The Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority in the Republic of Ghana, Ing. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa has been crowned the Male Energy Personality of the year at the 2021 Ghana Energy Awards held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.
He beat Elikplim Kwabla Apetorgbor, CEO of Independent Power Producers, Distributors & Bulk Consumers; Nana Amoasi VII, Executive Director for Institute for Energy Security (IES); Benjamin Boakye, Executive Director for African Centre for Energy Security (ACEP); Dr Benjamin Asante, CEO of Ghana Gas, Egbert Faibille Jnr, CEO of Petroleum Commission; Martin Eson-Benjamin, CEO of Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) ; Pankaj Bhati, CEO of Alpha; Senyo Hosi, CEO of (CBOD); Dr Yussif Sulemana, Energy Consultant /Strategist/Analyst, Michael Bozumbil, CEO of Petrosol Ghana and Rev. Ing. Oscar Amonoo-Neizer, Executive Secretary of Energy Commission.
This is the second time Ing. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa has been adjudged the Male Energy Personality of the Year.
In 2018, Ing. Antwi-Darkwa has crowned the Energy Personality of the Year, after beating his competitors.
This year’s Ghana Energy Awards was under the theme: ‘Digitalized Energy Sector; The Key For A Resilient Economic Future’.
In attendance were the Minister for Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Chief Director of Ministry of Energy Lawrence Apaalse and hosts of CEOs of both petroleum and power sector institutions.
A Civil Engineer by profession, Mr Antwi-Darkwa, has over thirty years of extensive experience in the energy industry and has detailed knowledge in the functional and regulatory influences in Ghana’s energy sector, and the dynamics of international power systems development.
He possesses expertise in strategic planning, policy formulation and evaluation, contract negotiations, as well as the development of several multi-disciplinary power projects.
He has been involved in projects such as the 400 MW Bui hydroelectric power project and the expansion of the 220MW Takoradi Thermal Power Plant.
Since taking over as Chief Executive, Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa has championed a conscious change in VRA’s business model and organisational mindset to ensure improved operational and project implementation efficiencies.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Oil & Gas Management, University of Dundee, UK, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, USA, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.