Ishmael Edjekumhene is the Executive Director of the Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE), a leading policy research and advocacy non-governmental organization working in the energy, environment and technology sectors.
Mr. Edjekumhene has over 17 years of research and working experience in the energy, environment and technology sectors. In the early 2000s, Mr. Edjekumhene’s researches focused on the impact of energy sector reforms on the poor and how ‘public benefits’ such as energy access, energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and environmental protection could be preserved as the electricity sector of developing countries were being reformed. Recently however, his research works are focused on how Ghana can maximize the benefits from its emerging oil and gas industry while at the same minimizing the undesirable negative effects of same.
Mr. Edjekumhene is the Focal Point for African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Africa-European Union Energy Partnership (AEEP) as well as the Focal Point for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) for West Africa. He was also a member of the Electricity and Natural Gas Technical Committees of the Energy Commission and a pioneering member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and served on the Committee from 2011-2014. He also chairs the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Network of Ghana, which is the first country affiliate of the Energy Access Practitioner Network.
Mr. Edjekumhene has several publications to his credit including the popular “Power Sector Reforms in Ghana: The Untold Story of a Divided Country and a Divided World Bank”, which he co-authored with his mentor, the late Prof. Abeeku Brew-Hammond.
Mr. Edjekumhene holds a Master’s degree in Economics (Public Policy) from the University of Hull and a Bachelor’s degree in Land Economy (First Class Honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).