University of Cape Coast

Ferdinand Ahiakpor is a citizen of Ghana currently employed as a Professor in Economics by University of Cape Coast, Ghana. An institution with it main functions as teaching, research and knowledge and technology transfer. I teach and supervises various courses and thesis at both undergraduate and graduate levels. As an economist, Ferdinand published several articles, policy briefs, technical papers and presented academic and policy papers at both national and international levels. I have also been part of scholars who occasionally review programmes for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi. 

Ferdinand has several years of working experience both nationally and internationally.  From July 2018 to April 2023, Ferdinand served as a short-term Consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Macroeconomic Policy Division, with the responsibility of developing and training key stakeholders on E-Views-based Macroeconomic Model for selected African countries. I have within the period completed the Macroeconomic Model for Africa and other individual countries.  Some of these countries includes Djibouti, The Gambia, Mauritania, Namibia, Algeria, Lesotho, Egypt, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana, Mauritius, and Zambia.

In addition, from March 2013 to December 2019, I also served as a Technical Advisor to the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ghana and responsible for macroeconomic policy and structural option, private sector development, social sector as well as strategies for inclusive growth and sustainability. As part of my duties at the Commission, I coordinated the writing of series of government documents such as: Annual Progress Report, Ghana@100 document, Long -Term Development Plan. I also produced various policy papers, technical papers, and strategy documents for consideration by government. Further to this, I was part and leader of the technical team that worked with Oxford Economics to develop the Ghana Macroeconomic Model. As a member as the team, I undergone one-year additional training in Macroeconomic Forecasting, Sectoral Planning and Policy Analysis among other technical trainings with Oxford Economics, a consulting firm in the United Kingdom.

Between 2011-2012, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Economic Policy (CEP) research unit, University of Hull Business School, United Kingdom. During this period, l was involved in production of series of policy documents and policy analysis for the consumption of government and related organisations.

I graduated from University of Cape Coast/ University of Hull, UK, where I  obtained Ph.D. in Economics. After l have graduated my my PhD in Economics, l continued with my post-Doctoral research fellowship at the Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. During this period, apart for publication, I also took courses and training in Financial Econometrics and Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Model (DSGEM). Before my PhD, I obtained a Master’s  and Bachelor of Social Sciences  Degree  from University of Ghana and Cape Coast respectively. 

My speciality though not limited covers Macroeconomic Modelling, Fiscal policies, Monetary Policies, Sovereign Risk Analysis Labour Market Analysis and Development Economics, .Ferdinand’s work experience has offered him opportunities for close interaction with government officials within and outside Africa, officials of multilateral organizations as well as international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the African Development Bank. 

Ferdinand also served on various boards of public enterprises, Chairman of Policy Working Group for the “STRENGTHEN PROJECT”, International labour Organization (ILO) in the year 2015 to 2018.