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Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu

Head, Strategic Planning and Policy

Ghana Energy Commission

Dr. Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu is the Head of Strategic Planning and Policy. He joined the energy sector through the erstwhile National Energy Board in 1989. Starting as an Associate Programme Officer for Solar Energy, he rose through the ranks to Senior Programme Officer until 1999 when he left for Sweden for his master’s programme. Upon his return in 2001, he moved to energy planning, where he co-led the national and Energy Commission’s team that produced Ghana’s Strategic National Energy Plan 2006–2020. He has been a member of Government of Ghana’s negotiating team to the UN Climate Change convention and Kyoto Protocol since 2005, and he is is a lead author for IPCC Working Group Three Assessment Report (AR5). He has been the head of the Strategic Planning and Policy Division of the Energy Commission since 2003. Dr. Essandoh-Yeddu was a Visiting Professor Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria during the summer of 2016.

He is the author of Energy Economic Analysis of Power Plant Carbon Dioxide Capture and Pipeline Transport in Texas Gulf Coast, and he wrote the Natural Gas Market chapter of the book, Advances in Natural Gas Technology.

Dr. Essandoh-Yeddu has a B.Sc in Physics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST, Kumasi) (1981–1985). He holds an MSc Engineering degree in Environment and Energy Planning from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg University in Sweden (1999–2001).

He conducted his PhD research at the Bureau of Economic Geology of the Jackson School of Geosciences of the University of Texas at Austin in the USA (2006–2009) where he looked into the economics of geological capture and storage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery in Texas Gulf Coast. While in Austin, Texas, he also worked as an energy economist at the bureau. He received his PhD degree in 2010 from University of Cape Coast.