Meet Our Ambassadors
Dr. Alexander Martin-Odoom (Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc)
Dr. Martin-Odoom is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biomedical & Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana, teaching Virology to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and training Medical Laboratory Scientists for the health sector. He is the president of the Association of Private Medical Laboratories, Ghana. He is the Board Chairman of Quadushah Medical Diagnostic Centre Ltd in Tema and the Board Chairman of Hamagen Molecular Laboratory Consult Ltd in Tema. He is a member of the National Laboratory Network for COVID-19 PCR Testing (working on the National Quality Assessment Programme for COVID 19 Testing). He is the Medical Coordinator of Baobab Medical Centre, Biriwa- an Amicus Onlus Project (Not-for-Profit Organization). He is a Member of the Examination Committee and External Assessor for the National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX)-Health Sciences Committee. He is a Consultant Clinical Virologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist. He has oversight responsibilities in satellite laboratories in 3 hospitals in the Greater Accra Region. He has several publications in Peer Reviewed journals on research interest spread across viruses causing major human diseases. He has more than a quarter of a century of experience in medical laboratory sciences practice in hospitals, clinics, and independent medical laboratories.
Dr. Laud Anthony Basing
Dr. Laud Anthony Basing is Medical Laboratory Scientist, Engineer, Innovator and Entrepreneur. He is a lecturer at the Department of Medical Diagnostics, KNUST and the Founder and CEO of Incas diagnostics. He is also the Executive Director of Incas Impact Foundation. Dr. Basing is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow in the Business and Entrepreneurship track and was previously, the Chairman of the Linkages Committee of the West and Central African Regional Advisory Board for the fellowship. He is a member of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)’s Young Leaders Circle, and the former ASM Young Ambassador to Ghana. He is the former Vice Curator of the Kumasi hub of the Global Shapers Community, a global network of young people driving dialogue, action and change, a former President of the Young African Leaders’ Network-Ghana and a member of the Alliance for Young entrepreneurs Ghana. On the professional front in Medical Laboratory Practice, he is a former regional executive of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) having been the Secretary of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Chapter, Ashanti Regional Secretary, Ashanti Regional Financial Secretary and Ashanti Regional Vice Chairman. Laud Anthony is the first Ghanaian to have been nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, a prestigious award aimed at strengthening African innovation ecosystems through supporting a culture of innovation and competitiveness, whilst spurring growth of innovative, market-driven African solutions to African challenges.
Air Commodore Edward Abayomi Akinwale (Rtd)
Air Commodore Edward Abayomi Akinwale (Rtd) is a Fellow Member of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria. He holds a Master's degree in Biochemistry, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and PhD in Haematology. He is a Certified Laboratory Auditor of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in December 1985 and rose to the rank of Air Commodore in December 2009. He voluntarily retired from the NAF in October 2015. During his tour of duty in the NAF, he commanded most of the medical laboratories in the Service. He is the author of the book titled ‘A Guide for Unlocking SLIPTA Checklist and ISO 15189’- A preparation tool for 5-star performance towards international accreditation of medical laboratories. After retiring from the Nigerian Air Force, he has been working with the Henry Jackson Foundation, US Military HIV Research Program Nigeria as the Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager overseeing the research laboratories across West Africa.
Kwame Asante, an ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Scientist received his undergraduate degree in 2000 in Virginia, USA. Over the years, he worked as a generalist in several clinical laboratories in departments such as Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Blood Bank, and Microbiology. He later joined the Georgia Public Health Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005, where he was part of the Immunology Department and the bioterrorism unit that performed testing on suspected white powder for anthrax. He was later the Science Lead and Program Manager for the BioWatch surveillance program across the U.S. With his Master’s in Business Administration degree, he pursued opportunities with several U.S. Federal agencies as Program Manager. Kwame Asante joined the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute in 2016 as a Program Manager overseeing Quality Management Systems activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. In 2018, he joined the Association of Public Health Laboratories and relocated to Ghana as Technical Lead to support PEPFAR and GHSA funded activities. Kwame is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health.
Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe
Disease Surveillance Department
Ghana Health Services
Dr. Ignatius A. N. Awinibuno
Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS)
Nene Salamata Bah
Nene Salamata Bah is a Senior Lab Technologist at the National Service of Occupational Medicine, Guinea. She holds a master's degree in Medical Biology from Gamal Abdel Nasser University, Conakry, Guinea.
Dr. Alexander Yaw Debrah
Alexander Yaw Debrah is an Associate Professor of Parasitology and Global Health at the Department of Medical Diagnostics and the Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Microbiology and PhD in Medical Parasitology. He became a lecturer at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at KNUST in 2007, where he teaches Medical Parasitology at the Medical School and the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. He has held a number of positions at the KNUST, including Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.
He is also a research scientist and has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has received a number of international awards including American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Travel Award in 2007, a nomination by VW Foundation of Germany to attend a forum of Nobel laureates and young promising scientists in Lindau, Germany in 2010, the prestigious bi-annual main prize of the German Paul-Ehrlich-Society for anti-infective therapy (“PEG”) in 2013 and the German “Momento Research” Prize of 2015 for Neglected Tropical diseases (NTDs). He has also won both Junior and Senior fellowships of European Foundation Initiative on Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD) and EDCTP Senior fellowship award (2020).
He has a number of ongoing research activities sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Commission, European Foundation Initiative on Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD), VW Foundation of Germany and German Research Foundation (DFG) of Germany, EDCTP among others.
He has held a number of international positions including being a member and co-Chair of the planning committee of Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) of the American Society of Microbiology from 2014-2016. He was the first African to hold this position since the formation of ICAAC about 60 years ago.
Prof. Debrah has research collaborations with many international universities including the University of Bonn, Bernhard Nocht Institute of Hamburg, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland, and the University of Buea in Cameroon among others.
Kassaye Tekie Desta (MSc, MPH & PhD)
Kassaye Tekie Desta is a senior Laboratory Scientist and certified public health professional with 18 years of technical and managerial experience in diagnostic laboratories, pharmaceutical quality control laboratories, hospital management, and health science colleges. Kassaye holds an MSc degree in Medical Microbiology from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine, Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Health Science from the University of South Africa. From 2011-2017, He worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Liberia and Ethiopia as a laboratory specialist. From 2009 to 2011, He worked as a national quality assurance manager for the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI); former Ethiopian Research and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) seconded by CHAI Ethiopia. From 2011-2017, He provided the necessary support for the completion of several in-service training in HIV point of care testing, HIV 1 DNA PCR for Early Infant Diagnosis and Viral load testing in Ethiopia and Liberia as well as several laboratory quality management system trainings. Kassaye led the Initiation of the first HIV molecular test at the national reference laboratory of Liberia and the first MTB/RIF GeneXpert testing in Liberia.
Candace B. Eastman, CEO and founder of Africabio Enterprises Inc., began her professional career as a bench scientist and worked in all areas of the clinical laboratory. She also worked as a bench scientist for biotechnology companies before taking on more managerial roles in quality management systems. She focused the majority of last 20 years of her profession in business development. She built strategic relationships with firms whose products were at various phases of clinical development in the U.S, as well as building experience in W. Africa.
She holds an MBA with a concentration in strategic management from Johns Hopkins University.
At the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in the U.S, she worked alongside the Midwest Investor Network to showcase economic development efforts to companies in other parts of the country, which resulted in a fertile ground for new life science investment opportunities in Mid-America. She assisted in starting up BIO Ventures for Global Health. In W. Africa, she’s worked in various leadership positions in Liberia’s Ministries of Health (MoH) and Commerce. As the Director of the National Diagnostic Unit of MoH, she spearheaded the creation of the first strategy and national policy.
As Liberia's Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry, she created avenues for trade mainstreaming and led the development of Liberia's export strategy of agricultural products. As Founder of Africabio Enterprises, her diverse range of experience has allowed for its growth and expansion through opportunities in developing a diversified company with a core technical focus in laboratory systems strengthening and horizontal services in organization and leadership development. Now in its 5th year, Ms. Eastman's experience in business planning, organizational development, financial analysis, and creating opportunities for business to business partnerships positively impacts the bottom line of Africabio Enterprises, Inc. She is also the co-founder of CelebrateLAB, a regional W. Africa event for laboratory professionals.
Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi
Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Principal Medical Laboratory Scientist with Kintampo Health Research Centre, an institution he has worked with since 2007. He has a PhD in Immunology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Over the past 12 years, his research has focused on epidemiology and immunology of infectious diseases (mainly malaria, HIV and neglected tropical diseases (Soil Transmitted Helminths)), test method development and validation to improve medical laboratory diagnosis, quality assurance and training in research capacity development and medical laboratory services within the Ghana Health Service. He contributed to the validation of CareStart G6PD RDT, a novel rapid diagnostic test kit for the screening of Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) in the tropics.
He has been involved in the clinical trials of development and testing of the RTS, S malaria vaccine, having participated in the Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials that brought the vaccine to a pilot implementation phase currently ongoing in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. His current research work looked into the immune-epidemiology of soil transmitted helminths and plasmodium species co-infection in the middle belt of Ghana. He was awarded the first Meritorious Award for Best Scientists in Kintampo Health Research Centre for the year 2018.
Sarah Kwao is the Quality Manager of the Pathology Division of the 37 Military Hospital. She was employed by the Ministry of Defence to serve at the military hospital as a Medical Laboratory Scientist after her one year national service at the same institution. By dint of hard work, she rose through the ranks and was appointed to serve on the quality steering committee as logistics officer of the Pathology Division of the Military Hospital in 2012. She diligently combined this appointment with service as the deputy head of the Chemical Pathology Department until July 2018 when she was appointed to fill in the big shoes of her former boss as the quality manager.
She was also nominated in August 2014 to serve as the laboratory officer of the Ghanaian Medical contingent 11, a United Nations' level II hospital in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI-GHANMED 11). She is also the laboratory's representative of the National Aids Control Program (NACP) in the hospital and a member of the Joint West African Research Group constituted by the US Naval Research Unit 3 (JWARG/NAMRU 3)" She brings on board a 14 year working experience as a Laboratory Scientist.
Mrs. Ellen Munemo
Trained as a medical laboratory scientist at the University of Zimbabwe, Ellen is a very experienced technical expert in laboratory system strengthening as she is an all-rounder in the medical laboratory field. She is a medical microbiologist with 20+ years of progressive experience and proven record of significant, successful contribution in public health laboratory field. She spearheaded the setting up of the TB culture laboratory at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory in Harare, Zimbabwe (2010), and served as a TB laboratory consultant for the WHO-AFRO Region from 2013 – 2017. She has vast experience in the implementation of laboratory quality management system based on ISO15189 and implementation of the SLIPTA/SLMTA program. Ellen was heading the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory when they attained ISO15189 accreditation in 2017.
She worked with with a CDC funded project under the University of Massachusetts, Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL), that was instrumental in the introduction of the SLMTA program in Liberia. She also has experience in project management and leadership development. Ellen’s has vast experience which she acquired through exposure to working on diverse roles that involved Leadership and Strategy Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Risk management, Resource management, Budgets, Grant application and contract management. Ellen has worked in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Liberia and with her TB work, she has provided consultancy to Ghana, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Gambia, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia.
Currently Ellen is a Team Lead for the USAID funded IDDS project which is strengthening the diagnostic network in Liberia.
Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan
Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan is a Liberian medical doctor, biomedical research scientist, inventor and social activist. He earned his medical degree in human-medicine from the Medizinische Fakultät (Charité) der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. Dr. Nyan has expertise in infectious disease research. He was trained and worked as scientist at the US National Institutes of Health, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the US Food and Drug Administration in the USA. He is the inventor of the US-patented rapid multiplex pathogens diagnostic test that detects and simultaneously identifies multiple infections in less than an hour.
The “Nyan-Test” is rapid, portable, affordable and easy to use in many settings. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Dr. Nyan testified before the US Congress and provided a road map to ending the Ebola outbreak as well as proposed the establishment of the African Center for Diseases Control and National Public Health Institutes in the African regions. He has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including “Nature” (Scientific Reports), “Clinical Infectious Diseases” and the “International Journal of Infectious Disease.” He is the winner of the 2017 African Innovation Special Prize for Social Impact and Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Research in Medicine from the Ward Educational Fund. Dr. Nyan currently serves as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Shufflex Biomed, a diagnostic start-up company that develops testing kits for infectious diseases. He is a member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS). Dr. Nyan is currently active in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and Africa as Member of the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps and the Diaspora COVIV-19 Pandemic Focus Group.
Dr. Adrian N.O. Oddoye
Dr. Adrian Oddoye is the Founder and Medical Director of Akai House Clinic. A General Practitioner with over 20 years of practice, Dr. Oddoye is a proponent of preventive medicine and community health. He is a Trustee of the University of Ghana College of Health Sciences, and a member of the Ghana Medical Association, the University of Ghana Alumni Association, the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners and the International Panel Physicians Association. Dr. Oddoye has been the US Embassy Post Medical Adviser since 1996, and is a panel physician for the US Embassy, Canadian High Commission and Australian High Commission. Dr. Oddoye has served as the KLM Air France Consulting Physician for over 10 years, and has consulted both on the ground and in-flight. He is the current president of the Ghana Club, a social club dedicated to preserving the cultural and social history of Ghana. He also supports the creative arts, and enjoys gardening, tennis and golf.
Dr. Alexander Martin-Odoom (Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc)
Dr. Martin-Odoom is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biomedical & Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana, teaching Virology to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and training Medical Laboratory Scientists for the health sector. He is the president of the Association of Private Medical Laboratories, Ghana. He is the Board Chairman of Quadushah Medical Diagnostic Centre Ltd in Tema and the Board Chairman of Hamagen Molecular Laboratory Consult Ltd in Tema. He is a member of the National Laboratory Network for COVID-19 PCR Testing (working on the National Quality Assessment Programme for COVID 19 Testing).
He is the Medical Coordinator of Baobab Medical Centre, Biriwa- an Amicus Onlus Project (Not-for-Profit Organization). He is a Member of the Examination Committee and External Assessor for the National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX)-Health Sciences Committee. He is a Consultant Clinical Virologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist. He has oversight responsibilities in satellite laboratories in 3 hospitals in the Greater Accra Region. He has several publications in Peer Reviewed journals on research interest spread across viruses causing major human diseases. He has more than a quarter of a century of experience in medical laboratory sciences practice in hospitals, clinics, and independent medical laboratories.
Dr. Adeola Olanrewaju Oluboyo
Dr. OLUBOYO Adeola is a Lecturer, Researcher, and Scientist. She has Ph.D in Medical Laboratory Science (Immunology). Her area of specialization is Chemical Pathology (Clinical chemistry). She is a fellow member of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and laboratory services in Nigeria with a proven track record of research in both communicable and non-communicable diseases with special interest in HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cancer, Hypertension, and Diabetes.
She has passion for training, mentoring and providing support in form of consultancy services to young researchers. She has been actively involved in clinical laboratory operations, management, teaching, mentoring, and clinical research. She has served in several capacities as a public speaker, coordinator, and Head of the department. She also has a passion for women and children’s health and participates in voluntary and free health services to people in various communities.
Dr. David A. Opare
Dr. David Agyapong Opare is currently the Head of the National Public health and reference Laboratory of Ghana. He holds a BSc Second Class Upper Degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Medical Doctor’s degree from Moscow Institute of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from University of Ghana, a MSc Medical Microbiology degree from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a diploma DLSHTM (Diploma London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) also from LSHTM. He is a Senior Public Health Specialist and a Fellow at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. He worked in a lot of hospitals as a Medical Officer notably are Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital, Atebubu Government hospital and Sunyani Municipal and Regional Hospitals. He served as the District Director of Health Services in Atebubu District and Sunyani Municipal Health Directorate.
Blessing Ekanem Opoola
Blessing Ekanem Opoola is a Laboratory Specialist with more than 15 years of working experience in microbiology, research TB and HIV diagnostics. In-depth knowledge pf laboratory quality management system. She is currently working as a Medical Laboratory Specialist at the National Professional Officer Laboratory, World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria.