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Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is a Deputy Minister of Energy (with responsibility for the petroleum sector). Before then, he was the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). He previously worked in other public and private organizations as - an Energy Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Commissioner of Ghana’s Public Utilities Regulatory Commission; a former Deputy Minister of State for the Northern Region; and former Mayor of Ghana’s third city of Tamale. He was also the Africa Coordinator of extractives industries in Ibis.
Globally, he has worked extensively on extractive industries and resource management. He currently serves on two international advisory boards – the Open Contracting Partnership; and the Natural Resources and Community Review. He is a member of several global initiatives including the Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources under the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative of the United Nations; the Executive Session on the Political Economy of Extractive Industries, convened by the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) of Columbia University in the US; and the International Research Collaborative on Natural Resource Governance, Inequality and Human Rights, Law and Society.
He was recently a Course Expert on “Resource Revenue Management” in a MOOC online course - Natural Resources for Sustainable Development produced by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, SDSNedu, and The World Bank. He also served as Faculty Expert on Extractives at the 2016 African Regional Workshop of the Institute of Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. In addition, he has spoken at several universities as visiting speaker including – Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Harvard Law School, and the Houston Law Centre. He has also presented papers on international platforms such as Chattam House, the World Bank Institute, the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Centre.
In Africa, he has worked on petroleum policy and resource governance projects in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya; advising governments and supporting parliamentary committees and CSOs. Dr. Adam recently testified on how Africa can avoid the resource curse before the United States Congress House Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
In Ghana, he was a member of the Technical Committee set up by the Government of Ghana to review the Ghana Petroleum Revenue Management Act. He has also played advisory roles to a number of private sector operators in Ghana - as Chairman of Frontier Energy Africa Limited; Member of the Board of Ghana’s first private oil and gas mutual fund – the Weston Oil and Gas Fund; and Member of Zoil Oil Waste Services which is providing offshore waste management services in Ghana’s oil industry.
Dr. Adam holds a PhD. In Petroleum Economics from CEPMLP of the University of Dundee in the UK specializing in petroleum fiscal systems and contracts, fiscal policy in resource-led economies; and resource governance. He also holds an MPhil (Economics) and B.A. (Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Coast; and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Economists of Ghana (ICEG).
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