Advisory Group

Prof Charles Agyemang

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Prof Ernestina Coast


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Prof Yaa Amankwah

University of Ottawa

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Dr Juliet Addo


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Prof Keng-Yen Huang


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Prof Glenn Adams

University of Kansas, USA

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Dr Bernard Akoi-Jackson

KNUST, Ghana

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Charles Agyemang is a Professor of Global Migration, Ethnicity & Health at Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD from Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam, and Master degree from Edinburgh University Medical School. Prof Agyemang is a fellow of the European Research Council (ERC) under the Consolidation Award Programme for top scientists in Europe


His research focuses on ethnic inequalities in Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and NCDs in low- and middle-income countries. He is the principal investigator of the RODAM study – European Commission funded project on gene-environmental interaction on obesity & diabetes among African migrants (, and Pros-RODAM study.


Currently, he is the Vice President of the Migrant & Ethnic Minority Health section of the European Public health Association. He is an Associate Editor for Internal and Emergency Medicine, and BMC Public Health and serves as an Editorial Board member for several journals.  He was a member of the WHO taskforce on NCDs in Migrants and also as a member and rapporteur of the Planning Committee for WHO Global Consultation on Migrant Health. Prof. Agyemang has authored/co-authored over 280 papers, and edited several books. He joins the Chronicty and Care in African Contexts as an advisory Board Member.



Ernestina Coast is Professor of Health and International Development in the Department of International Development.  Her research is multidisciplinary and positioned at an intersection of social science approaches including health, gender and development.


As a social scientist with training in demography and anthropology, her research uses mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) to understand the inter-relationships between social context and health-related behaviours, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health.  She is the Principal Investigator of “Improving adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in sub-Saharan Africa” and is the thematic lead for sexual and reproductive health on “Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence”.


Dr Coast has acted as adviser to a number of organisations, including DFID, UNAIDS, Marie Stopes International and DANIDA, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC).    She served as a member of the WHO Guideline Development Group for Maternal and Newborn Health (2014-16). Currently, she supervises PhD students working on health-related topics in a range of countries, serves as the Programme Director for the MSc in Health & International Development and is a Board Member of the Guttmacher Institute. She joins the Chronicity and Care in African Contexts as an advisory board member.


Dr. Yaa Amankwah is an Obstetrician-Gynaecologist in the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Ottawa Hospital.  She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Amankwah completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa, where she also undertook further training in Mature Women’s Health. In addition, Dr. Amankwah obtained specialised training in the management of Vulvovaginal Diseases at the The University of Michigan Center for Vulvar Diseases and the Mid- Charlotte Dermatology and Research Clinic in North Carolina.

Dr. Amankwah’s practice includes both Obstetrics and Gynecology. Majority of her practice in the community consists of antenatal care which she provides at the Origyns Medical Clinic. She is part of the Obstetrics call group at the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital. She also provides specialized gynecologic patient care at the Ottawa Hospital’s Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre in the Menopause and Vulvo-vaginal disease clinics. Dr Amankwah is involved in research and has publications in the area of vulvo-vaginal diseases.


Dr Helene Neveu-Kringelbach

Hélène Neveu Kringelbach is a social anthropologist who obtained her D.Phil. in Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Prior to studying Anthropology, following a first degree in Business Studies from the Nancy Business School in France.

Helene is currently a researcher and she moved to Copenhagen where she worked for several years in industrial marketing and strategic analysis. She has held several positions as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Oxford, at the School of Anthropology and the African Studies Centre.

Currently, Helene is a lecturer and researcher at University College London and will be on the Chronicity and Care in African Context as an advisory board member.


Juliet Addo is a Clinical Research Director in the Global Health Pharma R&D Unit at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Juliet is also a physician and epidemiologist by training and was a lecturer in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before she joined the GSK.


Juliet’s research has focused on cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors including strokes, hypertension and diabetes and the ethnic and socioeconomic differences in these. She led an initiative to support early career African researchers to conduct locally relevant research to understand the unique attributes of the aetiology of non-communicable diseases in African patients. During this period she led the UK recruitment of participants to a multicentre study researching on diabetes and obesity in Black Africans in Europe compared to sub Saharan Africa (RODAM) aimed at examining the interplay between genetics and the environment and to identify specific risk factors to guide intervention and to provide a basis for improving diagnosis and treatment.


She has the experience of forging successful international collaborations and partnerships as well as developing and delivering research projects both locally in the UK and internationally. Juliet is a member of the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) Board of the Royal College of Physicians and an Honorary Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the LSHTM.” She joins the Chronicity and African Contexts as a member of both the team researching into the chronic illness experiences and care in London’s West African Communities and the Advisory Board team.



Keng-Yen Huang, PhD, MPH is an associate professor of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the center for Early Childhood Health & Development (CEHD) at the department of Population health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine.


Dr Huang is a mental health researcher, with expertise in psychiatric epidemiology, health disparities, prevention and implementation science, quantitative modelling, and global public health. Her research focuses on investigating mechanisms of mental health disparities, testing cost-effective family, system, and eHealth approaches of preventive strategies to address mental health disparities, and broadening evidence-based interventions implementation and dissemination in diverse community, school, and primary care settings.


She is the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous mental health prevention and intervention research projects that focus on vulnerable children, families, and school staff both in the US and in global contexts. Her current research tests integrated digital and mental health service strategies to address clinical translation barriers in integrating multiple evidence-based mental health interventions in schools, faith-based-organizations, family support services, and primary care contexts.  She joins the Chronicity and Care in African contexts an advisory board member.




Glenn Adams is a Professor of psychology in the Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and currently acting as Faculty Associate Director of the Kansas African Studies Center.


He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone before completing his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Stanford University. His graduate training included two years of field research in Ghana, which provided the empirical foundation for his research on cultural-psychological foundations of relationship.


His current work builds on this foundation to investigate the coloniality of knowledge in psychological science and to articulate models of human development and ways of living that promote sustainable well-being for broader humanity and joins the Chronicity and Care in African contexts an advisory board member.



Bernard Akoi-Jackson, is a Ghanaian artist who lives and works from Tema/Accra/Kumasi. He holds a PhD in Painting and Sculpture from the College of Art and Built Environment, (KNUST), Kumasi where he also lectures with particular interest in disruption and the revolutionary potential in contemporary art practice.


His interests cut across forms and media. His multi-disciplinary audience implicating installations and performative “pseudo-rituals”, have featured in exhibitions like An Age of Our Own Making (Reflection II), Roskilde, Denmark, (2016); Silence Between The Lines, Kumasi, Ghana (2015), Material Effects, East Lansing, USA (2015), WATA don PASS: Looking West, Lagos and Malmö, Sweden (2015) and Time, Trade and Travel, Amsterdam and Accra, Ghana (2012 and 2013). He has co-curated exhibitions with blaxTARLINES, most prominent being Cornfields in Accra, (2016) and Orderly Disorderly, (2017).


He curated the inaugural exhibition: “Galle Winston Kofi Dawson: In Pursuit of something 'Beautiful', perhaps…” at the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA), Tamale, Ghana. His most recent engagement was co-curating the newly established Stellenbosch Triennale which opened in February 2020. Bernard joins the Chronicity and Care in African Contexts project as an advisory board member.