Wisdom Akatu is a Senior Environmental Scientist based in Knight Piésold’s Accra office and manages the office’s environmental department. He is a registered member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Oxford.
He has worked as a consultant on environmental and sustainable development management systems and a number of pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility projects in the mining, power, infrastructure, and water resources industries. Wisdom regularly coordinates multidisciplinary teams in the production of environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA), collecting environmental baseline data, and facilitating permitting processes (e.g., water use permits, ESIAs).
Projects that he has undertaken include ESIAs for onshore and offshore gas receiving plants, pre-feasibility studies for hydropower schemes, and closure plans for various mine facilities. He has a deep understanding of the level of information required to satisfy regulator and institutional lender demands, as well as in actively applying the requirements of the International Finance Corporation/Equator Principles in developing countries.