WAPSI FORUM PANELIST
DR. KOFI BUSIA
Kofi Busia is the immediate past Director of Healthcare Services and Acting Director of Planning and Health Information at the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), a specialised health institution of ECOWAS, where he worked for nearly 15 years. He has a very strong background in public health, with expertise in health policy development, leadership and management, research, as well as teaching and learning. The ECOWAS Commission has developed several legal frameworks on peace and security which inform the areas of intervention by ECOWAS in Member States and identifies the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders (local, national and international) according to the nature of the political/security issue. The adoption of legal frameworks has been progressive and based on evolving challenges encountered in the region of sustain peace and development. The mechanism developed by ECOWAS to prevent violent conflicts or to provide timely response to security/disaster outbreaks had been so far qualified by many observers as great achievement. In addition to his Senior Management roles at WAHO, he served as the institution’s Project Manager for the USAID-funded Leadership Capacity Strengthening project, coordinator of the Royal Netherlands-funded Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Young People project, the Johns Hopkins University-led Countdown to 2030 Project as well as the BroadReach Regional Action through Data (RAD) project. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the WAHO Traditional Medicine Programme. Kofi studied Basic Medical Science at Queen Mary, University of London, and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University, UK, where he served as a much-valued Senior Lecturer for over 10 years. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Biological Organic (Natural Product) Chemistry from Birkbeck, University of London. He has since undertaken several courses in Public Health including Project Management at the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel; Strategic Use of Innovation and Intellectual Property; Leadership, Management and Governance; Results-Based Management; Advocacy and Communication, as well as Strategic Planning and Assertiveness. He has several publications on topical issues in health, including African Indigenous Medical Knowledge and Human Health.