Dr. Nana Twum-Danso

Dr. Nana Twum-Danso is a public health and preventive medicine physician with 20 years of experience in health policy, practice, strategy, monitoring, learning, evaluation, research and philanthropy at local, national and international levels. She is currently the Managing Director of Programs for Health at the Rockefeller Foundation where she oversees a portfolio of grants designed to transform the practice of public health through digitalization and data science. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.

For the first decade of her career, Dr. Twum-Danso worked at the Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where she led pharmacovigilance surveillance, research and policy development as well as program implementation support to national parasitic disease control programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. She then transitioned to health systems strengthening and improving maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) through continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches, large-scale change management and the development of organizational learning systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

During that period she led the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s nationwide CQI project in MNCH in Ghana, contributed to strategy development, grant shaping and grant management in the MNCH Department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and worked for herself as an independent consultant and the Founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that provided on-demand health care transportation for pregnant women and sick infants in remote areas of Ghana while improving livelihoods for local drivers, farmers and traders. Dr. Twum-Danso has also served on technical advisory committees for the World Health Organization, the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the Canadian International Development Research Centre. She received her undergraduate and medical education from Harvard University and her public health and preventive medicine residency training from Emory University.