Meet Prof William Kwabena Ampofo: The Traditional Leader Who Also Runs Noguchi’s Virology Department

Prof William Kwabena Ampofo Nana Owietuo, Okyenhene’s Totuohene

As the country fights to curb the spread of coronavirus that has so far claimed the lives of 5 people in the country, has chosen to celebrate those on the frontline of this fight.

Today, we would like you to meet Prof William Kwabena Ampofo a scientist and a traditional leader.

Prof William Kwabena Ampofo is one of the amazing Ghanaians (including healthcare workers and security officers) who are on the frontline of the war against Coronavirus here in Ghana.

When Prof Ampofo is not being a science geek, he also assumes his role Okyenhene’s Totuohene (The Head of Okyenhene’s Royal Armoury). In this capacity, he is not known as Prof Ampofo – he is Nana Owietuo.

Prof Ampofo in his role as The Head of the Royal Armoury. Photo credit: Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko

He is the definition of knowing one’s roots no matter where one gets to in life.

According to his profile on the World Health Organization website, Prof Ampofo is the Head of Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

Prof Ampofo has held research fellowships at the NMIMR and headed its Department of Electron Microscopy and Histopathology.

His work has focused on molecular and serological investigations of viral infections and anti-viral interventions.

Prof Ampofo is a member of the Academic Board at the University of Ghana’s College of Health Sciences and of the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program Steering Committee of the School of Public Health.

Prof Ampofo has been a temporary advisor and consultant to WHO and is a former member of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAGE) of Experts Working Group on Influenza Vaccines and Immunization.

He has chaired WHO’s Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Advisory Group.

He is a member of the WHO Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines Advisory Group and an advisor to WHO IHR Emergency Committee for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Ghana is lucky to have such a great mind working to help us fight coronavirus.

His entire career has prepared him for this moment!


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