University of Energy and Natural Resources
Prof Eric Ofosu AntwiTransforming Energy Access
Prof Eric Ofosu Antwi has a PhD in Integrated Water Resources Management from UNESCO-IHE and TU-Delft in the Netherlands. He obtained both his first and second degrees in Civil Engineering from KNUST in Ghana. He is a registered engineer with the Ghana Institute of Engineers. He has expertise in renewable energy with particular interest in hydro energy solutions. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and also the Director of the Regional Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES). He has extensive experience in academia as a lecturer and researcher and has supervised over 20 postgraduate theses. He also has extensive experience in project management, and has won grants to run many of the energy projects ran by RCEES.
Assoc. Prof. Samuel GyamfiTransforming Energy Access
Ing. Prof. Samuel Gyamfi is Associate Professor in the Renewable Energy Engineering Program. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Regional Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability and Dean of the School of Energy Students. He was the Dean in charge of Students Affairs from August 2017 to August 2019.
He was the Acting Head of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department from August 2015 to August 2017. Samuel was appointed a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Information Technology of Murdoch University, Western Australia from August 2014 to July 2017. He held Lecturer Position at Murdoch University from 2011 to 2014. He held Research Associate and Teaching Assistant positions at the Advanced Energy and Materials Systems Laboratory (AEMSLab) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, from 2010 to 2011. In 2007- 2008 he was a Visiting Research Scientist at the Juelich Research Centre in Germany where he was involved in energy demand side management and demand response modeling.
Samuel has coordinated several international projects including a five-million dollars China South-South Cooperation project between the Ghana government and the government of the People’s Republic of China, the Erasmus+ Project on Enhancing Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Sustainability in Higher Education in Africa (EEIS-HEA), the World Bank African Centre of Excellence in Energy and Environmental Sustainability. Samuel received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in residential electricity demand response assessment and modeling) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2010 and his MSc in Energy Systems from the Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany in 2004. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Geodetic Engineering from KNUST in 2001. His main research interest is in utility demand side management and the way that human factors can be used to develop technology and communication systems to improve energy efficiency behavior.
Dr. Gifty Serwaa MensahTransforming Energy Access
Dr. Gifty Serwaa Mensah holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, an MSc in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, also from KNUST. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Regional Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES) and a lecturer with the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of Energy and Natural Resources, (UENR) in Ghana. Dr. Mensah has lectured part-time at the KNUST in the past. She also has experience in energy project coordination, having coordinated projects sponsored by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the UNDP. Gifty has also been involved with curriculum development at her current department.
Her research interests include: energy access indicators, waste to energy, life cycle analysis, waste management systems, Energy data, energy planning, energy policy, climate change and environmental health. She has supervised over ten postgraduate students and examined numerous research theses. She is also involved in student mentorship programmes and community empowerment and development projects.
Dr. Felix Amankwah DiawuoTransforming Energy Access
Dr. Felix Amankwah Diawuo is a faculty member at the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) – Sunyani-Ghana. At UENR, he is also a research lead at the Regional Centre of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES). Previously, he was a Research Affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), California, United States (US). His research interests include clean fuel and energy technologies, supply and demand side management strategies, energy policy, electrical power systems and sustainable cities. He has published several articles in these areas in different reputable international journals. He is a certified energy auditor and also a digital education expert with great experience in developing curricula. He has participated in a range of energy projects sponsored by the European Commission, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), etc. He holds Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems under the MIT Portugal PhD program from the Technical University of Lisbon (IST), double degree from the Erasmus Mundus European Master program in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) from IST-Portugal and KTH-Sweden. His bachelor education in Electrical and Electronic Engineering was received at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He has additionally completed the EIT KIC InnoEnergy PhD school programme.
Ing. Emmanuel Asuamah YeboahTransforming Energy Access
Ing. Emmanuel Asuamah Yeboah is a renewable energy engineer who obtained his first degree in renewable energy engineering from UENR in Ghana. He then obtained a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Management from UENR. As part of an international credit mobility programme, he studied semester courses in MSc. Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning from Alborg University in Denmark. Emmanuel is an assistant research fellow with RCEES, UENR. He also tutors undergraduate students at the Renewable Energy Engineering Department of UENR. He has been instrumental in running most of the technical short courses at RCESS and many of the renewable energy projects ran by RCEES. He is a certified Energy Audit Professional and a professional engineer registered with the Ghana Institute of Engineers. His research interests include: Energy Efficiency and Markets, rural electrification, mini grids, smart grid, renewable energy technologies and energy transition.
Dr. Benjamin BatingeTransforming Energy Access
Dr. Benjamin Batinge holds a PhD in Public and Development Management from Stellenbosch University, an MPhil in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen, and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Ghana. Dr Benjamin Batinge is a full-time Research Fellow at the Regional Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES) and the Postgraduate Coordinator of the School of Energy at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana. He has extensive expertise in system dynamics modelling, energy access research, green economy, and climate change impact mitigation and adaptation assessment. He worked with various organisations on different projects, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sustainable Solutions for Africa (SSA), and the UNEP’s Africa Coexistence Landscape (ACL) Project. He co-developed a system dynamics nexus model with stakeholders from the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) on the Humans, Wildlife, and Resources (Water, Food, Land) nexus. In addition, he led the development of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Simplified Approval Process (SAP) Proposal for the Government of Liberia. He also developed a subnational system dynamics model on the water-biodiversity nexus in South Africa under the UNEP Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) project with key stakeholders from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. Furthermore, he worked on the Gender for Energy Security (GENS) Project, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Newton Fund through the British Council. Dr Batinge also worked on the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE) Programme in Mozambique project, funded by The Netherlands Organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC).
Dr. Martin Kyereh DomfehTransforming Energy Access
Ing. Dr. Martin Kyereh Domfeh is a digital education expert and a researcher with a wide field of interest: Renewable Energy Engineering, GIS and Remote Sensing (GIS), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Machine Leaning and Data Science. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (EORIC) of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) Sunyani, Ghana. He doubles as a Fellow of the Regional Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES)-UENR. At EORIC, Martin is the coordinator of the High-Performance Computing Section in addition to coordinating training programs and serving in diverse capacities on numerous committees. Martin has been pivotal in winning grants to fund research at EORIC.. He holds a BSc. Civil Engineering and MSc. Water Resources Engineering and Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and PhD in Sustainable Energy Management from UENR. He is also a Commonwealth Scholar with a one-year split-site research study experience in CFD from the University of Exeter, UK. Dr. Domfeh is passionate about teaching and mentoring students at various levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate, in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering as well as Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at UENR. He is also a facilitator in several short courses in CFD. He currently has over 20 publications spread across several peerreviewed journals and serves as a reviewer for several journals including Scientific African and the Journal of Energy and Natural Resource Management. Dr. Domfeh is a respected member of the academic and professional community, with affiliations to various institutions and organizations such as the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE).