Speaker's Profile

Julius B. Lamptey

Senior Research and Policy Officer at Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh)

Julius B. Lamptey

Senior Research and Policy Officer at Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh)
Julius B. Lamptey is a distinguished professional with over a decade of multidisciplinary expertise in research, policy, business advocacy, business and investment promotion, export development, and strategic facilitation. As the Senior Research and Policy Officer at Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh), he is dedicated to driving impactful research, policy advocacy for enabling environment for impact investments, and fostering collaboration between industry and academia. His leadership extends to his role as the Secretariat Lead for the Ghana Research and Industry Collaborate, where he spearheads initiatives to foster innovation and drive collaboration, facilitating the translation of high-quality research into practical application for industry needs. This involves conducting research-industry matchmaking, organising workshops, and advocating for resources to support collaborative ventures. Julius’s tenure as the Head of Research and Advocacy at the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) saw him leading research strategies and evidence-based advocacy programmes aimed at creating a favourable business environment and enhancing competitiveness. Notable among his endeavours is the GNCCI Business Pulse project, which employs performance indexes to inform policy decisions and support SME development across seventeen industries in Ghana. His efforts also extended to designing and implementing capacity-building programmes such as the GNCCI-DBG Business Skills Development Programme, empowering over 500 SMEs nationwide with essential business acumen for sustainable growth and access to long-term funding. Julius’ commitment to capacity-building further manifested in the MSME Digital Skills Training Programme, funded by the European Union and Expertise France the Expertise France initiative, aimed at fostering digital transformation among MSMEs in the African Caribbean Pacific region. His impactful advocacy efforts include streamlining the duty drawback process in Ghana, resulting in improved efficiency and transparency within the system. Additionally, he served as the Coordinator for the AGOA Trade Resource Centre, collaborating with the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub to provide trade assistance and support services to Ghanaian businesses, thus fostering international trade opportunities. Throughout his career, Julius has demonstrated a commitment to gender inclusivity, with over 40 percent participation of women entrepreneurs in workshops and capacity-building programmes under his leadership. His strong interpersonal skills and effective coordination have been instrumental in facilitating collaboration between stakeholders and achieving positive outcomes. In his early career at the School for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, as Senior Research Assistant and later Principal Research Assistant, Julius played crucial roles in various local and international research projects, showcasing his proficiency in research proposal, data collection, analysis, and report writing. Again, he served as a technical support staff of the Journal of Social Sciences and organised tutorials in basic statistics, research methods, SPSS, Ms. Excel and computing to both undergraduate and graduate students. Julius’s academic and professional journey embodies a steadfast commitment to bridging research with real-world impact. From his early career as teaching and research assistant at the University of Cape Coast to his current role as a catalyst for research-industry collaboration, Julius remains unwavering in his mission to drive positive change through applied research, strategic facilitation, and advocacy. He holds a Higher Education Certificate in Business Administration from the Accra Business School in Ghana, MA in Labour Policies and Globalisation from the University of Kassel and Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana.