Benjamin Boakye is an Energy Governance Professional and the Executive Director of 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 Africa with much focus on corporate governance, institutional development, fiscal governance, contract governance and evolution of legal framework for 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 in Energy Studies from the University of Dundee, UK and a BA Hon. in Sociology with Information Studies, from the University of Ghana.
Jennifer Boca is the Head of Responsible Investment at Lekela Power.
She joined Lekela Power in October 2015 and is responsible for providing oversight for all of Lekela’s projects across Africa, to ensure they are delivered to the highest standards. In her role, she engages with various stakeholders including governments, lenders, contractors, and local communities to ensure the delivery of clean energy across Africa.
Her experience spans across a number of African countries including South Africa, Senegal and Egypt. She is currently developing the Ayitepa Wind Project in Ghana.
She also leads the company’s ESG due diligence on projects.
Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience working in the areas of environmental sustainability and consulting for a wide range of public and private sector clients, including the World Bank, Development Finance Institutions, commercial banks and project developers.
She was early this year, named in the Cranfield School of Management’s list of annual Women to Watch for 2020.
Prosper Amuquandoh is an Energy Engineering, Economics, Policy and Regulatory professional, with ten (10) years of working experience that spans Academia, International Development and the Public and Private Sectors. He has consulted for several organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program; the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels; and the Integrated Water and Agriculture Development, Ghana.
He is a recipient of several awards for his professional service and achievement, notably, the African Initiative for Governance Award, which he received in 2018. He was also awarded the Rising Star of the Year in Ghana’s energy sector, at the 2018 Ghana Energy Awards. In 2017, he was adjudged the winner of the Energy category at Ghana’s maiden 40 Under Forty Awards. Prosper was a finalist for the Future Energy Leader Award in West Africa, at the 2016 West African Power Industry Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.
His training is in Public Policy, at the University of Oxford; Theoretical Physics & Mathematics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy; Zero–Net Energy Systems and Policy, at the University of California, Davis, USA; and in Physics & Computer Science (with First Class Honours) at the University of Ghana.
Professor Chukwumerije Okereke has over 20 years of active engagement with, and leadership in Africa’s climate change and development agenda.
He is currently the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria and a visiting Professor of Environment and Development at the University of Reading. Professor Okereke was previously a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
He is the Coordinating Lead Author of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III, Sixth Assessment Cycle Report. Professor Okereke was founding project manager of the Rwandan National Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy, which was the first-ever National Green Economy Strategy in Africa; the Principal Investigator of the African Development Bank funded project on Assessing the Adaptation components in Africa’s NDCs; and the Principal Investigator of the African Adaptation Initiative, funded by the UNDP.
Mandy Rambharos is Eskom’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Manager. She also heads up Eskom’s Just Energy Transition (JET) Project Office, overseeing the development of the utility’s JET vision and strategy.
She has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector which has allowed her to gain deep insights into various aspects of the sector, at the international, regional and national levels.
Mandy is a member of the South African delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She also serves on the Boards of the NBI (South Africa’s National Business Initiative), Verra and Global Change Institute (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg).
She represents Eskom on the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition advisory committee and serves as the co-chair of the African Working group for this initiative.