Allotey Ampenyin Kofi, Francis, ProfAAS

Fellow since 1985, Mathematical Physics (Founding Fellow)
Born in 1932, Ghana

Professor of Mathematical Physics. Educated at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, UK and Princeton University USA, Qualifications: DIC, M.A. PhD.

Former: Dean of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Chairman, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Governor, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna Austria; President, Mathematical Association of Ghana. Vice President, African Academy of Sciences; President, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Currently: President, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences; Member, Scientific Council, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy; Member, International Advisory Council of Molecular Frontiers, Sweden; President, African Physical Society; Vice President, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

Honours and Awards: Prince Philip Gold Medal for his work on Soft X-ray spectroscopy, African Mathematical union Medal. World Bank/IMF African Club, Distinguished Scientist Award

Order of Volta Companion, Millennium Excellence Award, Hon. Fellow Institute of Physics (U.K), Fellow TWAS, Hon. Fellow, Ghana Institution of Engineers, Chartered Fellow, British Computer Society, Hon. D.Sc (from six Universities)

He has organized and directed several workshops and conferences at national and international levels on Information and Communication Technology and Mathematical Sciences in various countries including the USA, Australia, Italy, United Kingdom, Frances, Sweden, South Africa, Senegal, Botswana, Kenya, Guyana, Cote d’Ivoire etc.

For example, he was Chairman of the Williamsburg Conference on International Information Economy in Virginia, USA in 1986; Chairman and Organizer of the Section on Computer Education in Developing Countries of the 1980 International Federation of Information Processing (lFIP) Congress in Melbourne. Australia; and Chairman of the panel discussion on the Financial and Quantitative Aspects of Computer Education at the IFIP Congress, Marseilles, France in 1975 and Member of International Panel on Requirements of developing countries regarding Informatics Education, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1981. Chairman: International Working Party for the Analysis of Economics and Commercial Impact of Transborder Data Flow, Roma, Italy; Vice President, United Nations Review conference on the Non-­proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Geneva (1975); Appointed by the Secretary-General of United Nations to be among a group of 12 international experts commissioned to advice United Nations in Nuclear Weapon, (1979).

He served as Chairman of the International UNESCO and IBI Conference on Informatics for Development, Chairman of “IFIP CONGRES80” section on Computer Education in developing countries (Australia)

He was the founder of the Ghana Energy Research Group (ERG) and has been its coordinator since 1985. He was Chairman of the Technical Committee, DANIDA/Ghana Government Strategic National Energy Plan 2000 - 2020. .

He established the First Computer Science Department for Research, Training and Education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. It was the first Computer Science Department in any university in Sub Saharan Africa. He established the Laser Research Centre in the Physics Department of the University of Cape Coast.

He was the first to introduce the theory of electron-hole scattering resonances effect on soft X-ray spectroscopy in metals. This effect has been observed experimentally.

To commemorate his contribution to science, the government of Ghana issued a postage stamp with his portrait in 2006.

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Ayensu, S. Edward, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 1985, Biology science - Botany
Born in 1935, Ghana

Prof Ayensu obtained his M.Sc. in 1963 from George Washington University and a PhD in 1966 from the University of London. He then became Scientist-in-charge of the Smithsonian biological survey at Smithsonian Institution (US).

His research interests focus on tropical biology and ecology, economic botany, comparative anatomy and phylogeny of flowering plants, behaviour of fruit-eating bats, biomedical research of medicinal plants, development of low carbon growth plants and development of biomass plantations for bio energy.

He has investigated major World Bank Development Projects such as the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline, Petroleum Sector Management Capacity Building, China Western Poverty Reduction and Brazil Land Reform Poverty Alleviation. He has served as Director and  Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution and Senior Advisor to the President on Strategic Planning and Policy Development at the African Development Bank.

He served as Chairman of Africa Practice, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Ghana, etc. He was member of the Board of Trustees of (1) the UN University for Peace, (2) the management of intellectual property rights in health research and development (MIHR, UK), and of the Energy Commission at the World Bank for the development of the West African gas pipeline. He is a founding fellow  of AAS, and a member of TWAS. 

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Danso,  Akyea Kofi Seth, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2009; Agriculture
Born in 1944, Ghana

Prof. Danso was educated in Ghana where he obtained B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Ghana in 1970, M.Sc. in 1972 and PhD in 1974. 

Formerly he was a research fellow in Colombia, Post-doctoral research fellow in Nigeria, Lecturer in Ghana, Second Officer FAO/IAEA then First Officer IAEA Austria, professor, Head of Department, Vice Dean and Director ECOLAB at University of Ghana.

His research interests include: Plant nutrition, ecology and biodiversity, biotechnology, soil organic matter, land degradation, biological nitrogen fixation and use of biofertilizers in sustainable agriculture. He is a member of the International Society of Soil Science, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, American Society of microbiology and Soil Science Society of Ghana. He is Chair of Geo-Environmental Science, Gold award and Fellow of Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and Ford Foundation Scholar. He has 120 Peer-reviewed publications.

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DARKWA, James (Prof.)

Field: Chemistry
Gender: Male
Country (DoB): Ghana (1952)

He is Professor and Director, Synthesis and Catalysis Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Prof Darkwa has made immense contribution to coordination chemistry of metals and their applications as catalysts in olefin transformation reactions; and as potential metallo-drugs for cancer and HIV.

His group was the first to use pyrazolyl nickel complexes and ethylaluminium dichloride as tandem catalysts in the facile production of alkyltoluenes, starting materials for sulfonated detergents, from the oligomerization of ethylene and their Friedel-Crafts alkylation of toluene. 

He has also developed a novel class of gold anticancer and anti-HIV agents. His current research interests include using plants as renewable sources for materials that are currently produced from petrochemicals. As President of the South African Chemical Institute (2011-2013) and a member of the Institute’s Council, he has been instrumental in building links between chemists in South Africa and the rest of the continent; such linkages have allowed students to undertake postgraduate training in South Africa.

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Dakora Felix Dapare, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Botany, Soil Science, Plant Physiology and Microbiology
Born in 1952

Prof Dakora has 33 years-work experience in Africa and North America. He has supervised and graduated 12 Master’s and 8 doctoral students. He currently supervises over 30 Master’s and doctoral students.

Prof Dakora has reviewed manuscripts for over 20 international scientific journals, and reviewed major grants some worth over 1.0 Million Euros. Prof Dakora has served on many advisory/scientific committees of major international conferences. He organised the 15th International Congress on N2 Fixation in 2007, and served as its President. Twice, he has been President of the African Association for Biological Nitrogen Fixation.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc

  • 1979-1981 Commonwealth Scholar, Australia
  • 1985-1989-Commonwealth Fellow, Australia
  • 2002-2005-Member of Cape Biotechnology Initiative (CBI) Board
  • 2004-2005-Member of the Royal Society Council
  • 2005 -2008-Member of Cell Life Board
  • Nov 2005-Elected Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (MASSAf)
  • June 2006-2008-Member, ASSAf Committee on Science for Poverty Alleviation
  • Jan 2007-2000 Member, ASSAf Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa
  • Nov 2007-Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (FRSSAf)
  • 5 June, 2012-: Appointed Adjunct Professor to the University of Western Australia Institute of Agriculture (ARWU World ranking: 26th).
  • 17 July 2012: UNESCO Laureate (joint recipient of UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences).

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Isabella Akyinbah Quakyi, Prof
Fellow of AAS since 2015
Immunology, Parasitology and Public Health
Born in 1946

Prof Quakyi’s  research and teaching over the past three decades focused on malaria immunity, immunoepidemiology, immunopathology, immunodiagnosis, autoimmunity, molecular immunology and vaccine development. Research on malaria and concomitant infections with measles and HIV/AID has had equal attention.  She has substantial international research capability and capacity, having worked in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Australia, England and the Netherlands, and has garnered interpersonal skills and academic scholarship necessary for leadership to build needed capacity for public health.

As Principal and Co-principal Investigator on several research projects and North-South research partnerships, including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health Programs, and Centre for Biologics and Evaluation and Research, US Food and drug Administration. She has contributed significantly to faculty development, research, curriculum development.and knowledge translation and transfer.  She has the experience, expertise and leadership skills in the fields of basic, operational and social sciences.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc

  • Fellow Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member Ghana Health Service council
  • Member PATH/MVI Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory COUNCIL
  • Nominated a National Voice for Malaria Free Future Advocacy Program,
  • Elected Commonwealth Travel Fellow, 1982 by Trustees of the Trust Fund for Medical Research for West African States within the Commonwealth.

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Esi Awuah, Prof
Fellow of AAS since 2015
Environmental Health and Sanitation
Born in 1954

Prof Esi Awuah is a distinguished research scientist with over 100 publications in refereed journals, conference papers, environmental reports, book chapters. She has also supervised more than 200 undergraduate students and over 52 postgraduate students at the Masters’ and PhD levels. She has served on several International and local Boards including the Water Aid Ghana, Organization of Women in the Developing World. 

She has led a number of International research projects on water and sanitation funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Union, Wellcome Trust and the World Bank.
She has a lot of  University managerial and administrative experience as Head of the Centre of Environment and Technology, Head of Civil Engineering Department, Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Geomatic Engineering all  at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and  currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.

Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah is a member of The Africa Sanitation ‘Think Tank’, World Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. She has received numerous awards. Notably are among them are;

  • Best Scientific Journal Paper for the year 2006.
  • UNESCO Mondialogo Award for Innovative Research in Engineering in 2007.
  • Best European Union Water Management Research Project in 2012.
  • Ghana‘s Ministry of Local Government    and Rural Development Recognition during the International year of Sanitation in 2011.
  • Received the Best Research scientist in environment water and sanitation Silver Award during the first National Science Congress in 2011
  • Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers 2014
  • Ghana Women of Excellence Award 2014

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Baldwyn Torto

Bladwyn was born on August 17, 1955, in Accra, Ghana.

He completed his BSc with Honours in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1979), MSc (1982) and PhD (1988) in Organic Chemistry at the University of Ghana, with his PhD research in insect chemical ecology conducted at icipe between 1985 and 1988. He was a Postdoctoral Associate (1989-1991) at the University of Maine, Orono. In 1991, he accepted a Scientist position at icipe and was later promoted to Senior Scientist in 2000. He was Rothamsted International Fellow (2000) at Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom and Visiting Scientist at the USDA/ARS-Centre for Medical, Agriculture and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, Florida (2001-2006). Baldwyn returned to icipe in 2007 as Principal Scientist and Research Leader of the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit (BCEU). He is affiliated to the University of Pretoria as an Extraordinary Professor.

Baldwyn has published 105 peer-reviewed scientific papers including 96 journal articles, 3 Patents and 6 book chapters on insect chemical ecology with over 1,500 citations. He has given several plenary and keynote presentations at conferences including the XXV 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Florida, International Society of Chemical Ecology, Invasive Plants and Malaria workshop, 13th Arbovirus and Mosquito Workshop and NE1443 Regional Project Workshop, USA, the General assembly of the African Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, served as Councillor for the International Society of Chemical Ecology, member of the American Chemical Society. He serves as a Reviewer for various Research Grant Organisations across the globe, and editorial boards of scientific journals: Journal of Chemical Ecology, Pest Management Science and the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science and the Advisory Board of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Kojo Mensa-Wilmot

Fellow of AAS since 2017

Born in 1959

Field of Specialisation: Biosciences

Job Title: Head, Cell Biology, University of Georgia

Professor Mensa-Wilmot one of the world’s experts on the molecular, cell, and chemical biology of Trypanosoma brucei, a parasite the causes human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). He is Head of the Department of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA) ( ), where he also leads the Chemical Biology Group ( ). He chairs the Southeastern Chemical Biology Symposium ( ). At the National Institutes of Health (USA), he is a charter member of the Drug Discovery and Resistance Study Section (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD).

Recognized as a Burroughs Wellcome New Investigator in Molecular Parasitology early in his career at the University of Georgia, Kojo continues to make significant contributions to the molecular biology of Trypanosoma brucei ( ). Further, his laboratory has discovered several compounds that are being developed into lead drugs for treatment of human African trypanosomiasis ( ). The molecular mechanisms of these drugs against trypanosomes are being explored in Kojo’s laboratory with grants from the National Institutes of Health (USA) ( ).


Kojo received a BSc (HONS) from the University of Ghana (Legon). For his doctoral work, he worked on mechanisms of DNA replication with Professor Roger McMacken (Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health).  Kojo was a Rockefeller Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Paul Englund (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) where he studied molecular biology of the African trypanosome.

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Kwadwo Ansah Koram 

Fellow of AAS since 2017 

Born in 1956              

Field of Specialisation: Medical and health sciences               

Job Title: Deputy Director, West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens                         (WACCBIP), University of Ghana. 


He completed his medical education in Ghana, obtaining the MB, ChB from the University of Ghana in 1982.  He obtained his graduate training at the University of Tulane (MPH&TM, 1988) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (PhD, 1993).  He worked as a medical officer at the Bawku Hospital, District Medical Officer of Health, Bawku district, Scientific Officer (epidemiology) MRC Unit, Fajara, The Gambia before joining the faculty of the Noguchi Memorial Institute, University of Ghana, as a Research Fellow in Epidemiology in 1993.  At Noguchi Memorial Institute, he has led large scale field epidemiology studies on the epidemiology and control of malaria, including the immune-epidemiology of malaria, epidemiology of drug resistance infections and also clinical trials of new interventions.  He was promoted Professor of Epidemiology in 2009 and served as the director of the Institute from 2012 – 2017.  He is also an adjunct lecturer in epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, deputy director of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) and a visiting professor of tropical medicine at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University.

Kwadwo has published 147 peer-reviewed scientific papers including 142 journal articles, 5 book chapters, 1 patent and edited two books.  He has been an invited speaker at several conferences, including the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), Global Health Security Agenda, Rotterdam (2016) among others. He has served on several boards and committees including WHO ad hoc committees on malaria drug efficacy, chair of the Inter Agency Committee on malaria (National Malaria Control Program), scientific committee of the African Malaria Vaccine Network (AMVTN), currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the MRC Unit, Fajara, The Gambia. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Ghana Medical Journal, Tropical Doctor and Malaria Research and Treatment.  He is a member of the Ghana Medical Association, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (Public Health).

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Nicholas Biekpe

Fellow of AAS since 2017

Born in 1959

Field of Specialisation: Economics and Mathematical Sciences

Job Title: President at Africagrowth Institute.


Professor Nicholas Biekpe is a Professor of Development Finance and Econometrics at the University of Cape Town South Africa.  He is also the President of Africagrowth Institute and Executive Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance.


Professor Biekpe is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Development Finance, The African Finance Journal and the Africagrowth Agenda.  He has published extensively in the area of development finance and mathematical finance.


Professor Biekpe is a member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf), Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society of United Kingdom (RSS), Chartered Scientist of the Science Council of the United Kingdom (CSci).

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Paul-Kingsley Buah-Bassuah 

Fellow since 2017

Born in 1952

Field of Specialisation: Physical sciences 

Job Title: Chairman Ethics Review Board Of University of Cape Coast.