Joseph Kwadwo Tuffour holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Economics from the University of Benin-Nigeria, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and BA degrees in Economics from the University of Ghana. He has been a Development Economist, Small Business and Socio-Economic Researcher for over 10years. His specific areas of expertise include public policy formulation, business research, youth policy, and small business economics among others. In addition, he is experienced in survey design, data collection and analysis aswell as contemporary knowledge in external debt analysis and other public sector issues.
He has played key roles in socio-economic baseline surveys and evaluations. Dr. Tuffour is a Fellow Certified Economist with the Chartered Institute of Economists-Ghana, a member of African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) network of researchers and Board Member of Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), a youth research and advocacy think tank in Ghana. He is also a visiting Lecturer for Public Sector Economics on the Collaborative Master of Arts Programme of AERC.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Deputy Director, Research and Consultancy Centre of the University of Professional Studies, Accra.
Internationally, Dr. Tuffour has participated, presented papers and/or served as expert panel member for international and domestic workshops and conferences organised by AERC-Kenya, UN-WIDER-Finland, Kettering Foundation-USA, CIEM–Vietnam, Uongozi Institute-Tanzania, European Commission-African Union Commission-Cote d’Ivoire, YES-Ghana, ICBMED-UPSA-Ghana, iSTEAMS-Nigeria-Ghana, etc. His previous research work include: leadership and microfinance (for Uongozi Institute), capitation education (for NHIA), wages, incomes and employment (ISSER-ILO), trade liberalization and oil palm (ILO), formation of larger businesses (Emperetech), economic profile of mining communities (ISSER), and socio-economic baseline of mining communities (Ghana Chamber of Mines). Prior to joining academia, he was the Research Officer with the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Research Officer – Ghana Cocoa Board, Accra, Associate Economist and Project Supervisor of Management and Economic Development Consultants Limited, and Research Officer – Ghana Chamber of Mines.