Dr Theophilus Acheampong is an economist and political risk analyst with knowledge and experience working with governments and international institutions on regulatory and commercial issues in oil and gas, energy, mining and public finance. This includes extractives policy formulation, regulation and licensing, fiscal regime design and modelling, local content linkages, public finance, and in trade and investment promotion.
A key focus of his recent work has been delivering capacity building training to governments and civil society organisations in developing countries on effective and transparent management of natural resource extraction, covering both petroleum and mining. Theo's political risk experience involves helping clients understand and navigate complex political and business risks in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked as a senior analyst and consultant for organisations such as IHS Markit, Crystol Energy, NRGI, GIZ, FCDO via Oxford Policy Management and Kina Advisory Limited, among others.
Theo has a PhD in Economics (specialisation in petroleum economics and taxation) and an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is an Associate Lecturer at The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF), University of Aberdeen. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at Ghanaian Think Tank IMANI Centre for Policy and Education. He is quoted in international media such as the BBC, Bloomberg, AFP, CNBC, and has published in leading academic journals.
Theo is currently co-editing the Palgrave MacMillan book project titled "Petroleum Resource Management in Africa: Lessons from Ghana", which examines the challenges and opportunities from ten years of oil and gas production in Ghana.
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