Advisory Board Members

Professor Sylvester Achio

(Editor–in–Chief) – Chairman

Professor Sylvester Achio is the Rector of Accra Polytechnic, Ghana and an Associate Professor at the Department of Science Laboratory Technology of Accra Polytechnic. He holds a PhD in Biological Science, a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Science and a Diploma in Russian Language all from the Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology and Virology in the Republic of Kazakhstan (USSR). He was the Deputy Head of Department of the Science Laboratory Technology from 2001 – 2002 and subsequently, the Head of the Department and then Dean of the School of Applied Sciences and Arts from 2002 – 2003. He was appointed as the Vice Rector of the Polytechnic for two terms, from 2003 to 2007. Prior to his appointment as Rector in 2012, Prof. Achio was the Head and Coordinator of the Research and Innovation Centre of Accra Polytechnic. He has over thirty peer reviewed journal articles, seventeen conference papers, and several posters and exhibitions. Professor Sylvester Achio has raised up to €650,000 in competitive research grants for the polytechnic.


Professor Josephine Nketsiah-Tabiri

Member

Professor Josephine Nketsiah - Tabiri was the Director of the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from 2005 until her retirement in 2012. She worked for thirty one years at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from 1981 to 2012. She obtained her PhD in Food Science from the University of Ghana in 1994, an MPhil in Food Science in 1980 and an MSc in Food Science in 1978 both from the University of Reading, U. K., and a BSc in Food Science with Biochemistry from the University of Ghana in 1976. She is an external examiner for the University for Development Studies, Ghana, and External Assessor for the promotion of Research Scientists of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana, and the Accra Polytechnic.
Professor Nketsiah - Tabiri has contributed immensely to radiation processing research in Ghana, and through her consultation with the Ghana Standard Authority, Ghana adopted the Ghana Standard for irradiated foods and radiation processing facilities (GS210). Her research experience has been brought to bear on the promotion of radiation preservation in Ghana. She has shared her experience with local and international researchers through her participation in Coordinated Research Projects of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other International bodies such as the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations (WAITRO). Professor Nketsiah – Tabiri’s radiation processing research covers a wide range of commodities and foods including cowpeas, maize, kola nuts, cocoa beans, ginger, cured fish, fresh leafy vegetables, mango, sweet potato, dry spices, jollof rice and Waakye. She has published over 20 peer reviewed articles and earned her promotion to Chief Research Scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. Professor Nketsiah - Tabiri was a part-time lecturer at the University of Ghana from 1998 and 2000. In 1999, the Institute of Science and Technology, U.K. appointed her as a local supervisor of students pursuing Higher Degree Diploma in Ghana. Between, 2010 – 2012, she co-supervised six postgraduate students of the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, University of Ghana.


Her other activities include:

Member, Ghana Environment and Climate Change Policy Action Node (2014 – present), Member, Ghana National Biosafety Committee (2003 – 2013), Member, Programming Committee of the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) (2009 – present), Editorial Committee - UNEP / GEF National Biosafety Committee (2003 – 2004), Co-Chair, Codex Working Group on Labelling of GM foods and foods derived from GMOs, January 2008, GIMPA, Greenhill, Accra (2008), Co-Chair, Codex Working Group on Labelling of GM foods and foods derived from GMO, February 2007, Oslo, Norway (2007), Chair, Ghana Standards Board Codex Sub-Committee on Food Labelling (2005 – present), FAO Expert Mission on Biotechnology and Food Safety. Senegal (2002), and FAO Expert Mission on Biotechnology and Food Safety. South Africa (2002),


Mr. Kojo Addae-Mensah

Member

Mr. Kojo Addae-Mensah is Group Chief Executive of Databank Group. He has over 15 years of banking experience. Prior to joining the Databank Group, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Ghana Commercial Bank Limited, Ghana’s largest and most Profitable bank and before that, the Chief Operating officer of Barclays Bank Ghana limited, the largest foreign owned bank in Ghana. He has a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the financial services Industry in Ghana. He is motivated by his desire for excellence and results.
Kojo’s experience is not only in the commercial banking space as his career began at Databank in 1998 with the corporate finance team. This is where the Databank’s Leap High values of Leadership, Excellence, Humility and Integrity were imbibed in him and Kojo has lived by these values throughout his successful career.
After his short stint at Databank in the 90s, Kojo worked with the Standard Chartered group for several years where he played various roles in Ghana, India, Kenya and Botswana. He is an avid soccer fan, writes a column in the Kotoko Express and is also a national TV pundit. He is also a director of the Changing Lives Endowment fund, aimed at supporting bright and needy children at the SHS level. Kojo holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics all from the University of Ghana, Legon.


Dr. Henry Kwadwo Hackman

(Editor)– Member

Dr. Henry Kwadwo Hackman is the Director of Research and Innovation of Accra Polytechnic, Ghana since February 2016 and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Science Laboratory Technology of Accra Polytechnic. He also serves as the Research Seminar Coordinator and the Liaison for Clinical Laboratory Technology issues for the Department of Science Laboratory Technology.
He was awarded a PhD in Microbiology from the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana in July 2015, MSc in Clinical Microbiology in 2009 and BSc in Biological Sciences in 2004 from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
He undertook his national service at Water Research Institute, CSIR and worked as a tutor at Kumasi Workers College. Prior to his appointment as lecturer in Accra Polytechnic in December 2011, he was the Clinical Microbiologist at Advent Clinical Laboratories and Taylor and Taylor Company, Accra (a clinical laboratory automated systems sales, training and service company) from February 2009 to December 2011 after internships at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi and Regional Hospital, Sunyani. He has ten research articles in peer reviewed journals and two peer reviewed conference papers. Dr. Henry Hackman is a reviewer of the Molecular Microbiology Research Journal and the author of "Keys to effective studies and excellence in examination" a guidance and counseling book with ISBN 9988-0-1619-0 .
Dr. Hackman is a registered Biomedical Scientist with Allied Health Professions Council and a regular member of America Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is married with three children; an Elder of Community Four English Assembly, Tema, the Distrct Secretary of Community Four Distrct and the Tema Area Assistant Youth Leader of the Church of Pentecost.


Dr. Emmanuel Godsplan Seymour Azumah

Member

Dr. E. S .G. Azumah is the Registrar of St. Margaret College at Feyiase, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He had a PhD in Art Education from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2000, MSc in Zoology from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), and a BSc and Diploma in Education from UCC in 1979.
He was the Campus Registrar of the University College of Management Studies (UCOMS), Kumasi Campus from 2012 to 2014 and a Deputy Registrar of the College of Art and Social Sciences of KNUST from November 2008 to August, 2011. Other administrative positions he held at KNUST include: Deputy Registrar Academic (2006 – November 2008), Deputy Registrar Personnel (July 2004 – 2006), Senior Assistant Registrar Personnel and Welfare Section (June 2001 – June 2004), Senior Assistant Registrar School of Engineering (May 1998 – May 2001), Assistant Registrar Board of Postgraduate Studies now School of Graduate Studies (December 1993 – May 1998), Assistant Registrar Publications Section now University Relations (October 1991 – December 1992), Assistant Registrar, Academic and Student Affairs Section (April 1990 – October 1991 and January 1993 – December 1993).
Dr. Azumah is an external assessor for the University of Cape Coast, Koforidua Polytechnic and Kumasi Polytechnic. He has published papers in science, education and university administration. He has been honoured with awards from KNUST, UCOMS and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ho, in the Volta Region.