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Dr. Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann of NSMQ Full Biography


Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann

Elsie Effah Kaufmann born on September 7, 1969, is an Associate Professor, founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana, and the current host of the National Science and Maths Quiz. In 1988, she graduated from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales with an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.  After her graduate studies, she received her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University before joining the University of Ghana in 2001.

Prof. Effah Kaufmann was a member of the Planning Committee set up by the Academic Board of the University of Ghana to make proposals for establishing the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and was also a member of the three-person Implementation Committee set up by the Vice Chancellor following the submission and adoption of the Planning Committee’s report.  She was appointed as the first Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2006 and served as Head for a number of years (2006-2012, 2014-2016).  In 2010 she was elected to represent non-professorial academic staff on the highest decision-making body of the University of Ghana, the University Council, a position she held for four years.  In 2011 Prof. Effah Kaufmann was a winner of the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship.

Prof. Effah Kaufmann’s teaching and research focus on Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, and Application of Biomedical Engineering concepts to the solution of problems in the Ghanaian context.  She was the recipient of the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher Award for the Sciences in 2009.  She is also keenly interested in Science education at all levels and has been the Host/ Quiz Mistress of the Ghana National Science & Mathematics Quiz TV Programme since 2006.  Prof. Effah Kaufmann is the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana.  The award recognizes her “exceptional and continuous contribution to science education in Ghana and for being a role model and inspiration to many young girls, activities which are vital to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5”.  She is also the recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers’ 2018 Golden Torch Award for International Academic Leadership in recognition of her excellence in support of academics on an international level and exhibition of commitment to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

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Prof. Effah Kaufmann is a Board member of the African Gifted Foundation Ghana (African Science Academy) and the British International School-Ghana.  She is the current President of the Ghana Society of Biomedical Engineers.

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