E-mail : info@dremmanuelo.com
Phone : +27 78 756 8569

To apply my multi-tool kit of skills to Africa’s economic transformation and performance, through capacity strengthening, policy research and development that enhances private sector led growth, job creation, poverty reduction and equality, leaving no one behind.

My Skills

Economic & Social Science Research
Project Design & Management
Programme Design & Management
Data Analysis & Management
Time Series Econometrics
Panel Data Econometrics
Capacity Building & Strengthening


In progress


Dr Owusu-Sekyere is an expert in his field, very meticulous and pays critical attention to detail which makes him an excellent performer and achiever. He is time conscious and always expects nothing but the best, leaves no stone unturned in the delivery of assignments with his great IT skills, perfect delivery of presentations and reports and good command of the English language. He has excellent communication and analytical skills as he delivers analysis on data with ease and conciseness

Dr Ali Nakyea

Dr. Abdallah Ali-Nakyea,

PhD (Tax Policy), FCITG, MIIA, CA (GH), MTP (SA), MPhil (Econs), LLB, BL

Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere is a Macroeconomist with a very broad and deep insight into development research, programme and project design and management. I have worked with him for several international development organisations on which we also jointly serve as special advisors. He has participated in numerous public sector capacity building projects in many African countries especially in macroeconomic, data handling and analysis and policy formulation and implementation. Dr Emmanuel employs a system thinking perspective to his institutional capacity building and strengthening interventions and has helped the public sectors of many African countries to build the requisite systems to enhance operational efficiency.

Seth Akweshie

Formerly of SADC Secretariat

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John Doe




04/2012 – 03/2014

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Economics and Econometrics

University of Pretoria, South Africa

01/2009 – 04/2012

PhD Economics

University of Pretoria, South Africa

09/2002 – 11/2004

MSc, Economic Management and Policy

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

09/1998 – 06/2001

B.A. Economics and Management

University of Ghana, Legon

Specialised Training: 2006 - 2008

09/1998 – 06/2001

Capital Market Development and Regulation, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. U.S.A

University of Ghana, Legon

09/1998 – 06/2001

Overview of Financial Sector Issues and Analysis, World Bank Institute, Washington, D.C. U.S.A

University of Ghana, Legon

09/1998 – 06/2001

Measuring Financial Inclusion in Africa, Finmark Trust, South Africa

University of Ghana, Legon


January 2010 – March 2014

Lecturer Intermediate Macroeconomics and Econometrics.

Subject Coordinator and Lecturer for Intermediate macroeconomics, consultations, online support and practicals for students, examination setting and grading. Developed executive/specialised training materials for South Africa’s public sector in applied macroeconomics and instructed those training programmes. I serve as training instructor in time series and panel data econometrics for practitioners from various countries and different sectors of the economy through Enterprises@University of Pretoria, and external examiner and thesis supervisor for PhD and Masters students in UNISA. I am also a reviewer for several scientific peer reviewed journals in Economics and Econometric


January 1991 – September 2002

Business and Economic Analyst

My daily role involved preparation of business plans and project proposals for SMEs soliciting for funding from financial institutions and capacity building in market research, bookkeeping, and branding.


February 2021 - till date

Deputy Director Research, The Brenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg

Lead on research into economic transformation, cities and communities, empowerment and jobs, peace, and security on the African continent

April 2020 – January 2021

Research Director, Peace and Sustainable Development, Developmental, Capable and Ethical State Unit, HSRC, Pretoria

Conceptualise research projects, raise funding, manage teams and implement projects in sustainable security/development in Africa. The focus is on water, food, climate, economic, health and skills security, and migration.

Jan 2019 – March 2020

Chief Research Specialist, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Unit. HSRC, Pretoria

Involved in several research projects in governance, migration and development, youth development, Skills, 4IR and the future of work, women economic empowerment in IORA member states, poverty, inequality and unemployment.

April 2016 – Jan 2019

Chief Research Specialist, Africa Institute of South Africa. Pretoria

Served as Head of the Sustainable Development research unit, leading cross programme, multi-year, multidisciplinary projects on the SDGs, Agenda 2063, AfCFTA and the African integration agenda, in collaboration with scholars in South Africa and across the continent.


Acting Executive Director, Africa Institute of South Africa.

I acted as Executive Director of the Africa Institute of South Africa in the absence of the Executive Director on several occasions

April 2014 – March 2016

Senior Research Specialist, Economic Performance and Development Unit. HSRC Pretoria

Led/participated in several projects, managed masters interns, designed an intems management policy for the organisation, published peer reviewed journal articles, some with colleagues and interns, mentored PhD and Masters interns.


2005 - 2009

Technical Officer, Capital Markets and Financial Inclusion.

Economic Management Capacity Building Project-Financial Sector Reform (EMCB FSR Cr-4124-GH) Ghana, funded by the World Bank, DfID at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana. ($35 million dollars, 5 years)
This project involved policy, institutional and market reform of Ghana’s financial sector to make it more facilitative of private sector led economic growth. I participated in project design, appraisal processes by funding oganisations, funding negotiation and implementation. I played a key role in the design and finalisation of outcome indicators and the monitoring and evaluation framework for this project which was sucessfully completed within the required timeframe of five years. I was further responsible for writing reports on the project as input into Country Reports to the World Bank, National Budgets and the IMF.


Reviewed journal articles

Sekyere, E., Hussein, A. & Alta, J. (2021) Macroeconomic determinants of currency volatility. An analysis of selected emerging market economies. Intenational journal of macroeconomics and finance 14(5): 411 – 426.

Sekyere, E., Lunga, W., & Kuraihe, S. (2021) The impact of disasters on economic growth in selected SADC countries. Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 13(1): 1081 https:// doi: 10.4102/jamba.v13i1.1081

Chikodzo, C, Sekyere, E, Akanganngang, J.A (2021) Youth Empowerment as a Pathway towards attaining the Demographic Dividend in SubSaharan Africa: Evidence from Ghana. Commonwealth Youth and Development 18(1): 9208 – 9224.

Sekyere, E, Wentzel, M, Viljoen, J, Pophiwa, N & Kanyane, B. (2019) Voices of skilled migrants in South Africa. The case of Gauteng province. Africa Journal of Public Affairs 11(3):22 - 40

Sekyere, E. & Jonas, S. (2017). Does democracy enhance economic growth. A study of Anglophone West African States. African Journal of Public Affairs. 9(6): 50-58

Sekyere, E. (2017). The Impact of Monetary Policy on Household Consumption in South Africa. Evidence from Vector Autoregressive Techniques. South African Journal of Economics and Management Sciences. 20(1), a1660.

Sekyere, E, van Eyden, R & Kemegue, F. (2017). The impact of Remittances on Development Outcomes. The case of SADC. International Journal of Economics and Management Research. Vol 1, No 2.

Sekyere, E., VanEyden, R. & Kemegue, F. (2014). Remittances and the Dutch Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Contemporary Economics 8(3):289-298

Apergis, N., El-Montasser, G., Sekyere, E., Ajmi, A.N., Gupta, R. (2014). Dutch disease effect of oil rents on agriculture value added in MENA countries. Energy Economics 45:485-490

Kemegue, F., Sekyere, E., & VanEyden, R. (2014). Harnessing Remittances for development finance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Development Areas 48(3):321-37.

Gupta, R., Sekyere, E., & Mwabutwa, C. (2012). Structural Breaks and GARCH Models of Stock Return Volatility. The Case of South Africa. Economic Modelling 29(2012):2435-43


Sekyere, E &Willis, Alexandra. (2022) Undocumented migrants, the myths, realities, what we know and dont know. The Brenthurst Foundation. Johannesburg. South Africa.

Sekyere, E, & Nwokollo, M.N. (2021) Understanding and building resilience of Health Systems in Africa. COVID-19 and Beyond.

Socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 in South Africa. April 2020. Occasional Paper. Wilson Center. Washington D.C.

Steyn-Kotze, J., Bohler Muller, N., Gordon S. & Sekyere, E. (2019) Women Economic Empowerment in IORA member countries. HSRC Policy brief.

Sekyere, E. (2019) Africa’s demographic dividend, Fact or Farce? Article in Africa Growth Agenda Vol 16(1): 10-12 ISSN1811-5187

Sekyere, E. Behr, C and Ramirez, J (2017). Designing measurements for sustainability in infrastructure development. Economic Policy Forum. GIZ Working Paper. April 2017.

Sekyere, E. Tshitiza, O. & Hart, T. (2016) Leveraging m-governance innovations for active citizenship engagement in South Africa.

Sekyere, E., Motala, S., Ngandu, S, Sausi, K & Verryn, A (2015). Strengthening the capacity of civil society to enhance social accountability.

Chitiga, M., Sekyere, E., Ngepah, N. & Josie, J. (2014). Shifting fiscal responsibilities downstream: fiscal decengralisation and economic growth in South Africa.

Chitiga, M., Sekyere, E, Tsoanamatsie, N. (2014). Income inequality and limitations of the Gini Index: The case of South Africa.

Ndokweni, M., Sekyere, E., Nhemachena, C., Mupela, E. (2014). Navigating the government’s development path.


Sekyere, E. & Fynn A. (2021) From Survival to Opportunity through COVID-19 and Beyond. South Africa Future Trust SMME Benchmark Report. Oppenheimer Generations Philantropies.

Sekyere, E., Gordon, S., Pienaar, G. & Bohler-Muller, N. (2020) Is South Africa winning the war on poverty and inequality?: what do the available statistics tell us?. In: Durojaye, E. & Mirugi-Mukundi, G. (eds).Exploring the link between poverty and human rights in Africa. Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press. 33-54.

Owusu-Sekyere, E. (2020) The political economy of industrialization in Africa. In: Oloruntoba, S.O. & Falola, T. (eds).The Palgrave handbook of African political economy. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 739-756.

April, Y.F. & Owusu-Sekyere, E. (2019) Developmental state perspectives and the National Development Plan lessons from South Korea. In: April, Y.F. & Owusu-Sekyere, E. (eds).Economic development, the role of a developmental state: South Africa and South Korea. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa. 1-13.

April, Y.F. & Owusu-Sekyere, E. (2019) The way forward: fast Tracking the implementation of the NDP in South Africa: lessons from South Korea. In: April, YF & Owusu-Sekyere, E (eds).Economic development, the role of a developmental state: South Africa and South Korea. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa. 76-80.

Sekyere, E. (2018) Achieving sustainability in the context of the Blue Economy. In A Handbook on the Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean Region. In collaboration with IORA and the University of Mauritius.

Owusu-Sekyere, E. (2018) Attracting investment for infrastructure development in Africa: the way forward. In: Simelane, T. & Mananga, L. (eds).Belt and road initiative: alternative development path for Africa. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa. 20-31.


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GIZ/GOPA, Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service, Accra.

  • Date : 2014
  • Country : Ghana
  • Objectives : Good Governance capacity building programme in Ghana

Training modules were conducted in: Revenue and expenditure modelling and forecasting; Time series econometric analysis; Macroeconomic diagnostics and forecasting; The Economics of Monetary Unions; Panel data econometric analysis; Fiscal Analysis and forecasting

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Central Bank of Lesotho, Maseru

  • Date : 2017
  • Country : Lesotho
  • Objectives : Capacity building in macroeconomic policy analysis, and analysis of empirical data

Build capacity in econometric analysis of time series and panel data.

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Ministry of Economy and Finance, Maputo

  • Date : 2017 & 2019
  • Country : Mozambique
  • Objectives : Capacity building in macroeconomic policy analysis, and analysis of empirical data

Capacity building in macroeconomic policy analysis; time series and panel data econometrics analysis, revenue and expenditure modelling and forecasting

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Private and Public sector employees from various African countries. May/June; Nov/Dec each year

  • Date : Each year since 2012
  • Country : South Africa Enterprises UP
  • Objectives : Build capacity in Econometric Analysis: Econometrics for the Practitioner; Econometric Analysis of Cointegration; Econometric Analysis of Panel data.

Build capacity in econometric analysis of time series and panel data. Practitioners come from academia, central banks, research companies and public sector workers across the African continent

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Central Bank of Uganda, Kampala

  • Date : 2015 & 2016
  • Country : Uganda
  • Objectives : Capacity Building in empirical analysis of macroeconomic data

Capacity building in macroeconomic policy analysis; time series and panel data econometrics analysis

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Macroecoeconomic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI)

  • Date : 2019 & 2021
  • Country & Date :Zimbabwe
  • Objectives : Supevision of Fellow, Macroeconomic Management Programme

Supervision of thesis by fellows and preparation of Technical Paper for graduation

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Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia, MEMFI, IMF.

  • Date : April 2022
  • Country : Zambia
  • Objectives : Capacity building in identifying and managing fiscal risks, developing a fiscal risk management framework for Zambia, fiscal risk statement, for submision to the IMF

Capacity building in macrofundamentals to fiscal policy, overview of fiscal risk analysis and management, identifying and quantifying fiscal risks,sensitivity analysis, preparing a fiscal risk statement and a fiscal risk management framework.

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. SADC Regional Office

  • Project : Agricultural value chains and economic transformation in southern Africa: opportunities from the African continental free trade area.
  • Duration : 3 months, 2022
  • Private Consultancy/Partner, Team Lead Seth Akweshie.

A framework for leveraging the opportunities in the AfCFTA for SADCcountries to transform their economies through agricultural development.

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Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

  • Project : Guidelines on migration data definitions and mechanisms for exchange of migration data and statistical methods in southern Africa
  • Duration : 3 months, 2022
  • Private Consultancy/ Project Lead

Guidelines for the definition of migration variables, access and exchange mechanisms, Terms of Reference for National and Regional Techincal Groups

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South Africa Government: National Policy Conference on Migration and Urbanisation in South Africa

  • Project : No one is safe until everyone is safe. Experiences of Migrants with COVID19 in South Africa
  • Duration : 6 month 2021, Completed
  • Project Lead

Project Report, Journal Articles and policy recommendations to government

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IOM Southern Africa Regional Office, Pretoria

  • Project : Designing a Roadmap for Harmonising Migration Data Management in SADC. Adaptation of ECOWAS Guidelines
  • Duration : 12 months, 2020/2021
  • Private Consultancy / Project Lead

A Framework for the harmonisation of migration data management in SADC.

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Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

  • Project : Skills Migration Study for South Africa
  • Duration : 6 months, 2018 Completed
  • s Project Lead

Client Report, journal articles published, Key policy recommendations

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Department of Home Affairs, South Africa

  • Project : MMAZAA: State of Immigration in South Africa: A multi-programme HSRC project
  • Duration : 3 years, 2015 – 2017
  • Financial year 2014/15: R2,502,486 Team Member

Client report completed. Publications not allowed by Client from project

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National Development Agency, South Africa

  • Project : MNAIAA: Effective and Accountable Citizenry Engagement Study
  • Duration : 10 months, 2016
  • Project Lead

Client report, 2 policy briefs and Book Chapter published

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