Dr. Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu is a founding member of Ghana session of the IEEE and has remained a member of IEEE since.
He is the Director for Strategic Planning and Policy at the Ghana Energy Commission. His main responsibilities include making energy demand and supply forecasts for the country. His co-chairs the national planning committee that prepares Ghana’s Annual Electricity Supply Plan.
He has been in Ghana’s energy sector since 1989 starting as a schedule officer for solar energy till his present position.
He led the team that developed Ghana’s first Strategic National Energy Plan (SNEP: 2006-2020) and also leading the team updating it to cover up to 2030, a task expected to be completed this year.
He was a member of the Presidential Commission set up by the Ghana Government to look into nuclear power in 2007 and currently a board member of the Ghana Nuclear Power Institute.
He has been a member of Ghana’s team to the UN Climate Change negotiations since 2005. Also Ghana’s representative on the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Oil and Gas Subcommittee.
He was a Lead Author in the IPCC (i.e. the UN Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group Three of its fifth Assessment Report and now a Review Author/Editor for the IPCC Working Group Three Chapter Six (Energy Systems) of the Sixth Assessment Report. He is one of three Ghanaians appointed by the IPCC to the Working Group III, in its contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) from 2018-2021.
He was a peer-reviewer for IEA (International Energy Agency)’s 2014 World and African Energy Outlooks and currently a peer Reviewer for the IEA 2019 World and African Energy Outlook currently on-going.
Dr. Essandoh-Yeddu has BSc physics, an MSc. in Engineering with specialization in Energy & Environment from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and a PhD in Physics with specialisation in Climate Change & Geosciences from the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (a joint doctoral programme).
Besides, his regular work, he has been an adjunct professor in universities in and outside Ghana. He was a Burns Visiting Scholar on Sustainable Energy Solutions to the University of Lethbridge, Canada in 2014 and to the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2016.
He has authored a number of papers and made presentations on sustainable energy development.
He authored a book Energy Economic Analysis of Power Plant CO2 Capture and Pipeline Transport in Texas Gulf Coast which is on sale at Amazon.com and major online bookstores. Dr. Essandoh-Yeddu also contributed the chapter on Natural Gas Market of the book - Advances in Natural Gas Technology (published by InTech Open Science online bookshop which was released in 2012).