Political and Economic Development Insight: Ghana and East Africa


Arntzen de Besche, Bygdøy Allé 2, 0257 Oslo


Join us for a briefing on political and economic development in Ghana and East Africa with IHS Markit.

Breakfast will be served from 08:00, and the programme will begin at 08:30.


Natznet Tesfay

Natznet Tesfay is Director of Africa Analysis within the IHS Economics and Country Risk business unit. Her areas of specialization include political developments affecting the power and offshore energy sectors in West Africa, particularly Nigeria and commercial developments, especially in mining, energy, and infrastructure in East Africa. Ms. Tesfay leads development of the Africa Open Source (OSINT) inputs and horizon scanning infrastructure, drawing on a range of Indicators & Analytics methodologies such as geospatial analysis and scenario modelling techniques. Natznet contributes directly to business growth, shaping IHS's SSA business development strategies, advising C-level executives on market entry and risk management, and African governments on leveraging their natural resource potential for economic growth.

In 2017, Natznet was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos in recognition of her work on investment and development in Africa. She regularly speaks in major media outlets, and at high-level conferences such as CERAWeek, IP Week, TXF Africa, NeMA Africa and EuroFinance and for organisations like the Royal Africa Society and Frontline Club. Previously, at Exclusive Analysis she managed a regional intelligence team of in-country analysts and sources, as well as Exclusive Analysis's Johannesburg office. She also advised governments in East Africa on the development of free trade zones, foreign policy and the mining sector. Natznet received an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Government and African Studies from Harvard University.

Theo Acheampong

Theo Acheampong is a senior analyst on the IHS Economics and Country Risk Sub-Saharan African team. He specialises in analysing developments relevant to political and business risks in Sub-Saharan Africa. His research covers risk forecasts and analysis, including of war, terrorism, and political unrest, as well as the impact of business risks – tax, legal, operational – on industry sectors and companies. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he worked as an independent consultant providing macroeconomic analysis and market research focused on frontier emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked on a number of client projects in the global energy industry, particularly in upstream oil and gas.

Theo has a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.


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