Dr. Ishmael Ackah
Ishmael is the Executive Secretary of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC). He also serves as the Chairman of the Regulatory and Legal Committee of Ghana 's Electricity Market Oversight Panel. He was the Regulatory and Electricity Market Expert at USAID West Africa Energy Program, Deloitte Ghana. He worked as the Head of Policy Unit, at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy, where he coordinated research and advocacy on sustainable energy management and petroleum revenue management.
He was recruited by GOGIG/DFID as a Technical Advisor on Energy and Petroleum Policies to the Minister for Planning. Ishmael was the first Coordinator of Local Content at the Ghana Energy Commission where he initiated an industry wide baseline study and contributed to the development of digital supplier information system.
He has a keen interest in energy research and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, University of Cape Coast and the Department of Economics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has provided research consultancy for the African Development Bank, United Nations University, IHS Markit, GOGIG/OPM, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the National Accreditation Board, SNV and SEND Ghana among others. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals in Science Direct, Wiley, Springer, OGEL and Taylor and Francis publishing houses.
Ishmael holds PhD in Energy Economics from the University of Portsmouth-UK, Msc in Energy Economics and Policy from the University of Surrey-UK and a Bsc from UPSA-Ghana. He is conversant in analytical tools such as Oxmetrics and Eviews.