Professor Emmanuel Ohene-Afoakwa
Professor Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa is a Professor of Food Science and Technology and currently the Interim-Vice Chancellor of the Ghana Communication Technology University (GCTU) and the Chief of Fiapre Traditional Area in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He was formerly the Head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana. He holds Ph.D. Degree in Food Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U. K.; M.Phil and B.Sc (Honours) degrees in Food Science from the University of Ghana.
He also holds Certificates in International Food Laws and Regulations from the Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. In addition, he is a trained and a Licensed Food Auditor by the World Food Safety Organization, UK.
He is a Fellow of the African Scientific Institute (ASI) and member of several professional bodies including the Ghana Science Association (GSA), African Society of Food Science and Technology (ASoFoST), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).
He has authored and co-authored 190 publications (including 95 peer-reviewed journal publications, 5 books, 4 book chapters, 2 encyclopaedia chapters and 84 conferences presentations with published abstracts in Food Science and Technology, Food and Nutrition Security, and School Feeding Programmes.
He is a an international expert in Cocoa and Chocolate Processing Technology and has authored two world reference books in the cocoa and chocolate industry entitled Cocoa Production and Processing Technology and Chocolate Science and Technology. In the pursuance of his duties as a Food Technologist, he has travelled to thirty-eight (38) different countries across the globe where he has gained high international recognition in his work.
Prof. Afoakwa served on several boards and committees at the University of Ghana, as well as other national and international levels. He was a Member of Appointment and Promotions Board of the University of Ghana (University Assessor), Member of the University of Ghana Library Board, Member of the University of Ghana Intellectual Property Committee, as well as several others. Currently, he is the Chairman of the National Working Group on Cocoa and Cocoa Products, and Chairman of the National Codex sub-Committee on Food Additives at the Ghana Standards Authority.
He is a Consultant to the EU on Cocoa Affairs and Member of the International Expert Group on Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa established by the European Commission to set international standards for sustainability and traceability of cocoa. He was a Member of Board of Directors of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) in Washington, USA; currently, President of the African Society of Food Science and Technology (ASoFOST); the Executive Secretary for the African Network for School Feeding Programmes (ANSFEP); the Honorary Secretary for Society on Information Technology for the Advancement of Nutrition in Africa (ITANA) and the General Secretary to the Ghana Institute of Food Science and Technology (GIFoST).
He is a Technical Advisor in Food Science and Technology to the International Foundation for Science (IFS-Sweden), Consultant Science Skills Trainer to the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD-Kenya), Consultant Grant Assessor to the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM – Uganda).
He has served as Consultant to many national and international organizations and projects including the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ghana School Feeding Programme, German Development Cooperation (GIZ), USAID, CARI, TechnoServe, and many others. He is an External Examiner and Promotion Assessor for many national and international tertiary institutions including the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Cape Coast Technical University (Ghana), University for Development Studies (Ghana), Edith Cowan University, (Australia), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Lesotho (Lesotho), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lilongwe (Malawi), University of Mauritius (Mauritius) and the University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa).
He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Food Technology Research and also serves as Member of Editorial Boards of several International Journals including the Nutrition and Food Science Journal (Elsevier), African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, and many others. As well, he is a Scientific Reviewer for several national and international journals including the Ghana Journal of Food Science, Journal of the Ghana Science Association, Journal of Food Engineering, Food Chemistry, Food Research International, Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies and many more.
He has vast experience in Food Science and Technology, and translates his research findings through process engineering and product development into industrial production towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mainly on food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and sustainable agricultural development. He is happily married to Ellen (Corporate Director – Barclays Bank Ghana) and they are blessed with three children, Nana Afra, Maame Agyeiwaa and Kwabena Ohene-Afoakwa (Jnr.).