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

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

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Board of Directors

Tito Mboweni :

Tito Mboweni

Mr. Tito T. Mboweni is the Chairman of the Board of ACET. Mr. Mboweni brings a wealth of leadership experience from business, government, and academia.

A trailblazer in African ownership of Africa’s future, his credentials include ten years as the first black governor of the South African Reserve Bank and Minister of Labour in President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, in which capacity he is credited with being the architect of South Africa’s post-apartheid labour legislation. He has also served as Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Chancellor of the University of North West, and has played various roles within the African National Congress.

Currently, he is an International Advisor to Goldman Sachs International and chairman of the following companies: Accelerate Property Fund, Nampak Limited, and SacOil Holdings Limited. He is also a non-executive director at Discovery Limited and a founding partner of Mboweni Brothers Investment Holdings.

Demonstrating his commitment to public service, Mr. Mboweni is a trustee and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, a member of the Council of Advisors of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, and honorary professor at several South African universities. Mr. Mboweni is a BA graduate in politics and economics from the National University of Lesotho and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of East Anglia. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates from amongst others, the universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, and the University of East Anglia.

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K.Y. Amoako :

K.Y. Amoako

K.Y. Amoako, Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation and former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, has dedicated his career to solving the development challenges of the world’s poorest countries, especially those in Africa.

Amoako began his career in 1974 at the World Bank, becoming the Bank’s Director for Education and Social Policy from 1992-1995. From 1995-2005, Amoako served as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the rank of Under Secretary General of the UN, during which he transformed the institution to more effectively serve African policy-makers, to amplify the African voice internationally and to influence African partners.

After his 10-year stint at ECA, Amoako spent 2006 as a Distinguished African Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Amoako has worked with leading development experts and political leaders on high-level international commissions and task forces that address the development prospects of Africa and many of today’s central global issues. Among many others, he chaired the Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, convened by Kofi Annan and was a member of the Commission for Africa established and chaired by Tony Blair as well as a member of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health chaired by Jeff Sachs and the Task Force on Global Public Goods co-chaired by Ernesto Zedillo. Amoako holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, and a PhD in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

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Bowman Cutter :

Bowman Cutter

Bowman Cutter has been managing director of Warburg Pincus, a major global private equity firm headquartered in New York City, since 1996.

Mr. Cutter previously held senior economic policy roles in the administrations of two US Presidents – at the National Economic Council, from 1992-1996, during the Clinton Presidency – as director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President; and at the Office of Management and Budget from 1976-1981, during the Carter Presidency, as Executive Director for Budget. Mr. Cutter also served as leader of the OMB transition team after the election of President Obama.

Mr. Cutter’s central public policy interest has been the development and management of economic policy, and in particular the issues related to economic growth, development, and the alleviation of poverty. He has worked extensively with the World Bank; he is currently the Chairman of the Board of CARE USA; and is a founder and current Chairman of MicroVest, a leading global microfinance fund with assets under management now in excess of $100 million.

Mr. Cutter holds degrees from Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a member of the executive committee and immediate past co-chairman of the Committee for Economic Development, the leading business “think-tank” in the United States.

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Eveline Herfkens :

Eveline Herfkens

Eveline Herfkens was formerly the United Nation Secretary-General’s Executive Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals Campaign. Prior to this, Ms. Herfkens was the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation from 1998-2002.

She also served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands at the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. From 1990 to 1996, she was Executive Director of the World Bank in Washington D.C. Ms. Herfkens was a member of the Lower House of Parliament from 1981-1990. She served as a committee member and treasurer of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) from 1985 to 1996, and from 1986 to 1989 was also a member of the Economic Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and joint organizer of the North-South campaign. From 1976 to 1981 she worked as a policy officer in the field of development cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Herfkens has also served on the council of the Labor Party (PvdA), and has been chair of the Evert Vermeer Foundation, chair of the Dutch Fair Trade Organization, and a member of the Development Committee of the Netherlands Council of Churches. She studied law and economics at Leiden University, and graduated in 1975.

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Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo :

Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo

Linah Mohohlo was appointed Governor of the Bank of Botswana in 1999, following a 23-year career with the Bank. She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and, in her capacity as Governor of the IMF for Botswana, she has been a member of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), representing the Africa Group 1 Constituency comprising more than 20 Anglophone sub-Saharan African countries.

Ms Mohohlo also serves on the Boards of major corporations in Botswana and abroad. Among her international engagements, she was appointed Eminent Person in 2001 by the former Secretary General of the United Nations (Mr. Kofi Annan) to oversee the evaluation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa. She served in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, which addressed Africa’s poverty and stagnation problems. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Africa Emerging Markets Forum and of the Africa Progress Panel. Ms Mohohlo is a recipient of several awards including the BankerMagazine’s Central Bank Governor of the Year (2001) for Africa and the Middle East, Euromoney’s Emerging Markets Central Bank Governor of the Year (2003) for Sub-Saharan Africa, Presidential Order of Honour (2004) – Botswana’s highest public service award.

Ms Mohohlo has read accounting and business, economics, finance and investments at the University of Botswana, The George Washington University (Washington DC) and University of Exeter (UK), and has undertaken an Executive Management study programme at Yale University.

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Tony Oteng-Gyasi :

Tony Oteng-Gyasi

Tony Oteng-Gyasi is the President of Association of Ghana Industries, and Managing Director and Chairman of Tropical Cable and Conductor Ltd, a wholly Ghanaian owned manufacturer of electrical cables.

He is also a Board Member of the Ghana Export Investment Development Fund (a Ghana Government Fund which disburses USD 50 million annually in loans and grants to the export sector) and the immediate past Chairman of the University of Ghana Governing Council.

Tony began his career at the Research Department of the Bank of Ghana. He subsequently joined the Ghana Operation of British Petroleum. In 1986, he set up his first Company, Tropical Products Limited, which he nurtured to become a successful trading and manufacturing firm. It became the largest manufacturer of crates and pallets in Ghana. In 1997, he set up the Cable Manufacturing Company, called Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited. The modern factory is the only wholly Ghanaian owned Cable Manufacturing Company in Ghana. The Company manufactures electric and telecommunications cables and is the first cable manufacturer in Ghana with ISO 9001 Certification. In 2007 he again set up the only continuous casting and rolling factory for the production of EC Grade Aluminum Rod in West Africa. The company, Western Rod & Wire Ltd. has become a source of raw material for aluminum conductor manufacturers in the region.

Tony is a recipient of several awards and has been a member of the Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange, and the Council of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is the immediate past Chairman of the University of Ghana Council.

He holds a degree in Economics and a Certificate in Law from the University of Ghana. He also has a diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, and is a member of the Ghana Bar Association.

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Stephen Yeo :

Stephen Yeo

Stephen Yeo was until 2014 the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a leading European research network in economics that brings together over 900 European economists, and is the focus of most European research on international trade and trade policy.

Yeo also has extensive experience in research and capacity building in Sub-Saharan Africa. He worked with the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa to establish the Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat, and later established the Southern African Trade Research Network (SATRN).
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Management and Senior Staff

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

Dr. K.Y. Amoako, Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation and former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, has dedicated his career to solving the development challenges of the world’s poorest countries, especially those in Africa.

Amoako began his career in 1974 at the World Bank, becoming the Bank’s Director for Education and Social Policy from 1992-1995. From 1995-2005, Amoako served as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the rank of Under Secretary General of the UN, during which he transformed the institution to more effectively serve African policy-makers, to amplify the African voice internationally and to influence African partners.

After his 10-year stint at ECA, Amoako spent 2006 as a Distinguished African Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Amoako has worked with leading development experts and political leaders on high-level international commissions and task forces that address the development prospects of Africa and many of today’s central global issues. Among many others, he chaired the Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, convened by Kofi Annan and was a member of the Commission for Africa established and chaired by Tony Blair as well as a member of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health chaired by Jeff Sachs and the Task Force on Global Public Goods co-chaired by Ernesto Zedillo. Amoako holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Ghana, and a PhD in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

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Edward K. Brown : Director of Policy Advisory Service

Edward K. Brown

Director of Policy Advisory Service

Dr. Edward K. Brown is Director of Country Engagements and Operations at ACET. He has more than 35 years’ experience in international development and public policy, half of which were spent at the World Bank. He has worked extensively in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Currently, Ed manages a team of ACET in-house senior policy advisors, researchers and economists, drawing on a worldwide pool of expertise to assist African policymakers respond to specific challenges and opportunities—with the explicit goals of transferring knowledge, building local capabilities and spurring economic growth and transformation.

His main interests are in public policy, economic management (public resources mobilization and expenditure management), natural resource management, including institutional and organizational reforms and development strategies. Ed holds a PhD and MA in Development Economics and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Daniel Y. Nti : Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Y. Nti

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Nti is the Chief Operating Officer at ACET. Prior to joining ACET, he was the Director of International Development Office of the Open University (OU) and managed multimillion-pound capacity-building programmes throughout South Asia and across 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining the OU, he was the Managing Director of Arachnea, an international internet consultancy based in the UK with offices in the Middle East and the United States, which delivered integrated web based solutions to large corporates globally. Over the last 20 years he has held senior level positions in the private, public and international development sectors across Europe and Africa. He sits on several boards in the UK and in Africa and is a sought after international speaker on leadership and people motivation.

Daniel has an MBA and a Diploma of Imperial College in Management from Imperial College, London University.

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Dede Amanor-Wilks : Director, Communications and External Relations

Dede Amanor-Wilks

Director, Communications and External Relations

Dr. Dede Amanor-Wilks is ACET’s Director of Communications & External Relations. Before joining ACET, Dede worked as a consultant to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and had also worked for the ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNIDO, the IDRC, the FAO and the SADC Centre for Communication and Development. She has served as vice president of the Association of African Women for Research and Development’s Ghana chapter.

Dede was formerly ActionAid’s international director for West & Central Africa, based in Nairobi, and director of the Inter Press Service news agency Regional Centre for Africa, based in Harare. Prior to that she was East Africa and later Francophone Africa editor for Africa Economic Digest magazine in London. As a freelance journalist, she worked for the BBC, Africa Analysis, Africa Confidential, The Africa Report and numerous other publications. She trained economic journalists in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and health and environmental reporters in Benin, Niger and Nigeria.

Dede holds a PhD in African Studies with Economics from the University of Ghana and an MPhil and MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, where she taught the foundation course in economic history. She also holds an MA majoring in Government & Politics from the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, and a BA joint honours in French & German from Westfield College, London. She also studied Journalism & Communication at the University of Ghana.

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Rob Floyd : Director and Senior Advisor

Rob Floyd

Director and Senior Advisor

Rob Floyd is Director and Senior Advisor at ACET, heading the Washington DC office. He supports ACETs efforts to develop strategic partnerships, enhance its profile and deepen the ACET business model. An economist and journalist by training, Rob joined ACET after 23 years at the World Bank.

He began his World Bank career in the Africa Region, serving as an economist in the office of the Vice President, and then as public sector specialist for Southern and Eastern Africa. He was Chief of Staff to two World Bank Presidents, James Wolfensohn and Paul Wolfowitz, and later oversaw the Bank's $2 billion annual lending programs to Pakistan and Bangladesh as Country Coordinator, including serving as interim Country Director in Bangladesh in 2009-2010.

In 2010, Rob joined the World Bank Institute as Operations Manager and later was appointed as Director for Strategy and Operations. His last position at the World Bank was Director for Operations and Strategy for Finance in the office of the World Bank Managing Director and CFO. Prior to the Bank, Mr. Floyd worked for GIC Group, a global consulting firm, and Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, LLC, a law firm specializing in international trade issues. As a journalist in the early 1990s, he covered agricultural issues from Switzerland, Thailand and Australia, and was the agriculture reporter at the Missourian.

Rob serves on the Development Committee of the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) and is a Global Advisor for Agromovil, an app-based platform to help get agriculture produce to market more efficiently. He studied at the University of Missouri, American University and George Mason University. He lives in University Park, Maryland, with his wife.

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Yaw Ansu : Chief Economist Emeritus

Yaw Ansu

Chief Economist Emeritus

Dr. Yaw Ansu is Chief Economist Emeritus at ACET. He is the principal author of ACET’s 2017 African Transformation Report, Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation, and the maiden 2014 report, Growth with Depth.

Prior to joining ACET, Yaw spent over 26 years working at the World Bank in various capacities, including Research Economist, Country Economist, Country Director, Director for Economic Policy and Head of the Economists Sector Board, and Regional Sector Director for Human Development for Africa. He led several World Bank teams in helping countries formulate and implement economic growth, transformation and export diversification strategies and to respond to macroeconomic crises. As Regional Sector Director, he led over 150 staff to deliver World Bank programs in education, health, population, nutrition and social protection.

Yaw holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, and an M.S. and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.

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Frederica (Freda) Yawson : Senior Programs Manager

Frederica (Freda) Yawson

Senior Programs Manager

Freda Yawson is a development professional, who is passionate about the economic transformation of Africa. As the Senior Programs Manager at ACET, her primary responsibilities are to ensure alignment of ACET’s portfolio and programs to strategic objectives and offer advisory services across various engagements.

She brings experience in program management, institutional reform, management consulting and international development from projects in eight countries (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Honduras, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United States). Her areas of work have included youth and skills, renewable energy, manufacturing, and water and sanitation.

Freda received her Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University; and her B.Sc.E in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Buddy Buruku : Country Program Manager

Buddy Buruku

Country Program Manager

Buddy Buruku is ACET’s Country Program Manager and Director of the African Transformation Forum. Her tenure at ACET has included overseeing public financial management reform projects, managing ACET’s Africa-China practice, and managing the implementation of projects focused on manufacturing, private sector development and financial inclusion.

From a functional perspective, she also has a background undertaking various organizational strategy, business-process mapping, and human-resource optimization projects in Africa.

Buddy speaks six languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, French and Mandarin.

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Julius Gatune Kariuki : Senior Research & Policy Advisor

Julius Gatune Kariuki

Senior Research & Policy Advisor

Dr. Julius Gatune Kariuki is ACET’s Senior Research and Policy Advisor. He researches and advises governments across Africa on issues of economic transformation. His areas of focus include extractive resources, agriculture, institutional review and development.

He was part of the team that wrote the recently launched African Transformation Report on agriculture. He also recently led a five-country study of 20 agricultural value chains across Africa. The study aimed to improve understanding of policies that can catalyze the emergence of upgraded agricultural value chains that can drive rural transformation.

Julius also has expertise in Futures Modelling and Long Term Planning. He was part of a global scanning exercise led by the Rockefeller Foundation to map the future of poverty and led the West Africa and North Africa aspects of the exercise. Prior to joining ACET, Julius worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co at South Africa office, based in Johannesburg.

Julius has a Ph.D in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica California and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Sarah-Jane Danchie : Engagement Manager & Policy Advisor

Sarah-Jane Danchie

Engagement Manager & Policy Advisor

Sarah-Jane Danchie currently manages projects for ACET’s program on extractive industries (mining, oil and gas sectors), including local content and value addition in selected African countries. She previously led ACET’s work on strengthening finance and economic management functions of the Government of Sierra Leone and supported advisory teams to undertake similar work for the Governments of Ghana and Liberia.

Before joining ACET, Sarah-Jane worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat and UNDP (Ghana) on several issues including economic management, international trade and debt in developing, transition, and emerging economies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. She has published in the following areas: extractives, international trade, China-Africa cooperation as well as small and vulnerable economies.

Sarah-Jane holds an MSc and BSc majoring in Economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Queen Mary College respectively.

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MacGeorge Gyimah : Finance Manager

MacGeorge Gyimah

Finance Manager

MacGeorge Gyimah manages the Finance Section at ACET. He has been managing the finances of ACET since its inception and has been dealing with donors, funding institutions and other institutions financially. He also works closely with statutory institutions both in Ghana and in the US.

Before joining ACET in 2008, he worked for the British Council, as the Resources and Finance Manager for eight years, Andersen Consulting for two years and Debenhams plc for four years in the UK.

Mac is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a fellow of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants/Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (AICPA/CIMA), and holds an MBA in Business Finance from the University of Hull, UK.

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Catherine Evans-Totoe : Human Resource Manager

Catherine Evans-Totoe

Human Resource Manager

Catherine Evans-Totoe has been working in the field of human resources as a generalist for over 20 years. She has wide-ranging experience gained from having worked in various sectors including investment and retail banking, contract mining and mining support and a stint in tertiary education.

Catherine joined ACET in 2015 as the Human Resource Manager and is responsible for the management of the organization’s human resources towards the attainment of ACET’s vision and mission. She is primarily responsible for recruitment, performance management, training and development.

She has a BA in Social Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana and the ICSA professional qualification.

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Lawrencia Adams : Senior Consultant, Resource Mobilization

Lawrencia Adams

Senior Consultant, Resource Mobilization

Lawrencia Adams is an independent development practitioner and currently ACET’s resource mobilization consultant. Previously, she was the Program Manager for Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR-Ghana), a civil society and governance program.

Prior to this she was the Team Leader of the Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-rap). She has been the Coordinator/Executive Director of the Pan African Organization for Sustainable Development (POSDEV), a consortium of African development NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs).

Lawrencia is fluent in English and French and has an excellent working knowledge of Spanish. She holds an Executive MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and BA Honours in French, Spanish, Civilization and Culture from the University of Ghana, and two Diplomas from Université de Lille, Paris, and London School of Translators & Interpreters in Commerce, Economics, Comparative Law.

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Adwoa A. Banful : Strategic Partnerships Manager

Adwoa A. Banful

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Policy and Research Analysts

Francis Abebrese : Economic & Research Analyst

Francis Abebrese

Economic & Research Analyst

Richmond Commodore : Research Analyst

Richmond Commodore

Research Analyst

His research focus includes: economic development, public finance and economic management, trade and health economics. He holds a Bsc. in Economics and an MPhil in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

George Boateng : Research Analyst

George Boateng

Research Analyst

George Boateng holds a Master of Science Degree in Rural Development and Management (International Development Studies) from the China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, China.

He holds a bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds a certificate in Climate Change from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and a certificate in New Structural Economics from the Peking University, Beijing China. He was previously a Southern Voices Network Scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. His career spans both public and private sectors.

Currently, he is a Research Analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), a pan African economic policy Think Tank working in the fields of Development Microeconomics: Agriculture, Food Security, Trade, and Production Economics in Africa. Prior to ACET, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the fields of Agricultural Extension and Agroindustry Development, and with Barclays Bank of Ghana in the field of Business Development.

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Benedicta S. Amenyo : Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst

Benedicta S. Amenyo

Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst

She is a Local Economic Development graduate from the London School of Economics with an eye for technology transfer research.

Before joining ACET after her graduation, she worked briefly with Farmerline, a local start-up agricultural technology product company as a business development analyst, managing the firm’s business relations and providing programmatic support.

She joins ACET as a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, working in together with the Program Coordinator to ensure project accountability and reporting requirements are in tandem with ACET’s strategic objectives. She is a registered member of the Project Management Institute.

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Distinguished Fellows

Tutu Agyare : Distinguished Fellow

Tutu Agyare

Distinguished Fellow

Tutu Agyare is Managing Partner at Nubuke Investments, an FSA-registered asset management and advisory firm focused solely on Africa, which he founded in 2007. Nubuke Investments is based in London and Accra.

Previously, he had a 21-year career with UBS Investment Bank holding a number of senior positions, most recently as the Head of European Emerging Markets and as a member of the Investment Bank Board.

He is a non-executive Director of Tullow Oil, the largest independent oil exploration company in Africa.

He is a member of the Senior Advisory Group of Power Africa, the President Obama initiative to significantly increase access to electricity across Africa.

He is the Chairman of Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, and is also the Director of a number of his portfolio companies.

Tutu has a very strong network of African relationships, both at the government and business level, and is a sought-after international public speaker and advisor, known for his views, experiences and knowledge of the continent.

He travels extensively across Africa advising corporates on business strategy and governments on policy, while also looking for investment ideas for his international relationships and to execute.

Tutu is a Founder and Director of the Nubuke Foundation, Ghana’s premier private arts foundation, and was voted one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine.

He is a Director of 1-54, the world’s premier contemporary African art fair.

He has a degree in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Ghana, Legon.

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Florizelle Liser : Distinguished Fellow

Florizelle Liser

Distinguished Fellow

Florizelle (Florie) Liser is the third President and CEO of Corporate Coucil on Africa (CCA). Ms. Liser brings expertise and an extensive network on trade and Africa to her new role, along with a strong track record of working with the private sector to translate policy into action. She is the first woman to lead the Council since its founding in 1993.

Ms. Liser joined CCA from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa since 2003. At USTR, she led trade and investment policy towards 49 sub-Saharan African nations and oversaw implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Previously, Ms. Liser served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications from 2000-2003. She also served as Senior Trade Policy Advisor in the Office of International Transportation and Trade at the Department of Transportation from 1987-2000; worked as a Director in USTR’s Office of GATT Affairs, and served as an Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Council (ODC) from 1975-1980.

Ms. Liser holds a M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Dickinson College. Ms. Liser is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Board of Women in International Trade (WIIT), and in 2017 won the WIIT Government Service Award.

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Antoinette Monsio Sayeh : Distinguished Fellow

Antoinette Monsio Sayeh

Distinguished Fellow

Antoinette Monsio Sayeh is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. She was from 2008 to 2016 director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund, where she oversaw and enhanced the Fund’s engagement with its sub-Saharan African members.

As Minister of Finance in post-conflict Liberia, Sayeh led the country through the clearance of its long-standing multilateral debt arrears, the HIPC Decision Point, the Paris Club and the first Poverty Reduction Strategy, significantly strengthening its public finances and championing public financial management reform. Before joining President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet, she spent 17 years at the World Bank, including as country director for Benin, Niger and Togo, senior country economist on Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as advisor in the Bank’s Operations Policy Vice Presidency and as assistant to its principal managing director.

Sayeh also worked in economic advisory positions in Liberia’s Ministries of Finance and Planning. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in International Economic Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Jean-Louis Sarbib : Distinguished Fellow

Jean-Louis Sarbib

Distinguished Fellow

Jean-Louis Sarbib is currently Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. He continues to advise James Wolfensohn, the former President of the World Bank.

From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Sarbib was the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa and from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His last position (2003 – 2006) was as Senior Vice President for human development, with global responsibilities for the World Bank activities in education, health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS.

Upon leaving the Bank, Mr. Sarbib joined Wolfensohn & Company as a managing director from October 2006 to March 2009. He was a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution (2006-2011) and taught at Georgetown University (2009-2010). He serves on a number of non-profit boards and is a member of the board of governors of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the boards of the African University of Science and Technology and the Nelson Mandela Institution.

In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.

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Senior Fellows

Caroline Kende-Robb : Senior Fellow

Caroline Kende-Robb

Senior Fellow

Caroline Kende-Robb is a Senior Fellow at ACET. Previously, she was the Chief Adviser to Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown at the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. From 2011-2016, Caroline was the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a foundation chaired by Kofi Annan.

Other panel members include President Olusegun Obasanjo, Graça Machel, Sir Bob Geldof, Michel Camdessus, Linah Mohohlo, Robert Rubin, Tidjane Thiam and Strive Masiyiwa.

Prior to joining the Africa Progress Panel, Caroline worked at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for 16 years as a senior manager and technical expert in the regions of Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.

Caroline began her career in 1983 with five years in the private sector as a commercial manager. From 1989-1993, she lived in The Gambia, working initially as a Community Development Advisor on an EU artisanal fisheries project, then as the West Africa Field Director for Africa Now, a small civil society organization, and finally with UNDP, as Poverty Alleviation Focal Point.

Caroline is a Non-Executive Director for Mara Social Media and Mara Sonkoni, a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council, and a Panel Member of the Wildlife Justice Commission. She is the author of many publications. Caroline holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from Liverpool University and MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

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Paul Isenman : Senior Fellow

Paul Isenman

Senior Fellow

Paul Isenman is a development consultant specializing in human development and development effectiveness. He draws on extensive experience in economic policy, research and country operations, including as a senior manager at the OECD, the World Bank (with 10 years on Africa) and USAID.

Hasan Tuluy : Senior Fellow

Hasan Tuluy

Senior Fellow

Hasan Tuluy is an economist with over 30 years' experience in economic and social development across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, specializing in strategy, macro-economic and trade policy, and rural development.

He currently is an associate with the Centennial Group International, where he advised with the African Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Government of Niger. He has also consulted for the World Bank Group on refugees and displaced persons, the Libya engagement program, and organizational design issues.

In addition, Hasan serves on the Board for Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), which helps civil society organizations improve governance, transparency and reduce corruption in developing countries. Formerly, Hasan was the Chair of the Board for IREX, an international NGO to promote prosperity through youth and potential leaders, stronger institutions, and access to education.

From 1987 until his retirement in 2014, Hasan held various corporate and operational positions at the World Bank including Senior Advisor to the Managing Director, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vice President for Human Resources, Chief Operating Officer for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and Director of Corporate Strategy. He also served as Director of Strategy and Operations for the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank, and as Country Director in West Africa.

He began his career with a private economic consulting firm in Boston, with a focus on trade and price policy in Africa.

Hasan holds a PhD in Development Economics from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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Aloysius Ordu : Senior Fellow

Aloysius Ordu

Senior Fellow

Aloysius Uche Ordu brings over three decades of private sector and international development experience. He is currently the CEO of Omapu Associates LLC, a boutique advisory services and fundraising firm. He is lead advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded independent think-tank, the ADF Policy Innovation Lab.

Aloysius is an advisor to a number of entities operating in Africa, including the World Bank, the Trade & Development Bank of Eastern & Southern Africa and one2five advisory, a sovereign financial services firm. He also serves on the Washington DC-based Board of Directors of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF).

Aloysius was previously Vice President for Operations at the AfDB, accountable for 14 Departments, including Regional Programs, Operations Policies, Quality Assurance, Fiduciary Oversight and Resource Mobilization & Partnerships. Prior to joining the AfDB, Aloysius worked at the World Bank for 22 years where he served in various leadership and managerial capacities. Prior to the World Bank, Aloysius worked in the UK at the Midland Bank Group Economics Department on the Debt Sustainability of African countries. He also worked at The Economist Intelligence Unit in London and taught Economics at the University of Sussex.

Aloysius holds a PhD in Economics (University of Sussex), M.Sc. Quantitative Economics (Bristol University), and B.Sc. Economics & Law (University of Wales), UK.

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Sanjeev Gupta : Senior Fellow

Sanjeev Gupta

Senior Fellow

Sanjeev Gupta is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and has worked in its African and European Departments.

Prior to joining the IMF, he was a fellow of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany; Professor in the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad; and Secretary of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Gupta has authored/coauthored over 150 papers, many of which are published in well-known academic journals, and authored/coauthored/coedited thirteen books; the most recent ones, all published by the IMF, are "The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economies," 2012; "Energy Subsidy Reform: Lessons and Implications," 2013; “Equitable and Sustainable Pensions: Challenges and Experiences,” 2014; “Fiscal Policy and Inequality”, September 2015; “Fiscal Politics”, April 2017; and “Digital Revolutions in Public Finance”, November 2017. Mr. Gupta’s publications can be assessed at www.sanjeevgupta.net
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Richard Carey : Senior Fellow

Richard Carey

Senior Fellow

Richard Carey is a Senior Advisor to ACET. A former OECD Director of Development Cooperation, he was closely involved with the UNECA in developing ways to operationalize the concept of mutual accountability in the context of the NEPAD and the African Partnership Forum, a model taken up subsequently by the G7 and the G20. 

He was part of the core effort to develop the international development targets concept and helped facilitate its translation into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He has been a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council for Fragile States, the Development Evaluation Committee of CIDA and the IDS (Sussex) Advisory Group on Rising Powers in Development. He was the founding co-Chair of the China-DAC Study Group in 2009 and currently chairs the International Advisory Committee of the China International Development Research Network (CIRDN).
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Yaw Nyarko : Senior Fellow

Yaw Nyarko

Senior Fellow

Yaw Nyarko is a Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the Director of Africa House at the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), and Co-Director of the Development Research Institute (DRI). As the Co-Director of DRI, he received the BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation (2009). His research interests are in the areas of Economic Development and Theoretical Economics.

He has worked on models of human capital as engines of economic growth, as well as the Brain Drain and skills acquisition in the growth process, and is currently engaged in research on Technology and Economic Development. He is the former Chair of the Econometric Society Africa Regional Standing Committee and has served as a consultant to many organizations including the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Social Science Research Council.

As the past Vice Provost of NYU, he managed a portfolio that included the oversight and establishment of campuses in Africa, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. He has a B.A. from the University of Ghana and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.

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Helen Jane Slater : Senior Fellow

Helen Jane Slater

Senior Fellow

Helen Jane Slater is an experienced economist and policy advisor with a passion for education. She is a visiting Senior Fellow at ACET. She previously worked as a Deputy Director and Senior Policy Advisor for the UK Department for Education (DfE).

As a Senior Economist for HM Treasury (the UK's Ministry of Finance), Helen advised ministers on labour market and welfare policies and was the lead advisor to the Minister for Finance on the UK's National Minimum Wage. Prior to becoming Senior Economist for HM Treasury, she also served as an Assistant Economist and then Economic Advisor in the same institution.

Helen is a proud alumnus of both Bristol University and Oxford University where she gained an MPhil in Economics.

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Experts

Aliyu Ahmed-Hameed : Expert

Aliyu Ahmed-Hameed

Expert

Aliyu Ahmed-Hameed is the Principal Consultant and Managing Partner with Cardston Consulting Inc., a research, consulting and capacity building firm with offices and engagements in Canada and several African countries. He was until recently Policy and Program Development Advisor and Research Fellow with the Government of Alberta, Canada and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) respectively.

He has also worked in multi-jurisdictional environments that include; think tanks, government, non-government and private sector organizations in several countries. His areas of specialization and experience include; public policy, intergovernmental relations, international development, strategic conflict management, natural resource governance, strategic management and organizational effectiveness.
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Alhassan Atta-Quayson : Expert

Alhassan Atta-Quayson

Expert

Alhassan Atta-Quayson is an economist and expert in sustainable development of natural resources, with emphasis on non-renewable resources particularly hard minerals and hydrocarbons. His research on natural resources focuses on governance, local content, value addition, fiscal regime, artisanal and small-scale mining, environmental stewardship, compensation negotiations and resettlement.

He is a Lecturer at the Economics Education Department, University of Education, Winneba and a Member of Ghana-based National Coalition on Mining (NCOM).
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Eugenia Kayitesi : Expert

Eugenia Kayitesi

Expert

Eugenia Kayitesi is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research IPAR-Rwanda. She is the current President of the Policy Institute Committee (PIC), an Advisory Board Member of the African Portal, and a member of Board of Directors for the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA Rwanda) and sits on the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) for Rwanda Public Procurement Authority RPPA.

She has worked with public, private and civil society organizations with focus on capacity building, organizational development, policy analysis and research.

She is an Honors Graduate of Social Sciences from Makerere University with an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands. She is pursuing her PhD degree in Business Administration specializing in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University.

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Mavis MacCarthy : Expert

Mavis MacCarthy

Expert

Mavis MacCarthy has over 20 years experience in investment climate reform and enterprise development. She was part of the team that designed Ghana’s Medium-Term Strategy for Private Sector Development, an ambitious program of policy and reform initiatives to make Ghana one of the best investment climates in Africa and to eliminate the key barriers to doing business in the country.  She also worked with Government to coordinate the first two years of implementation.

She has provided technical support to a number of donor agencies in designing and implementing programs to strengthen market functions and value chains, enterprise development and innovation, and multi-stakeholder partnerships - World Bank; IFC; DFID; DANIDA; GIZ etc. She has undertaken and been part of numerous programs and project reviews. She has also worked extensively with the Government of Ghana and the major donors in aid management and coordination.

Prior to entering into full-time consulting she worked with the International Finance Corporation promoting the development and growth of private enterprises in Ghana and Nigeria. She holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with First Class Honors, from the University of Ghana.

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Ezra Francis Munyambonera : Expert

Ezra Francis Munyambonera

Expert

Ezra Francis Munyambonera is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Macroeconomics Department at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).  At EPRC, he has contributed to various research works and topical discussions relating to: fiscal and monetary policy, financial sector and public finance management. In 2012, he was the Task Manager of the Financial Services Survey (Fin-Scope III Uganda).

He has extensively researched and published papers in accredited international journals as well as in EPRC working paper series in areas of financial sector, banking sector, agricultural financing, financing infrastructural development in Uganda, external development finance, and inter-governmental fiscal transfers in Uganda.

He has also supervised a number of post-graduate students, at Masters and PhD levels, from the Universities of Makerere, Bugema, and Makerere, in areas of fiscal and monetary policy, trade finance, and industry and firm competitiveness in Uganda as well as in the East African (EAC) Sub-region.

He hold a PhD in Economics, MSc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a BSC. Agriculture, majoring Agricultural Economics from Makerere University, Kampala.

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Anthony E. Paul : Expert

Anthony E. Paul

Expert

Anthony E. Paul is an energy and strategy advisor, focusing on assisting countries rich in extractives to retain more of the value generated by their resources and to manage them in a manner that supports sustainable development. In his more than 35 years in petroleum and mining, he has held technical, commercial, management and leadership roles, spanning the entire petroleum exploration and production value chain in Government and State and Multinational companies.

As a consultant, he provides strategy, business development and implementation support through critical analysis of the inter-related policy, regulatory and technical and commercial facets of the industries. His recent interventions have focused on customising existing industry practice to mechanisms for implementing oversight and reporting by policy makers, regulators and civil society. He has drawn on Trinidad &Tobago's long and varied experiences, both good and bad, in using an integrated approach for capacity building, value addition and retention and governance.

He has worked in East, West & Southern Africa, the Middle East, Central & Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London and an MS in Geophysics from the University of Houston, Texas.

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Marysue K. Shore : Expert

Marysue K. Shore

Expert

Marysue K. Shore is president of Global Business Strategies and a member of the U.S. Trade Advisory Committee on Africa.  She has extensive experience in facilitating trade and investment into emerging markets, which includes advising governments, international institutions and companies on “best practices” for international trade regulations and investment policies.

 
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