A former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Ing Jonathan Amoako-Baah, has been adjudged the best power sector CEO at the 5th edition of the Ghana Energy Awards held in Accra at the weekend.
Ing Amoako-Baah won having been nominated among other top executives in the power sector including Volkan Buyukbicer, Managing Director of Karpowership Ghana; Theophilus Sackey, CEO of Cenpower Generation; Kwame Agyeman-Budu, Managing Director of Electricity Company of Ghana; Elikplim Kwabla Apetorgbor, CEO of Chamber of Independent Power Producers, Distributors and Bulk Consumers (CIPDiB) ; Pankaj Bhati, CEO ,Alpha TND; Kobinah Nyanteh, CEO Translight Solar and Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, CEO of Volta River Authority.
Jonathan Amoako-Baah is an accomplished Electrical Engineer and has been in active practice for over 30 years.
He has worked in the Electricity and Oil & Gas industries across West Africa.
Ing Amoako-Baah worked for several years at VRA as a design engineer on the Northern Electrification and System Reinforcement Project (NESRP), Project Coordinator on the Lower Volta Electrification Project and the Project Office Engineer on the National Electrification Project.
He also worked as a Principal P&C Engineer at the Akosombo Generating Station, as a Construction Engineer on the Akosombo GS Retrofit Project and the Task Manager on the West African Gas Pipeline and the Takoradi II Expansion Projects.
He is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a member of the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is the immediate past President of the Society of Volta River Authority Engineers.
In April 2009, Jonathan was seconded to the West African Power Pool (WAPP) headquarters in Cotonou, Benin, as a Project Coordinator, supervising projects in Ghana, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali.
Mr Jonathan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2017 when the current administration won political power in 2016.
During his tenure, GRIDCo spearheaded the construction of 330kV/580MA Pokuase Bulk Supply Point, Kasoa Gas Insulated 161 kV Bulk Supply Point funded by the Millennium Development Authority.
Additionally, under his tenure, GRIDCo completed the Accra Central Bulk Supply Point at the Graphic Road and also completed the 330 kV Kumasi-Bolgatanga transmission line and increased power supply to Burkina Faso.
GRIDCo also signed a German compact for the improvement of its network and also the construction of two substations to be sited in Kumasi and Takoradi.
He also implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning tool to convert the manual processes to a digital one in GRIDCo.