Stephen Yeboah’s life trajectory reflects exactly what he is doing today. He lived and grew up in a typical mining community, Obuasi, which hosted for more than two decades Ghana’s oldest mining operation. This is the motivation behind his core interest in commodities in Africa.
Stephen Yeboah is the co-founder of Commodity Monitor, a tech-based business that uses data analytics to generate exchange of information on sustainable production, supply and consumption of commodities in Africa, including mining, oil and gas. Commodity Monitor undertakes political and economic risks and opportunities analyses for private investors and governments.
Stephen has twice in a row been selected as LinkedIn Top Voice on ‘Economy and Finance’ and Philanthropy and Global Development for 2017 and 2018 respectively. He has more than 522,000 followers on LinkedIn. He was also selected as part of 30 under age 30 emerging Ghanaian Talents in the world by the UK-based Future of Ghana.
He has more than eight years of experience in research and policy analysis in Africa’s extractive sector, agriculture, energy, climate and was a Research Fellow at the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a non-profit chaired by the late former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, from September 2013 to July 2016. As part of the work for the APP, he engaged in policy research, communications and stakeholder liaison at the highest level towards driving Africa’s agenda in agriculture, energy, climate, natural resources and sustainable development in the global context.
Stephen has also worked as a research consultant at the African Natural Resources Center of the African Development Bank (AfDB), where he assisted in projects like the value chain analyses and the use of financial modelling in Africa’s extractive sector. He has consulted for the Communications and External Relations Department of the African Development Bank as a Digital Development Communications expert, where he leads policy-oriented communications, including drafting Op-Eds and policy-related articles.
He has published more than 100 articles, blogs and papers on energy and climate, finance, agriculture, natural resources governance and sustainable development in Africa and holds a Master in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland. He had his undergraduate education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He is currently undertaking a doctoral study at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, researching on the politics, institutions of mining and the outcomes on Ghana’s development.