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Ishmael Ackah


Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

Areas of Expertise

Energy MarketsEnergy & Economic PolicySustainable EnergyPetroleum

Ishmael is an Energy Economist with experience that spans public service, civil society and academia. He is a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra and also serves as the Regulatory and Electricity Market Expert of USAID’s West Africa Energy Program in Ghana. He previously worked as the Head of Policy Unit at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy, coordinating research and advocacy on accountant ability and transparency in sustainable energy management and petroleum revenue management. Ishmael was also the first Coordinator of Local Content at the Ghana Energy Commission. He has a keen interest in energy research, and has published about 35 peer-reviewed papers in several high impact journals. Alongside this research, he serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, University of Cape Coast and the Department of Economics at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Ishmael was awarded the Rising Star Award at the 2017 Ghana Energy Awards, the 2018 Australian Awards Africa for Energy and Mineral Economics, and the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards for Outstanding Reviewer-International of Energy Sector Management.

Ishmael holds his PhD in Energy Economics and Policy from the University of Portsmouth, UK and Msc Energy Economics and Policy, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra Ghana.

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