Mrs. Jean Mensa

Mrs. Jean Mensa

Mrs. Jean Mensa is the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Ghana’s premier public policy institute and Coordinator of the Ghana Political Parties Programme. She is a lawyer by profession and a leader of thought in Ghana on governance and democratic issues. Mrs. Mensa has carved a niche for herself in the field of policy research and advocacy as well as in the development of policy alternatives including the Presidential Transition Act of 2012; the Revised 1992 Constitution of Ghana (draft); the Political Parties Funding Bill and the Revised Political Parties Bill. Mrs. Mensa was a tireless advocate for the review of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution and served as a Commissioner of the Government-established Constitution Review Commission. She is currently a member of the Government Committee tasked with preparing the Affirmative Action Bill.

Professor Daniel Adzei Bekoe

Professor Daniel Adzei Bekoe

Professor Daniel Adzei Bekoe holds a B. Sc. Special Degree in Chemistry with a Subsidiary in Mathematics from the University of London, a PhD in Chemical Crystallography from the University of Oxford and an honorary D.Sc. from University of Ghana. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Ghana, from 1971-1973. He was the Pro Vice Chancellor of The University of Ghana between 1973 and 1975 and the Vice Chancellor from 1976-1983.

He was the director of the UNESCO Regional Office of Science and Technology for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and the UNESCO Representative to Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda from October 1983 to December 1985. He was the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Development Research Centre of Canada, Nairobi, Kenya: January 1986 to March 1992 until he retired. Prof. Adzei Bekoe was a Member of Council, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan from 1978 - 1982. He was also President of The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1993 - 1996. He is currently a Member of The Council of State, Ghana and a Member of The IEA Board of Directors.

Dr. Todd Moss

Dr. Todd Moss

Dr. Todd Moss is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Moss brings to the IEA board his connections to policymakers within the U.S. Government and international financial institutions, as well as a decade of experience building a think tank.

Dr.Moss served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State from 2007-2008 while on leave from CGD. He originally joined the Center in 2003 from the World Bank. Previously, he was Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE) and an Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Dr. Moss is the author of numerous articles and books, including Adventure Capitalism: Globalization and the Political Economy of Stock Markets in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors (Lynne Rienner, 2011), Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse through Cash Transfers (CGD, 2014), and The Golden Hour (Penguin, 2014). He holds a BA from Tufts University and an MSc and PhD from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Dr Charles Mensa

Dr Charles Mensa

Dr. Charles Mensa is the founder and Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). He is also the Board Chairman of SAB Miller Ghana Limited and Fan Milk International Limited. Dr. Mensa brings to the IEA his connections to an extensive network of policymakers, business leaders, international financial institutions and academics across the world, as well as strong experience in leading key industries and businesses – critical factor vital to the IEA’s strategic direction and resource mobilization. Dr. Mensa until recently also served as the CEO of Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO) the largest aluminium smelter in sub-Saharan Africa, the Board Chairman of Barclays Bank Ghana Limited and a director of Maersk Shipping Company. He was also Vice President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), and President of the Ghana Employers Association (GEA). He previously worked in the United States as a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Choice, George Mason University, and at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance both from the George Washington University and a PhD in economics from George Mason University in the United States.