Dr. Gideon Boako
P.O.Box 71 Wits, 2050
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +277 817 81310
Email: gboako@gmail.com
Current Position
  • Principal Consultant - AREFC
  • Associate Editor - AREF

Gideon Boako, Ph.D, Ch.FE is a Financial Economist with years of experience in academia, public policy formulations, and governmental and non-governmental consultancies. Currently, he serves on Ghana's Economic Management Team (EMT) as Technical Advisor at the Office of the President, as well as, the Spokesperson to the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, who chairs the Economic Management Team. He is a member of the boards of the State Insurance Corporation (SIC) Financial Services LTD and Danquah Institute (DI). Gideon has had stints in the academia teaching finance and economics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; University of the Witwatersrand and Garden City University College. He is a Research Fellow at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and holds Research Associate/Fellowship positions at the Centre for Global Finance-School of Finance and Management at the SOAS University of London, the Institute of Business Research (IBR) - University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, and the African Finance and Economics Consult (AFEC), Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Boako has consulted for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), The Hague-Netherlands, Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA), and Southern African Trust/Wits Business School Chair in African Philanthropy, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Gideon holds Ph.D. in Finance (with specialization in Financial Economics) from the University of Witwatersrand, as well as, master's degrees in Finance (M.Phil. and MBA) from KNUST. Additionally, Gideon is a Charter Holder in Financial Economics (Ch.FE), and holds certificates in Financial Engineering & Risk Management, and Financial Markets from Columbia University (New York-USA) and Yale University (USA), respectively. In 2016, Gideon was selected among top 18 qualified Economics/Finance young scholars in Africa for the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management Economics/Finance Ph.D. Summer School held at University of Cape Town. He has been part of Ghana's national budget preparation since 2017. In January 2017, he was invited to the Presidential Transition Team on Finance Summit to brainstorm on the possible means to restructure Ghana's debt profile for economic growth. And in 2020 he was engaged by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to review the 2020 Economic Report on Africa.

Dr. Boako has won several research grants/awards/scholarships including the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Thematic Area Research Grant, University of Witwatersrand Ph.D. Merit Award, South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRC) Bursary Award, Government of Ghana Scholarship, etc. He has several publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals such as the International Review of Financial Analysis, Energy Economics, Resources Policy, Applied Economics Letters Journal of Multinational Financial Management, South African Journal of Economics, Finance Research Letters, Research in International Business and Finance; Physica A: Statistical Mechanics & Its Applications, etc. He also has a book chapter published by Palgrave McMillan, and two working Papers with the Economic Research Southern Africa. Dr. Boako is editor of the Ghanaian Journal of Economics and associate editor of the African Review of Economics and Finance journal. With two children (Jodi and Stefan), Gideon enjoys a number of extra-curricular activities, notably, hang-outs, socio-political discussions, and exploring the frontiers of human consciousness.

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