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.
Our vision is an economically transformed Africa within a generation.
Our mission is to help government and business deliver economic transformation that improves lives.
Our long-term outcome is economic transformation and improved human well-being through diversified production, competitive exports, increased productivity, and upgraded technology.
Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation
K.Y., 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.
Prior to joining ACET, he 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.
Edward K. Brown
Director of Policy Advisory Service
Edward has more than 27 years experience in international development and public policy at the World Bank. He has worked extensively in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Director of Research
Dr. Amoako-Tuffour is currently the Director of Research at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the Senior Advisor providing overall strategic direction for ACET’s extractive resources program. As advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Amoako-Tuffour in 2001-2003 played a lead role in developing the multi-donor budgetary support framework for Ghana, and was also responsible for inter-ministerial coordination on aid delivery. In 2009-2011, he played a lead role in the preparation of Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act and subsequent review of the Act. Some of his research work are on petroleum laws, fiscal regimes for extractives, donor aid, poverty and inequality, and public debt. Before joining ACET, Dr. Amoako-Tuffour taught for nearly 25 years at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Daniel Y. Nti
Chief Operating Officer
Director, Communications and External Relations
Analysis and Advisory Team
Dr. William Baah-Boateng
Senior Research Fellow
Country Program Manager
Buddy is a country program manager with ACET, with a focus on implementing public financial management reform projects and managing ACET’s Africa-China practice. She also undertakes various organizational strategy, business-process mapping, and human-resource optimization projects in Africa.
Julius Gatune Kariuki
Senior Research & Policy Advisor
Julius is a Kenyan national, passionate about Africa’s future. He has a multi-disciplinary background covering engineering, computer science, business administration and policy analysis.
Economic and Research Analyst
Diana Love-Luck Dadzie
Administrative Assistant - Research
Diana Love-Luck Dadzie is currently an Administrative Assistant-Research at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). She has also worked as a Research Assistant in ACET. Before joining ACET, Diana worked with the Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Dept. of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and the SME division of the Ministry of Trade. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Development Studies (Economics and Entrepreneurship) from the University of Development Studies, Wa.
Sarah has Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of London. She has worked in a number of organizations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat (Economic Affairs Division) and the United Nations Development Program (Ghana Country Office) where she worked on economic research and analysis.
Maame Esi Eshun
Maame Esi Eshun is a Research Associate at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). Her focus is on the implementation and coordination of the research and analytical work stream of the Extractive Resource Service (ERS) Program. She also serves as the ERS focal person on research and case studies carried out by third parties on behalf of the ERS. Prior to joining ACET, she facilitated and lectured on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s (KNUST) and University of Ghana’s distance learning programs in Kumasi. She has also worked as a research consultant for UNIDO and the Environmental Protection Agency on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Ghana. Miss Eshun holds an MPhil degree in Economics and a B.A degree in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
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 is a Research Analyst at the ACET involved in economic policy research in Agriculture Value Chains and Trade Welfare Analysis in Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Rural Development and Management from the China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing. He also holds a certificate in Climate Change from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Prior to ACET, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in Extension and Agroindustry, and with the Barclay Bank of Ghana in the field of Business Development.
Benedicta S. Amenyo
Monitoring and 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.
Strategic and Operations Team
Frederica (Freda) Yawson
Senior Programs Manager
Freda is a development professional who is passionate about economic transformation in Africa. As the Program Coordinator 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.
MacGeorge is a chartered management accountant and also holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Hull, UK.
Human Resource Manager
HR & Admin Assistant
Nana Adadzewa Manful
Finance & Admin. Assistant
Amazing Grace Lois Danso
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology: Counseling and Human Development. She is a language fanatic who speaks French and a little Spanish and three local dialects (Ashanti, Fanti, and Akuapem Twi) in addition to English. She is passionate about the development and transformation of Africa and she aims to use her skills to help facilitate this process. She currently works at ACET as the Operations Assistant where she lends support on various operational needs.
Having held positions in the non-governmental and private sectors, she brings on board a variety of corporate and office management experiences. She holds an M.A in International Relations from the University of Ghana.
Abigail joined ACET in 2010 and is currently the Events Coordinator.
Eric is a part qualified ACCA student, holds BBS Accounting and a product of the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) in Accra. He previously worked as a Finance Officer for IBIS, a Danish non-governmental organization, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Owusu also practiced as an Auditor for a local audit firm in Ghana. Owusu joined ACET in June 2009.
Ekow joined ACET mid 2015, bringing with him an extensive experience in ICT administration. Prior to joining ACET, he was the ICT Officer for GiG Ghana Ltd. (formerly GECAD). He graduated in 2008 from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (School of Technology) where he studied Network Administration. As ICT Coordinator, He is in charge of the provision of ACET’s ICT strategic direction by ensuring that ICT Systems are robust and functioning in line with ACET's strategy and policies as well as best practices in ICT.
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.
Alhassan Atta-Quayson is a Lecturer at the Economics Education Department, University of Education, Winneba and a Member of Ghana-based National Coalition on Mining (NCOM).
Eugenia KAYITESI is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research IPAR-Rwanda. 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.
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. Has worked with Public, Private and Civil Society Organizations with a focus on, capacity building, organizational development, Policy Analysis and Research.