Board Members


Emmanuel Budu Addo, MBA

Mr. Emmauel Budu Addo is a member of two prestigious Professional Institutions in Ghana, The Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Institute of Taxation. Mr. Addo is a lecturer and examiner in financial management and also moderates the paper for the professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana. He is also a member of the Technical and Research Committee of the Institute.

Mr. Addo has consulted for a number of organisations to support the restructuring and redesign of their financial management systems. He has also been the resource person for several financial management capacity building for organisations both within and outside Ghana. He has written several articles on taxation and has been involved in research (both local and international) on tax justice. Emmanuel has also facilitated several workshops and has been a panel member of several media discussions in Ghana and abroad on improving taxation and associated policies in Ghana.

As Head of Finance for ActionAid Ghana between 2007 and 2015, Emmanuel served also as the Secretary to the ActionAid Ghana Board Committee for Finance and Audit. Mr. Addo holds a MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences at Walden University.

Amma Owusu-Ansah, MBChB


Dr. Amma Owusu-Ansah is a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the Clinical Director at the Center for Translational and International Hematology.

As a medical officer with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) Hospital in Ghana, Dr. Owusu-Ansah promoted the health of individuals across the lifespan, led lactation management training workshops as part of the Ministry of Health’s Baby Friendly Initiative and tirelessly advocated for improved access to care for her pediatric patients. 

She is a former director of the pediatric department of StayWell Health Center in Waterbury, CT which encompassed two outpatient clinics and a school-based health center. During her tenure, she established a partnership with “Read to Grow” in Branford, CT and offered books to every child who visited StayWell Pediatrics for care. StayWell’s pediatric department participated in the Medical Home program and was recognized for having immunization rates above national average.

Her goal is to improve access to state of the art care for individuals with hematologic disorders worldwide, through research, timely translation of novel therapeutics into clinical care and capacity building programs. Dr. Owusu-Ansah graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, Ghana

Adote Anum, MPhil, PhD


Dr. Adote Anum has been a lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Ghana, Legon since 1999.  He teaches and supervises both undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests focus on both theoretical and applied research in brain behavior relations and the measurement of cognitive functioning and intelligence particularly among children.

Currently, he is focused on examining the factors that account for differences in school achievement and cognitive development between children in private and public schools. Other research interests have focused on developmental factors in aggression, and emotion. Dr. Anum also does clinical psychology consultation for both children and adults, which includes assessment and placement in schools, psychotherapeutic interventions, and behavior management.

Dr. Anum regularly published academic articles. He completed his BA and MPhil at the University of Ghana and his PhD at Brock University in Clinical Psychology.

Li-Ching Lee, PhD, ScM


Dr. Li-Ching Lee is an associate scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the departments of Epidemiology and Mental Health. She is also affiliated with the Center for Global Health and Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 

Dr. Lee’s research interest are primarily psychiatric epidemiology and developmental disabilities. Her specific areas of research include autism spectrum disorder, depression, anxiety, emotional/behavioral development, and perinatal mental health. Current projects include a study to explore early development in children.

Dr. Lee completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina in 2003, and her ScM at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1997.

 Isabella Sagoe-Moses, MBChB, DTCH, MSC


Dr. Isabella Sagoe-Moses is the Deputy Director of Reproductive and Child Health at the Ghana Health Services. Dr. Sagoe-Moses is also the Chairperson of Ghana’s National Newborn Committee responsible for coordinating implementation of Ghana’s Newborn Care Strategy and Action Plan. Her main tasks include coordinating Neonatal and Child Health programs and being the main liaison between Ghana Health Service/Ministry of Health and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies and partners on child health issues.

She is also a part-time Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana and member of Ghana’s National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Care and Development and Ghana’s National School Health Steering Committee. Previously she was facilitator for WHO courses on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Infant and Young Child feeding and other breastfeeding courses and served as temporary adviser/WHO consultant assisting countries with child health programming.

She has participated in child health-related research including a WHO Multi-Centre Growth Reference Study and has delivered several presentations/papers at seminars and conferences in Ghana and internationally. She trained as a medical doctor at the University of Ghana Medical School, and also holds a Diploma in Tropical Child Health and a Masters in Tropical Paediatrics from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Luke Mullany, PhD


Dr. Luke Mullany is a professor in the International Health department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on Global Disease, Epidemiology, and Control. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Center for Global Health, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and the International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health. 

Dr. Mullany’s research goals include increasing infant and neonatal survival in low-resource settings through the development of effective, low-cost interventions that may be implemented at the community level. He is also interested in the impact of human rights violations on population health, and the application of epidemiological tools to investigate this relationship. His current activities include investigation of sunflower seed oil as a topical emollient therapy for reduced infection and mortality, modes/mechanisms of action of sunflower seed oil and skin barrier function and integrity, expanding the use of oxytocin for prevention and treatment of PPH beyond facility deliveries, uterotonic use in home and facility deliveries in South Asia, etiology of neonatal infections, role of community based workers in neonatal/maternal health.

Dr. Mullany holds many awards, including the Global Achievement Award (2015), Delta Omega (2005), Fogarty AITRP New & Minority Investigator Award (2000-2001). He holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Samuel Ntow, BEd


Mr. Samuel Ntow is a trained special educator with expertise in teaching children with intellectual disabilities.  He is currently the Deputy Director of basic education at the Ghana Education Service (GES). 

Mr. Ntow is in charge of all private schools and coordinates all their activities with the GES. He interprets the policies of GES to private schools to ensure understanding and effective implementation. He also supervises them in using the national curriculum and inspects their facilities to make sure they meet required standards.

Mr. Ntow has worked on various education projects. At the moment, he is the point of contact for components of the USAID funded Learning project. He is the director for the Ghana Complementary Basic Education Project funded by DFID. This is a project that seeks to bring all out of school children back into the mainstream schooling system. 

 Emma Sacks, PhD


Dr. Emma Sacks is the Community Health and Implementation Research Specialist at USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and Associate Faculty in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. Sacks’ research focuses on barriers to accessing quality postnatal health care, and the intersection of newborn health and HIV. She is interested in the role that families and community health workers play in obstetric and infant care practices and care-seeking in resource-limited settings, as well as in rebuilding health systems in post-conflict and disaster regions. 

Dr. Sacks previously designed and ran studies on HIV, low birth weight and postnatal care utilization in Zambia, and has also worked in Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico with a number of organizations. She has been honored by the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Death (ISPID) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine’s Biannual Colloquium on Maternal and Newborn Health for her work examining instances of denial of postnatal care and cases of disrespectful and abusive care of newborns. Dr. Sacks holds a doctoral degree in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Epidemiology from Columbia University.

Pamela Surkan, PhD, ScD


Dr. Pamela Surkan is an Associate Professor in the International Health department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on Social and Behavioral Interventions. She also holds joint appointments in the departments of Health, Behavior and Society and Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.

Dr. Surkan’s main research objective is to study how social determinants influence health, primarily of women and children. Her work examines interactions between social conditions and other factors that impact health, such as dietary behaviors and environmental exposures. To date, much of her research has been about the role of maternal mental health, social support and familial environment on early growth and childhood development. She is also interested in reproductive health and has studied predictors of and consequences of stillbirth.

Dr. Surkan received a Fulbright Grant to Colombia through the Institute of International Education, and has also received the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Term-time Research Grant to Brazil, the Frederick Sheldon Fellowship to Brazil from Harvard University, and the Thord-Gray Memorial Fellowship to Sweden from the American Scandinavian Foundation. Dr. Surkan completed her PhD at the Karolinska Institute in 2006 and her ScD at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005.

Margaretha Ubels, HND


Ms. Margaretha Ubels has been the Project Coordinator for the Special Attention Project (SAP) since 2007. The NGO is located in Accra, Ghana and works for the rights of children with learning difficulties, including children who have dropped out of basic school due to learning difficulties. Along with providing support to these children, Ubels also helps to coordinate research, advocacy, and training on management of children with learning difficulties in Ghana.

Previously, Ms. Ubels was a Programme Development Officer for the Catholic Action for Street Children. Here she worked with social workers to develop a Health Education and Life Skills Programme for street children in Accra. She also studied the children who did not benefit from the support programs provided by this organization, and found that the greatest barriers were learning difficulties and behavioral problems. Thus, she helped found the Special Attention Project. Margaretha is a Change Leader with Reach for Change/UNICEF since 2015 and serves on several NGO boards.

Ubels’ previous education includes an HND in Management from Hogeschool Yselland Deventer (1993) and and HND in Nursing from Hogeschool Holland Diemen (1999).

Linda Vanotoo, MBChB, EMBA, MTropMed, BSc


Dr. Linda Vanotoo has been the Regional Director at the Ghana Health Service of the Greater Accra Region since 2012. Dr. Vanotoo is skilled in health care service management, resource management, advising local governments, and monitoring and evaluation. She also is actively involved in clinical research. 

Dr. Vanotoo is particularly interested in maternal and child health, and empowering younger generations to identify their potential and fulfill their goals in life. She works tirelessly to raise her family, continually develop her educational background, and empower her community on a high level. 

Dr. Vanotoo’s educational background has both breadth and depth. She most recently received her MBA from GIMP, Accra in 2014. Previously, she received a BSc at the KNUST School of Medical Sciences, a Masters in Tropical Paediatrics at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and certificates in Applied Epidemiology at Emory University and Reproductive Health and Development at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.