Board of Governors

Dr. Lynette Gay, Board Chair

Dr Gay Is the Managing Director of Kensington Capital Children’s Fund, an organization that supports and works with multiple charities around the world. She also currently serves as Chair of Engage Now Africa. In 2002, she helped launch an integrated development program in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley which has expanded to include Ghana, Sierra Leone and Namibia.

The initiatives in these countries include health and sanitation, medical and maternal clinics, literacy and micro-credit, and education and orphan support. Lynette is the former International Director for the Stay Alive Program, an AIDS education and prevention program taught in primary and secondary schools in developing countries. She has also been active in leadership roles in several other organizations including Ballard Center for Economic Self Reliance, Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Lynette is a trained medical assistant and has organized and worked in rural medical clinics throughout Africa for thirteen years. She and her husband, Elder Robert C. Gay, lived in Ghana, West Africa from 2004–2007, serving as Mission President over the Ghana Accra Mission. In that capacity they frequently traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia and have continued to work in development in theses countries.

Agyeman Badu Akosa FGH, CV (GH), FGMA; MBChB (UG), DCP (Lond), MRCPath, DipRCPath, FRCPath, FWACP, FGCP, EMGL

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa – Vice-Chairman

A Professor, Doctor, Pathologist, Academic, Leader, Researcher, Social Commentator and a “Functional Engineer”. He has been a Consultant Histopathologist and Clinical Director of Pathology in the UK, Professor and Head of Department of Pathology in the University of Ghana Medical School, Director General of the Ghana Health Service, President of the Ghana Medical Association and the Commonwealth Medical Association, President of Ghana Skin Foundation, WHO Advisor on Polio Eradication in Nigeria and WHO AFRO Task Force on Immunization and President of Prempeh College Old Students Association.

He is currently the Executive Director of Healthy Ghana, Professor of Pathology at the University of Ghana Medical School, President of Phytica Ghana and Chairman of Express Life Insurance. He is the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the African Population Health Research Centre, Nairobi, Kenya and serves on the board of Safety Ghana. He has also served as the Executive Chairman of Ghana Healthcare Ltd, board member of Ghana Prisons Service, Chairman of St. John Ambulance, Chairman of Tobacco Control Taskforce in Ghana and Chairman of Trust Hospital.

He describes himself as a systems thinker and is the author of over 60 scientific publications, abstracts and conference monographs and over 50 socioeconomic articles in Ghana’s leading newspaper, the Daily Graphic. He is a recipient of the second highest award in Ghana, Companion of the Order of the Volta for Public and Medical Services (CV), Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science and the Ghana Medical Association. Prof Akosa is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, West African College of Physicians and the Ghana College of Physicians.
Prof. Akosa is an advocate on lifestyle issues and a PATRIOT.

Stephen C. Alder, Ph.D

A Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah, where he holds adjunct appointments in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Health Promotion and Education. He is an affiliated faculty member with the Honors College, where he is the advisor for the Global Health Scholars program. He also holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Health Sciences at Brigham Young University and is affiliated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Sciences and Technology through the School of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Alder started with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in 1995 as a founding member of the Health Research Center and has been active in various forms of clinical and population-based research since that time.

He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environment and Behavior and Family Ecology, with emphases in statistics and research methods and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion and Education with a focus on Community Health in 2001. Dr. Alder is President of the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs and a member of the Framing the Future Task Force, sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health, which is looking at academic public health over the next 100 years. Locally, he serves as a member of the Board of Health for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. Dr.

Alder’s scholarly emphases include global public health, community engaged health development, public health workforce development and managing the health of populations.

Kwesi Dugbatey, MD, PhD, MPH, Dip. Av. Med., FGCP

Kwesi Dugbatey

Kwesi Dugbatey received his MD from the University of Dusseldorf, Germany and a Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough, UK. Later on, he received an MPH and a PhD in Health Services Research from St. Louis University, focusing on Health Policy. He also became a Fellow of Ghana College of Physicians in 2011.

From 1971 until 1981, he had been in clinical medical practice in various capacities in Germany, Ghana, the UK and Togo. Earlier on while in Ghana, he served in the military and his work included administrative responsibilities, even at the national level. For a period under a military regime, he successfully managed the Ghana national health system, with full oversight responsibility for national, regional, and district health administrations.

Tsiri Agbenyega, Ph.D.

Tsiri Agbenyega

Tsiri Agbenyega trained at the School of Medical Sciences (SMS), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where he received a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1982. After working for five years at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, he did his graduate training in physiology at the University of Manchester (UK), from where he received a PhD in 1991.

He is currently a Professor in the Department of Physiology (SMS), a Principal Medical Officer at the Department of Child Health, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, KNUST. He served as Dean of the School of Medical School from April 2002 to September 2008.

He has since 1993, been involved in malaria research and currently heads the malaria research unit in the Department of Child Health at KATH and the Malaria Research Centre at the Presbyterian Hospital, Agogo, Ghana.

He has collaborated with local and foreign partners in studies funded by NIH, Welcome Trust, World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation. He is currently a PI on the PATH-Malaria Vaccine Initiative/GlaxoSmithKline funded Phase III clinical trial of the candidate malaria vaccine, RTS,S, at the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital

Kyle W. Gay

Kyle is currently a Vice President at Kensington Capital Ventures, the investment arm of Kensington Capital Holdings, a single family office based on Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Prior to joining Kensington, Kyle was an investment associate in the private equity group of Norwest Venture Partners, an investment arm of Wells Fargo managing $6.2B in assets. He primarily focused on growth equity and leverage buyout investments in healthcare, including healthcare services, healthcare IT, medical devices and digital health.

Prior to Norwest, Kyle was an investment associate with HGGC, a middle market private equity firm in Palo Alto managing $4.3B in assets. He focused on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and portfolio company development across a wide range of industries.

Kyle began his career as an investment analyst with Sandbox Industries in Chicago where he focused on healthcare as a member of the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund team managing $800M on behalf of 28 BCBS health insurance firms.

Kyle obtained a bachelor of arts degree in economics and statistics, magna cum laude, from the Love School of Business at Elon University. Kyle also had the opportunity to live in Ghana for four years in his youth and is proud to have completed his International Baccalaureate diploma while attending Lincoln Community School in Accra.

Outside of work Kyle is a member of the Boston board of Camp Kesem, a U.S. charity focused on supporting children of parents with cancer. Camp Kesem has raised over $10M dollars in donations and provides free summer camp to more than 6,000 children each year.

Prof Daniel Ansong

Prof Daniel Ansong is a specialist paediatrician and Associate Professor in Paediatrics in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is a clinical paediatric researcher with special interest in epidemiology and biostatistics. He is the international coordinator of the Diploma in Project Design and Management (DPDM)-a long distance programme offered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in collaboration with KNUST and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). He holds a Diploma in Learning, Teaching and Assessing (LTA) offered by the LSTM. He is currently the Deputy Director for Research and Development of the KATH.

Dr. Ansong is a Fellow of the West African College of Physician and the Ghana College of Physicians. He is also the co-principal investigator in a phase III malaria vaccine clinical trial currently taking place in Ghana. In addition to his research interest in malaria, he is working with World Health Organization (WHO)/Africa Region (AFRO) on Paediatrics Bacterial Meningitis Surveillance Programme for which he is the Lead Clinician.

In additions to conducting research he is interested in research capacity building in Ghana. Prof Ansong is the principal investigator and the lead coordinator of the Barekuma Community Collaborative Programme (BCCDP). A community based educational, agricultural, water and health research collaboration with School of Medical Sciences-KNUST, University of Utah-USA and KATH. He has spent over two decade in the care of Sickle Cell disease patients and currently a key investigator in the Organ Damage in Sickle Cell Disease (ORDIS) Study.

Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia or Paramount Chief of the Asogli State in the Volta Region of Ghana & current President of the National House of Chiefs

Togbe Afede XIV

Togbe Afede XIV Is the current President of the National House of Chiefs. He holds a BSc Administration (Accounting Option) from the University of Ghana and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management in the United States. He is the founder and CEO of SAS Finance Group Ltd, an investment banking firm, and Strategic Initiatives Ltd, a private equity and portfolio investment firm. He has more than 18 years of experience as an investment banker and entrepreneur.

Togbe, has gathered enormous experience as a worker in different companies. He worked with the erstwhile Bank for Housing and Construction as a planning officer, – Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board as an Accountant, – lecturer in Economics and Accounting at Sokoto State Polytechnic School of Management Studies in Nigeria, – and lecturer at the School of Administration, University of Ghana, where he taught Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory. As a known industrious and innovative person, Togbe was one of the Co-founders of Databank Financial Services Ltd.

As a statesman and selfless person, Togbe Afede XIV, had the chance to be a member of many boards. Togbe currently serves on the boards of Aluworks Ltd- an aluminium rolling mill, Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Ltd-Ghana’s premier soccer club, Bank of Ghana – Ghana’s Central Bank, China Africa Co. Ltd (Chairman) an international trading and business representation firm, Pioneer Kichenware Ltd (Chairman), an aluminium hollowware manufacturer, SAS Finance Group Ltd, Strategic Initiatives Ltd (Chairman), Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Ltd an independent thermal power project which injects 560 megawatts of energy into Ghana’s power supply system and Trans Africa Telecom Ltd. He also served as a member of the President of Ghana’s Economic Advisory Council under the late President John Atta Mill of Ghana.

Togbe Afede, has received many national and international awards. Some of these awards include: Liberia’s Golden Image Award in 2011 for peace development initiatives , presented to him by the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Order of the Volta Officer, presented to him by former President of Ghana J.A. Kufuor, (3rd July, 2008), Planters of Seed Award at the Ghana Club 100 Awards ceremony. At the Millennium Excellence Awards on the 19th of August, 2005, Togbe won the personality of the year award, for his tremendous contributions to the progress of the society.

Michael L. Hardman

Michael L. Hardman is a Distinguished Professor and Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah. He served as the University’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) in 2012-2013, and is past Dean of the College of Education (2007-2012). In his role as Chief Global Officer, he also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the University of Utah Asia Campus Not-for-Profit Organization in Incheon, South Korea.

Dr. Hardman has numerous experiences within education and public policy, including appointment as the Matthew J. Guglielmo Endowed Chair at California State University, Los Angeles; Visiting Senior Scholar at Cambridge University; Senior Education Advisor and Kennedy Fellow, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; Legislative Staff to the United States Senate; the Governor’s Representative to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education, University Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; President of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education; and a member of the Board of Directors for several international organizations. He has directed or consulted on several international projects on school improvement for USAID (Bosnia-Herzegovinia), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (France and Italy), UNICEF (Zanzibar, Tanzania), and the Government of Scotland.

Dr. Hardman has published widely in international and national journals in the field of education and has authored ten college textbooks of which two, Human Exceptionality and Intellectual Disabilities Through the Lifespan, are in their eleventh and ninth editions respectively. As a researcher, he has directed numerous international and national demonstration projects in the areas of educational policy and reform, teacher quality and professional development, inclusive education, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders in education