K.Y. Amoako

African Center for Economic Transformation

K.Y. Amoako is the President of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), a nonprofit institution based in Accra, Ghana, promoting high-quality policy analysis and advisory services and driving sustained growth and development in Africa. He led the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 1995-2005 at the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Under his leadership, ECA was transformed to more effectively serve African policy makers, to amplify the African voice internationally and to influence African partners. Dr. Amoako has served alongside leading development experts and political leaders and on high-level international commissions and task forces, including the Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa convened by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Commission for Africa established and chaired by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs. Prior to ECA, he was Director of Education and Social Policy at the World Bank. Dr. Amoako was a Distinguished African Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2006. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, by Addis Ababa University in 2003, and a Doctor of Letters degree, honoris causa, by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, in 2005, in recognition of his contribution to Africa’s development.