Finance & Admin. Assistant

Stanley Nortey : Facilities Assistant

Stanley Nortey

Facilities Assistant

Yvonne Amegbor : Executive Assistant - President's Office

Yvonne Amegbor

Executive Assistant - President's Office

Amazing Grace Lois Danso : Operations Coordinator

Amazing Grace Lois Danso

Operations Coordinator

Percis Ofori : Communications Coordinator

Percis Ofori

Communications Coordinator

Abigail Parry : Events Coordinator

Abigail Parry

Events Coordinator

Eric Owusu : Finance Officer

Eric Owusu

Finance Officer

Akosua Owusu-Asante : Intern

Akosua Owusu-Asante

Intern

Ekow Hayford : ICT Coordinator

Ekow Hayford

ICT Coordinator

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