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Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison is a Ghanaian economist serving as the current and 15th governor of the Bank of Ghana. He had previously worked at the same central bank as director of research from 2003 to 2011, and as an economist at the African Development Bank.
Addison attended the elite Mfantsipim School, a Methodist college in Cape Coast with alumni such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. After Mfanstipim he went to the University of Ghana for his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from 1982 to 1986. He proceeded to Cambridge University for his Master of Economics from 1987 to 1989.
In 1993, he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in economics from McGill University. His Ph.D. dissertation, done under the direction of John Kurien, studied the Macroeconomic implications of sectoral policy incentives under structural adjustment: a general equilibrium analysis of sectoral terms of trade changes in the Ghanian economy.
After completing his doctorate at McGill, Addison returned to Ghana and joined the Bank of Ghana in 1994 as an economist. He rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Chief and Head of the Economic Analysis and Policy Division of the Research Department.
During his tenure at the bank he was a member of several committees including the Open Market Operations Committee, Money Market Auction Committee and the Editorial Committee and also secretary to the Financial Programme Implementation Committee and the Financial Policies Committee.
He chaired an Economic Community of West African States Task Force set up by the Authority of Heads of State of ECOWAS to perform feasibility studies culminating in the setting up of the West African Monetary Institute. Addison served as the chief economist with the West African Monetary Institute from 2000 to 2003.
Prior to leaving the Bank of Ghana, he worked under Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who was then its governor and later became Vice-President of Ghana. In 2012, Addison was a lead economist at the African Development Bank's Southern African Resource Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.
In March 2017 Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, forwarded Addison's name to the Council of State for consideration and approval as the governor of the Bank of Ghana. This was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the then governor Dr. Abdul Nashiru Issahaku. He was subsequently approved and then appointed as the governor of the Bank of Ghana on 1 April 2017.
As central bank governor, Addison automatically serves a member on many Government of Ghana and international agencies that deal with financial policy and management, including;
International Monetary Fund (IMF), ex officio member of the board of governors
Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS), ex officio chairman of the board
Ghana Cocoa Board, member
Financial Stability Board (FSB), member of the Regional Consultative Group for Sub-Saharan Africa.