Dr. Michael Ofori-Mensah
Dr. Michael Ofori-Mensah is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs where he is responsible for governance with a focus on institutional reforms, legislative reviews and public sector accountability. Michael also coordinates the Institute’s projects with development partners.
Since joining the IEA he has contributed to several capacity building projects in the area of governance reforms and also provided technical support to MPs in Ghana on legislation such as the Presidential (Transition) Act. In 2011, Michael was a Member of Ghana’s statutory petroleum revenue oversight body — the Public Interest Accountability Committee (PIAC).
He has authored several publications on institutional reform, anti-corruption and public financial management. Michael has a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he worked in investment management with firms such as JP Morgan, Citigroup and Fidelity Investments. He was also educated at London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Prof. John Asafu-Adjaye
Prof. John Asafu-Adjaye is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the IEA and also lectures in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia.
At the IEA, Prof. Asafu-Adjaye contributes to the Institute's work on the oil and gas sector. He leads the team that produces the IEA's P-TRAC Index Report which tracks progress in transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector. He is also the editor of the Ghana Policy Journal, which is published annually by the IEA. Since 2012, Prof. Asafu-Adjaye has been the team leader of a 3-year IEA project funded by the Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA) entitled "Options for Managing Climate Variability and Market Risks for Smallholder Maize-Legume Farmers in Northern Ghana". The project involves collaboration between Ghanaian and Danish scientists and includes the training of two PhD students and one Master of Philosophy (MPhil) who are currently registered at the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He holds a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Ghana, an MSc. from the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK and a PhD (Natural Resources and Environmental Economics) from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Ransford Gyampo
Dr. Ransford Gyampo is a Research Fellow at the Governance Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He is also the Coordinator of the Institute of Economic Affairs-Ghana Political Parties Programme (IEA-GPPP) - a programme that brings together the four main Political Parties with representation in Ghana’s Parliament to discuss issues of national importance in an a-political manner and to propose practical solutions to them. His research interest lies in the area of Governance, Democracy, Human Rights and Development. He is currently researching and writing on possible solutions to Ghana’s winner-takes-all politics, which polarizes the nation and undermines national development. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon) /Tufts University (Boston) and has written and published extensively in many internationally refereed journals across the globe. For close to ten years, he has worked at the Governance Centre of the Institute and risen through the ranks to become a Research Fellow.