Mr. Ignatius K. Yankey is a recipient of my awards and distinctions. He was recently awarded the Dr. Noreen Golfman Graduate Fellowship, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Hacettepe University (HU), Ankara-Turkey. He was a recipient of the Turkish government scholarship. With which, he successfully graduated with a close to perfect GPA in International Relations. He is a first-class student with honors from the University of Ghana. He studied sociology and archeology at his bachelors level. Leadership is a great and evident strength for Mr. Yankey.
As a student leader, Mr. Yankey served as the Deputy Speaker of Legon Hall Congress of the Junior Common Room (JCR) and a member of the Maintenance Committee of the JCR. He has held several positions and mentored lots of his peers and other students. Also, he has served diligently with passion in many capacities, for instance, as the Coordinating head of the African Students Representative (H U- Ankara). A Coordinating member of the Ghanaian Students in Turkey.
Mr. Yankey got a passion for studying Environmental policy when his MA-International relations led him into natural resources and environmental politics. His academic interests lie in global leadership and international relations, fossil fuel reduction, climate change, energy security and transition, fisheries sustainability, water politics, and climate diplomacy. As an Energy Security expert and Hydro-politician, he presented a paper on “Ghana’s Energy and Great Powers Interest” in the Center for Africa Strategic Studies (AFSAM)- Turkey. His peer-reviewed publications include Yankey, I. K. (2019). Ghana’s Water Relations With Burkina Faso: Hydropolitical Standpoint (Master’s thesis) published by the Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Ankara-Turkey, and Yankey, Ignatius. (2018). The Arab Spring in The Arab World: Is Islamism a Factor? A Case Study of Tunisia. Journal of Social Science Research, 12(2), 2819-2827.
He also enjoys influencing political and policy decisions using his writing skills through the online media. He is the founder and international coordinator for SOMPA-GHANA. Currently, he is the Global chief liaison officer (Africa) & Acting head of research—Youth Employment & entrepreneurship of the Young Politician and Leaders Network (YPLN). He loves sports (rugby and football) and listening to African music.