Deputy Director of Research and Development, Ghana Cocoa Board
Michael Ekow Amoah holds an MPhil degree in Economics with specialization inEnvironmental Economics from University of Ghana.He also holds B.A. Hons degree in Economics with Geography from University of Ghana.
He is an Environmental economist, M&E Expert and researcher with over 19 years working experience in the cocoa and forestry sectors. Heserved on a number of committeesincluding Producer Price Review Committee (PPRC), Cocoa Management System implementation committee, Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) implementation team, the Economic sub-committee of the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cooperation, the Safe Guards sub-working Group of the Forestry Commission, the Expert Team on the Ghana REDD+ Investment Plan, the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+Programme implementation Committee and the Forests Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue.
He is also a member of several working groupsincluding the ISCOsTraceability working group, Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire working group on traceability, EU sustainable Initiative focus group ontraceability and African regional Standards, andDIASCA traceability working group.
Hestarted his career as a Forest Economist with Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)in 1998, then joined Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) in 2004 as Research Officer.Whilst working with COCOBOD, he was appointed as a Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive of COCOBOD for eight years during whichhe served four (4) Chief Executives. He is currently a Deputy Director in charge of Research and Development of the Ghana Cocoa Board, a regulator of Ghana’s cocoa industry.