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Ekua Nuama Bentil

Education Specialist
Ekua Bentil has been an Education Specialist with the World Bank Education Global Practice since 2016. She supports the tertiary and STEM education agenda across the sub-Saharan Africa region. She is currently the co-task team leader in the preparation of the phase three of the World Bank-funded Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence project (ACE Impact) which will provide funding and support to universities in more than 10 countries in West and Central Africa (plus Djibouti) for training (master’s, PhD and professional short courses) and applied research, covering several regional priority sectors including water, energy, ICT, mining, agriculture, health, transport and coastal resilience. 

Ekua is also a member of the Secretariat (hosted at the World Bank) of the pan- African Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) initiative. She has played a critical role in the designing, operationalizing and enrollment of the first cohort of scholars of the PhD training window of the PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF). She also supports the linking of the RSIF with international academic and industry partners.  Under PASET, she is also leading efforts to improve higher education data through the PASET Regional Benchmarking initiative for sub-Saharan African universities. The Benchmarking work covers the developing of tools and their implementation, covering areas such as accessibility, quality of faculty, governance, research output, technology transfer, financing, student surveys and graduate tracer studies.

Prior to her current World Bank role, Ekua worked on Wall Street in New York, at Goldman Sachs, as a market risk modeler (2011 – 2015). After leaving Goldman Sachs, she consulted with the World Bank’s Education Global Practice  as a science and technology specialist for the Africa region (2015). As a consultant, she focused on supporting PASET’s RSIF and Benchmarking initiatives.

Ekua holds a PhD and Master’s degrees (2011, 2008) in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where her research focused on III-V semiconductor devices (covering lasers, detectors and wavelength filters) and mid-infrared sensing systems. She holds a 3-2 dual bachelor’s degree (2006) in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and Physics from Bryn Mawr College.