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Mr MICHAEL YAMOAH profile picture
  • Student
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Michael Benedict Yamoah is a sustainable development economist interested in climate change, sustainable development, environmental economics, sustainable resources, sustainable risk management, business strategy, and behavioral economics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University College London BSEER, holds an MBA and certificate in corporate sustainability from NYU Stern School of Business, an MA International Economic Development from George Washington University ESIA, a BA in International Relations and Business Administration from Carroll College, and a BA coursework in Geography and Sociology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Michael Benedict has also been working as a director of ESG engagement at EOS Federated Hermes International covering engagement in North America and Europe, with a focus on technology hardware & software, mining & materials, energy, and financial services sectors. Prior to joining the EOS team at Federated Hermes International, he worked as a senior sustainability consultant and US climate strategy lead for Quantis International advising organisations on how to adopt science-based climate strategy with robust metrics, tools, and outcomes. He has also held various corporate and support roles, including acting climate and sustainability research lead at Aramco (US), sustainability and analytics manager at Bechtel Corporation, consultant for the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank, and international climate programme support at the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC).

Research Summary

Options for the coherent implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs at the national level: Case study of two oil and gas economies in Sub-Saharan Africa – Ghana and Nigeria

My study explores the coherent implementation of the post-2015 agreements (Paris Agreement and the SDGs) at the national level by focusing on challenges faced by hydrocarbon-dependent economies and the need for transformative decarbonisation. It examines how countries in Sub-Saharan Africa manage climate and hydrocarbon development in policy and governance, the gaps and barriers that impede transition away from hydrocarbons, and options available to address these gaps and barriers. I use a mixed-method approach of content analysis to analyse the body of policies and strategies aligned to the SDGs and Paris Agreement at the national level and provide a deeper dive analysis using a two-country case study to formulate the gaps and barriers. The goal is to develop options via a framework for the coherent implementation of both post-2015 agreements at the national level while ensuring that the unique objectives, goals, and consequences of such policies are not compromised or are well-considered.

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